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March in New York calls for action on climate change

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-22 02:00

Has the time for action on climate change finally come? That’s what protesters around the globe are hoping. Over 310,000 people took to the streets in New York City on Sunday, according to the march’s organizers. They’re calling it the largest climate march ever.   There were life-long activists and people who had never joined a protest before. Their list of concerns was long and varied, but the targets were mostly clear: the politicians and companies who marchers want to press to take action on global warming ahead of a climate change summit at the United Nations on Tuesday.   “Corporations generally don’t care about the environment,” said Benjamin Breitkreuz, a retired clergyman. “Theirs is a profit motive.” He came from New Jersey, carrying a sign that read “corporations are killing our planet.”   Over 1,500 organizations partnered in the march, including labor unions that pledged to use their organizing power to push for environmental causes.   “We need to send a clear message to the governments and the corporations that the people of the world aren’t going to stand for this,” said New York train operator and union member Josh Fraidstern. “We’re not going to let them poison us; we’re not going to let them destroy our future.”   But many people simply came on their own or with their families, hoping their numbers would raise awareness.   “Really, America needs to lead,” said Lu Petrie, who came up from Virginia for the march with her husband and son. “It’s so embarrassing that America isn’t leading on this issue.”   She said she hoped the high turnout would help raise awareness. She’ll also be looking to the UN this week to see whether world leaders have recognized that climate change is an issue people are willing to fight for.

Pakistan appoints new spy chief

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 01:48
Pakistan names a close ally of the army chief to head the country's feared Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency.

Blair: Don't rule out ground troops

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 01:43
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair says the West should not rule out sending ground troops to the Middle East to fight Islamic State militants.

VIDEO: Why did Prescott let out a 'noooooooooo'?

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 01:34
John Prescott is teased about letting out a long "nooooooooo" sound about a survey of Labour Parliamentary hopefuls.

Blaze at former primary school

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 01:21
About 70 firefighters tackle a well-developed fire which broke out overnight at a former primary school in Renfrew.

VIDEO: Sculptor creates art using Lego

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 01:21
Nathan Sawaya, a New York-based artist has multiple unique exhibitions created solely from standard LEGO bricks with several new sculptures created specifically for each exhibition.

Edinburgh panda no longer pregnant

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 01:20
Edinburgh Zoo confirms its female giant panda, Tian Tian, is no longer pregnant and a reabsorption of the foetus may have occurred.

BBC apologises for airing Savile clip

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:51
The BBC apologises for airing an excerpt from a 1971 edition of Top of the Pops in which disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile was briefly shown.

Thai murder police expand DNA tests

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:44
Thai police expand DNA testing on the island of Koh Tao to try to identify the killers of British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller.

VIDEO: App helps you wake up with a stranger

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:43
The app that turns a global network of strangers into your alarm clock, with a dating twist.

VIDEO: Climate change in global spotlight

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:36
Street protests demanding urgent action on climate change have attracted hundreds of thousands of marchers in more than 2,000 locations worldwide.

Maze Runner leads US film chart

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:18
Young adult sci-fi adaptation The Maze Runner debuts at the top of the US box office chart.

Cosmic study 'underestimated' dust

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:04
Scientists who claimed to have found evidence for a cosmic super-expansion just after the Big Bang underestimated a key confounding factor in their research, according to a new analysis.

Tomb mystery captivates Greece

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:01
Secrets of ancient burial site keep Greeks guessing

Shoe firm boss denies taking money

BBC - Sun, 2014-09-21 23:51
The chief executive of Chinese footwear firm Ultrasonic has spoken to Chinese media and denied running off with the firm's cash.

All Black Cruden misses flight

BBC - Sun, 2014-09-21 23:50
New Zealand suspend Aaron Cruden after the fly-half misses their flight to Argentina following a night out drinking.

Oxford entry 'more transparent now'

BBC - Sun, 2014-09-21 23:36
Does university now have a fairer applications system in place?

NFL Looks To Training To Prevent Domestic Violence By Players

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-21 23:33

It's not violence on the job that makes some pro football players beat their wives or children, psychologists say. It's often childhood experience, fanned by a culture that accepts such behavior.

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The Biology Of Altruism: Good Deeds May Be Rooted In The Brain

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-21 23:32

Angela Stimpson donated a kidney to a complete stranger. Why did she do it? Researchers found that the brains of Stimpson and other altruists are sensitive to fear and distress in a stranger's face.

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