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Some Texas politicians have recently questioned the goals of the U.N.’s Climate Change Conference in Paris.  Rep. Lamar Smith, from San Antonio, and Sen. Ted Cruz are among those who don’t believe human activity is causing the planet to heat up.

Climate change may be bad for people but it's good for bugs.

Germs of all kinds, as well as mosquitoes and other disease carriers, will live longer in warmer weather because cold kills them. They'll find more areas with the hot, humid conditions they need to thrive. Disease-carrying insects have already begun to move into new territory, climbing higher up the Andes in South America and reaching farther north into Canada and the U.S. to spread what were once considered tropical diseases like West Nile virus.

Last week, seven leading science organizations wrote to the Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. They expressed "Grave Concerns" over his handling of a recent report produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and published in the peer-reviewed journal Science.

For the developing countries at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris, it's more than a chance to talk. It's a chance to be heard — and their representatives are taking advantage of the world stage by airing their grievances and proposing potential fixes.

Randy Boman / Texas A&M University

Texas produces about one quarter of the country’s cotton. So – what impact could climate change have on the multibillion dollar crop? A recent study from  Texas A&M University offers a forecast. 

Scientists expect the future to be warmer and dryer.

President Obama struck an optimistic tone Tuesday on the second day of the Paris climate talks. But he also touched on the domestic political difficulty in a country still heavily reliant on coal — and when it comes to dealing with Republicans on the issue.

Leaders from around the world are converging on Paris for the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference. The two-week event is designed to allow countries the chance to come to an agreement on stifling climate change.

Below are 10 questions and answers that should better prepare you for the conference and what to expect during and after its completion.

Click the audio link at the top of this page to listen to "Heating Up," NPR's special on climate change, hosted by Ari Shapiro. Share it, download it, take it with you.

Two months ago the EPA announced a major step forward in addressing air quality concerns and climate change with the Clean Power Plan. It established the first ever national limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Critics such as Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton have attacked the plan as unworkable and too big a burden on the economy.

In a landmark encyclical, Pope Francis spoke out about climate change: He thinks it’s man-made. He’s also spoken about income inequality and offered forgiveness to women who have had abortions.

Those are views normally out of step with more conservative Catholics. But a new poll from The New York Times and CBS News says the pope is becoming more popular, even among conservatives.