Environment http://delmarvapublicradio.net en 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(MDAxODMzOTc3MDEzMjAzMzEyMDA3Njc1Nw004)"/></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 Glass-Free Menagerie: New Zoo Concept Gets Rid Of Enclosures http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/glass-free-menagerie-new-zoo-concept-gets-rid-enclosures For animal lovers, zoos can be a mixed bag.<p>It's amazing to be in shouting distance of magnificent wild animals, but it's hard not to get the feeling that great apes, big cats and other creatures don't really love being behind bars, walls and windows.<p>Now, a Danish architectural firm is working with the<strong> </strong>Givskud Zoo and safari park in Denmark to break down those walls and create what they're calling <a href="http://big.dk/#projects-zoo">Zootopia</a>.<p>Architect Bjarke Ingels runs the architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group, or BIG. Sat, 09 Aug 2014 21:13:00 +0000 NPR Staff 59240 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Glass-Free Menagerie: New Zoo Concept Gets Rid Of Enclosures New Mexico's Northern Landscape Gets A New Burst Of Color http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-mexicos-northern-landscape-gets-new-burst-color Much of the American West is suffering from extreme drought this year. California is running out of water and wildfires have raged through Washington, Oregon and Idaho. But there is a bright spot out West — or, rather, a green spot. In New Mexico, unusually heavy late-summer rains have transformed the landscape.<p>It's a remarkable sight. Sat, 09 Aug 2014 08:53:00 +0000 John Burnett 59217 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New Mexico's Northern Landscape Gets A New Burst Of Color Lake Erie's Toxic Bloom Has Ohio Farmers On The Defensive http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/lake-eries-toxic-bloom-has-ohio-famers-defensive A giant algae bloom is still making the waters in the western part of Lake Erie look like a thick, green pea soup. Toxins in that muck seeped into the water supply of Toledo, Ohio, last weekend, forcing officials to ban nearly half a million people from using tap water. A big cause of the algae proliferation isn't a mystery — it's crop runoff. And local farmers are on the defensive.<p>Six miles from Lake Erie is Ron Schimming's 400-acre soybean and corn farm.<p>"They shouldn't be placing all the blame onto us," says Schimming. He's referring to Toledo's water crisis. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:36:00 +0000 editor 59206 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Lake Erie's Toxic Bloom Has Ohio Farmers On The Defensive If A Water Main Isn't Broke, Don't Fix It (For 300 Years?) http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/if-water-main-isnt-broke-dont-fix-it-300-years Most of us don't really give it a second thought: We turn on the tap, pour a glass of water and drink it down. But the U.S. has experienced a number of water-related problems this year, from the toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie to a massive water main break in Los Angeles that spilled 20 million gallons of water, and a chemical spill into West Virginia's Elk River that fouled the drinking water supply.<p>Writer <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/authors/137898912/charles-fishman" target="_blank">Charles Fishman</a> says by taking our water supply for granted, we ignore big problems. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:21:00 +0000 editor 59207 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net If A Water Main Isn't Broke, Don't Fix It (For 300 Years?) Lake Erie's Toxin-Fueled Bloom Has Ohio Famers On The Defensive http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/lake-eries-toxin-fueled-bloom-has-ohio-famers-defensive A recent water crisis cast a light on fertilizers used by farmers in the region of Toledo, Ohio. Phosphorous in the fertilizer flows into Lake Erie and feeds an algal bloom, which contaminated the city's water supply. WCPN's Sarah Jane Tribble speaks to farmers about the long-term problem of pollution in Lake Erie. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Sarah Jane Tribble 59195 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Iselle Lashes Hawaii's Big Island As Threat From Julio Fades http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/iselle-lashes-hawaiis-big-island-threat-julio-fades <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZRM5rTrm34</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 18:26:00 +0000 Chris Hopkins 59186 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Iselle Lashes Hawaii's Big Island As Threat From Julio Fades Mass. To Make Big Food Wasters Lose The Landfill http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/mass-make-big-food-wasters-lose-landfill Sure, there's plenty you can do with leftovers: foist them on your office mates or turn them into casserole.<p>But if you're a big food waste generator like a hospital or a supermarket, your scraps usually go to the landfill to rot.<p>In Massachusetts, that's about to change, as the state prepares to implement the most ambitious commercial food waste ban in the U.S.<p>The <a href="http://www.mass.gov/eea/pr-2014/food-waste-disposal.html">ban</a>, which will commence Oct. 1, applies to institutions that produce more than a ton of food waste a week. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 23:06:00 +0000 editor 59071 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Mass. To Make Big Food Wasters Lose The Landfill Hawaii, Which Almost Never Has Hurricanes, Is Getting Ready For 2 http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/hawaii-which-almost-never-has-hurricanes-getting-ready-2 Hawaii is preparing for two major storms this week, beginning with Hurricane Iselle, which is expected to weaken to a tropical storm by the time it arrives on Thursday. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:46:00 +0000 Chris Hopkins 59032 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Hawaii, Which Almost Never Has Hurricanes, Is Getting Ready For 2 Phosphorous Fed Algae Bloom Threatened Toledo's Tap Water http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/phosphorous-fed-algae-bloom-threatened-toledos-tap-water <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=Phosphorous+Fed+Algae+Bloom+Threatened+Toledo%27s+Tap+Water&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMDgzMzYwMDEyOTc4NzE4NzJkZTAzYw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The weekend water emergency in Toledo is over, as least for now. Yesterday, Toledo's mayor took a big sip of H2O for the cameras, as he declared his city's water supply safe. