Christopher Joyce

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Crocodile Meets Godzilla — A Swimming Dino Bigger Than T. Rex

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It roamed land and sea and snacked on giant fish. The first few spinosaurus bones were discovered a century ago, but destroyed in WWII. A more complete, second specimen reveals a terrifying predator.


U.S. Gets Middling Marks On 2014 'State Of Birds' Report Card

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Domestic cats, high-rises and vanishing habitat are taking a toll on more than 33 species of American birds, a comprehensive update reports. Still, wetland and coastal birds are faring better.


An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones

Thursday, August 28, 2014

In the moonscape of Death Valley, one mystery stands out: boulders that seem to creep along the desert floor when nobody's looking. Thanks to video and GPS, scientists now think they know why.


There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Peaks around Glacier National Park store water that irrigates a large section of North America. But a warming climate is shrinking that snowpack, with ominous consequences for wildlife and people.


Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos

Monday, August 18, 2014

Two New England towns dominated the world's ivory market from 1840 to 1940 — transforming imported tusks from African elephants into piano keys and combs. Today's residents grapple with a dark past.