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Trucks Hit Record 20.4 MPG, EPA Says; Carmakers Are Ahead Of Emissions Standards

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 1:40pm

Fuel economy is at record highs and car makers have surpassed strict greenhouse gas emissions standards for the third straight year, the Environmental Protection Agency says.

Congressional Spending Bill Would Lift The Ban On Exporting Crude Oil

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 11:25am

Such a move could be a boon for U.S. oil producers hoping to expand into the global market. The bill would also extend tax credits for wind and solar energy production.

Clinical Trials Still Don't Reflect The Diversity Of America

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 10:58am

Clinical trials are too white, with less than 2 percent of cancer studies including enough minority people to provide information that could be useful for health, a study finds.

Climate Change Plays 'Fairly Insignificant' Role In Current Warm Weather

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 3:37pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to Mike Halpert, NOAA's deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center, about the odd weather caused by El Nino and if climate change has a role.

Natural Gas Leak in California Raises Health, Environmental Concerns

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 3:33pm

A month and a half after detecting the leak in its Aliso Canyon storage facility, Southern California Gas Co. still hasn't been able to stop it.

People Across The U.S. React To Unseasonably Warm Weather

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 3:15pm

All Things Considered hears from people around the country about the unseasonable weather.

Global Businesses Show Cautious Support For Climate Deal

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 3:15pm

Business groups around the world are studying the climate change agreement reached in Paris over the weekend. Many support the idea of taking steps to limit carbon emissions but are worried about how reductions will be implemented and enforced.

Cows' 'Night Milk' May Help You Fall Asleep

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 3:15pm

In South Korea, researchers have found that milk collected from cows at night contains high amounts of tryptophan and melatonin, supplements "proven to aid sleep and reduce anxiety."

Bodies Through Time: A Historian Traces Our Evolving Relationship With The Dead

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 11:21am

Thomas Laqueur, author of The Work of the Dead, discusses the ways people have dealt with human remains over the course of history. Modern cemeteries, he says, are byproducts of the French Revolution.

Bodies Through Time: A Historian Traces Our Evolving Relationship With The Dead

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 11:21am

Thomas Laqueur, author of The Work of the Dead, discusses the ways people have dealt with human remains over the course of history. Modern cemeteries, he says, are byproducts of the French Revolution.

Encouraging TV Binge Watching May Backfire On Advertisers

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 4:07am

Research finds that viewers who binge watch are less engaged with ads than viewers who watch TV shows periodically. We explore the psychological reasons why binge watchers are less interested in ads.

Scientists See U.N. Climate Accord As A Good Start, But Just A Start

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 4:05am

Many analyzing the deal hammered out in Paris say it's way better than no plan at all. But proof, they warn, will be in the execution of efforts to cap global temperature rise at 2 degrees C or less.

Obamacare Sign-Ups Could Get A Bump As Higher Penalties Kick In

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 4:00am

The deadline for buying health insurance that starts Jan. 1 has arrived. Many people who lack coverage in 2016 will face fines that could reach thousands of dollars.

The Psychology Of Radicalization: How Terrorist Groups Attract Young Followers

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 11:04pm

Why do young people join ISIS? Is it nihilism? Or, as social scientists suggest, a perverse idealism? Hidden Brain explores the psychology of terrorist groups, and why people join them.

Global Leaders Move To Cut Emissions In Wake Of Climate Deal

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 3:08pm

NPR has reaction from Russia, China and Brazil on the climate deal reached over the weekend in Paris.

U.S. Envoy Calls Deal An 'Important Start' In Fight Against Climate Change

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 3:08pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Todd Stern, the Obama administration's climate envoy, who negotiated the climate deal in Paris. He calls it a "very important start" in the fight against climate change.

Ford CEO Outlines Plans To Compete With Ride-Hailing Services

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 3:08pm

Ford Motor Company plans to roll out a fleet of hybrid cars, and it's also developing new ride-hailing services. This is Ford's latest effort to not just sell cars, but drive people and gain entry into the ride-hailing economy dominated by Uber and Lyft. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with the Ford CEO Mark Fields about the company's move into other markets and the future of the auto industry.

Economic, Environmental Concerns Threaten Future Of Oil Sands

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 3:08pm

Alberta, Canada, has the third largest oil reserves in the world, but the potentially lucrative oil sands business faces serious economic challenges.

Fish Stocks Are Declining Worldwide, And Climate Change Is On The Hook

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 2:08pm

Fish populations aren't replenishing themselves like they used to. Researchers say there's not enough food for young fish, and it's directly linked to changing temperatures.

Proposed Dow-DuPont Merger Must Clear Regulatory Hurdles

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 4:12am

Combined, the proposed company Dow-DuPont would be worth $130 billion and would have even deeper and broader reach in the chemical, industrial and agricultural sectors.

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