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Updated 2018-10-16 22:22
Lawsuits took down Big Tobacco. Can they make oil companies accountable for climate change?
Large cities like San Francisco and New York, along with smaller cities and counties in California, want the big oil companies to pay for the harm their products have caused in the form of rising seas, floods and drought. Better science and clear evidence of deception give these lawsuits far more traction than in the past.
A message for dog owners enjoying the great outdoors: Leave no poop behind
Most dog owners don’t think to pick up after their pets when out hiking in the backcountry, assuming it’s no big deal. But all that dog poop adds up to potential harm by introducing foreign bacteria and nutrients to forests, fields and streams.
Groups sue EPA over regulatory rollback, saying clean air is 'at risk'
Once a major polluter becomes subject to the most-stringent regulations, it is always subject to the most stringent regulations, in perpetuity. Now, however, the EPA is rolling back the "once in always in" policy, and environmental activists are alarmed.
Khalida Popal defied the Taliban and risked her life to play soccer
Khalida Popal did not let the harassment by the Taliban stop her from playing soccer. But daily death threats left her no choice — she fled her homeland and ended up in Denmark. Today she prepares a team of Mexican teenagers who will compete in the upcoming Street Child World Cup.
Trump freezes funding for 'White Helmet' volunteers as part of larger cut to Syrian aid
Search and rescue workers in Syria say civilian lives are at risk after being hit by a freeze in US funding for their organization. The Trump administration says it's part of a broader cut in aid to Syria and is calling on partners and allies to assume a larger role in stabilizing the country.
Nobel Literature prize award postponed amid turmoil over sex scandal
The Swedish Academy which decides the Nobel Prize for Literature said on Friday it would not make the award this year because of a sexual misconduct scandal that has caused turmoil in its ranks and led to a string of board members stepping down.
We asked you to tell us about your random acts of kindness. These were our favorite stories.
Boston artist Bren Bataclan often gives away his paintings with a note asking people to "smile at random people more often."
Black cosplay
The role of race in role playing.
The sound of one claw slashing (SNIKT!)
How Brendan Baker and Chloe Prasinos created a sound-rich world for Marvel’s “Wolverine: The Long Night.”
Gene Luen Yang, ambassador from the land of comics
It might seem like a historical footnote, but China's Boxer Rebellion is as strange and tragic as anything in fiction.
A small North Carolina city stakes its claim as the global capital of furniture buying
High Point, North Carolina: The home to the world's largest home furnishings show is drawing a lot of international visitors.
Ronan Farrow: Foreign policy mistakes show US diplomacy needs reform, not reversal
Journalist Ronan Farrow takes a hard look at the decline of American diplomacy in his new book, “War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence.”
North Carolina’s fight to keep its foothold on furniture
For more than a century, North Carolina and southern Virginia were the furniture-making centers of America. Foreign competition from Asia has taken most of that work away over — 60 percent of the jobs have disappeared since 1990. But North Carolina isn’t going down without a fight.
How does seeking asylum work at the US border?
After weeks of travel across Mexico by bus, freight train and foot, more than 150 migrants from Central America — part of a caravan that has gained international attention — await their turn to apply for asylum at the Southern US border. Just how does the process work?
This British company is turning food waste into beer
Toast Ale has been making beer out of surplus bread for two years. Now the British beer-maker is trying to get other breweries in on the game.
Just how unstable is the massive Thwaites glacier? Scientists are about to find out.
A new five-year US and British research project hopes to give policy makers a better sense of how much west Antarctica will drive rising seas.
If you get a robocall in Mandarin, just hang up
More than 30 Chinese immigrants in New York say they have been the victims of a Chinese robocall scam. A local councilor suspects the number is much higher. The NYPD estimates $3 million has been stolen since December.
A determined UMass undergrad is gathering important data on the Nantucket Harbor crab population
Counting crabs in Nantucket Harbor isn't glamorous work, but somebody's got to do it.
Congress boosted spending on science and the environment, even as Trump administration tried to cut
Billions of dollars in additional funds for scientific research, including renewable energy research, earth systems observations and sea level monitoring were tucked inside the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending measure that passed on March 23, but the Trump Administration is still working to gut environmental regulations.
The mysterious aurora known as 'Steve,' explained
Astronomers have an update on the mysterious, heavenly, purple-and-green ribbon of light dubbed “Steve.”
For years, activists in Southeast Asia warned Facebook that content on the platform could lead to real-life violence. Then it did.
"We didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm," Mark Zuckerberg said during a company earnings call
A Trump-Kim summit would be historic too, but can it succeed?
The leaders of the two Koreas just made history. Now, it’s Donald Trump’s turn. The American president, who once dismissed the idea of negotiating with North Korea, is expected to do just that.
This historian’s new book on Mexican migration is perfectly timed
Stanford historian Ana Raquel Minan’s “Undocumented Lives” focuses on how policy shifts in both Mexico and the United States have changed the daily lives of Mexican migrants for decades.
