PRI: Science, Tech & Environment

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

People have come to expect that as our economy grows, so does our use of resources — a trend many have been worried about since the environmental movement began. Intense concern about whether the Earth can handle our consumption habits have also helped to popularize news stories like the [Great …
With wildfires forcing evacuations in the Los Angeles hills and Sonoma County, and parts of California under an "extreme red flag warning" from the winds, the state's largest electric utility triggered another preemptive blackout on Tuesday that left half a million customers in the dark. Shutting down the power has …
You remember Atom Ant? Not Adam Ant, the new wave rocker — [Atom Ant, the cartoon character](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSdhEflcPvU). Atom Ant was fast, but is he as fast as the silver ants of the Sahara? In the deserts of the northern Sahara, blink and you may miss the fastest ants in the …
In late 2013, ExxonMobil faced increasing pressure from investors to disclose more about the risks the company faced as governments began limiting greenhouse gas emissions. Of the many costs climate change will impose, oil companies face a particularly acute one: The demand for their product will have to shrink. For …
With fall weather setting in, it's the perfect time to cozy up in a favorite sweater. But does your woolen pullover come with a sheep included? It might if it's from English company [Sheep Inc.](https://sheepinc.com), which traces that warm winter staple back to the fields of New Zealand where the …
Crude oil has been washing up on the coast of the Brazilian northeast for over a month, leaving more than 150 of Brazil’s postcard-perfect beaches covered in thick, sludgy black patches. The origin of the oil, found in nine Brazilian states along a 1,200-mile stretch of coastline, remains unknown. People …
Young climate strikers I spoke to recently are confused and distressed about the things adults are doing. It’s not just inaction during the worsening climate crisis that bothers them, but the increasingly bizarre criticism many older people throw at striking schoolchildren, in the media and elsewhere. In the absence of …
In just 14 months, Greta Thunberg has gone from a lone schoolgirl striking outside the Swedish parliament to an international celebrity. The favorite to win Friday’s Nobel Peace Prize has inspired books, met with heads of state, and testified before Congress, the European Parliament and the United Nations. Her [Friday …
Standing between the racks of knock-off Ray-Ban and Gucci sunglasses, Vladimir Borsch guards boxes of retro-looking metal and plastic eyeglass frames that were produced across the street in the 1980s and 1990s. “The quality was much higher back then,” Borsch says. “Now everything comes from China.” ![A midshot of a …
Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg's shaming of world leaders and air travelers over climate change has won her millions of admirers and attracted many new followers to her cause. But it just might cost her the Nobel Peace Prize. Thunberg, one of few people whose nomination has become known before the …
Philippa Robb reaches into a kitchen cupboard in her west London home and pulls out an old yogurt container. “Should we bring this one for cheese?” she asked her 16-year-old son, Haydn Robb Harries. “What about for nuts and dates?” In recent years, it’s become fairly common for people to …
If you have a sad bunch of spinach wilting away in your fridge — you're not alone. Food waste is a huge problem around the globe. The United Nations estimates that about one-third of all food produced is lost or wasted. That's over a billion tons every year. Cutting food …
Taking the bus to work can feel like the right thing to do — fewer cars mean fewer greenhouse gas emissions. But most buses in the US run on dirty diesel fuel. Emissions from diesel contribute to air pollution, lung diseases and climate change. The number of diesel buses in …
Thousands of climate activists took to the streets of cities around the world on Monday, launching two weeks of peaceful civil disobedience to demand immediate action to cut carbon emissions and avert an ecological disaster. In London, police arrested 135 activists from the Extinction Rebellion group as they blocked bridges …
Fast-fashion retailer Forever 21 filed for bankruptcy late on Sunday, joining a growing list of brick-and-mortar companies that have seen sales hit by the rise of competition from online sellers like Amazon.com Inc and the changing fashion trends dictated by millennial shoppers. Forever 21 Inc, the privately held company that …
Chad Thomas started fighting wildfires at 16, sacrificing every summer since battling the blazes that claim ever-growing tracts of the Yukon’s boreal forest and peatlands. As a young firefighter from the village of Teslin, he’s required to jump out of helicopters to fend off flames in the most remote regions …
On Sep. 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma battered the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda with winds of 185 mph. The island of Antigua suffered minor damage, but Barbuda was left in ruins with over 90% of its properties damaged beyond repair. Barbuda was left uninhabited after the storm. The national …
Scientists behind a landmark study of the links between oceans, glaciers, ice caps and the climate delivered a stark warning to the world on Wednesday: slash emissions or watch cities vanish under rising seas, rivers run dry and marine life collapse. Days after millions of young people demanded an end …
Two populist, nationalist world leaders opened the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly Tuesday: US President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro. Both leaders touted the value of sovereignty and national pride from the headquarters of the United Nations, the intergovernmental organization tasked with tackling global challenges. _**Related:**[UN …
When German Chancellor Angela Merkel took the stage at Monday’s UN Climate Action Conference, she told the assembled world leaders that industrialized nations bear a special responsibility for having caused climate change, and have a special responsibility to deal with it. “Germany sees its responsibility on the national stage and …