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  1. Sharing Resources Across Countries To Fight Wildfires
    Fires are burning in British Columbia. Scott Simon talks to Alan Goodwin of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council, a program that shares firefighters with other countries.
  2. To Shrink Mosquito Population, Scientists Are Releasing 20 Million Mosquitoes
    Scientists plan to release millions of sterile, male bacteria-infected mosquitoes in California, to breed with wild females. They're hoping for a "steep decline" in the species that carries Zika.
  3. World Faces Global Sand Shortage
    The world is running out of sand. So much so that some countries have banned exports of sand, and there is a thriving black market for it. David Greene talks to freelance journalist Vince Beiser.
  4. Al Gore: Climate Change Issue Will Be A 'Much Bigger Political Plus' For Democrats
    Former Vice President Al Gore tells NPR the partisan divide over climate change is fading. Politicians, he says, are told by their pollsters to focus on other issues, but "that's changing."
  5. Is It A Good Idea To Pay Villagers Not To Chop Down Trees?
    Governments dole out millions each year. Researchers debate whether the payouts actually work. A new study from Uganda offers some answers.
  6. GOP Effort To Make Environmental Science 'Transparent' Worries Scientists
    There's a push in Congress to rewrite how science gets used in regulation — and that has researchers worried. The industry-backed bill would let business nitpick raw data and ignore valid results.
  7. After He Spoke Out On Climate Change, Scientist Says He Was Demoted
    David Greene talks to Joel Clement, a former top climate policy official about why he was reassigned to a job in the accounting office at the Department of Interior.
  8. Climate Scientist Says He Was Demoted For Speaking Out On Climate Change
    Joel Clement, who was director of the Interior Department's Office of Policy Analysis during the Obama administration, says in a newspaper op-ed that he was reassigned to an "accounting office."
  9. Plastic Is Everywhere And Recycling Isn't The End Of It
    A researcher tallied how much has been manufactured since plastic's invention: "Eight point three billion metric tons of plastics produced so far. That's just really a staggering amount."
  10. 'Extreme And Aggressive' California Wildfires Force Thousands To Evacuate
    The Detwiler Fire has already burned approximately 45,000 acres and is just 7 percent contained. "I haven't seen these conditions in a long time," said a Cal Fire spokesman.
  11. Want To Slow Global Warming? Researchers Look To Family Planning
    A recent study shows that the biggest way to reduce climate change is to have fewer children, but, says one of its authors, the report isn't meant to tell people how to plan their futures.
  12. Deadly Arizona Flash Flood Created '40-Foot Wide Black Wave'
    The victims were all from one Phoenix family, who had been celebrating a birthday alongside a popular swimming hole, unaware that summer thunderstorms had just dropped heavy rains upstream.
  13. Natural Gas Building Boom Fuels Climate Worries, Enrages Landowners
    Companies are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve thousands of miles of pipelines from Appalachia. It's an agency that almost never says no.
  14. In Chile, Many Regard Climate Change As The Greatest External Threat
    Drought, floods and wildfires are signs that climate change has become a harsh reality for the 17 million people of Chile. Laguna de Aculeo used to be a booming summer playground, but not anymore.
  15. Friday News Roundup - International
    Iraq marks a major moment, Brazil sends its former president to prison and President Trump looks for an alternative agreement -- in Paris.
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