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  1. Replacing Plastic: Can Bacteria Help Us Break The Habit?
    Entrepreneurs are eager to find substitutes for plastic that naturally degrade. One option is a "natural" plastic made by microbes and then eaten by them. But the process is still in the early days.
  2. The Gulf Of Mexico's Expanding Dead Zone
    NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with marine ecologist Nancy Rabalais about the expanding dead zone that is likely to appear in the Gulf of Mexico because of record Midwest rains.
  3. High Flooding On Lake Ontario And St. Lawrence River
    The U.S. and Canada are under pressure to show a water control plan for the area along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River didn't actually make flooding worse.
  4. Killing Coyotes Is Not As Effective As Once Thought, Researchers Say
    Government agencies kill more than 68,000 coyotes a year to keep them from preying on livestock and big game. But scientists say tracking them might be a better solution.
  5. New Orleans Sues Big Oil
    New Orleans is suing oil and gas companies to help it pay for flood protection. It's a major move against an industry that's key to the city's economy.
  6. Mich. Prosecutors Drop Charges In Flint Water Investigation, But Promise New Probe
    Prosecutors say the original criminal investigation into Flint's drinking water scandal was compromised by a failure to pursue all available evidence.
  7. Why Your Local Weather Forecast Is Going To Get Better
    "Virtually any aspect of the weather forecast — whether it is temperature, or precipitation — will see overall improvement with this upgrade," a National Weather Service scientist said.
  8. From Henry Ford To Elon Musk: The Past, Present And Future Of Cars
    Beep beep. Honk.
  9. Federal Land Managers Propose Rule Change To Fast Track Forest Management Projects
    The Trump administration is proposing sweeping rule changes to an environmental law that would allow for the fast tracking of forest management projects, including more logging and tree thinning.
  10. Wildland Firefighters Face Growing Danger As Fires Increase In Intensity, Frequency
    Wildland firefighters face a growing danger from smoke, as wildfires become more frequent and intense. It's a hazard that scientists and fire agencies are only beginning to understand.
  11. As Polar Ice Cap Recedes, The U.S. Navy Looks North
    The Pentagon has long acknowledged climate change has broad implications for national security. That is especially clear in the Arctic, where melting ice is opening new shipping lanes.
  12. Trump Administration Seeking To Overhaul Forest Management Rules
    The U.S. Forest Service is proposing changes to a landmark environmental law that would allow it to fast-track some forest management projects, including logging and prescribed burning.
  13. Why Food Reformers Have Mixed Feelings About Eco-Labels
    Grocery stores are full of food with labels like organic, cage-free or fair trade that appeal to a consumer's ideals. But there's often a gap between what they seem to promise and what they deliver.
  14. More Wildfires Bring Focus On How All That Smoke May Harm Firefighters
    Wildland firefighters face a growing danger from smoke, as wildfires become more frequent and intense. It's a hazard that scientists and fire agencies are only beginning to understand.
  15. Wildlife Biologists Disagree On The Most Effective Way To Control Coyotes
    The federal government kills thousands of coyotes every year to keep them from preying on livestock and big game. But some wildlife biologists say killing coyotes isn't the best way to control them.

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