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  1. Guess What's Showing Up In Our Shellfish? One Word: Plastics
    Scientists predict that plastic in the ocean will eventually outweigh the fish there. Where is it all coming from? And is it making our food unsafe? Researchers are trying to find the answers.
  2. Doctor Who Discovered Children Had Elevated Lead Levels Talks About What's Changed
    In 2015, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha discovered the lead contamination after Flint, Mich., switched its drinking water source. She talks with NPR's Michel Martin about helping reverse the problem.
  3. Researchers Look To Improve Weather Forecasting After Irma
    In coastal Georgia, Hurricane Irma caused far more flooding than expected. Researchers are looking at ways their mistakes there could improve future predictions elsewhere.
  4. The Call-In: Wildfires
    NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Richard Chasm of Olalla, Ore. about living near wildfires. Author Michael Kodas explains why these disasters are growing more severe.
  5. Confusion Continues: The United States' Position On The Paris Climate Agreement
    The White House has reaffirmed its position on the climate pact "unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country," after reports from AFP and the WSJ that the U.S. would stay.
  6. California Lawmakers Debate 100 Percent Clean Energy Mandate
    To some, it's a chance for the state to cement its environmental leadership as the Trump administration rolls back Obama-era climate change programs.
  7. Warriors Against Waste: These Restaurants And Bars Are Aiming For Zero
    Restaurateurs are challenging themselves to reduce the staggering amount of food waste that the industry generates. But can any viable business generate zero waste?
  8. Crashing Cassini
    It's always best to go out with a bang.
  9. VIDEO: Snot Otters Get A Second Chance In Ohio
    North America's largest amphibian, the Hellbender salamander, is in trouble. They are endangered in several states. A team in Ohio is trying to save them before it's too late.
  10. Air Pollution From Industry Plagues Houston In Harvey's Wake
    Flooding in Houston and utility outages led to belches of fumes from refineries and other industrial sites. Residents of a region already struggling with air pollution wonder: Is it safe to breathe?
  11. Montanans Pitch In To Bring Clean Air To Smoky Classrooms
    Montana has recently pushed all their young students indoors because of the unprecedented level of smoke from wildfires. Some community groups are now collaborating to clean up that indoor air.
  12. Lessons From The Stars: How To Live On A Climate-Changed World
    Classification of planets offers a way to see how Anthropocenes — and a successful route through them — might be part of a continuum of planetary evolution, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.
  13. The Islands After Irma
    Many places in the Caribbean will have to rebuild from scratch after the deadly, devastating storm.
  14. Recent Natural Disasters Revive Political Discussions On Climate Change
    Following Irma, some Republican officials in Florida are calling on the Trump administration to address climate change. Will stronger storms and record flooding change this political debate?
  15. Hurricane Irma Blasts Into The Record Books With Lasting Intensity
    Hurricane Irma was the longest-lasting powerful hurricane or typhoon ever recorded, worldwide. It kept 185-mph winds for 37 hours — longer than any storm on record.
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