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The Senate overwhelmingly passed a sweeping public lands bill. It’s big for California.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

For two months a year, in a small Norwegian city, the sun never goes above the horizon. One researcher visits to find out why its citizens are happy despite the lack of light.

from Nocturne

Most Angelenos are familiar with what coyotes look like: large ears, black noses, greyish and rust-colored fur, and yellow eyes.

Why do some California coyotes suddenly have blue eyes?

Most Angelenos are familiar with what coyotes look like: large ears, black noses, greyish and rust-colored fur, and yellow eyes.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

People who survived the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history were told this week that they cannot camp out or park RVs on their destroyed properties. They must keep waiting.

Residents Of Paradise And Other Towns Destroyed By Wildfire Must Wait To Go Home

People who survived the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history were told this week that they cannot camp out or park RVs on their destroyed properties. They must keep waiting.

from NPR

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is wasting no time in making good on her campaign promise to deliver sweeping climate change legislation.

What are the goals of the Green New Deal?

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is wasting no time in making good on her campaign promise to deliver sweeping climate change legislation.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The strange story of the postwar pop standard "Nature Boy" and its enigmatic creator, eden ahbez.

Reissue: Unfictional - Nature Boy

The strange story of the postwar pop standard "Nature Boy" and its enigmatic creator, eden ahbez.

from Lost Notes

Arctic temperatures are hitting the midwest, while Australia experiences a heat wave. Heat records were broken all over last year, from Hong Kong to Norway to Southern California.

What you need to know about the polar vortex and global warming

Arctic temperatures are hitting the midwest, while Australia experiences a heat wave. Heat records were broken all over last year, from Hong Kong to Norway to Southern California.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Think about all the plastic you use just once and then toss: shampoo, makeup, toothpaste. If you order anything online, it usually comes in plastic packaging.

Zero-waste movement and living a trash-free life

Think about all the plastic you use just once and then toss: shampoo, makeup, toothpaste. If you order anything online, it usually comes in plastic packaging.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Joshua Tree National Park is still recovering from the impact of the government shutdown. Environmentalists say the impact could be felt for hundreds of years.

It may take hundreds of years for Joshua Tree to recover from the government shutdown

Joshua Tree National Park is still recovering from the impact of the government shutdown. Environmentalists say the impact could be felt for hundreds of years.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Tesla and Hyperloop creator Elon Musk is building carbon-free cars.

How much carbon is Elon Musk burning with his globe trotting?

Tesla and Hyperloop creator Elon Musk is building carbon-free cars.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Millions of Americans are experiencing the coldest weather in a generation.  
  Norris Camp, Minnesota was    -48°F    today. Fargo, North Dakota, was    -31°F   . Chicago, Illinois…

The weather is freezing, but Earth is still warming

Millions of Americans are experiencing the coldest weather in a generation.  Norris Camp, Minnesota was -48°F today. Fargo, North Dakota, was -31°F . Chicago, Illinois…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Sea stars along the Pacific Coast are dying in the largest disease epidemic ever documented in a wild marine species. New research suggests warmer water is making the disease even more deadly.

Massive Starfish Die-Off Is Tied To Global Warming

Sea stars along the Pacific Coast are dying in the largest disease epidemic ever documented in a wild marine species. New research suggests warmer water is making the disease even more deadly.

from NPR

A new documentary at the Santa Barbara Film Festival tells the story of local resident and beloved ocean filmmaker Mike DeGruy, a man who explored our world’s oceans and brought the…

Santa Barbara film 'Diving Deep' explores love, loss and the deep sea

A new documentary at the Santa Barbara Film Festival tells the story of local resident and beloved ocean filmmaker Mike DeGruy, a man who explored our world’s oceans and brought the…

from KCRW Features

PG&E was found responsible for starting many of the fires that hit California these past few years. The utility faces billions of dollars in potential liabilities.

As PG&E files for bankruptcy, some wildfire victims pay the price

PG&E was found responsible for starting many of the fires that hit California these past few years. The utility faces billions of dollars in potential liabilities.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

PG&E, the largest electric utility in the state, filed for bankruptcy today.

As PG&E seeks protection from creditors, some who sued PG&E are no longer getting payments

PG&E, the largest electric utility in the state, filed for bankruptcy today.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In many ways, growing agave in Santa Barbara makes a lot of sense.

Could agave become Santa Barbara’s next major crop?

In many ways, growing agave in Santa Barbara makes a lot of sense.

from KCRW Features

American diplomats heard a mysterious sound in their homes in Cuba a few years ago. Some suffered dizziness, insomnia, and hearing loss. Donald Trump blamed Cuba.

The mysterious sound that allegedly sickened diplomats in Cuba? It was crickets

American diplomats heard a mysterious sound in their homes in Cuba a few years ago. Some suffered dizziness, insomnia, and hearing loss. Donald Trump blamed Cuba.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

It takes a lot of hard work and patience to make it into Santa Barbara’s competitive farmers market.

Advice from a young Santa Barbara farmer

It takes a lot of hard work and patience to make it into Santa Barbara’s competitive farmers market.

from KCRW Features

We've just had the terrible Camp and Woolsey fires. More of those fires will come again -- bigger and hotter.

California Wildfires: Learning to Live in the New Abnormal

We've just had the terrible Camp and Woolsey fires. More of those fires will come again -- bigger and hotter.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Monique Quigley’s Christmas this year won’t be like any she’s ever had.

Lessons on rebuilding after the Woolsey and Thomas Fires

Monique Quigley’s Christmas this year won’t be like any she’s ever had.

from KCRW Features