Environment http://delmarvapublicradio.net en The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/weird-underappreciated-world-plastic-packaging Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system.<p>While it's clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable.<p>And behind many of those packages that allow us to eat on the go or savor perishable cookies or fish imported from the other side of the globe is a whole lot of science and innovation.<p>The plastic revolution in food packaging began in the 1960s, says Aaron Brody, a food packaging consultant and an adjunct pro Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:30:00 +0000 editor 58349 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging Nuclear Plant May Be In Hot Water Over Its Cooling System http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/nuclear-plant-may-be-hot-water-over-its-cooling-system <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=Nuclear+Plant+May+Be+In+Hot+Water+Over+Its+Cooling+System&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDI3MDk2MDEzMjA0NDE3NTExOWRjNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The water temperature of some canals in South Florida has been rising. And that's a problem when the canals are used to cool a nuclear plant. The situation at the Turkey Point plant near Miami has federal regulators concerned. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Greg Allen 58273 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw? http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/does-your-dog-feel-jealous-or-purely-human-flaw When you kiss your husband, does your dog try to get your attention? And does that mean that your dog feels jealous? Threatened? Or are we just imagining that?<p>Many if not all dog owners are sure that their pets have feelings. And we've known for a while that animals exhibit behaviors that look like jealousy, guilt and shame. But it's hard to find out what animals are really feeling. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:32:00 +0000 editor 58261 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw? Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/maine-city-council-votes-keep-tar-sands-out-its-port South Portland, Maine, is known as the place where Liberty ships were built by tens of thousands of workers during World War II. Now, the city's waterfront is home to an oil terminal and the beginning of a 236-mile-long pipeline.<p>For more than 70 years, the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:51:00 +0000 editor 58217 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/university-would-study-health-issues-polluted-town Residents of an upstate New York town who've long associated their illnesses with the air they breathe may finally get some answers about the health effects of living next to a toxic polluter.<p>The town of Tonawanda lies in the shadow of Tonawanda Coke Corp., whose ovens heat coal into material used for the iron and steel industries, and release toxic chemicals into the air.<p>The residents' long fight to definitively link the pollution with their illnesses, and to hold Tonawanda Coke accountable, were profiled in NPR's 2011 investigation <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/11/10/142189390/tonaw Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 58207 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town 'Our Birds': Migratory Journeys Converge In Baltimore Gardens http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/our-birds-migratory-journeys-converge-baltimore-gardens A couple of times a month, a group of migrant women and their children gather to plant shrubs and flowers in Baltimore's expansive Patterson Park.<p>The gardens feed and shelter migratory birds as part of the Patterson Park Audubon Center's Bird Ambassadors program.<p>Neotropical birds like the black-throated blue warbler and the Baltimore oriole migrate from the East Coast down to places like Mexico and Central America for the winter, says Susie Creamer, director of urban education and conservation at the center.<p>"If you think about a bird flying above, up the East Coast, city after city, s Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 editor 58144 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net 'Our Birds': Migratory Journeys Converge In Baltimore Gardens Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/despite-californias-drought-taps-still-flowing-la-county This January, after the driest calendar year in California history, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency. He called on residents to reduce their water intake by 20 percent.<p>But downtown Los Angeles doesn't look<em> </em>like a city devastated by the state's worst drought in decades. The city is green with landscaping, and fountains are running. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 58085 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County Calif. Officials Debate How To Get Residents To Cut Water Use http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/calif-officials-debate-how-get-residents-cut-water-use Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>In California, residents are being urged to conserve water as the state suffers from a historic drought. But a new report says the state's water use has actually gone up over the last year. California enacted statewide water restrictions this week. Those include fines of up to $500 a day. Now, to find out what actually gets people to cut their water use, NPR's Sam Sanders hit the streets of L.A.<p>SAM SANDERS, BYLINE: Rick Silva has just pulled up on a violator.<p>RICK SILVA: Hey, I'm with LADWP. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:37:00 +0000 editor 57970 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Australia Repeals An Unpopular Tax On Carbon Emissions http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/australia-repeals-unpopular-tax-carbon-emissions Australia became the first country in the world to repeal a carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott made good on a campaign promise to get rid of the unpopular law.<p>The Senate voted 39 to 32 to eliminate the tax enacted by the previous center-left government two years ago. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:07:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 57928 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Australia Repeals An Unpopular Tax On Carbon Emissions Google Experiments With Mapping Climate Change http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/google-experimnents-mapping-climate-change Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Google is trying out one way of mapping climate change. It has outfitted a few of its Street View cars with special sensors to measure methane. WNYC's Robert Lewis road the streets of Manhattan to see how Google is mapping pollution across the country.