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[1THING] Blog: Archive for February, 2018

[ 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)

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[ New Report Finds Climate Change Could Take A $1 Billion Bite From Winter Sports ]

On Jan. 28, 2015, with a record low snowpack, chairs sit idle on a ski lift at Donner Ski Ranch in Norden, Calif.

As the climate warms, a new report finds that low-snow years like this one can cost the U.S. winter sports industry up to $1 billion. That can bring economic pain well beyond ski resorts.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

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[ New Maps Reveal Global Fishing’s ‘Vast Scope Of Exploitation Of The Ocean’ ]

A global map showing where all fishing vessels were active during 2016. Dark circles show the vessels avoiding exclusive economic zones around islands, where they aren

Researchers have used radio transmissions to track the movement of fishing vessels and create stunning maps of fishing activity. The maps show that fishing covers most of the globe’s oceans.

(Image credit: Global Fishing Watch)

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[ New Maps Reveal Global Fishing’s ‘Vast Scope Of Exploitation Of The Ocean’ ]

A global map showing where all fishing vessels were active during 2016. Dark circles show the vessels avoiding exclusive economic zones around islands, where they aren

Researchers have used radio transmissions to track the movement of fishing vessels and create stunning maps of fishing activity. The maps show that fishing covers most of the globe’s oceans.

(Image credit: Global Fishing Watch)

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[ Arizona’s Tepary Beans Preserve A Native Past, Hold Promise For The Future ]

Gary Nabhan holds white tepary beans grown at his home in Patagonia, Ariz. Nabhan believes that drought-tolerant teparies could become a solution for growing food in a hotter and drier Arizona.

Local Native Americans grew teparies for centuries, but the beans began to sink into obscurity. Now, thanks to seed preservation and farmers who want to preserve the past, they’re making a comeback.

(Image credit: Mariana Dale/KJZZ)

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[ Like Lemons? Quinoa? Thank This Food Explorer For Bringing Them To Your Plate ]

In the early 20th century, botanist David Fairchild traveled the world and brought plants back to the U.S. that we now see as thoroughly American. NPR talks with the author of a book on Fairchild.

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[ 4 ways Trump’s infrastructure plan puts Americans at risk ]

This plan has very little to do with infrastructure – and everything with gutting environmental laws and ignoring risk.

     
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[ California Aims To Get Past The Yuck Factor Of Recycled Wastewater ]

With the potential of another drought looming, California is looking at recycled wastewater as a source for drinking. Recycled water is California’s single largest source of new water supplies.

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[ Trees And The Wind, In Pyeongchang ]

The wind roared in from Siberia, toppling concession stands and security scanners. These huge gusts led NPR’s team to realize why so many trees in the area have elaborate support systems.

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[ Seismic Surveys Planned Off U.S. Coast Pose Risk To Marine Life ]

Humpback whales are among the animals that could be affected by seismic surveys for oil and gas.

The Trump administration could give companies permission to set off sonic explosions to explore for oil and gas deposits. Scientists say this could seriously harm marine life.

(Image credit: Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

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