Elizabeth Shogren http://apr.org en States Say Cutting Down On Carbon Was Easier Than Expected http://apr.org/post/states-say-cutting-down-carbon-was-easier-expected Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, BYLINE: From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: And I'm Melissa Block. Next week, President Obama is scheduled to unveil the centerpiece of his climate change policy. A new rule requiring a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. He's expected to ask states to come up with specifics on how to proceed. There's already a lot of debate about the impact the move will have on the economy. As NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports, some states have already made headway in cutting admissions. Thu, 29 May 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 52897 at http://apr.org White House Report Says Climate Change Is Here And Now http://apr.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 51453 at http://apr.org High Court Ruling Revives Law Against Out-Of-State Pollution http://apr.org/post/high-court-ruling-revives-law-against-out-state-pollution Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. Some communities are unlucky recipients of air pollution that blows in from other states and today, those areas got good news by way of a Supreme Court ruling. It revives a major air pollution rule that was knocked down by a lower court. NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports it's another big victory for the Environmental Protection Agency.<p>ELIZABETH SHOGREN. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 51048 at http://apr.org Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters http://apr.org/post/feds-hope-5-billion-settlement-lesson-polluters This week, the federal government announced a record-breaking $5 billion settlement in a remarkable environmental case. The toxic legacy of the company involved, Kerr-McGee, stretches back 85 years and includes scores of sites across the country.<p>Kerr-McGee ran uranium mines in the Navajo Nation, wood-treating businesses across the Midwest and East Coast, and a perchlorate plant on a tributary of Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir — and it was messy.<p>"Kerr-McGee's business all over this country left significant, lasting environmental damage," said Deputy U.S. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 09:40:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 49659 at http://apr.org Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters International Ruling Puts Stop To Japan's 'Scientific' Whaling http://apr.org/post/international-ruling-puts-stop-japans-scientific-whaling Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Whale lovers scored a major victory today. For almost two decades, Japanese whalers have been killing whales in the Antarctic Ocean. The Japanese government claimed it was all for scientific, not commercial, purposes. NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports that today, an international court rejected that claim and said the whaling must stop.<p>ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Eighteen years ago, the International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:37:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 49358 at http://apr.org Toxic Chemical Dioxane Detected In More Water Supplies http://apr.org/post/toxic-chemical-14-dioxane-detected-more-drinking-water-supplies Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Earlier this year, a chemical spill in West Virginia forced officials to put a ban on drinking water that affected some 300,000 people. This also highlighted an unsettling truth: While officials test our drinking supply, they're only targeting a few chemicals. Many contaminants go undetected.<p>Here's NPR's Elizabeth Shogren.<p>ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Toxic chemicals can make it into tap water for years without experts knowing it. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 49056 at http://apr.org The Hearts Of Fish Still Bear Scars Of Oil Spilled Years Ago http://apr.org/post/hearts-fish-still-bear-scars-oil-spilled-years-ago Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The spill in the Houston Ship Channel is another assault on one of the world's richest fishing grounds. The channel drains into the Gulf of Mexico and new research out today shows the Gulf's marine life is very vulnerable to the effects of oil. Much of what scientists have learned comes from studying the underwater leak of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig back in 2010. Here's NPR's Elizabeth Shogren.<p>ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Scientists knew even trace amounts of oil can kill or injure fish eggs and young fish. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 48965 at http://apr.org Why The Exxon Valdez Spill Was A Eureka Moment For Science http://apr.org/post/why-exxon-valdez-spill-was-eureka-moment-science <em>On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in U.S. history. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:03:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 48878 at http://apr.org Why The Exxon Valdez Spill Was A Eureka Moment For Science Colorado Becomes First State To Restrict Methane Emissions http://apr.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 47392 at http://apr.org Industry Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules In High Court http://apr.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 08:28:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 47327 at http://apr.org Industry Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules In High Court Illegal, Remote Pot Farms In California Poisoning Rare Wildlife http://apr.org/post/illegal-remote-pot-farms-california-poisoning-rare-wildlife People who grow marijuana illegally in the backwoods of Northern California use large amounts of rat bait to protect their plants — and these chemicals are killing several species of wild animals, including rare ones, biologists say.<p>Here's what happens: The growers plant their marijuana in remote locations, hoping to elude detection. They irrigate their plants — with water from streams — which lures animals looking for water. Rodents chew the flourishing plants to get moisture, which kills the plants. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:32:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 46842 at http://apr.org Illegal, Remote Pot Farms In California Poisoning Rare Wildlife U.S. To Ban Commercial Trade Of Elephant Ivory http://apr.org/post/us-ban-commercial-trade-elephant-ivory Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>We heard elsewhere in our program that conservation experts are meeting in London this week to try to crack down on the trade in illegal wildlife. Here in Washington, the White House announced yesterday new restrictions on the import and sale of African elephant ivory.<p>NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports.<p>ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Elephant ivory goes for $1,500 a pound. Rhino horn is worth its weight in gold - $45,000 a pound. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:13:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 46650 at http://apr.org State Dept. Delivers Unwelcome News For Keystone Opponents http://apr.org/post/state-dept-delivers-unwelcome-news-keystone-opponents The U.S. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:46:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 45999 at http://apr.org State Dept. Delivers Unwelcome News For Keystone Opponents Drinking Water Not Tested For Tens Of Thousands Of Chemicals http://apr.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 45528 at http://apr.org Drinking Water Not Tested For Tens Of Thousands Of Chemicals To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot http://apr.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 45109 at http://apr.org To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot