Environment http://delmarvapublicradio.net en The Salmon Cannon: Easier Than Shooting Fish Out Of A Barrel http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/salmon-cannon-easier-shooting-fish-out-barrel <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSBS2F9VXaE</p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:55:03 +0000 editor 60396 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The Salmon Cannon: Easier Than Shooting Fish Out Of A Barrel Climate Policy Takes The Stage In Florida Governor's Race http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/climate-policy-takes-stage-fla-governors-race Florida is getting ready for an unusual governor's race. Like incumbent Rick Scott, a Republican, Charlie Crist is running for a second term as governor. In his first term, Crist was also a Republican.<p>Four years after leaving the executive mansion in Tallahassee to run for the Senate, Crist is back as a Democrat. Crist says one of the important issues in the race is who will better protect the state's natural resources. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Greg Allen 60357 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Volcanoes In Iceland, Papua New Guinea Keep Residents On Edge http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/volcanoes-iceland-papua-new-guinea-keep-residents-edge <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK3e5j1WYRk</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:09:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 60331 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Volcanoes In Iceland, Papua New Guinea Keep Residents On Edge As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/bp-pays-oil-spill-impact-some-people-arent-seeing-cash BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico disrupted business all along the coastline. Through the end of July, the oil giant paid more than $13 billion to compensate people, businesses and communities affected. The company is <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/12/10/249734365/bp-argues-companies-are-unfairly-cashing-in-on-2010-spill">disputing some of those claims</a> in court battles that could drag on for years.<p>But there's another group of people who lost money after the spill and never received compensation. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:38:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 60311 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs' http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/rats-new-york-city-tries-drain-rodent-reservoirs New York City is launching the latest salvo in its never-ending war on rats.<p>City officials are ramping up efforts to teach regular New Yorkers how to make their streets, businesses and gardens less hospitable to rodents — in other words, to see their neighborhood the way a health inspector would.<p>When Caroline Bragdon, a rat expert with the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, walks through the East Village, she's not looking at the people or the storefronts. Her eyes point down, at the place where the sidewalk meets the buildings and the street. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Joel Rose 60312 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs' Night Of The Cemetery Bats http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/night-cemetery-bats I've visited St. Louis' <a href="http://bellefontainecemetery.org/">Bellefontaine cemetery</a> before, but never at night.<p>It's really dark. The looming trees are black against the sky, where a half-moon is just barely visible behind some clouds.<p>I can see eerie lights and strange, shadowy figures moving among the gravestones.<p>As I move in for a closer look, one of the figures turns in my direction: "Hi, my name is <a href="http://www.umsl.edu/~marquisr/LabWebPage/Current_Students.html">Vona Kuczynska</a>, and I'm a wildlife biologist and a student at the University of Missouri, St. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:27:00 +0000 editor 60290 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Night Of The Cemetery Bats Colossal Dam Removal Project Frees Washington's Elwa River http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/colossal-dam-removal-project-frees-washingtons-elwa-river <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 Puget Sound Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.kuow.org">http://www.kuow.org</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Colossal+Dam+Removal+Project+Frees+Washington%27s+Elwa+River&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MjI2NzUxMDEyNzQyMTY5MjQ2YzkwNA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Right now the Elwha River on Washington state's Olympic Peninsula is flowing freely once again. Two dams blocked that river for more than a century, but thanks to the largest dam removal project in U.S. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:02:00 +0000 editor 60247 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/icy-solution-mystery-slithering-stones A century ago, miners working in California's Death Valley reported seeing boulders on the desert floor with long trails behind them — as if the stones had been pushed across the sand. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:46:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 60240 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/theres-big-leak-americas-water-tower The northern arm of the Rocky Mountains is sometimes called "the crown of the continent," and its jewels are glaciers and snowfields that irrigate large parts of North America during spring thaw.<p>But the region is getting warmer, even faster than the rest of the world. Scientists now say warming is scrambling the complex relationship between water and nature and could threaten some species with extinction as well as bring hardship to ranchers and farmers already suffering from prolonged drought.<p>To see how this vast natural irrigation system works, it's best to fly over it. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 60222 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower Driven By Climate Change, Cotton Buyers Look For Alternatives http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/driven-climate-change-cotton-buyers-look-alternatives VF Corp. is one of the biggest clothing companies you might not have heard of. But <a href="http://www.vfc.com/brands">its brands</a> include Lee and Wrangler jeans, Timberland shoes and The North Face, and it also makes uniforms for police and major league sports teams.<p>It's also a large purchaser of cotton. "We buy roughly 1 percent of the cotton available in the world," says Letitia Webster, VF's senior director of sustainability. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 60178 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Driven By Climate Change, Cotton Buyers Look For Alternatives The 'Greening' Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers' Pockets http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/greening-florida-citrus-means-less-green-growers-pockets Orange juice has been an important part of breakfast tables since the 1950s, after development of frozen orange juice concentrate made it both <a href="https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe834">convenient</a> and affordable. