And The Winner Of The World Food Prize Is ... The Man From Monsanto
June 19, 2013The prize is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize for food and agriculture." And this year's winners include Monsanto executive Robert Fraley, a pioneer in genetically engineered crops. If there's a single person who personifies the company's controversial role in American agriculture, it's probably Fraley.Read full story...
To Rebuild NYC's Beaches, A Native Plant Savings And Loan
June 19, 2013Last fall, Heather Liljengren was collecting the seeds of New York's native dune grasses. Within days, Hurricane Sandy wiped out the Rockaways' dunes and all their flora. Now, those seeds are growing plants likely to be used to restore the dunes and other natural environments around New York City.Read full story...
How A Used Bottle Becomes A New Bottle, In 6 Gifs
June 19, 2013Recycling old bottles into new bottles is surprisingly complex. We visited a recycling plant and a bottle factory to see the whole process.Read full story...
Water Wars: Who Controls The Flow?
June 15, 2013So often, we take water for granted. But it's not always where we need it, or there when we need it. Two rivers on opposite sides of the country — the Chattahoochee in the South and the Klamath in the far West — may provide lessons for the inevitable and growing dispute over how we manage our most precious resource.Read full story...
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn Talks Climate and Carbon
June 14, 2013
Like any major city near a coast, Seattle likely won't be immune from rising sea levels and other effects of global warming. Mayor Mike McGinn discusses the city's plans for addressing climate change, including his push to divest Seattle's pension funds from fossil fuel investments, and the city council's plan to make Seattle carbon neutral by 2050.
Denis Hayes on Being Green
June 14, 2013
Since his days as head of the Solar Energy Research Institute under President Jimmy Carter, Denis Hayes has been pushing to add more renewable energy sources to the country's energy portfolio. Hayes discusses the current U.S. market for renewables such as solar and wind, and gives his take on where he sees America's energy future headed.
With Climate Change, No Happy Clams
June 14, 2013
Carbon emissions are slowly acidifying ocean waters, forcing marine life to adapt. Oysters and other shellfish, for example, may have a harder time building their shells, according to NOAA's Richard Feely. At Quilcene, Washington's Taylor Shellfish Hatchery, research director Benoit Eudeline says he's already seeing those effects.
Why Bill Gates Is Investing In Chicken-Less Eggs
June 13, 2013Investors like Gates are betting that our planet can't sustain the current rate of growth in animal-based foods for too much longer. Products like Beyond Eggs, a plant-based substitute, are designed to fill the void.Read full story...
What Bird Flocks And Fish Schools Can Teach Us About The Future
June 13, 2013
Birds flock. Insects swarm. Fish swim in schools. These are all examples of collective behavior, a concept that has fascinated scientists for decades. For a recent piece in Wired Magazine, science writer Ed Yong explains what this research could tell us about predicting the future.
Massive Bat Cave Stirs Texas-Size Debate Over Development
June 11, 2013Every night for thousands of years, bats have poured out of the Bracken Cave Reserve, near San Antonio, by the millions. But conservationists are worried that plans for a housing development nearby will disrupt the bats' rural habitat.Read full story...
To Crack Down On Rhino Poaching, Authorities Turn To Drones
June 11, 2013Sky-high prices for elephant ivory and rhino horn have pushed wildlife poaching to a fever pitch. So in attempt to outfox the sophisticated poaching operations, conservationists and government rangers are teaming up to launch small, camera-carrying drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, above southwest Africa.Read full story...
BP Ends Oil Spill Cleanup In Gulf, Except For Louisiana
June 10, 2013The Coast Guard will be responsible for any reports of residual oil in areas outside BP's Louisiana patrol zone along the Gulf Coast. There's no end in sight for BP's cleanup efforts in Louisiana, a Coast Guard officer says.Read full story...
City Life Disrupts Daily Rhythm Of Birds
June 10, 2013
City life can be harsh on people. For example, it pushes people to work longer and sleep less. A new study suggests that city life can have a somewhat similar effect on birds too. It shows urban blackbirds wake up earlier and go to bed later than their forest dwelling cousins.
Rail Project At Los Angeles Port Draws Environmentalists' Ire
June 10, 2013In California, activists and environmentalists are seeking to halt construction of a new $500 million rail yard next to the Port of Los Angeles. Activists say the massive project would mean even more pollution for nearby neighborhoods that already have some of the worst air in the country.Read full story...
Report: Accidents Likely In Environmentally Fragile Seas
June 7, 2013The WWF study says that the delicate South China Sea, Mediterranean and North Sea are also among the most prone to shipwrecks.Read full story...
Plug Pulled On California Nuclear Plant, For Good
June 7, 2013
Southern California Edison announced Friday morning that it will not restart the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant. The facility has been offline for a year and a half after a leak in a steam tube created safety concerns.
Salt, Flies, Pickled Tongues: A Perfect Great Salt Lake Swim
June 7, 2013Open water swimmers in Utah perform weekly marathon swims in water five times saltier than the ocean. They endure blisters, wild currents, a variety of temperatures and water that tastes "like a battery." They treasure the beautiful view and the refuge from boat traffic.Read full story...
Strengthening Buildings In Tornado Alley
June 7, 2013
Scenes of destroyed homes and businesses were common following the recent Oklahoma tornadoes. David Prevatt, a structural engineer at the University of Florida, says that improving resistance to tornadoes will require better building materials and techniques, plus a strong dose of political will.
When You Waste Food, You're Wasting Tons Of Water, Too
June 6, 2013Some 45 trillion gallons of water are lost each year with all of the food that's thrown out around the world, according to a report from the World Resources Institute. This represents a staggering 24 percent of all water used for agriculture.Read full story...
How To Clean Up Fish Farms And Raise More Seafood At The Same Time
June 6, 2013Coastal fish farms are a major source of the seafood we eat, but all the fish waste they generate takes a toll on the environment. So a researcher in Canada is trying to clean up fish farms by creating an ecosystem where fish waste gets taken up by other valuable seafood commodities, like shellfish and kelp.Read full story...