Elizabeth Shogren http://publicradioeast.org en States Say Cutting Down On Carbon Was Easier Than Expected http://publicradioeast.org/post/states-say-cutting-down-carbon-was-easier-expected Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, BYLINE: From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: And I'm Melissa Block. Next week, President Obama is scheduled to unveil the centerpiece of his climate change policy. A new rule requiring a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. He's expected to ask states to come up with specifics on how to proceed. There's already a lot of debate about the impact the move will have on the economy. As NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports, some states have already made headway in cutting admissions. Thu, 29 May 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 42676 at http://publicradioeast.org White House Report Says Climate Change Is Here And Now http://publicradioeast.org/post/white-house-report-says-climate-change-here-and-now Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Climate change is not a future problem for faraway places; it's affecting Americans now. This comes from a U.S. government report out today. NPR's Elizabeth Shogren says it also shows that choices people make now will have big ramifications for future generations.<p>ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: The National Climate Assessment is the government's take on the latest science about climate change. Tue, 06 May 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 40730 at http://publicradioeast.org High Court Ruling Revives Law Against Out-Of-State Pollution http://publicradioeast.org/post/high-court-ruling-revives-law-against-out-state-pollution Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. Some communities are unlucky recipients of air pollution that blows in from other states and today, those areas got good news by way of a Supreme Court ruling. It revives a major air pollution rule that was knocked down by a lower court. NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports it's another big victory for the Environmental Protection Agency.<p>ELIZABETH SHOGREN. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 40156 at http://publicradioeast.org Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters http://publicradioeast.org/post/feds-hope-5-billion-settlement-lesson-polluters This week, the federal government announced a record-breaking $5 billion settlement in a remarkable environmental case. The toxic legacy of the company involved, Kerr-McGee, stretches back 85 years and includes scores of sites across the country.<p>Kerr-McGee ran uranium mines in the Navajo Nation, wood-treating businesses across the Midwest and East Coast, and a perchlorate plant on a tributary of Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir — and it was messy.<p>"Kerr-McGee's business all over this country left significant, lasting environmental damage," said Deputy U.S. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 09:40:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 38180 at http://publicradioeast.org Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters International Ruling Puts Stop To Japan's 'Scientific' Whaling http://publicradioeast.org/post/international-ruling-puts-stop-japans-scientific-whaling Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Whale lovers scored a major victory today. For almost two decades, Japanese whalers have been killing whales in the Antarctic Ocean. The Japanese government claimed it was all for scientific, not commercial, purposes. NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports that today, an international court rejected that claim and said the whaling must stop.<p>ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Eighteen years ago, the International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 37740 at http://publicradioeast.org Toxic Chemical Dioxane Detected In More Water Supplies http://publicradioeast.org/post/toxic-chemical-14-dioxane-detected-more-drinking-water-supplies Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Earlier this year, a chemical spill in West Virginia forced officials to put a ban on drinking water that affected some 300,000 people. This also highlighted an unsettling truth: While officials test our drinking supply, they're only targeting a few chemicals. Many contaminants go undetected.<p>Here's NPR's Elizabeth Shogren.<p>ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Toxic chemicals can make it into tap water for years without experts knowing it. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 37337 at http://publicradioeast.org The Hearts Of Fish Still Bear Scars Of Oil Spilled Years Ago http://publicradioeast.org/post/hearts-fish-still-bear-scars-oil-spilled-years-ago Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The spill in the Houston Ship Channel is another assault on one of the world's richest fishing grounds. The channel drains into the Gulf of Mexico and new research out today shows the Gulf's marine life is very vulnerable to the effects of oil. Much of what scientists have learned comes from studying the underwater leak of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig back in 2010. Here's NPR's Elizabeth Shogren.<p>ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Scientists knew even trace amounts of oil can kill or injure fish eggs and young fish. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 37216 at http://publicradioeast.org Why The Exxon Valdez Spill Was A Eureka Moment For Science http://publicradioeast.org/post/why-exxon-valdez-spill-was-eureka-moment-science <em>On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in U.S. history. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:03:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 37082 at http://publicradioeast.org Why The Exxon Valdez Spill Was A Eureka Moment For Science Colorado Becomes First State To Restrict Methane Emissions http://publicradioeast.org/post/colorado-becomes-first-state-restrict-methane-emissions Methane is a potent greenhouse gas from oil and gas production. The rules require companies to find and repair equipment leaks. The rules also will reduce air pollution that contributes to smog. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 35096 at http://publicradioeast.org Industry Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules In High Court http://publicradioeast.org/post/industry-challenges-epas-greenhouse-gas-rules-high-court The Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday about the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever greenhouse gas regulations for the biggest polluting facilities.<p>The case focuses on a 3-year-old <a href="http://www.epa.gov/nsr/ghgpermitting.html">requirement</a> that companies get permits anytime they construct new plants or modify existing ones that will emit a lot of greenhouse gases.<p>EPA's supporters and most of its challengers agree this case is narrow in scope; the court's ruling is not expected to threaten EPA's broader strategy to fight global warming.