<p>ROBERT LEWIS, BYLINE: The Subaru hatchback is painted like a Google map. A tower on top hold what looks like a futuristic soccer ball. That's the panoramic camera that takes those photos of buildings and streets you see on Google Maps in Street View mode. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:54:00 +0000 editor 57910 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net A Huge New Crater Is Found In Siberia, And The Theories Fly http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/huge-new-crater-found-siberia-and-theories-fly <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kMs05VaOfE</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:58:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 57865 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net A Huge New Crater Is Found In Siberia, And The Theories Fly California Approves $500 Fines For Residential Water-Wasters http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/california-approves-500-fines-water-wasters Californians who waste water will have to pay up to $500 a day for their extravagance under new restrictions approved Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board.<p>The move comes after the board concluded that voluntary conservation measures have failed to achieve the 20 percent reduction in water use that Gov. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:17:00 +0000 editor 57829 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net California Approves $500 Fines For Residential Water-Wasters Coal-Burning Power Plant To Give New Life To Texas Oil Field http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/coal-burning-power-plant-give-new-life-texas-oil-field Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>There is a coal-burning power plant outside of Houston that ranks among the nation's biggest emitters of carbon dioxide. With pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the plant is hoping to capture that CO2 and use it to boost energy production in an old oilfield. Houston Public Media's Andrew Schneider reports.<p>ANDREW SCHNEIDER, BYLINE: Two big energy companies, NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas, are announcing the start of construction of the world's largest operation for turning carbon dioxide into something useful. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 editor 57764 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Underwater Meadows Might Serve As Antacid For Acid Seas http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/california-experiments-fix-acidifying-oceans The world's oceans are changing — chemically changing. As people put more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the oceans absorb more of it, and that's making the water more acidic.<p>The effects are subtle in most places, but scientists say that if this continues, it could be a disaster for marine life.<p>In fact, some scientists have taken a glimpse of what a more acidic ocean might look like. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:43:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 57759 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Underwater Meadows Might Serve As Antacid For Acid Seas Facing A Toxic Dump In South Africa, He Cleaned Up http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/facing-toxic-dump-south-africa-he-cleaned Desmond D'Sa helped shut down a toxic landfill.<p>The landfill was located in South Durban — an industrialized city teeming with petrochemical plants, paper mills and oil refineries. D'Sa and his family had been forcibly relocated to the area by the apartheid government in the 1970s, together with thousands of other Indian and black South Africans. The apartheid government was notorious for forcing nonwhite laborers to live in the industrial areas where they worked.<p>In 2009, the landfill — which had operated for nearly 20 years — was looking to extend its lease. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:38:00 +0000 editor 57709 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Facing A Toxic Dump In South Africa, He Cleaned Up Why A Texas City May Ban Fracking http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/why-texas-city-may-ban-fracking Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>The town of Denton, Texas is embroiled in a debate over fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, to extract natural gas. Fracking has brought a steady stream of revenue to Denton for years, but this Tuesday, the Denton city council will consider banning fracking because of environmental concerns. For more, I spoke with Abrahm Lustgarten. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:52:00 +0000 editor 57660 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The Most Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment Ever http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/most-astonishing-wave-tracking-experiment-ever I'm standing on a beach and I see, a few hundred yards out, a mound of water heading right at me. It's not a wave, not yet, but a swollen patch of ocean, like the top of a moving beach ball, what sailors call a "swell." As it gets closer, its bottom hits the rising shore below, forcing the water up, then over, sending it tumbling onto the beach, a tongue of foam coming right up to my toes — and that's when I look down, as the wave melts into the sand and I say,<p>"Hi, I'm from New York. But what about you? Where are you from?"<p>Yes, I'm asking a wave to tell me where it was born. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 57653 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The Most Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment Ever Well, I'll Be Un-Dammed: Colorado River (Briefly) Reached The Sea http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/well-ill-be-un-dammed-colorado-river-briefly-reached-sea For a few weeks this spring, the Colorado River flowed all the way to the sea for the first time in a half a century. And during that window of opportunity, writer Rowan Jacobsen took the paddleboarding trip of a lifetime.<p>The river starts in the Rocky Mountains, and for more than 1,400 miles, it wends its way south. Along the way it's dammed and diverted dozens of times, to cities and fields all over the American West. Tens of millions of people depend on the river as a water source.<p>By the time the Colorado River reaches the U.S.-Mexico border, only 10 percent of it is left. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 NPR Staff 57647 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Well, I'll Be Un-Dammed: Colorado River (Briefly) Reached The Sea WATCH: Giant Undulating Anchovy School http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/watch-giant-undulating-anchovy-school <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvxIdkhsoqU</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:11:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 57592 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net WATCH: Giant Undulating Anchovy School A User-Friendly Gardening System For The Plant-Challenged http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/user-friendly-gardening-system-plant-challenged Don't have a green thumb but seeking the therapeutic nature of gardening? Want the convenience and satisfaction of growing your own produce at home? Not to worry: All you need is an electrical outlet, a flat surface and some water.