Environment Breaking news on the environment, climate change, pollution, and endangered species. Also featuring Climate Connections, a special series on climate change co-produced by NPR and National Geographic.

This 1933 photo made available by the U.S. Geological Survey shows the ruins of St. Anthony's Church in Long Beach, Calif., after an earthquake struck on March 10, 1933. T.J. Maher/AP hide caption

toggle caption
T.J. Maher/AP

Boats sit on the beach at Bahia Almirantazgo in Antarctica. An agreement was reached on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent. Natacha Pisarenko/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Natacha Pisarenko/AP

A lynx leaves his cage during a release into the wild, in July in Kaiserlautern, western Germany. Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images

Giant sequoias in the Sierra Nevada range can grow to be 250 feet tall — or more. John Buie/Flickr hide caption

toggle caption
John Buie/Flickr

How Is A 1,600-Year-Old Tree Weathering California's Drought?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/499453623/499637494" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Dave Archambault, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, stands outside a federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 5. Jessica Gresko/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Jessica Gresko/AP

In Fight Over N.D. Pipeline, Tribe Leader Calls For Peace And Prayers

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/499479185/499554385" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Laura Kemp, a technician at The Land Institute, hand harvests an experimental crop of Kernza in Kansas. Scientists think that this perennial crop could help fight climate change by trapping more carbon in the soil. Courtesy of The Land Institute hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of The Land Institute

Freedom Industries, which owned storage tanks blamed in a January 2014 chemical spill, filed for bankruptcy later that month. The company's facility on Barlow Street is seen on the banks of the Elk River in Charleston, W.Va. Tom Hindman/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Tom Hindman/Getty Images

Volkswagen Agrees To $14.7 Billion Settlement In Emissions Cheating Scandal

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/499343598/499343599" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

This image taken in 2012 shows part of the Crosson Ice Shelf (center left) and Mount Murphy (foreground) on the western edge of Antarctica. Thwaites Ice Shelf lies beyond the highly fractured expanse of ice (center). John Sonntag/Nature hide caption

toggle caption
John Sonntag/Nature

Antarctica's Ice Sheets Are Melting Faster — And From Beneath

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/499206005/499343653" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

After 43 years of cranking out electricity, the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant is shutting down. The plant was licensed until 2033, but will go offline 17 years earlier than planned. United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Flickr hide caption

toggle caption
United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Flickr

Waste, Families Left Behind As Nuclear Plants Close

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/498842677/499121111" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

After Hurricane Matthew, Town Wonders: Rebuild Or Relocate?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/498987441/498987442" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Wrecked Haiti Still Reeling From Deadly Hurricane Matthew

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/498954225/498954226" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript