People with the Fridays for Future movement protested outside of the international climate summit in Madrid on Friday.

Europe pledges carbon neutrality by 2050, but Poland holds out

Poland wouldn't commit to continent's 2050 goal.

Trump mocks teen climate activist Greta Thunberg after Time honor

December 12
FILE -- Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist, in Plymouth, England, on Aug. 13, 2019. Time magazine on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, named Thunber
President Donald Trump lashed out at 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday, a day after she was named by Time as its Person of the Year, calling her selection "ridiculous."

Nations vulnerable to climate change plead for urgent action

December 12
Police and fire personnel worked to remove climate activists Thursday after they climbed the Europa building during a demonstration outside a European
The divide between developed and developing countries, a simmering reality for decades, came into acute focus.
World
December 10
Tourists on a boat Monday looked at the eruption of the volcano on White Island, New Zealand. The blast left dozens killed, injured or missing. Detail

Fatal volcano eruption in New Zealand raises questions about safety

Warnings about volatility at popular New Zealand tourist site went ignored.
National
December 10
FILE - In this April 17, 2018 file photo, a woman rides a motorized scooter in Washington Square Park in San Francisco. Tired of San Francisco sidewal

Testing tech ideas in public? San Francisco says get permit

Tired of San Francisco streets being used as a testing ground for the latest delivery technology and transportation apps, city leaders are now requiring businesses to get permits before trying out new high-tech ideas in public.
Local
December 8
White-nose syndrome was discovered in Minnesota in 2015. Since then, the disease is believed to have killed more than 90% of bats in important hiberna

Facing a bleak outlook, Minnesota bat researchers give up on annual count

As fungus takes hold, researchers try a new tack: Leaving the bats alone.
Science
December 7
Caribou have long been credited with the longest migration — but is it true? Researchers checked because the claim was based on a single study.

Going the distance: The land animals with the most epic migrations

Researchers studied which land animals travel the farthest in epic annual pilgrimages.
Local
December 7
Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., speaks during an executive session of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill in Washingt

Making childbirth safer for rural Minnesota moms

Tina Smith is a co-author of a bill that would award grants to rural communities that come up with new ways to support expecting mothers and improve birth outcomes.
Science
December 7
Dr. Kelly Rhone surveys a large map that notes the client hospitals that use the virtual emergency room services offered by Avera eCare. The center re

S.D. telemedicine center provides remote emergency care for 179 hospitals in 30 states

As rural health gap widens, even emergencies are treated from afar.
Local
December 7
Young Minnesota activists made their way through the skyway on their way to the Xcel offices to demand that they stop buying energy from the HERC inci

Minnesota youth activists rally across metro for action on climate

At the State Capitol and elsewhere around the Twin Cities, they pushed for changes they believe will mitigate the effects.
World
December 6
In this Friday Nov 22, 2019 file photo, Hunter, a young Belgian Malinois, keeps an eye on Jazz, a nine-day-old giraffe at the Rhino orphanage in the L

Abandoned baby giraffe befriended by dog in Africa dies

A baby giraffe that was befriended by a dog after he was abandoned in the wild has died, a South African animal orphanage said Friday. "Our team is heartbroken," the orphanage said.
Nation
December 6
Igor Olegovich Turashev, left, and Maksim Viktorovich Yakubets. The pair were charged Thursday in connection with a decade-long cyber-crime spree.

Russians stole millions in massive hacking scheme, officials say

Alleged hackers face charges in United States and Britain.
Nation
December 5

As climate risk grows, cities test a tough strategy: Saying 'no' to developers

Virginia Beach's experience, including a court battle, could become a harbinger for others nationwide.
Science
December 5

Health briefs: Long-term exposure to air pollution tied to memory decline

Long-term exposure to air pollution is associated with lower mental acuity, researchers reported in the journal Brain. One reason may be that air pollution causes…
Science
December 5

New institute at UCLA seeks to understand who will be kind, who will not

The Bedari Kindness Institute opened with a $20 million gift.
Science
December 5
Neurologist Francisco Lopera has been studying one sprawling Colombian family that has a higher risk of Alzheimer’s.

Woman's gene mutation could aid fight against Alzheimer's

That suggests that treatments could be developed to give other people that same protective mechanism.
World
December 5
President Donald Trump uses his phone as a motorcade departed his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., April 21, 2018. According to American intelli

Impeachment report's phone logs renew concerns about security of Trump's communications

President has communicated with Rudy Giuliani and others via cellphones vulnerable to monitoring by the Russians and other intelligence services, officials say.
Science
December 5

Science briefs: Meet the new blockbuster wasp called Idris elba

Scientists have given a familiar name to a newly discovered species of parasitic wasp that they say could be instrumental in keeping an invasive stink…
Science
December 5
Researchers claim they can trace all sorts of modern-day differences between cultures — from donating blood to strangers to paying your parking tick

Catholic Church reshaped modern families, human psychology

Researchers claim they can trace all sorts of modern-day differences between cultures — from donating blood to strangers to paying your parking tickets — to the influence of the medieval church.
Science
December 5
In an image provided by Melkonian et al., Cell 2019, two cells of Spirogloea muscicola, a type of Zygnematophyceae. On Nov. 14, 2019, researchers publ

Freshwater algae gave rise to world's land plants

Scientists have long wondered which freshwater algae gave rise to land plants, and how they managed what no other lineage did.
St. Paul
December 4
Theresa Plaunt brought her sons Owen, 7, Austin, 5, and her nephew Gavin Neilser, 5 to the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Science Museum of Minnesota gets anonymous $1 million gift

The donation is the largest of its kind and can be used for the museum's operations, not a specific program.
Local
December 3
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Wisconsin researchers find microplastics in Boundary Waters

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have found microplastics in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of northern Minnesota.
Business
December 3

A friendly reminder from the FBI: Your smart TV could give hackers a way in

Your smart TV probably watches you more closely than you watch it, and the FBI wants you to keep that in mind this holiday shopping…