Christopher JoyceChristopher 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.
Workers ride past cooling towers at a coal-fired power plant on the outskirts of Beijing. Such power plants are at the center of a debate about the future of energy production in China and the U.S.
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The ring-tailed lemur is one of many pint-sized creatures on the island of Madagascar. Scientists have long noted that despite the great diversity of fauna on the island, there are few large beasts, like the lions and elephants found on mainland Africa.
This decorative shell ornament, attributed to Neanderthals, shows signs of being painted with orange pigment. It's one of several examples of ornamentation that researchers have found in Spain, at sites that were used by Neanderthals as far back as 50,000 years ago.
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Soon, ranchers like this one might be able to use their land to offset carbon emissions. Some are excited that they could use the land to earn a profit, while others don't want to invest in the idea just yet.