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Greg Allen 60117 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The 'Greening' Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers' Pockets Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/grocers-lead-kids-produce-aisle-junk-food-style-marketing Despite all the cheerleading for healthy eating, Americans still eat only about 1 serving of fruit per day, on average. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 60056 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing Iceland Lowers Volcano Warning http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/iceland-lowers-volcano-warning Iceland is lowering the threat level on its Bardarbunga volcano. As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/23/342689132/iceland-ups-aviation-warning-as-volcano-rumbles">we reported on Saturday</a>, the warning had been raised to its highest level — red. Now, scientists in the island nation have ratcheted it down to orange.<p>Reuters reports:<p>"The decision came after the office said on its website earlier on Sunday that there were no signs of ongoing volcanic activity at Bardarbunga. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 60036 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Iceland Lowers Volcano Warning California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/california-trees-nailed-source-mystery-infections A fungus called <em>Cryptococcus gattii</em> can cause life-threatening infections, especially in people with compromised immune systems. One-third of AIDS-related deaths are thought to be caused by the fungus.<p>But though people in Southern California have been getting sick from <em>C. gatti</em> for years, nobody knew how.<p>Eucalyptus trees were a prime suspect, since they harbor the fungus in Australia. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:32:00 +0000 editor 59967 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections Pesticides Used On Florida's Mosquitoes May Harm Butterflies http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/pesticides-used-floridas-mosquitoes-may-harm-butterflies <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Pesticides+Used+On+Florida%27s+Mosquitoes+May+Harm+Butterflies&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>In many parts of the country, summer means mosquitoes. And in a lot of places mosquitoes are controlled with pesticides. But in South Florida, conservationists are worried that pesticides could do harm to other animals, especially butterflies. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:56:00 +0000 Greg Allen 59930 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net California Drought Has Wild Salmon Competing With Almonds For Water http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/california-drought-has-wild-salmon-competing-almonds-water The ongoing <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/31/336937629/most-of-california-reported-to-be-in-extreme-drought">California drought</a> has pitted wild salmon against farmers in a fight for water. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:48:00 +0000 editor 59895 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net California Drought Has Wild Salmon Competing With Almonds For Water EPA Wades Into Water Fight With Farmers http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/epa-wades-water-fight-farmers <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=EPA+Wades+Into+Water+Fight+With+Farmers&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4OTAxNzAzMDEzMjc0MTc2MzA5ZDZlMw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a rule change that would redefine its reach under the Clean Water Act. The EPA says, it's an attempt to clarify which bodies of water are subject to regulation, but farmers have strong objections. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:13:00 +0000 editor 59839 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Why Vegetables Get Freakish In The Land Of The Midnight Sun http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/why-vegetables-get-freakish-land-midnight-sun Everything in Alaska is a little bit bigger — even the produce. A 138-pound cabbage, 65-pound cantaloupe and 35-pound broccoli are just a few of the monsters that have sprung forth from Alaska's soil in recent years.<p>At the annual <a href="http://alaskastatefair.org/">Alaska State Fair</a>, which opens Thursday in Palmer, the public will have the chance to gawk at giants like these as they're weighed for competition.<p>It's "definitely a freak show," the fair's crop superintendent Kathy Liska, tells The Salt. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:57:00 +0000 editor 59834 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Why Vegetables Get Freakish In The Land Of The Midnight Sun One Year After Calif. Rim Fire, Debate Simmers Over Forest Recovery http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/one-year-after-calif-rim-fire-debate-simmers-over-forest-recovery Eric Knapp breaks apart a burned pine cone, looking for seeds — in his line of work this is considered a clue.<p>"Going into an area after a fire, you almost feel like CSI, you know, sleuthing," Knapp says.<p>He is standing in a part of the Stanislaus National Forest that was severely burned by the Rim Fire. Knapp, an ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, is studying how forests recover.<p>"It's completely dead," he says. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:15:00 +0000 editor 59727 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net One Year After Calif. Rim Fire, Debate Simmers Over Forest Recovery Often On The Move, Restless Elephants Are Tough To Count — And Keep Safe http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/often-move-restless-elephants-are-tough-count-and-keep-safe <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Often+On+The+Move%2C+Restless+Elephants+Are+Tough+To+Count+%E2%80%94+And+Keep+Safe&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMTM1NDgzMDEyMzg2MDcwMzJjODJiYQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Our next story comes from African and new research on migratory elephants. Their migratory behavior is in part what makes them harder to protect from poachers. It also makes elephants extremely difficult to count. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 59718 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/oklahoma-wind-power-companies-run-headwinds Oklahoma is the nation's fourth-largest generator of wind energy. But wind developers in the northeast corner of the state, where the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve lies, are up against stiff opposition from an unlikely pair of allies: environmentalists and oil interests.