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[1THING] Blog: Archive for July, 2015

[ Threat to Tiny Golden-Cheeked Warbler Is Disputed in Texas ]

A showdown over a songbird’s status is part of a continuing national dialogue about the Endangered Species Act.


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[ As Beijing Prepares To Host Winter Olympics, Where Will It Get The Snow? ]

NPR’s Melissa Block talks with Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center, about water resources and environmental concerns in the extremely arid region.

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[ As Midwest Dams Reach End Of Life, Soaked States Can’t Handle Repair Costs ]

More than 11,000 dams across the U.S. have protected lives and property from flooding for decades. But age is catching up to them, and many need repairs. Record rain hasn’t helped matters this year.

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[ As The West Craves Drought Relief, El Nino May Do More Harm Than Good ]

There is much hype around a potential El Nino that could help ease the drought on the West Coast. But there are concerns that a deluge of rain could do more harm than good for the long term drought outlook.

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[ Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms ]

Conventional farmers use millions of pounds of pesticides each year to protect crops from weeds and insects. When those chemicals drift to neighboring property, they can ruin crops on organic farms.

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[ Despite Record Heat, Californians Used Less Water In June ]

Water use in California dropped by 27 percent in urban areas during June. These new numbers show that mandatory conservation targets imposed because of the severe drought are affecting water use.

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[ Amid Political Dysfunction, Beirut Residents Suffer The Stench Of Garbage ]

Beirut’s streets are piled with two weeks’ worth of uncollected trash. To many Lebanese, it’s no surprise. The country has been without a president for more than a year.

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[ Shell Announces Plans To Eliminate 6,500 Jobs ]

Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to eliminate 6,500 jobs as slumping oil prices force the industry to make adjustments. Shell’s profits fell by more than 30 percent in the second quarter.

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[ AP Study Finds Viruses Linked To Raw Sewage In Rio De Janeiro Olympic Waters ]

NPR’s Melissa Block speaks with the AP’s Brazil bureau chief Brad Brooks about the investigation, which found high levels of dangerous viruses in water venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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[ Experts: MH370 Debris Could Have Reached Western Indian Ocean ]

An scientist who studies ocean circulation patterns tells NPR that it’s “highly likely” that floating wreckage from the airliner could have reached the island of Reunion near Madagascar.

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