<p>Some industries challengi Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:28:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 35004 at http://publicradioeast.org Industry Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules In High Court State Dept. Delivers Unwelcome News For Keystone Opponents http://publicradioeast.org/post/state-dept-delivers-unwelcome-news-keystone-opponents The U.S. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 33321 at http://publicradioeast.org State Dept. Delivers Unwelcome News For Keystone Opponents Drinking Water Not Tested For Tens Of Thousands Of Chemicals http://publicradioeast.org/post/water-companies-cant-monitor-all-chemicals-theres-too-many The fact that a second contaminant in West Virginia's drinking water eluded detection for nearly two weeks — despite intense testing of the water — reveals an important truth about how companies test drinking water: In most cases, they only find the contaminants they're looking for.<p>Freedom Industries earlier this week revealed it had spilled two chemicals, not just one. The second chemical is PPH, a mixture of polygycol ethers. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 32722 at http://publicradioeast.org Drinking Water Not Tested For Tens Of Thousands Of Chemicals Ambassador Kennedy Criticizes Japan's Dolphin Hunt http://publicradioeast.org/post/ambassador-kennedy-criticizes-japans-dolphin-hunt The dolphin roundup by a Japanese community is an annual hunt. But this time, new U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has weighed in with displeasure. That puts her on the side of several wildlife and animal rights advocates who've condemned the annual slaughter. The Japanese defend it as traditional — just as the U.S. does with native Alaskans who kill whales. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:55:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 32554 at http://publicradioeast.org To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot http://publicradioeast.org/post/save-threatened-owl-another-species-shot In desperation to save the rare northern spotted owl, biologists are doing something that goes against their core — shooting another owl that's rapidly taking over spotted owl territory across the northwest.<p>"If we don't do it, what we're essentially doing, in my view, is dooming the spotted owl to extinction," says Lowell Diller, senior biologist for Green Diamond, a timber company.<p>The decision to shoot the more aggressive barred owls has been wrenching for biologists and the federal government. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:23:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 32197 at http://publicradioeast.org To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot The Big Impact Of A Little-Known Chemical In W.Va. Spill http://publicradioeast.org/post/mysteries-persist-surrounding-west-virginia-chemical-spill The chemical that was found last week to be contaminating the drinking water of hundreds of thousands of West Virginians is used to clean coal. But very little is known about how toxic it is to people or to the environment when it spills.<p>The chemical is called 4-methyl-cyclohexane-methanol, or MCHM. If you've never heard of it, you're in good company. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 01:53:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 31941 at http://publicradioeast.org Interior Secretary Wants To Create Jobs For Conservationists http://publicradioeast.org/post/interior-secretary-wants-create-jobs-conservationists Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt put hundreds of thousands of Americans to work in National Parks and forests in the Civilian Conservation Corps. President Obama's Secretary of the Interior wants to bring back that spirit, to create jobs and a new generation of conservationists.<p>But as NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports, it's not the easiest thing to do in tight budget times.<p>ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has set an epic goal. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:47:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 31595 at http://publicradioeast.org A Scientist's New Job: Keeping The Polar Bears' Plight Public http://publicradioeast.org/post/scientists-new-job-keeping-polar-bears-plight-public The Endangered Species Act, which turns 40 on Saturday, helped bring back iconic species such as the wolf, grizzly bear and bald eagle, after hunting, trapping and pesticides almost wiped those animals out.<p>But a very different kind of threat — global warming — is pushing some species like the polar bear to the brink of extinction.<p>One government biologist discovered the best way he could help save polar bears was to quit his job.<p><strong>A New Kind Of Conservation Problem</strong><p>Several years ago, the polar bear was under consideration for placement on the endangered species list. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:10:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 30811 at http://publicradioeast.org After Major Comeback, Is The Gray Wolf Still Endangered? http://publicradioeast.org/post/after-major-comeback-gray-wolf-still-endangered Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The law that protects endangered species turns 40 tomorrow and perhaps the most controversial thing the government has done under the law is to reintroduce the gray wolf. Ranchers and hunters strongly opposed the move and now the federal government wants to take the gray wolf off the endangered species list. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 30779 at http://publicradioeast.org Unrealized, Unforeseen Environmental Results Of NAFTA http://publicradioeast.org/post/unrealized-unforeseen-environmental-results-nafta When the U.S., Canadian, and Mexican governments were negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement back in the 1990s, environmentalists warned that it would create a race to the bottom: Countries would compete to gut environmental rules to attract businesses. But by and large, those fears were not realized. Still, the trade deal had other unforeseen environmental consequences. Sun, 08 Dec 2013 22:06:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 29373 at http://publicradioeast.org Saving The Native Prairie — One Black-Footed Ferret At A Time http://publicradioeast.org/post/saving-native-prairie-one-black-footed-ferret-time American pioneers saw the endless stretches of grassland of the Great Plains as a place to produce grain and beef for a growing country. But one casualty was the native prairie ecosystem and animals that thrived only there.<p>Some biologists are trying to save the prairies and they've picked a hero to help them: the black-footed ferret. Sun, 01 Dec 2013 10:21:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 28833 at http://publicradioeast.org Saving The Native Prairie — One Black-Footed Ferret At A Time