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  1. News Brief: Sri Lanka Explosions, Mueller Report, Climate Education
    A curfew is lifted the day after Sunday blasts killed nearly 300 people. Trump's team appeared on Sunday talk shows to attack Mueller's report. A new NPR poll spotlights climate change education.
  2. Most Teachers Don't Teach Climate Change; 4 In 5 Parents Wish They Did
    As students around the globe participate in Earth Day, a new NPR/Ipsos poll finds 55% of teachers don't teach or talk about climate change and 46% of parents haven't discussed it with their kids.
  3. In Korean DMZ, Wildlife Thrives. Some Conservationists Worry Peace Could Disrupt It
    The heavily fortified no man's land separating North and South Korea, largely untouched by humans, has become an ecological niche for the region's flora and fauna, including endangered species.
  4. Hurricane Michael Was A Category 5, NOAA Finds — The First Since Andrew In 1992
    With winds of 160 mph, the October hurricane was the strongest on record to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle, where communities are still trying to recover. NOAA upgraded it from a Category 4.
  5. Snot Otter Emerges Victorious In Vote For Pennsylvania's Official Amphibian
    The Eastern hellbender salamander may not be a looker. But its sensitivity to pollution and changing water conditions makes the creature a useful indicator for water quality in rivers and streams.
  6. Protests Calling For Climate Action Disrupt London For 3rd Day
    Activists occupied four of London's landmarks and thoroughfares and, on Wednesday, targeted the city's rail service. The organizers want a zero-carbon Britain by 2025.
  7. Climate Change Was The Engine That Powered Hurricane Maria's Devastating Rains
    Maria was the rainiest storm known to have hit Puerto Rico. Scientists say a storm of such severity is nearly five times more likely to occur today, with warmer air and ocean water, than in the '50s.
  8. Paradise, Calif., Water Is Contaminated But Residents Are Moving Back Anyway
    Despite public health warnings about benzene contamination in the town's water supply, some Paradise residents say they have no choice but to return.
  9. Colorado's Oil And Gas Regulators Must Now Consider Public Health And Safety
    After years of tension over expanded oil and gas drilling, including a deadly explosion that galvanized critics, the state is moving to tighten regulations on the booming industry.
  10. Microplastic Found Even In The Air In France's Pyrenees Mountains
    Tiny fragments broken down from larger pieces of plastic have already been found in rivers, lakes, oceans and in agricultural soil. But very few studies of wind-borne microplastic have ever been done.
  11. Trump Administration Moves Forward With Proposal To Re-Define Waterway Protections
    The Trump administration's revisions to the Waters of the U.S. rule will strip federal water protections from millions of miles of rivers. The impact will be even more pronounced in the arid Southwest.
  12. Can This Breakfast Cereal Help Save The Planet?
    Some environmentalists say food production needs a fundamental reboot, with crops that stay rooted in the soil for years, like Kernza, a prairie grass. Even General Mills says it likes the idea.
  13. Friday News Roundup - Domestic
    A shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security has left some wondering about the direction of President Trump's immigration policy.
  14. Tusk Luck: Alaska Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Stealing Mammoth Fossil
    An Alaska man and his co-conspirator took a fossilized tusk from a Bureau of Land Management museum. Then, they cut it up and sold off the pieces.
  15. One Man's Quest To Protect A Rare Kind Of Hazelnut Tree
    The hazelnut business is in a bind. Demand is rising, supply is tight, and a deadly fungal disease is constraining production. But one man may have found a solution.
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