<p>Meet SproutsIO Inc., a "plug-and-play" user-friendly microfarming appliance for people to easily grow fresh fruits and veggies inside their home or office.<p>Here's how it works:<p>The system includes the appliance and seed cartridges. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 editor 57456 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net A User-Friendly Gardening System For The Plant-Challenged Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/biologist-says-promoting-diversity-key-keeping-bees Every year, more than half of the honeybee hives in the United States are taken to California to pollinate the state's almond crop.<p>Biologist Laurence Packer says this illustrates both our dependence on honeybees to pollinate many plants people rely on for food and the devastating decline in the domestic honeybee population in recent years.<p>The loss of honeybees has been attributed to a variety of causes, from <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/04/30/308349393/smiting-the-mite-to-save-the-bees-and-the-crops-they-pollinate">nasty parasites</a> to the stress of being transported Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:37:00 +0000 editor 57442 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' Plants Know The Rhythm Of The Caterpillar's Creep http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/plants-know-rhythm-caterpillars-creep According to new research, plants can actually hear the sounds of insects chewing. A University of Missouri study is the first work to report that plants can recognize the sound of a predator through the vibrations of their leaves. To learn more, Robert Siegel speaks with Heidi Appel, senior research scientist in the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 editor 57381 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Study Shows Penguins Endangered By Waning Antarctic Ice http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/study-shows-penguins-endangered-waning-antarctic-ice Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. A study published in the journal "Nature Climate Change" says, the population of Emperor penguins in Antarctica is in danger. Hal Caswell is a scientist emeritus at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He co-authored the report. And he joins us from Amsterdam. Welcome.<p>HAL CASWELL: Thank you.<p>WERTHEIMER: You've been studying the Emperor penguin population in Antarctica. What's happening to them?<p>CASWELL: The Emperor penguin is affected by changes in the sea ice conditions. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 editor 57247 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Tell Me, Wave, Where Did You Come From? Who Made You? http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/tell-me-wave-where-did-you-come-who-made-you <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qQQXTMih1A</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 57248 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Tell Me, Wave, Where Did You Come From? Who Made You? Damming The Mekong River: Economic Boon Or Environmental Mistake? http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/damming-mekong-river-economic-boon-or-environmental-mistake It's 9 a.m. and the Mekong River at this hour is still peaceful: just a few fishermen casting nets into a large pool below the area called Si Phan Don, or "4,000 islands."<p>It's a popular tourist destination in Laos, where Southeast Asia's most storied river splits into nearly a dozen channels before coming together again below the islands of Si Phan Don, for the journey to Cambodia, Vietnam and the South China Sea. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 07:33:00 +0000 editor 57170 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Damming The Mekong River: Economic Boon Or Environmental Mistake? Study: Surge In Okla. Quakes Can Be Traced To Drilling Operations http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/study-surge-okla-quakes-can-be-traced-drilling-operations StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz reports on a new study that links a "swarm" of earthquakes to four specific, high-volume oil and gas industry disposal wells. It's one of several reports that show oil and gas activity could be causing a rise in earthquake activity. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 editor 57148 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Florida County Goes To Court Over 'Acid Fracking' Near Everglades http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/florida-county-goes-court-over-acid-fracking-near-everglades In southwest Florida, county officials are fighting the state over a new oil drilling process that's known by many different names: acidification, acidizing, acid stimulation and acid fracking.<p>Collier County has charged that state regulators have been lax in their oversight of the drilling, jeopardizing public health and the environment.<p>Acid has long been used in oil drilling operations in Florida to dissolve and loosen the limestone bedrock. But a drilling operation near Naples, on the western edge of the Everglades, was something new. In December, Texas-based Dan A. Hughes Co. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 Greg Allen 57090 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Watch It Swallow An Entire Tree In Seconds http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/watch-it-swallow-entire-tree-seconds <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYKg0gbRFns</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 57039 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Watch It Swallow An Entire Tree In Seconds Living 63 Feet Underwater Helps Cousteau Team Conduct Experiments http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/living-63-feet-underwater-helps-cousteau-team-conduct-experiments Fabien Cousteau and a crew of scientists and explorers have spent the past 31 days underwater in the Aquarius Reef Base off the coast of Florida. David Greene talks to Cousteau about the experience. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:05:00 +0000 editor 57033 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Carbon Observatory To Monitor Greenhouse Gas From Space http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/carbon-observatory-monitor-greenhouse-gas-space NASA is preparing to launch a new satellite to observe carbon dioxide from space. The satellite could revolutionize our understanding of where this greenhouse gas comes from and where it goes. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 56961 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net