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Antarctica cruises are more popular than ever. Experts say they need more regulations
Cruises to Antarctica, already popular, have grown dramatically in recent years. Scientists and advocacy groups say tighter regulation is needed to minimize the impact on wildlife and the environment.
The Colorado River deal won't be enough to save the river long term, experts say
There are winners and losers in the new landmark deal to avert a water shortage crisis on the Colorado River. But experts say it doesn't go far enough and no one should be celebrating.
California is still at risk of flooding. Maybe rivers just need some space
To prevent flooding, communities often raise levees next to rivers higher and higher. Now, a new approach is about backing off, moving levees away from rivers to create floodplains.
Fixit culture is on the rise, but repair legislation faces resistance
U.S. consumers are showing an increased interest in prolonging the life of the things they own, rather than throwing them out. But some products are easier to fix than others.
Come along on a canoe trip through a flooded forest in a Vermont bird sanctuary
In springtime, Vermont's Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is a paradise of migratory birds where you can paddle through flooded maple forests.
The Supreme Court narrows the scope of the Clean Water Act
In a major win for industry and developers, the Supreme Court is significantly limiting the number and type of U.S. waterways that get federal protection.
Supreme Court ruling narrows scope of Clean Water Act's wetlands jurisdiction
The U.S. Supreme Court placed new restrictions on the scope of the jurisdiction the Clean Water Act has over wetlands, ruling in favor of Idaho landowners who had challenged the law.
Rapids — and rafting — roar back to life as Sierra Nevada snowpack melts
As California's massive winter snowpack melts, one industry is having a great year. Across the state, whitewater rafting is roaring back to life after years of debilitating drought.
Tribes doing vital conservation work can't access federal funds to support it
Tribal governments manage significant wildlife habitat across the U.S., but they don't get the same tax revenue as states for conservation.
Colorado River states announce breakthrough water sharing deal
A new breakthrough deal for sharing the over-promised Colorado River has been reached by the seven states that share it.
The U.S. is expanding CO2 pipelines. One poisoned town wants you to know its story
Companies are building carbon dioxide pipelines as a possible climate solution. But after a pipeline rupture sent dozens to the hospital in a Mississippi town, there are questions about their safety.
Opinion: Progress can be a turtle
NPR's Scott Simon considers Chicago's newest star, a snapping turtle nicknamed Chonkasaurus.
A new report says the climate may breach 1.5 degrees of warming in 5 years
Executive director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, Colin Young, talks about a new report warning that the climate may breach 1.5 degrees of warming in 5 years.
Efforts to recharge California's underground aquifers show mixed results
With a historic snowpack starting to melt, increasing flood concerns in central California, there's an effort under way to capture as much of the water as possible in underground aquifers.
How a European law might get companies around the world to cut climate pollution
The European Union will tax certain imports based on the amount of carbon dioxide companies emit making them. Experts say the move could lead other major economies to do the same.