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  1. Clues In That Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Point Toward Russia
    Western scientists say they may never know the source of the cloud of ruthenium-106 that hovered over Europe last month. But what little data there is suggests a research facility inside Russia.
  2. Climate Change Ripens Prospects For German Winemakers
    While Spanish and Italian growers worry heat will dry out vines, in Germany, warming has made for better Rieslings. And one scientist says they couldn't be making red wine so good otherwise.
  3. Keystone Pipeline Oil Spill Reported In South Dakota
    The oil leak occurs just a few days before Nebraska state regulators will decide on the fate of TransCanada's controversial sister project, the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  4. EPA Moves To Shield Older Semi Truck Engines In 'Gliders' From Emissions Rules
    A new rule would cover "glider vehicles" — made by combining a new truck body with a salvaged diesel engine. The EPA says it sees them differently now than it did under the Obama administration.
  5. As Climate Negotiators Debate Nations' Pledges, Scientists Worry It's Not Enough
    Delegates to the annual international climate meeting held by the U.N. are struggling to forge a unified approach to slowing climate change. Meanwhile, emissions of greenhouse gases keep rising.
  6. 'Leaf Wonder' In A World Of Changing Forests
    Together, aesthetic awareness and scientific analysis puts us in direct, sensory relationship with the forest and gives us the ability to understand what we see, says author David George Haskell.
  7. Oceans May Host Next Wave Of Renewable Energy
    Researchers say there's huge potential for harnessing ocean waves to create electricity. The Energy Department is backing one effort in Oregon.
  8. Hurricane Damage To Manufacturers In Puerto Rico Affects Mainland Hospitals, Too
    The island is a major center for drug and medical device manufacturing. After Hurricane Maria, those products, including small IV bags, are running short throughout the U.S.
  9. Air Pollution In New Delhi Forced Airlines To Ground Planes, Factories And Schools To Close
    NPR's Elise Hu speaks with Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director at the Center for Science and Environment in New Delhi. She talks about how the air pollution is so bad, United Airlines had to cancel flights over the weekend, factories had to be shut down and schools had to close at one point.
  10. Slow And Upbeat EPA Response To Hurricane Harvey Pollution Angers Residents
    Hurricane Harvey caused industrial facilities to release an extra 5.98 million pounds of air pollution. Some people who live and work near the plants are frustrated with the federal response.
  11. Michigan Pushes To Have Nation's Toughest Lead Water Rules
    After the Flint crisis, GOP Gov. Snyder wants to adopt stricter rules regarding lead in water. He's pushing state regulators to change the federal rule because Republican state lawmakers won't do it.
  12. Instagram Crowds May Be Ruining Nature
    When a particularly scenic shot gains traction on Instagram, visitors flood in. Travel photographer Brent Knepper tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro that can lead to permanent changes in the landscape.
  13. Pittsburgh's Microgrids Technology Could Lead The Way For Green Energy
    Pittsburgh wants to become a model for cutting edge energy supply. Researchers in the city are planning a network of microgrids.
  14. Certain And Confident: Predicting The Future In A Climate-Changing World
    The Climate Science Special Report, released by the White House last week, is a valuable read — it's a primer on how science works when it overlaps with the need to make informed bets on our future.
  15. Algae Toxins In Drinking Water Sickened People In 2 Outbreaks
    In Ohio, more than 100 people got sick in 2013 and 2014 when municipal drinking water was contaminated with toxins from algae blooms in Lake Erie. The CDC says these are the first known instances.

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