PRI: Science, Tech & Environment

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A daily public radio broadcast program and podcast from PRX and WGBH, hosted by Marco Werman

The upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference set to take place in Poland is a little more than six months away. The conference — also known as the [24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change](http://cop24.gov.pl/), or COP24 for short — represents the next …
Cypress Creek Renewables builds and manages large-scale solar farms across the US, which supply power to utilities. The company’s CEO Matt McGovern said “it’s very difficult, if not impossible” to find all of the solar equipment it needs from US manufacturers. So, McGovern says he has to turn to Asia …
Cypress Creek Renewables builds and manages large-scale solar farms across the US, which supply power to utilities. The company’s CEO Matt McGovern said “it’s very difficult, if not impossible” to find all of the solar equipment it needs from US manufacturers. So, McGovern says he has to turn to Asia …
Backing away from attempts at censorship, the National Park Service on Friday released a [report](https://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/sealevelchange.htm) charting the risks to national parks from sea level rise and storms. [Drafts](https://www.revealnews.org/article/wipeout-human-role-in-climate- change-removed-from-science-report/) of the report obtained earlier this year by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting showed park service officials had deleted …
Backing away from attempts at censorship, the National Park Service on Friday released a [report](https://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/sealevelchange.htm) charting the risks to national parks from sea level rise and storms. [Drafts](https://www.revealnews.org/article/wipeout-human-role-in-climate- change-removed-from-science-report/) of the report obtained earlier this year by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting showed park service officials had deleted …
A group of six Democratic senators wrote to the Trump administration last month asking it to explain its ties to the conservative fossil fuel magnates Charles and David Koch. The Koch brothers have claimed credit for administration policies such as shrinking national monuments, gutting the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, killing …
A group of six Democratic senators wrote to the Trump administration last month asking it to explain its ties to the conservative fossil fuel magnates Charles and David Koch. The Koch brothers have claimed credit for administration policies such as shrinking national monuments, gutting the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, killing …
An experimental Ebola vaccine to be deployed in an outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has conquered some major scientific hurdles in giving high protection, but it now faces extreme real-world tests including heat, humidity, language barriers and lack of roads. Because it is not yet licensed, the Merck & …
An experimental Ebola vaccine to be deployed in an outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has conquered some major scientific hurdles in giving high protection, but it now faces extreme real-world tests including heat, humidity, language barriers and lack of roads. Because it is not yet licensed, the Merck & …
It was among the greatest heists against a United States bank in history — and the thieves never even set foot on American soil. Nor did they target some ordinary bank. They struck an account managed by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, an institution renowned for its security. …
April 2018 was the coldest and snowiest April on record for much of North America. That spelled trouble for migrating birds who arrived in the north expecting to bulk up on the spring emergence of bugs — and often found two feet of snow instead. The extreme weather also worries …
April 2018 was the coldest and snowiest April on record for much of North America. That spelled trouble for migrating birds who arrived in the north expecting to bulk up on the spring emergence of bugs — and often found two feet of snow instead. The extreme weather also worries …
Two women from South Africa who joined forces to stop a secret nuclear power deal between South Africa and Russia are among the seven recipients of this year’s [Goldman Environmental Prize](https://www.goldmanprize.org/). The prize recognizes individuals who have stood up to vested interests, corruption, industry bullying and political repression to protect …
Two women from South Africa who joined forces to stop a secret nuclear power deal between South Africa and Russia are among the seven recipients of this year’s [Goldman Environmental Prize](https://www.goldmanprize.org/). The prize recognizes individuals who have stood up to vested interests, corruption, industry bullying and political repression to protect …
When the [callout](https://www.dn.se/ekonomi/kvinnor-i-teknikbranschen-samlas- under-teknisktfel/) was published on Nov. 19, 2017, all kinds of stories about sexual harassment on the job immediately began rolling in. There were the [technicians](https://teknisktfel.se/?p=128) who would send porn to female colleagues taking calls at an information technology company. One woman [said](https://teknisktfel.se/?p=471) a CEO put his hand …
When the [callout](https://www.dn.se/ekonomi/kvinnor-i-teknikbranschen-samlas- under-teknisktfel/) was published on Nov. 19, 2017, all kinds of stories about sexual harassment on the job immediately began rolling in. There were the [technicians](https://teknisktfel.se/?p=128) who would send porn to female colleagues taking calls at an information technology company. One woman [said](https://teknisktfel.se/?p=471) a CEO put his hand …
As autonomous and intelligent systems become more and more ubiquitous and sophisticated, developers and users face an important question: How do we ensure that when these technologies are in a position to make a decision, they make the right decision — the ethically right decision? It's a complicated question. And …
On the deck of the Razorbill, docked in the English port of Ramsgate, Steve Barratt runs thousands of feet of nets through a squeaky pulley, getting ready for another long night of fishing in the North Sea. It’s a time-worn routine for him, but it has its rewards. As they …
Every weekday at 7 a.m. seafood wholesalers crowd into a warehouse on the docks in Grimsby, in northern England, to bid on yellow plastic tubs full of haddock, cod and plaice, touching and sometimes sniffing the product before they place their bids. On one recent morning, the market auctioned off …
For years, a large-scale offshore wind industry in the US seemed like it was always somewhere off over the horizon. But with the price of offshore wind power [dropping quickly](https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-02-13/whats-fueling-britains- offshore-wind-revolution-technology-subsidies-and-old) in Europe and the UK, policymakers in the US are increasingly looking at it as a viable option to …