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Scientists Hope To Farm The Biofuel Of The Future In The Pacific Ocean

NPR | Aug. 22, 2017 3:08 p.m.

International research labs are using seaweed to make biofuel, but little progress has been made in the U.S. Now scientists in California are developing a prototype to enable vast open-ocean farming.

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Does 'Sustainability' Help The Environment Or Just Agriculture's Public Image?

NPR | Aug. 22, 2017 1:39 p.m.

Big food companies like Walmart want farmers to reduce greenhouse emissions from nitrogen fertilizer. But the best-known program to accomplish this may not be having much effect.

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Can Anyone, Even Walmart, Stem The Heat-Trapping Flood Of Nitrogen On Farms?

NPR | Aug. 22, 2017 12:45 p.m.

Walmart has promised big cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases. To meet that goal, though, the giant retailer may have to persuade farmers to use less fertilizer. It won't be easy.

Land use | Land | Food | Flora and Fauna | Environment

Tribe's Huckleberry Harvest Brings Fire (or Something Like It) Back to the Forest

KUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 21, 2017 7:45 a.m. | Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Washington's Tulalip Tribe is working with the Forest Service to recreate open patches in the forest.

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Total Eclipse Of The Stomach: A Stellar Menu Of Gastronomic Delights

NPR | Aug. 19, 2017 4 a.m.

What can you do when the Earth plunges into total darkness on Aug. 21? Eat, of course! And there are many space-themed treats to keep the skywatching party going.

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Trump Administration Reverses Bottled Water Ban In National Parks

NPR | Aug. 18, 2017 1:57 p.m.

The move reverses an Obama-era policy put in place to encourage national parks to end the sale of bottled water. The aim was to cut back on plastic litter.

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Waste Of Thyme: Why Do We Have To Buy More Herbs Than Recipes Call For?

NPR | Aug. 18, 2017 8:21 a.m.

Fresh herbs are some of the most perishable items in the produce section. And yet, shoppers are forced to buy amounts that are bound to go wasted at home.

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How My Little Community Garden Plot Went From Flop To Flourish

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017 9:16 a.m.

Two years ago, Carolyn Beans — plant biologist, flower farm worker and daughter of a veggie-grower — thought she had what it took to coax a bounty out of her tiny urban garden. She was wrong.

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With Heavy Drinking On The Rise, How Much Is Too Much?

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017 5:03 a.m.

Binge drinking sounds like an all-night bender, but here's a reality check: Many social drinkers may "binge" without knowing it. Women who drink four or more drinks on an occasion are binge drinking.

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The Best Item In An Astronaut's Care Package? Definitely The Ice Cream

NPR | Aug. 16, 2017 3:51 p.m.

Unlike other cargo vehicles, the SpaceX spacecraft can return to Earth without burning up. So it's equipped with freezers for transporting medical samples — and the occasional frozen treat.