From the moon landings to Star Wars, Americans have long had a fascination with space and affection for NASA, but today’s public is divided on what role their government should play in future space exploration.
Beijing experienced more than 200 days of air pollution categorized as “unhealthy” or worse in 2014, including 21 days that were “hazardous.”
In wealthier nations, women are more likely than men to consider climate change a serious problem, be concerned it will harm them personally and say that major lifestyle changes are needed to solve the problem.
But the degree of concern about climate change varies markedly from country to country.
Two-thirds of Americans say people will have to make major changes in the way they live to reduce the effects of climate change, but data on how much people have actually adopted several recommended lifestyle changes paints a very mixed picture.
U.S. homes are more energy-efficient per square foot than they used to be. But they're also bigger, and their increased size offsets most of the efficiency gains.
64% of Americans perceive scientists as neither liberal nor conservative.
Australia, Canada, Germany and the UK are among the other countries where there are partisan clashes on climate change issues.
The U.S. Virgin Islands is the most "energy intensive" place on Earth -- meaning it uses the most energy per unit of GDP -- while gambling hub Macau is one of the least.
Religion and science have often been seen as being in conflict. But are religious faith and the scientific enterprise really at odds with each other?