Laurie Metcalf on reviving “Roseanne” and “Three Tall Women”
The Tony Award winner makes the case for why middle age is the best.
A play’s shoebox-sized stage
Somewhere between theater and installation art, “Flight” tells a story of child migrants entirely through miniature models.
What made Wes Montgomery a legend
How the jazz great ditched guitar picks and created a masterpiece.
What poet Yesika Salgado knows
Salvadoran American poet Yesika Salgado breaks down her love letter to Los Angeles.
The global reach of 'Our Bodies, Ourselves'
Since its publication by Simon & Schuster in 1973, "Our Bodies, Ourselves" has changed the way women view their bodies and how health care professionals view women's health. Here's a look at the impact the book has had globally.
Five takeaways from the Supreme Court’s oral arguments on Trump’s travel ban
Justices on Wednesday raised a series of questions that led many to suggest they did not see a coalition of enough judges to overturn President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
Madeleine Albright thinks it's time to sound the alarm on fascism
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says we might not recognize the resurgence of fascism worldwide until it's too late.
President Obama created DACA. Why won't courts let President Trump end it?
A federal court ruling gives the government 90 days to explain why it changed the immigration policy — or to begin accepting new DACA applicants.
The great catfish war rages on
We’ve been hearing a lot about tariffs and trade wars. To look at how trade disputes can escalate, look at a 17-year-old skirmish between the US and Vietnam, and their fight over catfish.
If you could talk to the animals
What's the meaning of all those howls and growls? Is it language? This week on the podcast, NOVA's Ari Daniel explores how three species communicate.
Some senators still have lingering questions about Mike Pompeo as secretary of state
Sen. Bob Menendez says he will support Mike Pompeo if the CIA director wins Senate approval and becomes America's next top diplomat. But the Democratic senator from New Jersey says there are good reasons for him to vote "no" on Pompeo's nomination.
This Puerto Rican writer depicts the trauma Hurricane Maria left behind
Writer Edmaris Carazo writes about life after Hurricane Maria. "In less than a month and a half, hurricane season — the season that shall not be named — starts yet again."
Take a tour of the City of London’s tiny, protected green spaces
Open spaces in greater London’s historic core have been protected since Victorian times.
The French may soon have to accept 'le doggy bag'
In France, a restaurant meal is considered something to be experienced under the watchful eye of the chef. So there's no tradition of taking home leftovers. But the French government would like to change that to reduce food waste.
At least 9 dead in Nicaragua as civil unrest continues
Protests began last week after the government of President Daniel Ortega, a former leftist guerrilla leader whom critics accuse of trying to build a family dictatorship, launched a plan to overhaul the Central American country's welfare system.
Can music improve your health?
It pumps us up when we’re at the gym, we dance to it at weddings and we sing along with it at concerts. But can music surround us with positive memories in our old age?
Tyler Environmental Prize winner James J. McCarthy has hope for the future
Distinguished oceanographer and leading climate scientist James J. McCarthy of Harvard University is a co-recipient of this year’s Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.
Scott Pruitt's plan would double allowable auto emissions by 2025
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to roll back fuel efficiency standards developed under President Obama. The decision would increase carbon emissions and pollution nationwide and also sets the stage for a possible legal battle with California, which wants to keep its more stringent standards.
Biodiversity loss has an enormous impact on humans, according to a UN report
A three-year study finds that land degradation and rapidly declining biological diversity has profound implications for humanity, putting billions of people at risk of living without adequate food, water and energy.
Coal plant emissions damage infant DNA, a new study shows
Pollution from coal plants has been linked to adverse health effects, including increased risk of cardiovascular problems and shortened lifespans. Now a new study suggests a reason why: coal plant emissions can effect telomeres — protective tips at the end of each string of DNA that are linked to aging.
The rivalry between two Mexican towns could be responsible for the loss of a language
The last people in Mexico who speak a language called Huave live on a remote stretch of the Pacific coast. But an ongoing conflict over clean energy has pitted the Huave against each other. Now some of the last Huave speakers no longer talk to each other.
This artist wants to make you smile
Bren Bataclan is a Filipino American artist who first came to the US when he was 12 years old. Now, he's a professional artist who shares his immigrant experience through his paintings. He's also gives his paintings away to make people smile.
American Icons: ‘Amazing Grace’
While the song has a universal message, its origins are much more complex.
American Icons: ‘Spoon River Anthology’
This is the book of poetry that cast a shadow on America’s white picket fence.
American Icons: ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’
This is the novel that gave slavery a bad name.
Castro steps down as Díaz-Canel assumes Cuban presidency
Raul Castro stepped down from office and Miguel Díaz-Canel assumed the presidency as the first Cuban president not to bear the Castro name in close to 60 years.
Escaped Icelandic computer thief boards flight with Icelandic PM
An Icelandic man arrested on suspicion of stealing about 600 computers used to mine the cryptocurrency Bitcoin escaped prison and fled the country on a commercial flight to Sweden.
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