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Why Typhoon Haiyan Caused So Much Damage

The deadly typhoon that swept through the Philippines was one of the strongest ever recorded. But storms nearly this powerful are actually common in the eastern Pacific. Typhoon Haiyan's devastation can be chalked up to a series of bad coincidences.<p>Typhoons — known in our part of the world as …

As Climate Warms American West, Iconic Trout In Jeopardy

In the mountain streams of the American West, the trout rules. People don't just catch this fish; they honor it. And spend lots of money pursuing it.<p>But some western trout may be in trouble. Rivers and streams are getting warmer and there's often less water in them. Scientists suspect a changing …

A Rancher And A Conservationist Forge An Unlikely Alliance

Trout fishing is a magnet that draws people from around the world to places like Ovando, Mont. Just ask the owner of Blackfoot Angler and Supplies, Kathy Schoendoerfer.<p>"Every state in the nation has been through this little shop in Ovando, Montana, population 50," says Schoendoerfer with a mix of …

How Can Deserts Turn Into Grasslands?

<i>Part 3 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Misconceptions.<p><b>About Allan Savory's TEDTalk</b><p>About two-thirds of the world's grasslands have turned into desert. Allan Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that …

Searching for Earth 2.0

One in every five sunlike stars in the Milky Way may have an Earth-sized planet circling it in the Goldilocks zone—the sweet spot where liquid water could exist. That's according to a new analysis of data from the Kepler spacecraft. Sara Seager, an exoplanet hunter at MIT, talks about what's next …

EPA Proposes Reducing Ethanol Requirements For 2014

Bowing to industry complaints, the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed cutting back the amount of renewable fuels, such as corn-based ethanol, that refiners must blend with gasoline.<p>The draft rule would roll back the 2014 requirement for renewables from 18.15 billion gallons to …

At Climate Meeting, Tensions Rise Between Rich And Poor Nations

At the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, conflict between rich and poor nations is mounting. The developing world wants large sums of money to help them adapt to climate change. The U.S. and Europe say they're doing what they can to help but times are tough.<p>Transcript<p>MELISSA BLOCK, …

An Omnivore's Dilemma: Would You Eat Michael Pollan Microbe Cheese?

Making your own cheese and yogurt is all the rage these days. (Our friends at Kitchen Window broke down the process in a recent post, if you're curious.)<p>People who donated their microbes for the project, including food writer Michael Pollan, explain their feelings about personal cheese.<p>Well, it …

U.S. May Be Producing 50 Percent More Methane Than EPA Thinks

Methane is the source of the gas we burn in stoves. You can also use it to make plastics, antifreeze or fertilizer. It comes out of underground deposits, but it also seeps up from swamps, landfills, even the stomachs of cows.<p>And while methane is valuable, a lot of it gets up into the atmosphere, …

What's In It For U.S. To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

The United Nations negotiations in Warsaw over a climate treaty are moving at glacial speed — and that's in part because there's a fundamental problem.<p>In the coming decades, carbon dioxide emissions from China, India and other rapidly developing countries are expected to grow quickly. Residents …

Al Gore Goes Vegan, Following In Footsteps Of Bill Clinton

The decision to give up entire food groups can be a radical attempt to reform an unhealthy diet, as former President Bill Clinton demonstrated when he revealed in 2011 that he'd gone vegan, after heart bypass surgery.<p>But more often in this day and age, eschewing animal products is political.<p>And so …

Tech Leaders, Economists Split Over Clean Energy's Prospects

There is a broad scientific consensus that to keep global warming in check, we need to phase out 80 percent of all oil, coal and natural gas by midcentury. President Obama has set a nonbinding target to do precisely that.<p>There are technologists who say this national goal is well within reach, but …

Putting A Price On 'Dueling Dinosaur' Fossils

What would you pay for a fossil of two complete dinosaurs locked in what seems to be a fight to the death? An auction house put that question to the test with the dinosaurs, discovered in 2006 in the Hell Creek formation of Montana. It got an unexpected answer.<p>Transcript<p>ARUN RATH, HOST:<p>A couple of …

I'm Not Just Gaming, Ma! I'm Helping The World's Farmers

There's no easy way to track all of the world's crops. What's missing, among other things, is an accurate map showing where they are.<p>But the people behind Geo-Wiki are hoping to fix that, with a game called Cropland Capture. They're turning people like you and me into data gatherers, or citizen …

Slashing Fossil Fuel Consumption Comes With A Price

Governments around the world have agreed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). That would require an 80 percent reduction in energy sources like coal, oil and natural gas, which emit carbon dioxide into the air.<p>Nations are far from that ambitious path. There are big …

Ready — Or Not. Abrupt Climate Changes Worry Scientists Most

An expert panel at the National Academy of Sciences is calling for an early warning system to alert us to abrupt and potentially catastrophic events triggered by climate change.<p>The committee says science can anticipate some major changes to the Earth that could affect everything from agriculture to …