Climate

Steve January 12, 2021

Read time: 10 mins On January 2, 2021, during the first weekend of the New Year, dozens of water protectors gathered to demonstrate and pray along Great River Road near Palisade, Minnesota. They joined in song, protesting a controversial tar sands oil pipeline called Line 3, which is currently being constructed through northern Minnesota and traditional Anishinaabe lands. Ojibwe […]

Steve January 12, 2021

On the path to writing his PhD dissertation, Lucio Milanese made a discovery — one that refocused his research, and will now likely dominate his thesis. Milanese studies plasma, a gas-like flow of ions and electrons that comprises 99 percent of the visible universe, including the Earth’s ionosphere, interstellar space, the solar wind, and the […]

Steve January 12, 2021

Ancient people brought the plague to Siberia by about 4,400 years ago, which may have led to collapses in the population there, a new genetic analysis suggests. That preliminary finding raises the possibility that plague-induced die offs influenced the genetic structure of northeast Asians who trekked to North America starting perhaps 5,500 years ago. If […]

Steve January 12, 2021

Anne Gregory remembers the child’s fondness for the Dewey decimal system. He would write down a combination of numbers and letters on a scrap of paper and hunt down the desired book in the library. Details were his thing. He once wrote several pages outlining the sequence of moves needed to beat a video game, […]

Steve January 12, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t just a shock to the human immune system. It was also a shock to the Earth system, dramatically changing the air quality in cities around the globe. As countries around the globe struggled to contain the disease, they imposed temporary shutdowns. Scientists are now sifting through data collected by satellite and […]

Steve January 12, 2021

Read time: 10 mins At the start of December 2020, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres spoke at Columbia University, appearing not before a packed auditorium as in years past, but before a “virtual” audience, making his annual State of the Planet address. “To put it simply,” he said, “the state of the planet is broken.” Tags:  […]

Steve January 12, 2021

Read time: 6 mins A train carrying over 100 cars of volatile Bakken oil derailed in Washington state, causing the evacuation of the town of Custer. At least two of the train cars ruptured and the oil ignited and burned — reminding us once again why these dangerous trains are known as bomb trains.  Tags:  Bomb […]

Steve January 11, 2021

Read time: 4 mins A calamitous year of lockdowns, tiers, and certainly tears, have left us reaching for 2021 like sun-starved plants in a darkened room. The last 12 months have also been a stark reminder of how far we are still from intersectional justice: environmental, racial, political. After the year that’s been, it’d be a […]

Steve January 11, 2021

Read time: 7 mins The disproportionate toll that COVID-19 is taking on the Black community brought environmental justice issues to the forefront during 2020. Calls for dealing with climate change and environmental justice were elevated by president-elect Biden, who spoke about endangered communities in the last presidential debate and on his campaign website, calling for environmental justice and “rooting out the systemic […]

Steve January 11, 2021

WLRN 91.3 FM | By Ayurella Horn-Muller and Jenny Staletovich The Villa Maria affordable housing building in Miami Beach | Jenny Staleovich / WLRN News This story and the accompanying audio segments were produced through a collaboration involving journalists from Southerly, Climate Central and WLRN. A little over four feet of elevation is all that’s standing between some waterfront neighborhoods […]

Steve January 11, 2021

RESUMEN EJECUTIVO Un nuevo análisis realizado por científicos de Climate Central y publicado en Environmental Research Letters destaca las implicaciones sobre la equidad del aumento del nivel del mar en la primera evaluación nacional de riesgo a la oferta de viviendas asequibles del país. Se espera que el número de unidades de vivienda asequible en […]

Steve January 11, 2021

A more acidic ocean could give some species a glow-up. As the pH of the ocean decreases as a result of climate change, some bioluminescent organisms might get brighter, while others see their lights dim, scientists report January 2 at the virtual annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Bioluminescence is de […]

Steve January 11, 2021

Science News drew over 22 million visitors to our website this year. Our COVID-19 coverage was most popular. Here’s a recap of the other most-read news stories and long reads of 2020. Top news stories 1. In a first, a person’s immune system fought HIV — and won Scientists analyzed billions of cells from two […]

Steve January 11, 2021

To say that 2020 was challenging is an understatement. A world laid low by a pandemic. Racial inequities laid bare through social protests. Regions laid waste in the wake of extreme natural disasters. Yet science often rose to tackle these challenges. We started the year knowing next to nothing about the novel coronavirus. Huge questions […]