Elizabeth Shogren http://wkms.org en White House Report Says Climate Change Is Here And Now http://wkms.org/post/white-house-report-says-climate-change-here-and-now Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Climate change is not a future problem for faraway places; it's affecting Americans now. This comes from a U.S. government report out today. NPR's Elizabeth Shogren says it also shows that choices people make now will have big ramifications for future generations.<p>ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: The National Climate Assessment is the government's take on the latest science about climate change. Tue, 06 May 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 40384 at http://wkms.org Colorado Becomes First State To Restrict Methane Emissions http://wkms.org/post/colorado-becomes-first-state-restrict-methane-emissions Methane is a potent greenhouse gas from oil and gas production. The rules require companies to find and repair equipment leaks. The rules also will reduce air pollution that contributes to smog. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 38893 at http://wkms.org Industry Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules In High Court http://wkms.org/post/industry-challenges-epas-greenhouse-gas-rules-high-court The Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday about the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever greenhouse gas regulations for the biggest polluting facilities.<p>The case focuses on a 3-year-old <a href="http://www.epa.gov/nsr/ghgpermitting.html">requirement</a> that companies get permits anytime they construct new plants or modify existing ones that will emit a lot of greenhouse gases.<p>EPA's supporters and most of its challengers agree this case is narrow in scope; the court's ruling is not expected to threaten EPA's broader strategy to fight global warming.<p>Some industries challengi Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:32:57 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 38877 at http://wkms.org Industry Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules In High Court Drinking Water Not Tested For Tens Of Thousands Of Chemicals http://wkms.org/post/water-companies-cant-monitor-all-chemicals-theres-too-many The fact that a second contaminant in West Virginia's drinking water eluded detection for nearly two weeks — despite intense testing of the water — reveals an important truth about how companies test drinking water: In most cases, they only find the contaminants they're looking for.<p>Freedom Industries earlier this week revealed it had spilled two chemicals, not just one. The second chemical is PPH, a mixture of polygycol ethers. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 38247 at http://wkms.org Drinking Water Not Tested For Tens Of Thousands Of Chemicals To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot http://wkms.org/post/save-threatened-owl-another-species-shot In desperation to save the rare northern spotted owl, biologists are doing something that goes against their core — shooting another owl that's rapidly taking over spotted owl territory across the northwest.<p>"If we don't do it, what we're essentially doing, in my view, is dooming the spotted owl to extinction," says Lowell Diller, senior biologist for Green Diamond, a timber company.<p>The decision to shoot the more aggressive barred owls has been wrenching for biologists and the federal government. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:11:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 38089 at http://wkms.org To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot The Big Impact Of A Little-Known Chemical In W.Va. Spill http://wkms.org/post/mysteries-persist-surrounding-west-virginia-chemical-spill The chemical that was found last week to be contaminating the drinking water of hundreds of thousands of West Virginians is used to clean coal. But very little is known about how toxic it is to people or to the environment when it spills.<p>The chemical is called 4-methyl-cyclohexane-methanol, or MCHM. If you've never heard of it, you're in good company. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 01:53:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 38009 at http://wkms.org A Scientist's New Job: Keeping The Polar Bears' Plight Public http://wkms.org/post/scientists-new-job-keeping-polar-bears-plight-public The Endangered Species Act, which turns 40 on Saturday, helped bring back iconic species such as the wolf, grizzly bear and bald eagle, after hunting, trapping and pesticides almost wiped those animals out.<p>But a very different kind of threat — global warming — is pushing some species like the polar bear to the brink of extinction.<p>One government biologist discovered the best way he could help save polar bears was to quit his job.<p><strong>A New Kind Of Conservation Problem</strong><p>Several years ago, the polar bear was under consideration for placement on the endangered species list. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:10:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 37646 at http://wkms.org After Major Comeback, Is The Gray Wolf Still Endangered? http://wkms.org/post/after-major-comeback-gray-wolf-still-endangered Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The law that protects endangered species turns 40 tomorrow and perhaps the most controversial thing the government has done under the law is to reintroduce the gray wolf. Ranchers and hunters strongly opposed the move and now the federal government wants to take the gray wolf off the endangered species list. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 37636 at http://wkms.org Is Running Your Car On Rubbish The Future Of Fuels? http://wkms.org/post/running-your-car-rubbish-future-fuels Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The Environmental Protection Agency today proposed to scale back the amount of renewable fuels in our nation's gasoline supply, biofuels like ethanol made from corn. The EPA is responding, in part, to oil companies that say they're already taking as much ethanol as they can. They say any more and it will hurt quality. But there's another reason for the EPA's action. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 36623 at http://wkms.org Widespread Plague In Wildlife Threatens Western Ecosystems http://wkms.org/post/bubonic-plague-backsmall-animals-american-west Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Most Americans' experience with plague is limited to history books. In the 14th century, it famously wiped out half of Europe's population. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:39:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 35970 at http://wkms.org