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 innate curiosity about the natural world that many of us experience as children is often lost on the path to adulthood. Author Brigit Strawbridge Howard found her way back to a childlike fascination with nature with the help of some of the world's most important pollinators: honeybees, bumblebees, and …
_Top of The World — our morning news round up written by editors at The World.[Subscribe here](http://theworld.org/newsletters)_. The World Health Organization released new guidelines yesterday [acknowledging some reports](https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/transmission- of-sars-cov-2-implications-for-infection-prevention-precautions) of airborne transmission of the coronavirus. The announcement came after more than 200 scientists signed an open letter accusing the WHO …
From Southeast Asia to the United States, activists have called attention in recent years to the harmful impact of chemical companies such as Formosa Plastics Corporation, a Taiwanese petrochemical company that operates throughout the world, including the US. Anne Rolfes is one of two Louisiana environmental activists who now [face …
Some people might find it naïve to talk about poetry as a climate solution, but the arts represent one of the more powerful ways that people transform deeply held worldviews and beliefs about the natural world, according to Julia Bentz, who runs the project [Art for Adaptation](https://artforadaptation.com/), which looks at …
_A longer version of this story was[originally published](https://insideclimatenews.org/news/18062020/china-pollution- environmental-companies-accountable) by InsideClimate News._ The forests of northwest Guinea are scarred by rust-red earth—a product of the West African country's recent bauxite mining boom. Even amidst COVID-19, the mining continues. River barges laden with ore snake from the city of Boke toward …
The city council of Arlington, Texas, took a historic stand last month by [refusing to expand a fracking complex](https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Arlington- City-Council-votes-against-issuing-15328890.php) located next to a preschool that serves primarily Black and Latino children. Arlington, which is located between Dallas and Fort Worth in North Texas, is a city of 400,000 people …
Christoph Beuttler, carbon dioxide removal manager and policy expert at Climeworks, said that since the company started 11 years ago in Zurich, it has faced plenty of pushback. Climeworks is one of the first and best-known companies to direct air capture — or pull carbon dioxide directly out of ambient …
Last year’s fires in the Amazon captured the world’s attention. They raged across Brazil, engulfing the recently deforested Amazon jungle. Smoke darkened São Paulo’s skies more than a thousand miles away. Ranchers, loggers and businessmen in the state of Pará organized simultaneous illegal blazes last year on Aug. 10, which …
![Malcom Ferdinand is a researcher at the French national scientific research center in Paris.](https://media.pri.org/s3fs- public/styles/w512/public/images/2020/07/2020-07-01-malcolm- ferdinand.jpg?itok=5Ju92BCZ) Malcom Ferdinand is a researcher at the French national scientific research center in Paris. Credit: Courtesy of Malcolm Ferdinand On Sunday, France’s Green party and its left-wing allies swept key cities — including Lyon, …
For years, mainstream environmental movements around the globe have excluded people of color. Environmental sociologist Dorceta Taylor remembers being the only Black person in her environmental science class at Northeastern Illinois University in the early 1980s. When she asked her white professor why there weren’t more Black students, he quickly …
Pumas roaming the empty streets of Santiago in Chile. Dolphins in the unusually calm waters off of Trieste Italy. Jackals roaming city parks in Tel Aviv in broad daylight. The lockdowns on human movement during the pandemic have also changed the way wildlife is behaving. > Coronavirus: Wild animals enjoy …
_Top of The World — our morning news round up written by editors at The World.[Subscribe here](http://theworld.org/newsletters)_. The National People’s Congress Standing Committee, China's top legislative body, [passed a highly controversial national security law](http://totw.theworld.org/t/i-l-xhkody-l-b/) for Hong Kong Tuesday, which will take effect just ahead of the 23rd anniversary of the …
_Top of The World — our morning news round up written by editors at The World.[Subscribe here](http://theworld.org/newsletters)_. Several US service members are believed to have been killed as a result of bounties offered by a Russian military intelligence unit to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan, [The Washington Post reports](https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/russian-bounties-to- taliban-linked-militants-resulted-in-deaths-of-us-troops-according-to- intelligence- …
Even as some countries start to reopen, the world is far from safe from the novel coronavirus pandemic that continues to rage. Two grim milestones have been reached, as the globe sees more than 10 million confirmed global infections and 500,000 deaths. The United States remains the epicenter of the …
The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers on May 25 touched off massive protest demonstrations around the world against police brutality and systemic racism. The demonstrations have also opened many people’s eyes to another form of racism: the unequal impacts of pollution and climate disruption on people of …
In South Africa, the COVID-19 pandemic and strict government-imposed lockdown have led to an unexpected consequence: a major decline in rhino poaching. More than 80% of African rhinos remaining in the world are in South Africa, making it the hotspot for rhino poaching. The number of rhinos killed for their …
Helping Indonesia’s poorest people could save the nation’s forests, too, a new study shows. Indonesia is one of the most rapidly deforested places on Earth, and [nearly 10% of the population lives below the poverty line](https://www.adb.org/countries/indonesia/poverty). These struggles are not separate, conflicting issues — but deeply intertwined — the [study](https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/advances/6/24/eaaz1298.full.pdf) …
A new book of poetry by John Freeman, [“The Park,”](https://www.coppercanyonpress.org/books/the-park-by-john-freeman/) uses the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris as a lens to peer into the paradox of how public green space can provide refuge and access to beauty for some while excluding others. For the last five or six years, Freeman has …
The Trump administration’s rush to complete sections of a wall along the US- Mexico border before the November election is threatening to damage and restrict access to sacred and historic Native American sites in the region. The border wall was a key promise of President Donald Trump’s election campaign, and …
_A longer version of this story was[originally published](https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09062020/germany-transportation- auto-industry-volkswagen-tesla-clean-energy) by InsideClimate News._ The night before the leaders of the European Union met in Brussels in 2013, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a phone call. After more than a year of talks, the EU nations had agreed on a plan to …