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Mars Had Liquid Water On Its Surface. Here’s Why Scientists Think It Vanished
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Scott Neuman | September 22, 2021
A close-up of Mars taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. New research suggests that the red planet may be too small to have ever had large amounts of surface water.NASA | WireImage All evidence points to the fact that Mars once had flowing water, but numerous flybys, orbiters, landers and ...
Ahead Of Climate Talks, China Vows To Stop Building Coal Power Plants Abroad
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Lauren Sommer | September 21, 2021
China says it will stop financing new coal-fired power plants in other countries, but coal use is expected to keeping rising within its borders.GREG BAKER | AFP via Getty Images President Xi Jinping says China will stop financing the construction of new coal-fired power plants abroad. The move could sharply ...
McDonald’s Is Phasing Out Plastic Toys From Happy Meals In A Push To Be More Green
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Bill Chappell | September 21, 2021
McDonald's says it will phase out most plastic from its Happy Meals by 2025. Here, a customer picks up a kid's meal at a McDonald's drive-through.Daniel Acker | Bloomberg via Getty Images The toys that come in McDonald's Happy Meals will soon be made mostly from corn and other materials ...
Maine’s Next Generation Of Lobstermen Brace For Unprecedented Change
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Shannon Mullen | September 19, 2021
Nick Prior adds a keeper to the box for his grandfather Verge to band its claws. Nick hopes to continue the family tradition but isn't sure lobstering is sustainable as a career.Shannon Mullen for NPR Third-generation lobsterman Nick Prior was in eighth grade when he started working as a sternman ...
Celebrate The End Of Summer With Monday’s Harvest Moon
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Dustin Jones | September 18, 2021
Last year's harvest moon took place on Oct. 1. The lunar event is designated as the full moon occurring nearest to the autumnal equinox every year.Anadolu Agency via Getty Images For those in the Northern Hemisphere, summer will come to an end next Wednesday. Slowly but surely since the middle ...
Inspiration4 Crew Returns To Earth, Splashing Down In The Atlantic Off Florida Coast
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Dustin Jones | September 18, 2021
In this image provided by SpaceX, a capsule carrying the all-amateur Inspiration4 crew parachutes into the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.AP Elon Musk's SpaceX set another aerospace first by launching Inspiration4, the first all-civilian mission to orbit, into space Wednesday. And after circling the ...
Countries Promised To Cut Greenhouse Emissions, The UN Says They Are Failing
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Dan Charles | September 17, 2021
Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement will require completely eliminating carbon dioxide emissions from coal-burning power plants like this one in Adamsville, AlabamaANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS | AFP via Getty Images The United Nations is warning that most countries have failed to uphold promises to make deep cuts to greenhouse gas ...
A Single Fire Killed Thousands Of Sequoias. Scientists Are Racing To Save The Rest
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Lauren Sommer | September 17, 2021
The 2020 Castle Fire burned the Alder Creek sequoia grove with extreme intensity, killing many of the 1,000-year-old trees there. Without any green foliage, the trees can't survive or resprout.Lauren Sommer | NPR On a hot afternoon in California's Sequoia National Park, Alexis Bernal squints up at the top of ...
Hundreds Of Dead Migratory Birds In New York City Prompt Calls For Dimming Lights
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Becky Sullivan, The Associated Press | September 16, 2021
This photo provided by Melissa Breyer shows some of the dead birds collected in the vicinity of New York's World Trade Center on Tuesday.Melissa Breyer | AP Updated September 16, 2021 at 8:24 PM ET Early Tuesday morning, Melissa Breyer set out to do her usual volunteer work — collecting ...