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As Climate Costs Grow, Some See A Moneymaking Opportunity

Salvador Cortez, surveys debris in his front yard in Houston after Hurricane Harvey last year.

Extreme weather cost Americans over $300 billion last year. Scientists say climate change will bring more of that. Entrepreneurs and businesses see a new market in gauging risk.

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EPA Takes Toxic Site Flooded By Harvey Off Special Cleanup List

Floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey ripped apart fences and flooded Interstate 10 east of Houston last year. The San Jacinto Waste Pits Superfund site is on the other side of the road.

The EPA says the San Jacinto Waste Pits near Houston no longer needs Scott Pruitt’s personal attention due to progress on a remediation plan. But the site is still years away from being cleaned up.

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Grocery Stores Get Mostly Mediocre Scores On Their Food Waste Efforts

Composting food scraps is one way to reduce food waste, but preventing excess food in the first place is better, says the EPA.

A new report, “Supermarkets Fail to Make the Grade in Reducing Food Waste,” scores the 10 largest grocery stores on how they handle food waste. No store got an A, but Walmart got a B.

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The ‘New Power’ Generation: A Manifesto For A More Humane World

Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms have written a guide for spreading ideas, building movements and staying ahead.

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The Renewable Energy Movement Ramps Up In Red States

Where might you find a city that uses only renewable energy? Try Texas.

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Atlantic Ocean Current Slows Down To 1,000-Year Low, Studies Show

The Greenland ice sheet, the second largest body of ice in the world which covers roughly 80 percent of the country, has been melting and its glaciers retreating at an accelerated pace in recent years due to warmer temperatures.

The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation — the conveyor belt of the ocean — is slowing down. Scientists disagree about what’s behind it, but say it could mean bad news for the climate.

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Canada To Measure Marijuana Use By Testing Sewage

University of Puget Sound chemist Dan Burgard keeps a freezer full of archived samples from two wastewater treatment plants in western Washington in case he needs to rerun the samples or analyze a specific drug he didn

People responding to surveys sometimes misstate their drug use. Canada will check wastewater for traces of drugs to more accurately assess consumption.

(Image credit: Dan Burgard)

National Park Service To ‘Modestly’ Raise Entrance Fees In Plan To Cut Repair Backlog

Park rangers meet in front of Yosemite Falls in 2016 in Yosemite National Park, California. Increased fees are expected to boost funding for park maintenance across the country.

The National Park Service will increase entrance fees at 117 national parks by at least $5. The increases are far smaller than had previously been proposed by the Trump administration.

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Republican Farm Bill Calls On Many SNAP Recipients To Work Or Go To School

Hilda Herrera of New York state is one of 40,000 people who rely on the SNAP program for help buying groceries.

Republicans in Congress have released their version of a new Farm Bill. It imposes new requirements on low-income recipients of food assistance, but continues traditional subsidies for farmers.

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A Thank You To NPR’s Science Commentary Readers

Barbara J. King points to some of her favorite science commentaries she

For six and a half years, Barbara J. King has written commentaries for NPR on everything from animals and anthropology to gender and higher education. Here, she offers up some of her favorite pieces.

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