Author Archives: Scott Waldman

Precarious Life of Texas Farmworkers Becomes Riskier with Warming

Increasing heat, drought and mosquito-borne diseases make this work more dangerous

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Shell Grappled with Climate Change 20 Years Ago, Documents Show

Company scientists foresaw a storm like Sandy, as well as climate lawsuits

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Pruitt Expected to Limit Science Used to Make EPA Pollution Rules

Plan would hamstring agency’s mission, environmental advocates warn

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EPA’s Science Advisory Board Has Not Met in 6 Months

Agency officials blame paperwork and the human resources department

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Key Missile Defense Installation Will be Uninhabitable in Less Than 20 Years

Rising seas will ruin Kwajalein Atoll site where 1,300 work and live

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Trump’s Science Advisor, Age 31, Has a Political Science Degree

Because Trump has not nominated someone to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Michael Kratsios is the de facto leader

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Trump Budget Would Slash Science across Agencies

NASA, NOAA, EPA and the Interior and Energy departments hope Congress will push back

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Chemistry May Yield Lucrative Use for Wasted Methane

Methane that leaks from fracking wells can be captured and converted into a product used in plastics manufacturing

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New Satellite Mission Would Benefit Climate Science and the Energy Industry

The GeoCARB satellite will map the concentrations of key greenhouse gases over the Americas

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Humans Did Not Cause the US Cold Snap

A new analysis finds the two-week deep freeze had nothing to do with climate change

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Climate Web Pages Erased and Obscured under Trump

Critics of the new administration see a troubling pattern where information is hidden from the public

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2017 Was the Third Hottest Year on Record for the U.S.

Only 2012 and 2016 were warmer than last year

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Climate Change May Have Helped Spark Iran’s Protests

One of Iran’s biggest economic challenges has been a cycle of extreme droughts that began in the 1990s

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States to Revive Climate Panel Disbanded by Trump

The panel was tasked with translating scientific studies into policy actions that states could use to reduce emissions

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Algae Growth Speeds Up Greenland’s Melting

Warm temperatures help algae proliferate, darkening the ice sheets

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Global Warming Tied to Hurricane Harvey

Harvey’s record rainfall was three times more likely than a storm from the early 1900s 

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Trump Administration Is Launching a Weather and Climate Satellite

The Joint Polar Satellite System 1 (JPSS) will serve multiple functions, even as it has been described by the White House as an important tool to help prepare for future storms

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Al Franken Auditions for Senate Climate Lead, Millions Watch

Franken’s approach to climate advocacy relies on wry sarcasm and a precise mastery of scientific facts

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NASA Nominee Wants to Study Climate Change–on Mars

The plan echoes a common talking point of climate deniers, who say Earth’s warming can be blamed on the sun

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Climate Skeptics Could Snag EPA Science Adviser Slots

Many of the candidates being considered for the science advisory panel have connections to the fossil fuel industry or conservative think tanks

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3 Things We Know about Hurricane Irma

Observers warn it could be one of the most infamous storms in Atlantic hurricane history

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Record-Strength Hurricane Points Toward Florida

If Irma makes landfall, it will be the first time in recorded history that two hurricanes Category 4 or higher hit the U.S. in a single season

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Trump Faces First Big Disaster Test

Hurricane Harvey could be particularly threatening as it will contain both violent wind speeds and a heavy downpour

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Sea Level Rise Is Speeding Up in Parts of the Southeastern U.S.

A combination of natural factors has driven the rise, but climate change has exacerbated the problem

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Forget That Big Iceberg–A Smaller One in the Arctic Is More Troubling

A chunk of ice the size of three Manhattans just broke free in the Arctic, and it has a much clearer link to climate change

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The World May Have Less Time to Address Climate Change Than Scientists Thought

A new global temperature baseline casts doubt on humanity’s ability to meet the Paris target

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Surprising Scientists, 2017 Could Be among Hottest on Record

Global temperatures this year have been 1.64 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average

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The U.S. Is Not Ready to Clean Up an Arctic Oil Spill

No viable methods exist to clean up oil from ice and drilling would occur in incredibly remote areas 

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5 Things to Know about the Trillion-Ton Iceberg

An iceberg the size of Delaware is now on the move

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Lightning-Caused Fires Rise in Arctic as the Region Warms

The trend could worsen significantly in the future if tree cover spreads northward

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