China: Environment

Chinese Family Takes Carbon Challenge()  

April 16, 2008 With a car, a country villa and frequent travel, the Shengs, a family of three, readily admit they emit more carbon dioxide than the average Chinese family. But how does their "carbon footprint" stack up against an American family's?

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Life in the 'Burbs: Heavy Costs for Families, Climate()  

Michelle Carvalho fills up her gas tank.

March 31, 2008 Millions of Americans have moved to the suburbs over the past 60 years. They gain a bigger house, but until recently, few were aware of the impact those choices had on the environment.

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Atlanta Family Slashes Carbon Footprint()  

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April 1, 2008 Malaika Taylor used to live the typical suburban life — the kind that helps make America the world's top contributor to climate change. But fed up with commuting, Taylor and her daughter moved from the Atlanta suburbs to a green loft in the city.

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A Changing Antarctica Draws 'Doomsday' Tourists()  

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March 29, 2008 The popularity of Antarctic cruises is partly due to so-called doomsday tourists — people who want to see the continent's coastline before warmer temperatures melt the ice. But the growing traffic may actually help defend the continent from environmental threats.

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What's Greener, Flying or Driving?()  

Plane in flight.

October 11, 2007 Flying is the fastest way to reach your destination — and it's not the worst option for the environment, researchers say. Although commercial airplanes are responsible for 3 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, driving would be worse.

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The Energy Costs of Cooling and Heating a Home()  

Thermostat with buttons to adjust temperature.

August 27, 2007 NPR's Climate Connections series with National Geographic has prompted a lot of questions from listeners. Several wanted to know how air conditioning compares in its energy consumption – and climate impact — to home heating.

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Hawaii Family Lives Off the Grid()  

May 30, 2007 Maire Sanford and David Lahti moved to Hawaii from Seattle, hoping to live a quieter life. They found one, but financial constraints have led them to live more simply and ecologically than they imagined, in an off-the-grid tent home.

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Climate Change: Listeners' Questions()  

May 4, 2007 Which continents emitted the most carbon dioxide over the past century? What's better for the environment, keeping your old car or buying a hybrid? What about compact fluorescent light bulbs? We get answers to these questions, and more, that were submitted by phone and e-mail.

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North Carolina Family Takes Carbon Challenge()  

Daughters Nadia (back) and Anja stand with a rack of drying clothes on the family's deck.

May 4, 2007 Like many people, Scott and Claudia Sheppard feel a sense of foreboding about global warming. They and their two daughters are taking steps to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions — and they wanted to see how they measure up.

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