environment

Louisiana Eats!
3:54 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

A Pair of Fishing Tales

Listen to two award-winning authors speak about the importance of the sea and its inhabitants this week on Louisiana Eats!. Paul Greenberg talks about the importance of preserving fish, and a children's book by Mark Kurlansky spreads the word about marine ecology.

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Gulf Oil & Gas Lease Sale
2:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Gulf Oil and Gas Leases Go On Sale

The federal government is set to sell off oil and natural gas leases in the central Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

The sale, taking place in the Superdome, starts at 9 a.m. CDT and ends at noon, when the U.S. Department of the Interior is expected to announce the results.

The government is offering 7,434 tracts covering about 38 million acres. As of Tuesday, 593 bids were submitted by 48 companies for 454 tracts.

The blocks are located from three to about 230 miles offshore.

Wetlands Reconstruction
1:48 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Mississippi Mud May Be Used To Stave Off Erosion

There's plenty of mud flowing down the Mississippi River and getting washed out into the Gulf of Mexico every day. Now, in a bid to save the threatened delta, the Army Corps of Engineers says it wants to take mud dredged from the shipping channels to build up fragile wetlands.

The Listening Room
12:17 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Weathering the Storm

From Backstory with the American History Guys: in 1815, a volcanic eruption in Indonesia sent enough ash into the sky to disrupt the world’s weather for the next year. In New England, 1816 became known as “The Year Without a Summer.” Snow fell in June and July. Crops and animals died. Tens of thousands of people picked up and left; their search for greener pastures became an early chapter in a larger story of westward expansion.

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The Listening Room
10:56 am
Thu June 14, 2012

America Abroad: The Global Water Challenge

As global population grows, so does the demand for water. Yet less than one percent of the planet's supply is potable, and estimates suggest that 40% of humanity will not have access to clean water by 2025.

Explore the complex issues surrounding this precious resource in this edition of America Abroad.

Go here for more information on this series.

Airing Sunday, June 17th. You can hear The Listening Room Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m., on WWNO, 89.9 FM.

Gopher Frog
10:24 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Feds to Set Critical Habitat for Endangered Frog

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating nearly 6,500 acres in Mississippi and Louisiana as critical habitat for the endangered Mississippi gopher frog — the only endangered or threatened frog in the Southeast. About 100 live in the wild, and nearly 900 in zoos.

BP Oil Spill
4:00 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

BP Oil Spill Device Lands Actors Kevin Costner and Stephen Baldwin in Federal Court

Actors Kevin Costner and Stephen Baldwin are facing off in a New Orleans courtroom. Costner is being sued over profits from a device launched to combat the BP oil spill.

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Beach Advisories
9:59 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Beach Bacteria Warnings Up From Last Year in Mississippi

BILOXI, Miss. — Mississippi's Department of Environmental Quality has posted more warnings of high bacteria levels along Mississippi beaches so far this year than in all of 2011. But the head of the Harrison County Sand Beach Authority says there have been fewer sewer-related problems in the past few years than there used to be. 

America’s Wetland Foundation
6:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Wetlands Group Focusing on Mississippi River

After more than a decade of coordinating coastal concerns of five Gulf states, the America’s Wetland Foundation is looking north. The group will be heading as far north as Minnesota to study how best to use the Mississippi River that feeds the Delta.

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The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers
5:01 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Pennsylvania Doctors Worry Over Fracking 'Gag Rule'

Plastic surgeon Amy Pare says it's important for doctors to know what kind of substances patients she's treating might have been exposed to.
Susan Philips WHYY

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 6:30 pm

From WHYY

A new law in Pennsylvania has doctors nervous.

The law grants physicians access to information about trade-secret chemicals used in natural gas drilling. Doctors say they need to know what's in those formulas in order to treat patients who may have been exposed to the chemicals.

But the new law also says that doctors can't tell anyone else — not even other doctors — what's in those formulas. It's being called the "doctor gag rule."

'I Don't Know If It's Due To Exposure'

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