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When Nature Teaches Us How To Be Human

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 12:27pm

As global warming changes the planet, we will experience many severe weather events; how we fare will largely depend on how well we preserve our best qualities — and community, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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Houston's Susceptibility To Flooding

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 4:02am

Sam Brody, a professor at Texas A&M at Galveston, talks with Ailsa Chang about how Houston area levees, reservoirs, dams and bayous have been holding up during the storm.

Flooded Texas Chemical Plants Raise Concerns About Toxic Emissions

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 4:02am

Houston is home to hundreds of petrochemical plants and some of them are damaged by flooding. Environmental groups worry about toxic emissions, and one plant is at risk of a possible explosion.

Warren Buffett Backs Nuclear Fuel Bank In Kazakhstan

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 3:32pm

An unusual bank will open Tuesday in Kazakhstan. The deposits will be nuclear fuel, low-enriched uranium. The customers withdrawing low-enriched uranium will be nations which lack enrichment facilities. The idea is to convince such nations not to build their own. Warren Buffett is among the bank's founders.

Trump's Proposed Budget Cuts Could Undermine Harvey Relief Efforts

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 3:32pm

President Trump pledged to rebuild Houston and Texas bigger and better than ever. However, earlier this month, he rescinded an Obama executive order that required flood-damaged property to be rebuilt higher and stronger. Trump also has proposed eliminating federal flood mapping and the federal government's top disaster agency.

Fishermen Caught With 6,600 Sharks In Galapagos, Now Headed To Prison

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 3:30pm

The dead sharks, mostly endangered hammerheads, were part of a 300-ton haul of fish found on a Chinese boat off the Galapagos Islands. An Ecuadorean judge fined and jailed the crew up to four years.

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How Moldy Hay And Sick Cows Led To A Lifesaving Drug

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 1:41pm

The blood thinner warfarin, which prevents blood clots, owes its existence to some cows who got very sick after eating the wrong hay. That and a chemist who spent years trying to figure out why.

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Sea Shepherd Says This Year It Won't Send Ships To Disrupt Japanese Whalers

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 1:34pm

The U.S.-based environmental activist group says it will not send ships because Japan has improved technology to avoid the vessels and has toughened its anti-terrorism laws.

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What Does It Take To See Gentrification Before It Happens?

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 8:42am

The great hope of urban advocates is to democratize data, allowing residents to see more clearly how a neighborhood is changing — but knowledge of those changes may accelerate them, says Adam Frank.

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Trump Heads For Texas To Inspect Storm Damage

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:01am

The president says he waited to visit until he could do so "without causing disruption." He will sidestep Houston and instead visit the Corpus Christie area, where Harvey made landfall on Friday.

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Trump's Texas Visit Highlights Federal Response Effort

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:01am

The president said he waited to visit until he could do so "without causing disruption." He sidestepped Houston and instead stopped in Corpus Christi, where Harvey made landfall, and then in Austin.

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Trump In Texas To Inspect Storm Damage

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:01am

The president said he waited to visit until he could do so "without causing disruption." He will sidestep Houston and instead visit the Corpus Christi area, where Harvey made landfall on Friday.

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Louisiana, Texas Prepare For More Rain From Tropical Storm Harvey

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 4:26pm

Texas and Louisiana are steeling for more rain from now tropical storm Harvey. Rising temperatures factored into the size and impact of the storm.

Hurricane Harvey's Size And Impact Points To Climate Change

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 3:31pm

Hurricane Harvey bears the marks of climate change. Warmer waters in the Gulf of Mexico and rising sea levels make rain heavy storms like Harvey more likely in the future.

How A Warmer Climate Helped Shape Harvey

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 2:32pm

Rising temperatures factored into making the storm a watery giant, but other factors helped turn it into a catastrophe.

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What Should We Be Teaching Young Children?

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 2:21pm

Many things can be learned just as well later — so the focus should be on ones that really need to be early, like languages, music and communication, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

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Harvey Hits Hard

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 9:06am

Gulf Coast residents have been told to evacuate or ready themselves for torrential rain, high winds and flash flooding.

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Need A Happiness Boost? Spend Your Money To Buy Time, Not More Stuff

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 4:02am

A recent study suggests that when people spend their extra cash to get help with time-consuming chores, they're likelier to feel better than if they use the money to buy more things.

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner On Hurricane Harvey Preparedness

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 5:39pm

Michel Martin talks to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner about the storm pummeling the region.

Coast Guard Update: Houston Search And Rescue Efforts

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 5:37pm

NPR's Michel Martin talks to a representative from the U.S. Coast Guard, Captain Kevin D. Oditt, about the how the search and rescue efforts are going in the city of Houston.

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