Increasing U.S. coal exports to China doesn't necessarily mean global emissions will rise. As demand abroad drives up coal prices at home, it could prompt U.S. utilities to switch to cheaper and more environmentally friendly natural gas. And that might alter the politics of climate change in the U.S., an expert says.
Wednesday night's E.U. summit in Brussels was at first heralded as the venue for a comprehensive deal that would help Europe's debt crisis — then E.U. leaders started ratcheting back the expectations. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Jim Zarroli for more.
A nonprofit called Seeding Labs ships surplus scientific lab equipment to universities and research facilities in developing countries. "There are talented people everywhere in the world, but they don't have equal access to the resources to do great science," says the program's founder.
The drug violence in Mexico has claimed another victim, the port city of Veracruz. The recent bloodshed is crippling tourism and sowing fear in what, until last year, had been a relatively peaceful part of Mexico. But in a twist, a group calling itself the Zeta Killers is vowing to fight the drug cartel.
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