Category: Environment

  • Bill Gates wants to build a newer, safer nuclear reactor. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Bill Gates wants to build a newer, safer nuclear reactor.

    There’s some renewed interest in TerraPower, the Bill Gates-backed company that’s trying to make a long-time dream of nuclear reactors a mainstay of the industry. Most nuclear reactors around the world are water-cooled, a design chosen because the Navy was the first to develop usable reactors for their nuclear submarines. Water-cooled designs were considered safer…

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  • How fast are Antarctic glaciers contributing to sea level rise? The largest research initiative in 70 years aims to find out.

    Miami. Boston. New York. Norfolk, Virginia. These are just a few of the many American coastal cities where flooding has become a topic as hot as the underlying cause of the crisis: global warming. WATCH: Miles investigates the effects of sea level rise on cities like Boston. These cities are trying to plan for the…

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  • Mr. Trash Wheel made Baltimore laugh, then clean up its waterways. Can fun messaging improve environmental work?

    Baltimore’s harbor is infamously polluted. One organization has a number of initiatives to try and clean up the waters and make them swimmable by 2020. Their most successful project features a prankster water wheel that collects garbage. Connecting with people on environmental issues may be as easy as making them laugh. A harbor in need…

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  • Biodiversity: why does it matter and why should you care?

    The world’s leading international biodiversity organization is meeting right now in Medellin, Colombia. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is preparing five massive reports on the state of biodiversity around the world, hoping to spur action and protect species worldwide. What is biodiversity? Biodiversity is a measure of how many different…

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  • President Trump’s State of the Union speech gets coal all wrong, again | Miles O'Brien Productions

    President Trump’s State of the Union speech gets coal all wrong, again

    From a science angle, President Trump’s State of the Union address had little to offer. There were a few mentions of human health advances, but not much else. One line, however, caught our attention: “We have ended the war on American Energy — and we have ended the war on clean coal,” said President Trump.…

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  • EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt | Miles O'Brien Productions

    EPA head Scott Pruitt goes into Senate oversight hearing with batch of scandals

    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt sat for a routine Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee hearing today and Senate Democrats tried to make it as painful as possible for him. Pruitt has a history of equivocation on climate, and has made it his mission to grind the EPA down to a halt, which is exactly…

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