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Christopher Joyce is a correspondent on the science desk at NPR. His stories can be heard on all of NPR's news programs, including NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

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Cave Art May Have Been Handiwork Of Neanderthals

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:14:00 -0500

Scientists say some of the earliest cave art found in Europe was done before humans arrived; thus, Neanderthal art, suggesting that our "brutish" cousins were capable of symbolic thinking.

Seismic Surveys Planned Off U.S. Coast Pose Risk To Marine Life

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0500

The Trump administration could give companies permission to set off sonic explosions to explore for oil and gas deposits. Scientists say this could seriously harm marine life.

Plastic Pollution Is Killing Coral Reefs, 4-Year Study Finds

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:01:00 -0500

A study in the Pacific Ocean finds that bags and bottles are sickening and killing reefs from Thailand to Australia. Coral reefs already are susceptible to disease due to unusually warm water.

Scientists Say A Fluctuating Jet Stream May Be Causing Extreme Weather Events

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:54:07 -0500

A new study says unusual patterns of the polar jet stream circling the Northern Hemisphere may have led to dramatic weather in Europe and North America.

New Report Shows Weather Disasters In 2017 Cost More Than $300 Billion

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:48:00 -0500

Hurricanes, fires and even hail contributed to billions of dollars in damages. The government study also finds that it was among the warmest years on record.

Ancient Human Remains Document Migration From Asia To America

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:54:00 -0500

A discovery of the remains of two infants in central Alaska provides evidence of the earliest wave of people to move from Asia into the Americas.

2017 Was The Year Of Extreme Weather

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 08:02:17 -0500

This year will go down in history for its extreme weather. Researchers have now definitively attributed three major extreme weather events to climate change.

After Harvey, Texans Are Preparing For Future With Raised Homes, Private Flood Gates

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 16:34:24 -0500

Houston, the nation's fourth largest city, is planning to remake itself into a more flood-proof metropolis after Hurricane Harvey hit the region hard. But Texas still doesn't have the money it wants to do that, let alone detailed plans on how to spend it. Some Texans simply aren't waiting; they're forging ahead on their own.

Why Some Cities Are Better Than Others At Avoiding Gridlock

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 05:03:00 -0500

Just because a city is efficient at moving traffic around doesn't mean it's "traffic resilient." Scientists examined 40 cities and ranked them in terms of how they handle disruptions.

Arctic's Temperature Continues To Run Hot, Latest 'Report Card' Shows

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:09:00 -0500

The extreme warming trend continues, and scientists fear that floating sea ice will be gone by midcentury. That will have extraordinary effects closer to home.

This Year's Hurricane Season Was Intense. Is It A Taste Of The Future?

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:56:00 -0500

Scientists say they see the fingerprint of climate change in these storms, but it's too soon to say whether this is a new normal.

The Sea Level Threat To Cities Depends On Where The Ice Melts — Not Just How Fast

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Identifying where ice melts can help cities in planning for a future with elevated sea levels. In New York City, the sea level would be affected more by melting ice in northern Greenland than Canada.

Scientists Glimpse Houston's Flooded Future In Updated Rainfall Data

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:55:00 -0500

Hurricane Harvey's deluge left some homeowners and politicians wondering whether the whole system for predicting floods is any good. Scientists are hoping better data can lead to better flood maps.

As Climate Negotiators Debate Nations' Pledges, Scientists Worry It's Not Enough

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Delegates to the annual international climate meeting held by the U.N. are struggling to forge a unified approach to slowing climate change. Meanwhile, emissions of greenhouse gases keep rising.

Scientists In Houston Tell A Story Of Concrete, Rain And Destruction

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:53:00 -0500

As researchers and engineers analyze the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, it's becoming clear that Houston's runaway development had a big role to play in flooding.