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Why Many U.S. Health Officials Are Calling For Urgent Action Against Zika

President Obama has called for nearly $2 billion in emergency funding for Zika preparedness. The mosquito that can carry the virus is present in about thirty U.S. states. Join us to discuss the threat of Zika and what can be done to reduce the risks.


Flint Water Recovery Lagging As Residents Don't Let Tainted Water Run

It may be an expensive answer but experts say if Flint, Mich., residents used more tap water, it would help flush lead-contaminated water from the system.

Home And Garden Giant Ditches Class Of Pesticides That May Harm Bees

Ortho is part of the Miracle-Gro family. The company says it decided to phase out neonics from its home and garden products after reviewing possible threats posed to bees and other pollinators.

U.S. Chief Climate Negotiator: 'Paris Wasn't The End, Paris Is The Start'

Since the beginning of the Obama administration, Todd Stern has been the U.S. government's chief climate negotiator. He led the team in Paris that managed to get some 200 countries to agree to the most sweeping deal ever to limit global carbon emissions. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Stern about what's happened since Paris and his decision to step down from the job after seven years.

What Happens When Fashion Becomes Fast, Disposable And Cheap?

Fashion styles are churned out more frequently than ever, giving us more opportunities to buy. But this "fast fashion" trend increases trash — and some groups are trying to slow down the cycle.

For The Navajo Nation, Uranium Mining's Deadly Legacy Lingers

Uranium mining on Navajo lands ended in 1986, but the tribe is still suffering profound health effects. The government started cleanup only recently; many of the polluters have gone out of business.

To Save Power, Venezuela Gives Public Employees Fridays Off

As a drought pushes water levels to extreme lows, President Nicolas Maduro has declared every Friday a holiday for the next two months to save water and electricity.

Cambodia Launches Plan To Reintroduce 'Functionally Extinct' Tigers

A successful revival would mean not only a healthier and more balanced ecosystem, but it could also boost Cambodia's ecotourism, bringing more revenue to the national economy.

Unable To Compete On Price, Nuclear Power On The Decline In The U.S.

Nuclear power is carbon-free and remains the source of about 20 percent of U.S. electricity. But natural gas, wind and solar are often cheaper, and unprofitable reactors are being shut down.

Is Samoa's Obesity Epidemic A Harbinger For Other Developing Nations?

Obesity and Type 2 diabetes are becoming more common all over the world. But the tiny Samoan islands now have the highest rates. An epidemiologist blames changes in diet brought on by globalization.