Environment

3 Months After Irma, The State Of Barbuda

Dec 23, 2017

In early September, Hurricane Irma cut a path of destruction across the Atlantic. Barbuda is among the tiny islands in the Caribbean that suffered some of the worst damage. Freelance journalist Anika Kentish provides a sense of how Barbuda is doing.

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At this time of year, bright red plants seem to pop out of nowhere, suddenly appearing in grocery stores, windowsills, your co-worker's cubicle.

DEVIN DOTSON: Today we're talking about poinsettia.

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The end of the year is a time of holiday gift giving, and finding just the right gift can sometimes feel like an impossible task. But folks at an animal eyeball lab say that a gift they've just received, partly thanks to NPR, has made this the "best Christmas ever."

It's a massive whale eye, probably from a blue whale, and the story of how it ended up at the lab starts in the 1960s.

A warming planet due to human-induced climate change is likely to contribute to an increase in volcanic activity, according to

Trump's Busy Year On Energy And Environment

Dec 22, 2017

President Trump campaigned on a platform to make American energy great again.

"We're loaded," he said, at a 2016 campaign appearance in North Dakota, referring to fossil fuel reserves. By unleashing those reserves and slashing regulations, Trump promised, he would usher in an era of "energy independence" and, ultimately, American energy dominance.

Idaho Gets A 'Dark Sky Reserve'

Dec 22, 2017

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All right, Steve, so according to a study in the journal Science Advances, nearly 80 percent of North Americans live in a place where they can't see the Milky Way. So if you want to see a starry sky, you have to drive off the beaten path.

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2017 was the most expensive year in history for damage caused by hurricanes. This week, we've been checking back in with some of the people who lived through those storms.

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