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For The Marshall Islands, The Climate Goal Is '1.5 To Stay Alive'

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 11:56am

The islands have more to lose than most any country at the Paris climate summit. Some territory is already disappearing under rising seas. The foreign minister explains the predicament.

Senate Questions 'Egregious' Price Hikes For Specialty Medicines

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 9:10am

Some companies have bought the patents for old drugs, then abruptly upped the prices — from $13 per pill to $750 in one case. Irate senators call it price gouging.

Terror Attacks Divide Muslim And Non-Muslims Living In The U.S.

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 4:26am

After the Sept. 11 attacks, FBI hate crime data and census trends show that states with the strongest backlash against Muslims saw decreased rates of assimilation among Muslim immigrants in America.

Rest Of The World Perplexed That Climate Debate Continues In U.S.

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 3:56am

The 20th century's biggest carbon emitter is also one of the few advanced democracies where climate change is not accepted as fact. This makes it hard for some to trust U.S. efforts on the issue.

India To U.S.: Cut Back On Your Consumption!

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 4:20pm

The Paris climate talks are said to be the best chance in 20 years to reach a global treaty. But India argues little will change unless fossil-fuel-reliant rich countries change their habits.

Congress Still Limits Health Research On Gun Violence

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 4:16pm

The wave of mass shootings in the U.S. is renewing a debate over treating gun violence as a public health issue. Congress has stood in the way of federal funding for studying injuries and deaths.

The Sticking Point: U.N. Climate Delegates To Debate Financial Measures

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 3:35pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Rachel Kyte, special envoy for climate change for the World Bank, who explains the push-pull between rich and poor countries over financing measures to stop climate change.

Party Like It's 2,500 B.C.: Feasts At Stonehenge Were Epic Barbecues

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 3:16pm

Researchers analyzing pottery fragments and bones at a neolithic settlement near Stonehenge believe roast pork and beef stew were likely main courses for people visiting the famous English monument.

Drug Cocktails Fuel Massachusetts' Overdose Crisis

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 2:36pm

A state analysis reveals that the majority of overdose deaths in 2014 came from heroin or prescription opioids taken in combination with cocaine, anti-anxiety medications or alcohol.

How What Makes You Laugh (And Cringe) Reveals Your Hidden Biases

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 11:04pm

This week on Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam looks at what we find funny and what, well, crosses the line. Comedian Bill Burr joins us to talk about why race, gender and Caitlin Jenner can be so funny.

The Past Is Littered With Foods Of The Future

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 4:37pm

For as long as humans have eaten, they've entertained grand visions of the future of food. But the shiny objects of food futurism rarely pan out in the way the visionaries intended.

Secretary Moniz Emphasizes 'Innovation Agenda' To Stop Climate Change

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 3:56pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz about the U.N. climate summit in Paris.

Small, Surprising Dip In World's Carbon Emissions Traced To China

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 3:44pm

Climate scientists say global emissions of carbon dioxide seem to have dipped a bit in 2015, though the world economy is still growing. China's reduced use of coal may be the main reason.

Carbon Farming Gets A Nod At Paris Climate Conference

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 10:11am

Using farmland to capture carbon rather than release it into the atmosphere is called carbon farming. The idea is taking off and countries and institutions have endorsed a new agenda promoting it.

Is This Congressman's 'Oversight' An Effort To Hobble Climate Science?

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 4:03am

Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas is formally investigating a recent study on global warming. Smith calls the timing of the study's publication "suspicious." But many scientists call his tactics "bullying."

A Bad Night's Sleep Might Do More Harm Than You Think

Sun, 12/06/2015 - 6:52am

What if you could never get a good night's rest? Some low-income people around the world face that challenge. A team of researchers is investigating whether sleep deprivation keeps some in poverty.

Climate Talks Grow More Complex Over Greenhouse Emissions

Sun, 12/06/2015 - 6:52am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Chris Joyce about the obstacles in reaching a climate deal. We hear from various countries and get a sense of the competing views and interests on reducing emissions.

The Local Goes Global, As Mayors Talk Climate Change In Paris

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 4:11pm

With nations struggling to agree on how to reduce greenhouse emissions, many cities have stepped in to fill the gap. Some 1,000 mayors from around the world pledged new measures in Paris this week.

NASA Releases New Video Showing Higher-Resolution Closeup Of Pluto

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 1:42pm

The best photos from the New Horizons spacecraft that buzzed Pluto earlier this year are now making their way back to Earth, providing resolutions of less than 100 yards per pixel.

PHOTOS: Rescue Teams Respond To Historic Flood In Chennai

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 11:57am

A flood in India's fourth-largest city has claimed at least 280 people so far. During a brief lull in weeks of heavy rains, the Indian government boosts its rescue missions to help stranded residents.

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