- Troubled By Flint Water Crisis, 11-Year-Old Girl Invents Lead-Detecting Device October 20, 2017
The Colorado seventh-grader was unimpressed by the options her parents had to test water in their home. So she created a sensor-based device using chemically treated carbon nanotubes to do it faster.
- Do You Care If Your Fish Dinner Was Raised Humanely? Animal Advocates Say You Should October 20, 2017
Concerns over animal welfare have led to changes in recent years in how livestock are raised. But seafood has been missing from the conversation. One group aims to change that.
- Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined October 19, 2017
Researchers looked at the combined effects of air, water and soil pollution on global health to come up with an annual toll.
- How Fire Forensics Investigators Approach The Aftermath Of Wildfires October 18, 2017
NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Fire Captain Specialist Ron Eldridge of Cal Fire about fire forensics and what approaches investigators take when they're faced with many miles of scorched earth, like the situation in northern California now.
- Invasive 'Devil Fish' Plague Mexico's Waters. Can't Beat 'Em? Eat 'Em October 18, 2017
The armored catfish erodes shorelines and devastates marine plants — and its numbers have exploded. So researchers, chefs and fishermen are trying to rebrand it by promoting its flavor and nutrition.
- FEMA Looks To Hire 2,000 More People As It Responds To Long List Of Disasters October 17, 2017
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is being stretched by the number of natural disasters this year. The agency has put out the help wanted sign as it responds to 22 disasters nationwide, including massive hurricanes in the south and now wildfires in the west.
- How Fire Suppression Techniques Can Change As Wildfires Get Bigger October 17, 2017
NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Professor John Abatzoglou of the University of Idaho about how climate change and decades of aggressive fire suppression are making wildfires bigger and more likely.
- After Hurricane Power Outages, Looking To Alaska's Microgrids For A Better Way October 16, 2017
Alaska is a leader in microgrids since its remote communities have had to power themselves for decades.
- Enough Protection Already? The EPA Under President Trump October 16, 2017
What if the head of the agency doesn't want to protect the environment?
- In Puerto Rico, Generators Divide Those With And Those Without October 15, 2017
With Puerto Rico facing weeks, and possibly months, without electric power on much of the island, many residents have become dependent on generators. The reliance on generators has introduced a new division in the U.S. territory.