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Pesticides Are Harming Bees — But Not Everywhere, Major New Study Shows

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 5:13pm

A huge new study conducted in 33 sites across Europe finds that seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees living nearby. The damage, though, depends on local conditions.

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Researchers Analyze Economic Impact Of Climate Change In The U.S.

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 3:29pm

A team of scientists and economists claims they've come up with the most thorough analysis of the cost of climate change in the U.S. Most of the country will suffer economic loss in addition to higher mortality from heat waves and loss of agriculture productivity by 2100. But like all predictions far into the future, this one has a wide range of outcomes and could be overshadowed by new technology still to be invented.

Maryland Farmer Fights To Keep Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Alive

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 3:29pm

The Chesapeake Bay cleanup depends heavily on farmers taking steps to keep runoff from entering the bay. But the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to help them do it has been controversial. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to one Maryland farmer who changed his mind about the EPA efforts to clean up the bay.

The Bubonic Plague Is Back, This Time In New Mexico

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 3:19pm

In medieval times, they called it "the black death." It's still around, routinely cropping up in the U.S. This time, the New Mexico Department of Health reports three cases.

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Mapping The Potential Economic Effects Of Climate Change

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 1:43pm

Scientists and economists predict what parts of the U.S. may get hit hardest by climate change. A new study goes county by county to gauge the potential cost of global warming.

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C. Diff Infections Are Falling, Thanks To Better Cleaning And Fewer Antibiotics

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 11:34am

The bacterium C. difficile causes one of the most common infections in hospitals and nursing homes. After climbing for decades, the rate of new infections is now falling.

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'Sea Pickles' Wash Ashore In Pacific Northwest

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 4:13am

Unicorns of the sea or sea pickles. Whatever you call them, pyrosomes are suddenly making life hard on the Pacific coast of the U.S. and Canada. Rachel Martin and Steve Inskeep explain.

Boaty McBoatface Makes Its Triumphant Return, Hauling 'Unprecedented Data'

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 5:16pm

The curiously named submersible wrapped up its inaugural voyage last week. And, as the British Antarctic Survey noted Wednesday, Boaty acquitted itself well on the seven-week expedition.

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Chesapeake Bay Dead Zones Are Fading, But Proposed EPA Cuts Threaten Success

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 4:22pm

After years of failed attempts at cleaning up the dead zones, the Chesapeake Bay, once a national disgrace, is teeming with wildlife again. But success is fragile, and it might be even more so now.

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New Island Surfaces Along Coast Of North Carolina's Outer Banks

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 4:15pm

There's a new island off the coast of North Carolina. Dave Hallac, Superintendent of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, tells NPR's Robert Siegel about it.

U.S. Air Pollution Still Kills Thousands Every Year, Study Concludes

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 4:01pm

An analysis examining mortality among millions of Americans concludes that a tiny decrease in levels of soot could save about 12,000 lives each year.

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Child Care Centers Often Don't Hire The Most Qualified Teachers, Study Shows

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 4:04am

Child care centers don't necessarily hire the most qualified teachers. A new study shows that child care centers pick applicants who are in the middle of the pack.

This GOP Health Bill Proposes New Limits To Medical Malpractice Awards

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 4:00am

The bill H.R. 1215 would limit awards for non-economic damages — such as pain and suffering — to $250,000. President Trump supports the bill, but many others across the political spectrum don't.

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Q&A: What Does The Senate Health Bill Mean For Me?

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:28pm

The Senate Republicans' plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act could bring big changes to many Americans' health care coverage. Here are answers to a handful of scenarios from concerned listeners.

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Center For Public Integrity Uncovers Safety Hazards At Government Nuclear Labs

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:41pm

Government labs that house nuclear weapons are rife with workplace safety hazards, a year-long investigation by the Center for Public Integrity finds. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jeff Smith, lead editor of the series "Nuclear Negligence."

Beekeepers Feel The Sting Of California's Great Hive Heist

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:54pm

This year authorities uncovered a "beehive chop shop:" nearly $1 million in stolen hives in a field in Fresno County. There's money to be made by renting out bees to orchards, and thefts are rising.

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Considering Breast-Feeding? This Guide Can Help

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 9:30am

The vast majority of pregnant women in the U.S. say they plan to breast-feed, but aren't told that many new moms worldwide find it tricky. Being mentored the first weeks after birth can help a lot.

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