<p>Bob Hamilton, director of the Nature Conservancy's Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, has been fighting to block construction of a 68-turbine wind farm.<p>"It's a real estate issue — location, location, location," says Hamilton. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:16:00 +0000 editor 59719 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/elephant-slaughter-african-slavery-and-americas-pianos The illegal trade in ivory from African elephants has tripled in the past 15 years, to the extent that biologists <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/03/06/173508369/elephant-poaching-pushes-species-to-brink-of-extinction">fear</a> for the creatures' future existence.<p>Most of the ivory is sold in China and Vietnam, and these days the U.S. government and international conservation groups urge those countries to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/08/05/337973375/african-countries-say-they-need-help-to-stop-elephant-poaching">arrest the traffickers</a>. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:11:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 59704 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos Cold Winter Depleted Some Coastal Fish Populations http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/cold-winter-depleted-some-coastal-fish-populations <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Cold+Winter+Depleted+Some+Coastal+Fish+Populations&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMTM1NDgzMDEyMzg2MDcwMzJjODJiYQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>If you were planning to do a little recreational fishing on the coast this year and found yourself disappointed, this might not come as a surprise to you. The cold snap this past winter depleted some fish populations. Mitchell Roffer is on the line with us now. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 editor 59640 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/fighting-tasty-invasive-fish-forks-and-knives Add kitchen knives to the list of weapons that humans are using to fight invasive species. I'm talking about fish who've made their way into nonnative waters.<p>How do they get here? Sometimes they catch a ride in the ballast water of ships. Or they're imported as live food or dumped out of aquariums. Once here, they can wipe out native fish, trash the ecosystem and wreck the beach business.<p>Take the <a href="http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/aquatics/snakehead.shtml">northern snakehead</a>, which has made its way into tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Bonny Wolf 59636 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives Comment Period For Offshore Drilling Ends Friday http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/comment-period-offshore-drilling-ends-friday <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Comment+Period+For+Offshore+Drilling+Ends+Friday&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDQ0NzQzMDEzMjA3NjYzMThiMzQ4ZQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>There are very strict limits on where oil and gas companies can drill offshore. Most of the activity is in the Gulf of Mexico. But the Obama administration is weighing whether to expand offshore drilling to other places, and that includes the Atlantic Coast. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:26:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 59543 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn To Adapt To Weather Extremes http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/iowas-corn-farmers-learn-adapt-weather-extremes Climate change is creating all kinds of challenges and opportunities for business. One of the sectors that feels the effects most immediately is agriculture. Already, weather patterns are making it more challenging to raise corn — even in Iowa — in the middle of the Corn Belt.<p><a href="http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/content/seth-watkins">Seth Watkins</a> raises corn and cattle in southern Iowa, and he recalls the memorable weather from 2012.<p>"We started out with an extreme drought and then that was topped off by the worst hail storm we've had — ever. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:20:00 +0000 John Ydstie 59401 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn To Adapt To Weather Extremes Milwaukee Finds A Fix For Stormwater Overflows: Abandoned Basements http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/milwaukee-finds-fix-stormwater-overflows-abandoned-basements Some basement flooding could become happy<em> </em>occurrences, if more cities walk in the watery footsteps of Milwaukee.<p>As part of a new citywide sustainability plan <a href="http://www.refreshmke.com/" target="_blank">and an attempt to reinvent itself as a "fresh coast" capital</a>, Milwaukee is upgrading its water systems, and is researching options for tackling its chronic problems with stormwater management.<p>The city recently released a feasibility study <a href="http://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/In-the-News/BaseTernFEASIBILITYSTUDY3.pdf" target="_blank">that examines tur Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Lorena O'Neil 59349 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Milwaukee Finds A Fix For Stormwater Overflows: Abandoned Basements In Time Of Drought, U.S. West's Alfalfa Exports Are Criticized http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/time-drought-arizonas-alpha-exports-criticized <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+Time+Of+Drought%2C+U.S.+West%27s+Alfalfa+Exports+Are+Criticized&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5MTc0MDI0MDEzMzE4MjI4ODdlOTk4MA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Who knew a solution to America's trade imbalance with China could be found by mixing desert soil with water? What you get is alfalfa. It used to be alfalfa hay stayed local. Dairy cows ate it that produced milk for Americans. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:11:00 +0000 editor 59341 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net To Resolve Feud Over Fracking, Colo. Democrats Turn To Plan C http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/resolve-feud-over-fracking-colo-democrats-turn-plan-c Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced a last-minute compromise to avert a costly political battle over oil and gas drilling. As Dan Boyce of Inside Energy reports, the deal is meant to find a solution to disputes related to fracking — but it also serves the political interests of Colorado Democrats. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 59315 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Scientists Investigate Outbreak Of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/scientists-investigate-outbreak-sea-star-wasting-syndrome <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Scientists+Investigate+Outbreak+Of+Sea+Star+Wasting+Syndrome&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:21:00 +0000 editor 59279 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net