The World: Science, Tech & Environment

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A daily public radio broadcast program and podcast from PRX and WGBH, hosted by Marco Werman

For decades, Dearborn, Michigan, has attracted immigrants from the Middle East. Lebanese, Iraqis, Syrians and Yemenis have all settled there. The city's large Arab American population has made it a center for Arabic language, food and culture. _ Related: South Yemen's separatists speak through a Michigan mom_ But Dearborn has never had a mayor with an Arab background. That changed last week when the city elected State Representative Abdullah Hammoud as its new mayor. He's one of three Arab American Muslim mayors- elect of cities in metro-Detroit. The other two are Amer Ghalib in Hamtramck and Bill Bazzi …

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Nearly 200 countries at the UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland — COP26 — helped compose a draft [summit agreement](https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/10/world/cop26-glasgow-agreement- climate-intl/index.html) on Wednesday, including language around the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. It's a number that is critical to island nations like the Maldives. The speaker …
_Top of The World — our morning news roundup written by editors at The World._[ _Subscribe here_](http://theworld.org/newsletters). **Poland-Belarus** Western officials are [accusing Belarus](https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/09/world/europe/poland-belarus- border-crisis.html) of intentionally trying to create a new migrant crisis in Europe. Poland has now amassed thousands of troops on its border with Belarus to keep out …
Driving through Marsabit County in northern Kenya — there’s little water in sight. Only expansive areas of dry and dusty land devastated by the country’s monthslong drought emergency. Off the side of the road, emaciated cows, and even camels, trudge through the heat — they are searching for pasture and …
_Top of The World — our morning news roundup written by editors at The World._[ _Subscribe here_](http://theworld.org/newsletters). **Poland** Polish riot police faced off against hundreds of migrants who were trying to storm through from the Belarus side of the border. They [cut through razor wire defenses](https://www.npr.org/2021/11/08/1053608851/migrants-aided-by- belarus-try-to-push-across-polish-border) and used branches …
_Top of The World — our morning news roundup written by editors at The World._[ _Subscribe here_](http://theworld.org/newsletters). **COVID-19** Pfizer has announced that its antiviral pill [Paxlovid](https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/05/world/covid-delta-variant- vaccine) is highly effective at preventing severe illness among at-risk people who take the drug soon after exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. It’s the second of …
Planting more trees has become a popular choice these days to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. Trees clean the planet and absorb carbon dioxide, which is warming the planet. _ **Related:** [The Chinese went wild for American pecans — which may be bad news for wild pecan …
Speaking up in China often comes with big risks. But Chinese teen Howey Ou thinks that the issue of climate change is too important to stay quiet. Ou, 18, is a climate change activist who grew up in Guilin, in a beautiful mountainous region of China. “This spirit of nature …
People everywhere are hyper-focused on the pandemic right now. Meanwhile, the slower burning crisis of climate change remains. Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is tasked with taking the climate crisis threat head-on. As the chief of the UN's climate conferences, she wrangles …
_Top of The World — our morning news round up written by editors at The World.[Subscribe here](http://theworld.org/newsletters)_. US Attorney General William Barr heads to Capitol Hill today and [will face questioning](https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/28/us/politics/william-barr- house-judiciary-hearing.html) on what critics argue is a politicization of the Justice Department. Barr will be expected to discuss the …
Christiana Figueres, a former diplomat and longtime climate change leader, sees optimism as a key solution for climate change. In fact, her whole brand is optimism. Figueres presided over the 2015 Paris climate talks for the United Nations. Since then, she founded a group called [Global Optimism](https://globaloptimism.com/), and co-authored a …
Extreme heat often hovers over Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, creating insufferable conditions for its 16 million inhabitants. But each time Karachi resident Shahzad Qureshi transforms a barren patch of land into a dense, urban forest, he helps his city adapt to extreme urban heat that has become inevitable under climate …
_Top of The World — our morning news round up written by editors at The World.[Subscribe here](http://theworld.org/newsletters)_. President Donald Trump [announced an end](https://www.ft.com/content/66ee7145-aaf5-40e6-842f-32977cacb9b2) to Hong Kong's special status under US law on Tuesday. His executive order revokes the preferential trading status for Hong Kong and paves the way for possible …
_Top of The World — our morning news round up written by editors at The World.[Subscribe here](http://theworld.org/newsletters)_. The World Health Organization released new guidelines yesterday [acknowledging some reports](https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/transmission- of-sars-cov-2-implications-for-infection-prevention-precautions) of airborne transmission of the coronavirus. The announcement came after more than 200 scientists signed an open letter accusing the WHO …
From Southeast Asia to the United States, activists have called attention in recent years to the harmful impact of chemical companies such as Formosa Plastics Corporation, a Taiwanese petrochemical company that operates throughout the world, including the US. Anne Rolfes is one of two Louisiana environmental activists who now [face …
Some people might find it naïve to talk about poetry as a climate solution, but the arts represent one of the more powerful ways that people transform deeply held worldviews and beliefs about the natural world, according to Julia Bentz, who runs the project [Art for Adaptation](https://artforadaptation.com/), which looks at …
Christoph Beuttler, carbon dioxide removal manager and policy expert at Climeworks, said that since the company started 11 years ago in Zurich, it has faced plenty of pushback. Climeworks is one of the first and best-known companies to direct air capture — or pull carbon dioxide directly out of ambient …
Last year’s fires in the Amazon captured the world’s attention. They raged across Brazil, engulfing the recently deforested Amazon jungle. Smoke darkened São Paulo’s skies more than a thousand miles away. Ranchers, loggers and businessmen in the state of Pará organized simultaneous illegal blazes last year on Aug. 10, which …
![Malcom Ferdinand is a researcher at the French national scientific research center in Paris.](https://media.pri.org/s3fs- public/styles/w512/public/images/2020/07/2020-07-01-malcolm- ferdinand.jpg?itok=5Ju92BCZ) Malcom Ferdinand is a researcher at the French national scientific research center in Paris. Credit: Courtesy of Malcolm Ferdinand On Sunday, France’s Green party and its left-wing allies swept key cities — including Lyon, …
For years, mainstream environmental movements around the globe have excluded people of color. Environmental sociologist Dorceta Taylor remembers being the only Black person in her environmental science class at Northeastern Illinois University in the early 1980s. When she asked her white professor why there weren’t more Black students, he quickly …