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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.

Nearly 200 Nations Agree On Climate Change Draft Plan At Paris Summit

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 7:52am

"It always seems impossible until it's done," French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal told the conference Saturday, quoting Nelson Mandela.

Scientists Strike Giant Archaeological 'Gold'

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 6:55am

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have found a field of dinosaur footprints on the Isle of Skye. The footprints were made by giant dinosaurs 50 feet long that weighed nearly 20 tons.

Free Enterprise Lens Opens Climate Change Conversation For Conservatives

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 6:55am

Former congressman Bob Inglis became passionate about climate change while in Congress. He tells NPR's Scott Simon there's a way to make fixing climate change palatable to his party: make it about the power of free enterprise.

#NPRreads: Jihadist Culture, Turkish Delight And A Christian Abortion Provider

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 3:50pm

Also this week: How classic video games are teaching computers to learn.

U.N. Delegates Confront The Cost Of Stopping Climate Change

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 3:25pm

Climate conferences over the past decade have foundered on finance, especially on who's going to pay for the huge cost of shifting away from fossil fuels. Most difficult is the disconnect between developing countries, who want money from the rich countries, and the reluctance by those rich countries to agree to open-ended commitments. Moreover, getting risk averse private investors into the new green energy market is turning into a big obstacle in Paris.

A Man, A Plan ... To Run A Marathon In Space

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 12:10pm

"The London Marathon is a worldwide event. Let's take it out of this world," says British astronaut Tim Peake, who'll run the course virtually, on a treadmill in the International Space Station.

Effort To Build The World's Biggest Telescope Hits a Big Snag

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 9:54am

Project officials say they're assessing what to do after Hawaii's Supreme Court invalidated their building permit.

They Need Millions — Make That Billions — To Cope With Climate Change

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 8:02am

Developing countries are often located in the parts of the world that are most vulnerable. Here's what's on their wish list at the Paris conference.

Atlanta's Mayor Highlights Local Effects Of Climate Change At Paris Summit

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 3:50pm

Atlanta's mayor wants to convince businesses that the city is a regional leader on climate change initiatives. But, in a city whose efforts are contradicted by its state, how much can the mayor do?

Federal Jury Hands Down Rare Conviction For Coal Executive

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 3:44pm

A federal jury has convicted former Massy Energy CEO Don Blankenship for conspiring to willfully violate mine safety standards at the site of a 2010 explosion that killed 29 people.

Scientists Debate How Far To Go In Editing Human Genes

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 3:39pm

The unusual meeting was called to consider a ban on certain uses of a new technique that can make precise changes in DNA. The main concern is altering genes in human sperm, eggs and embryos.

Former Coal CEO Blankenship Found Guilty Of Conspiracy In Mine Disaster Case

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 12:00pm

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was acquitted on two other counts, meaning he'll face far less than the potential 30-year prison sentence prosecutors had sought.

Specialty Drugs Can Prove Expensive Even With Medicare Coverage

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:21am

Medicare insurance plans for drugs vary widely in the medicines they cover. For 2016, some patients who pick the wrong plan could pay nearly $12,000 out of pocket annually for a single drug.

How Obama Hopes To Achieve U.S. Climate Goals

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 3:42pm

Past U.S. leaders tried to commit the nation via treaty to steep cutbacks in greenhouse gases. But without congressional support, those pledges fizzled. President Obama is trying regulation, instead.

IAEA Report Reveals Iran Once Had Nuclear Weapons Program

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 3:29pm

The International Atomic Energy Agency's latest report on Iran concludes that it once had a nuclear weapons program. NPR explores the implications of the findings for the current nuclear deal with Iran.

False Alarm Mammograms May Still Signal Higher Breast Cancer Risk

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 11:09pm

Largest study to date finds women who have a positive mammogram but have negative breast biopsies have a somewhat higher risk of developing breast cancer during the next 10 years.

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