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U.S. Intelligence Warns Against Security Implications Of Leaving Paris Accord

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 3:44pm

U.S. intelligence experts warn that climate change can produce political instability, as crop failures, drought and rising sea levels prompt population shifts.

President Trump Decides To Remove U.S. From Paris Climate Accord

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 3:44pm

President Trump announced his decision on Thursday for the U.S. to leave the Paris climate accord. The decision is likely to have environmental and international implications.

California State Senator Doubles Down On Efforts To Fight Climate Change

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 3:44pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with California's Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon about his reactions to Trump's decision on the Paris climate accord. The Democrat has worked on legislation that would insulate California from federal environmental rollbacks.

China Steps Forward As Unlikely Leader In Fight Against Climate Change

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 3:44pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Robert Daly of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson Center about China's new commitment to green energy and fighting climate change.

President Trump Decides To Pull U.S. Out Of Paris Climate Agreement

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 3:44pm

President Trump announced Thursday the U.S. will leave the Paris Climate Agreement. The decision is likely to have a big impact on both the climate and environmental policy around the world.

Cracking The Code That Lets The Brain ID Any Face, Fast

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 3:35pm

People and other primates have an amazing ability to instantly recognize faces. Scientists at Caltech found that we do that by having 205 specialized brain cells divvy up the task.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Doris Tsao/Cell Press)

Citizen Scientists Comb Images To Find An 'Overexcited Planet'

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 2:25pm

In a crowdsourced search for celestial objects, four volunteers helped scientists identify a brown dwarf by studying images taken over the years by a NASA satellite.

(Image credit: Chuck Carter and Gregg Hallinan/Caltech/NASA)

WATCH LIVE: Trump Announces Decision On Paris Climate Agreement

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 9:54am

Nearly all the world's nations have signed the 2015 accord, which sets global goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. President Trump is announcing today whether the U.S. will withdraw.

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Trump Poised To Announce Decision On Paris Climate Agreement

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 9:54am

Nearly all the world's nations have signed the 2015 accord, which sets global goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. President Trump is set to announce today whether the U.S. will withdraw.

(Image credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Is Missile Defense Our Best Defense?

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 9:06am

How does the US's missile defense system work? And will it work when lives are at stake?

(Image credit: GENE BLEVINS/AFP/Getty Images)

How New Roots Are Driving An Apple Renaissance

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 9:00am

The apple renaissance of recent years has given us new varieties of fruit. But that's only half of the story, and half of the tree. Another revolution is happening below ground, in the tree roots.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR)

The Making Of Emotions, From Pleasurable Fear To Bittersweet Relief

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 6:40am

Since ancient times, philosophers and scientists have viewed emotions as innate. In the latest Invisibilia, a psychologist argues that emotions spring from the sum of our experiences, not just wiring.

(Image credit: Sara Wong for NPR)

A Venture Capitalist On The Paris Climate Deal

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 4:04am

Rachel Martin talks with Alan Salzman, the CEO and co-founder of VantagePoint Capital Partners, about President Trump and the Paris climate agreement. Salzman's firm has invested in renewable energy.

An Anthropologist Discovers The Terrible Emotion Locked In A Word

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 4:04am

In 1967, Renato Rosaldo went to live with a Philippine tribe that was known for beheading people. He couldn't grasp the emotion that fueled this violence. Then his wife suddenly died.

(Image credit: Marina Muun for NPR)

Scientists Urge Governments To Protect Coral Reefs From Climate Change

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 3:31pm

A paper published in Nature by the world's top scientists says climate change is making irreversible changes to the world's coral reefs, and the role before governments is to steer coral reefs in a way that maintains their biological functions.

Chief Climate Negotiator Warns Against Consequences Of Leaving Paris Accord

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Todd Stern, former United States special envoy for climate change, about President Trump's likely withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. Stern led the negotiations for this deal.

President Trump Expected To Make Decision On Paris Climate Accord

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 3:31pm

President Trump is expected to make a decision regarding whether or not the U.S. will pull out of the Paris climate accord. NPR takes a look at the potential political and environmental impacts of leaving the agreement.

NASA Plans To Launch A Probe Next Year To 'Touch The Sun'

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 2:52pm

The small spacecraft is set to hurtle toward the sun at about 450,000 miles per hour. Scientists hope it will clear up some big mysteries, such as why the sun's atmosphere is hotter than its surface.

(Image credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)

Shareholders Push Exxon To Disclose Business Impact Of Fighting Climate Change

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 2:31pm

In a victory for environmental activists, investors have passed a non-binding proposal calling for Exxon Mobil to publicly examine how efforts to cut greenhouse gases would affect its bottom line.

(Image credit: Mark Humphrey/AP)

'Like Brain Boot Camp': Using Music To Ease Hearing Loss

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 1:00pm

Researchers in Toronto are studying whether singing in a choir and practicing pitch can help hearing-impaired people function better in noisy environments.

(Image credit: Andrea Hsu/NPR)




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