NPR's Anthony Kuhn has lived in and covered Asia for the past two decades. These days, he is recovering from an intense recent assignment covering Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. You can ask him anything today at noon over at Reddit.
After being a problem in Africa and southern Asia for decades, chikungunya has made its way to the Caribbean. The mosquito-borne illness attacks the joints, causes fever, headaches and arthritis symptoms. There are no vaccines and treatments for the virus.
Fish can absorb toxic chemicals that have been dumped into waterways, but they can also get them from eating plastic. And there's a lot of plastic in the open ocean, which scientists say can act like a sponge, soaking up the chemicals already out there.