Thousands of environmental groups have sprung up in China, hoping to protect its land and wildlife from the ravages of economic development. "The past 30 years of breakneck economic growth have been a disaster for China's environment," says journalist Jonathan Watts.
As Watts tells NPR's Steve Inskeep, his new book, When a Billion Chinese Jump, details how China's environmental activists are trying to lessen the effects their country's growth is having on natural resources.
The Marines call themselves "The few. The proud." They are called a kick-down-the-door force. They are almost eager to live in the dirt and mud, exposed to enemy fire, for days or weeks at a time.
"We recruit a certain type of young American -- pretty macho guy or gal that is willing to go fight and perhaps die for their country," says Gen. James Conway, who stepped down last month as the Marine Corps' top officer.
Wednesday is the deadline for President Obama's fiscal commission to come up with a plan to cut the deficit. It's not the first time a commission has been asked to put America's finances on a sound footing. The ghosts of previous efforts haunt the halls of Washington a little like the ghost of Jacob Marleyhaunted Ebenezer Scrooge.
Student athletes are bigger and stronger than they were a decade ago, and they play rougher. The increased concern about concussion risks in NFL players has parents, coaches and doctors worried about the risk of head injury in kids' sports. Concussions are now the second most common injury in kids' sports, and there's some evidence that girls may be more likely to end up in the emergency room than boys.