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 09:08:00 +0000 editor 58951 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net What Has Lake Erie So Sick? http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/what-has-lake-erie-so-sick <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=What+Has+Lake+Erie+So+Sick%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>That pea-soup green water from Lake Erie is a familiar sight to aquatic biologist Jeffrey Reutter. He's been studying algae blooms on Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes since the early 1970s. Reutter now directs the Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory at Ohio State. Dr. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 20:53:00 +0000 editor 58936 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net As Ballot Deadline Looms, A Muddied Debate Over Colo. Fracking http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/ballot-deadline-looms-muddied-debate-over-colo-fracking "Hello. Are you registered to vote in Colorado?"<p>It's a refrain many in the state have grown to loathe this summer — heard outside their favorite grocery store or shopping mall as signature gatherers race toward an Aug. 4 deadline to put four energy-related measures on the November ballot.<p>With two of those measures backed by environmentalists, and the other two by industry-supported groups, all of the energy talk is leading to confusion among potential voters.<p>Among the hassled Colorado shoppers<strong> </strong>is Veronica Canto, a registered independent from Denver. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Grace Hood 58877 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net As Ballot Deadline Looms, A Muddied Debate Over Colo. Fracking Taste For Rare, Wild Pangolin Is Driving The Mammal To Extinction http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/taste-rare-wild-pangolin-driving-mammal-extinction Traditional Chinese medicine <a href="http://www.yinyanghouse.com/theory/herbalmedicine/chuan_shan_jia_tcm_herbal_database">holds</a> that the scales of a pangolin, a small ant-eating mammal, are "cool" and "salty." Eating those scales, the TCM thinking goes, may help expel wind, reduce swelling and boost lactation. Sun, 03 Aug 2014 14:52:00 +0000 editor 58864 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Taste For Rare, Wild Pangolin Is Driving The Mammal To Extinction As Wildfires Burn Through Funds, Washington Seeks New Way To Pay http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wildfires-burns-through-funds-washington-seeks-new-way-pay-0 <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=As+Wildfires+Burn+Through+Funds%2C+Washington+Seeks+New+Way+To+Pay&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>Wildfires along the West Coast in Oregon, Washington state and California have destroyed homes, scorched thousands of square miles of land and prompted several evacuations. Meanwhile, officials report that the cost of fighting wildfires has skyrocketed. Sun, 03 Aug 2014 13:22:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 58848 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gift-graft-new-york-artists-tree-grow-40-kinds-fruit It sounds like something out of Dr. Seuss, but artist <a href="http://www.samvanaken.com/">Sam Van Aken</a> is developing a tree that blooms in pink, fuchsia, purple and red in the spring — and that is capable of bearing 40 different kinds of fruit.<p>No, it's not genetic engineering. Van Aken, an associate professor in Syracuse University's art department, used an age-old technique called grafting to attach branches from 40 different kinds of stone fruit onto a single tree. Sun, 03 Aug 2014 09:55:00 +0000 editor 58845 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit Guess Who's Been Waiting In The Lobby For A Hundred Million Years? http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/guess-whos-been-waiting-lobby-hundred-million-years Sometimes the quiet ones surprise us.<p>Take moss — those fuzzy green pads you see on the sides of old trees, or hanging onto rocks. Who notices moss? It's just ... there, doing whatever it does — so slowly, so terribly slowly, that nobody bothers to think about it. Moss creeps up tree bark, sits quietly on crevasses in rocks. Moss is an old, old life form, one of the earliest plants to attach to land around 450 million years ago. It's very patient, very modest — but when you look closely, you discover it has super powers.<p><strong>Pow! Crunch! Sat, 02 Aug 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 58816 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Guess Who's Been Waiting In The Lobby For A Hundred Million Years? Tensions Stir At EPA Hearings On New Emission Rules http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/tensions-stir-epa-hearings-new-emission-rules The coal industry made its presence known in Pittsburgh this week for public hearings on President Obama's controversial plan to address climate change. A key element is rules the Environmental Protection Agency <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/02/318266794/epa-lays-out-centerpiece-to-obamas-climate-change-policy">proposed in June</a>. They would cut greenhouse gas emissions — chiefly carbon dioxide — from existing power plants. The national goal is 30 percent by 2030, based on 2005 levels.<p>Coal has much to lose under the rules. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 58745 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Tensions Stir At EPA Hearings On New Emission Rules Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm? http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/should-we-return-nutrients-our-pee-back-farm Let me guess how you feel about your urine: Get that smelly stuff away from me as fast as possible?<p>A small group of environmentalists in Vermont isn't as squeamish. Instead of flushing their pee down the drain, they're collecting it with special toilets that separate No. 1 and No. 2.<p>Then they're pooling the urine of the 170 volunteers in the pilot project (a quart or so, per person, daily) and eventually giving it to a farmer, who's putting it on her hay fields in place of synthetic fertilizer. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 editor 58725 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm? Is Fracking To Blame For Increase In Quakes In Oklahoma? http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/fracking-blame-increase-quakes-oklahoma <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=Is+Fracking+To+Blame+For+Increase+In+Quakes+In+Oklahoma%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Until very recently, earthquakes in Oklahoma were unheard of. But this year, the state has seen more tremors than California. Why is that? It's a subject of debate. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:33:00 +0000 editor 58689 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net