Science and Environment http://wrkf.org en Gulf Health: 4 Years After The Oil Spill http://wrkf.org/post/gulf-health-4-years-after-oil-spill <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Oiled beaches in coastal Jefferson Parish after the BP oil spill." data-attribution="Credit Jason Saul / WWNO" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wwno/files/styles/card_280/public/201306/boom.JPG" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wwno/audio/2014/04/FlemingNWFWEB.mp3" class="asset-audio">National Wildlife Federation experts warn Gulf species are still suffering from oil spill effects.</a><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>This story has been updated with a response from BP.</strong></em><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the four-year anniversary of the BP oil spill approaches, a leading environmental group is warning that the event is far from over. Increased deaths of dolphins, sea turtles and other injured species are signs of continuing contamination.</span><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:24:18 +0000 Eileen Fleming 24943 at http://wrkf.org Gulf Health: 4 Years After The Oil Spill How Mouse Studies Lead Medical Research Down Dead Ends http://wrkf.org/post/how-mouse-studies-lead-medical-research-down-dead-ends Most experimental drugs fail before they make it through all the tests required to figure out if they actually work and if they're safe. But some drugs get fairly far down that road, at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars, based on poorly conducted studies at the outset.<p>Medical researchers reviewing this sorry state of affairs say the drug-development process needs serious improvement.<p>Consider drugs that are being developed to treat <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/amyotrophiclateralsclerosis.html">ALS</a>, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:44:00 +0000 Richard Harris 24867 at http://wrkf.org How Mouse Studies Lead Medical Research Down Dead Ends The Old And Mysterious Practice Of Eating Dirt, Revealed http://wrkf.org/post/old-and-mysterious-practice-eating-dirt-revealed <strong></strong>There's an old saying in the South: "A child's gotta eat their share of dirt."<p>Mamie Lee Hillman's family took this literally, but they weren't after just any old dirt.<p>"I remember my mom and my aunties eating that white dirt like it was nothing," says Hillman, who grew up in Greene County, Ga., and used to go with her family to dig for their own dirt to snack on. "It was an acceptable thing that people did."<p>"White dirt" is actually a soft, chalky clay called kaolin and is widely used to make porcelain, paper and paint. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:08:00 +0000 editor 24636 at http://wrkf.org The Old And Mysterious Practice Of Eating Dirt, Revealed Bringing A 'Million Orchids' To Florida's Trees http://wrkf.org/post/bringing-million-orchids-floridas-trees Researchers at a South Florida botanic garden want to return the state's orchids to their former glory.<p>When railroads first came to Florida in the late 1800s, the plants were among the first resources exploited. Millions of orchids were plucked and sent north as potted plants. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 03:54:17 +0000 Greg Allen 24282 at http://wrkf.org Bringing A 'Million Orchids' To Florida's Trees After Oil Spill, Ships Start Moving — But Cleanup Has Just Begun http://wrkf.org/post/after-oil-spill-ships-start-moving-cleanup-has-just-begun Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Vessels are moving once again in the Houston ship channel. The waterway was closed after a barge crash over the weekend spilled thousands of gallons of oil. The Coast Guard now says the channel on the Gulf of Mexico had been cleared enough to allow barge traffic to enter and exit. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 editor 24268 at http://wrkf.org Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez http://wrkf.org/post/why-oil-drilling-both-safer-and-riskier-exxon-valdez A lot has changed for the energy industry since the Exxon Valdez hit a reef in 1989 and began spilling oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound. The outcry over images of oil-soaked wildlife and a once-pristine shoreline dirtied by crude ushered in greater scrutiny of oil operations and increased interest in research on how to clean up oil spills.<p>But while regulation may be tighter and spill response more robust today, companies are working in more challenging environments than they were 25 years ago. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:20:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 24231 at http://wrkf.org Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez 25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone' http://wrkf.org/post/25-years-after-spill-alaska-town-struggles-back-dead-zone <em>On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in U.S. history. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 24174 at http://wrkf.org 25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone' Gallup: Americans Put The Environment Over Economic Growth Again http://wrkf.org/post/gallup-americans-put-environment-over-economic-growth-again In 2009, when the Great Recession took hold of the United States, Americans reversed a long-running trend in polling: For the first time since Gallup first asked the question in the 1980s, more Americans said they favored economic growth over protecting the environment.<p><a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/168017/americans-again-pick-environment-economic-growth.aspx">In a new survey released today</a>, Gallup reports that trend has reversed itself, with 50 percent of Americans saying they agree with this statement: "protection of the environment should be given priority even at the risk of cu Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:32:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 24052 at http://wrkf.org Gallup: Americans Put The Environment Over Economic Growth Again Rethinking The Five-Second Rule: With Carpet, There's No Rush http://wrkf.org/post/rethinking-five-second-rule-carpet-theres-no-rush Many of us will happily eat a gummy bear or cookie after it falls on the floor, as long as we snatch it up quickly. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:01:00 +0000 editor 23783 at http://wrkf.org Rethinking The Five-Second Rule: With Carpet, There's No Rush Oil Industry Gets An Earful As It Eyes Florida's Everglades http://wrkf.org/post/oil-industry-gets-earful-it-eyes-floridas-everglades As oil production goes, Florida isn't much of a player. The state produced less than 2 million barrels last year, which is how much oil Texas pumps from its wells each day.<p>That's about to change as the revolution in oil drilling technology comes to Florida.<p>One of the areas targeted for oil drilling is at Jaime Duran's doorstep in the southwestern part of the state. A retired engineer, Duran lives in a cottage with his wife, Pamela, and the chickens they raise on a 5-acre plot. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Greg Allen 23738 at http://wrkf.org Oil Industry Gets An Earful As It Eyes Florida's Everglades