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[1THING] Blog: Archive for February, 2018

[ The energy reality behind Cape Town’s water crisis – and why the U.S. should care ]

Cape Town’s Day Zero has been making headlines worldwide, but nobody’s talking about the energy-water nexus or its role in the drought.


[ Researchers Haven’t Found A Single Endangered Right Whale Calf Yet This Season ]

Melanie White takes photos of North Atlantic Right whales from NOAA

“The right whales are at a point where more are dying than are being born,” biologist Clay George says. “That’s just not sustainable long-term.”

(Image credit: Molly Samuel/WABE)


[ German Court Will Let Cities Ban Some Diesel Cars To Decrease Pollution ]

Cars drive along Mittlerer Ring in Munich. Germany

A German court has ruled that cities may bans diesel cars in order to bring down emissions levels.

(Image credit: Andreas Gebert/Getty Images)


[ German High Court Rules That Cities Can Ban Diesel Vehicles To Reduce Pollution ]

A high court in Germany says a city suffering from excessive air pollution can ban older diesel vehicles from its streets, if officials cannot find other ways to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions to E.U.-mandated levels.


[ How A Skeptical Rancher, Aided By An Outdoors Brand, Turned Climate Friendly ]

Lani Estill has started incorporating climate-friendly farming practices on her ranch, such as composting. Now, her ranch takes the equivalent of 850 cars worth of carbon dioxide out of the air and into the ground.

It took a bit of arm-twisting to get on board because of previous encounters with environmentalists. But now, partnered with The North Face, the ranch sustainably produces wool for outdoor clothing.

(Image credit: Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio)


[ When Wildfire Smoke Invades, Who Should Pay To Clean Indoor Air? ]

When wildfire smoke choked their community last summer, Amy Cilimburg (left), the director of Climate Smart Missoula, helped Joy and Don Dunagan, of Seeley Lake, Mont., get a HEPA air filter through a partnership with the Missoula City-County Health Department.

Public health agencies are set up to regulate air pollution from cars, trucks and factories. Wildfire smoke presents a different set of threats, prompting some of those agencies to rethink priorities.

(Image credit: Nora Saks / Montana Public Radio)


[ The Underwater Damage Left Behind After Hurricanes ]

After hurricanes hit St. John’s hard last fall, the island’s coral reefs were badly damaged. Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with marine biologist Peter Edmunds of California State University Northridge.


[ French Food Waste Law Changing How Grocery Stores Approach Excess Food ]

Djerbrani checks a selection of food to be donated from a French grocery store.

Two years ago, France introduced a law to force supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities and food banks. Skeptics called it unworkable at the time, but there are signs the effort is succeeding.

(Image credit: Eleanor Beardsley/NPR)


[ Montana Wildfires Provide A Wealth Of Data On Health Effects Of Smoke Exposure ]

Wildfire smoke filled the sky in Seeley Lake, Mont. on Aug. 7, 2017. Weather effects concentrated the accumulating smoke, chronically exposing residents to harmful substances in the air.

Last summer’s wildfires handed scientists a rare chance to study effects of smoke on residents. Most previous work had been on wood-burning stoves, urban air pollution and the effects on firefighters.

(Image credit: InciWeb)


[ California Water Agency Officials Charged With Burying Hazardous Waste And Corruption ]

Xavier Becerra, pictured here in 2013, the attorney general of California, alleges that employees engaged in "widespread corruption."

California’s attorney general has charged former and current employees with illegally burying drums filled with toxic chemicals and using public money for personal items.

(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)