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Christopher Joyce

Christopher Joyce appears in the following:

7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

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Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As World Average

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.

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Nations Agree To Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Monday, December 15, 2014

In Lima, Peru, almost all of the world's governments agreed on a document meant to galvanize efforts to curb climate change. While the outcome was modest, it did establish some important principles.

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Why The White House Wants To Go After Seafood Pirates

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Americans eat more seafood than just about anyone, but a big portion of imports are caught illegally. One expert calls this "the single greatest threat to sustainable fisheries in the world today."

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Football Players Drill Without Helmets To Curb Concussions

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The idea, according to a scientist at New Hampshire University, is to teach each player "rugby awareness," so he'll be more likely to keep his head out of harm's way. Helmets off, eyes up.

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Scientists Track Down Serious Methane Leaks In Natural Gas Wells

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Faulty gear and attempts to clear liquid from wells can release enough gas to power hundreds of homes, new research reveals. Scientists say finding the leaks is a first step to plugging them.

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World Climate Talks In Lima Aim To Move Beyond Kyoto Treaty

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Unlike the 1997 Kyoto treaty, the plan on the negotiating table in Lima this week asks every country, developed and developing, to limit carbon emissions. Each nation would set its own target.

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Lower Ozone Standard Would Raise The Compliance Bar For Business

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Public health groups say lower levels will benefit people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Business groups say it's another expensive hoop to jump through.

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New Bird Species Sings Sweetly In Sulawesi

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Birds are one of the most widely studied forms of life on the planet. And, there are still new species out there to discover — as one young researcher found recently in a forest in Indonesia.

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Climate Change Deal Requires U.S., China To Overhaul Energy Use

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Experts who've parsed the numbers offered by the two countries say it's not enough to keep climate from overheating seriously. It is seen as a benchmark by which governments can be held accountable.

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For U.S.-China Deal On Greenhouse Gases, The Devil Is In The Details

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Scientists say a new deal between the U.S. and China on greenhouse gases is a positive move toward new models for controlling emissions, but that it won't keep the Earth from dangerous levels of warming.

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America's T. Rex Gets A Makeover

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Discovered in Montana in 1988, the Wankel T. Rex is a prize find — a nearly complete skeleton, now bound for display at the Smithsonian, in Washington, D.C. But first, those old bones need some work.

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U.N. Report Warns Of 'Irreversible' Damage To Earth's Climate

Monday, November 03, 2014

In Copenhagen on Sunday, scientists gathered to issue their latest assessment of the world's climate. Their report is considered the most comprehensive overview of the state of climate science.

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Take A Trip Into A Mine And Surround Yourself With Bats

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NPR's Christopher Joyce and audio engineer Bill McQuay travel to an abandoned copper mine in search of bats — and their sound.

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Bigger Than A T. Rex, With A Duck's Bill, Huge Arms And A Hump

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Scientists first figured the claw-tipped, giant arm bones found in 1965 belonged to an ostrichlike dinosaur. But its recently recovered skull looks more like a dino designed by a committee — of kids.

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Surrogacy Storm In Thailand: A Rejected Baby, A Busy Babymaker

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Two controversial cases have put a spotlight on surrogacy in Thailand. Now the government is drafting new laws to stop abuse.

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Climate Change Worsens Coastal Flooding From High Tides

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Flooding from extreme tidal swings was once just a rare nuisance for coastal cities. But rising sea levels have increased the frequency of these nuisance floods as much as tenfold since the 1960s.

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Soil Doctors Hit Pay Dirt In Manhattan's Central Park

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The urban oasis boasts about 170,000 different types of microbes, recent dirt samples show. That diversity is comparable to a tropical rain forest. About 2,000 species are found only in the park.

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When Can A Big Storm Or Drought Be Blamed On Climate Change?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Scientists wince when people blame every big tropical cyclone, heat wave or drought on a shifting climate. But now some are trying to figure out just what the evidence for such a link would be.

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Obama Requests All Nations Participate In Climate Treaty

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Heads of state from well over 100 countries came to New York City this week to find ways to slow climate change. The summit is a dry run for a meeting next year to draft a treaty on global warming.

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