Warming Lakes Are Losing Oxygen. Climate Change and Pollution Are to Blame.
On a sweltering morning last July, thousands of dead fish washed onto the northeastern shores of Pokegama Lake, 60 miles north of Minneapolis. Deb Vermeersch, an official with the Minnesota Department of
When Climate Change Becomes Climate Trauma
On November 8, 2018, Sally awoke to the smell of smoke and a phone call from her daughter, imploring her to flee her home. It was 8:30 a.m., but the sky was
Can Methane Detectors Help the U.S. Reach Its Climate Goals?
To explain how high-tech aerial photography can help save the planet, research scientist Riley Duren refers to a map of Los Angeles, where a pixelated blue and green cloud hovers over a
This New Imaging System Could Be a Game Changer in the Fight to Save Coral Reefs
Not that long ago, Brian Neilson, program manager at Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources-Division of Aquatic Resources, had only two ways of mapping coral reefs: send out divers or gather
Issue 4: Oceans
Some 40 percent of all people on Earth live within 60 miles of the coast. That statistic, perhaps more than any other fact or figure, testifies to how much human civilization depends
Teen Scientist Finds Low-Tech Way to Recycle Water
Shreya Ramachandran, 17, remembers witnessing California’s water crisis firsthand on a visit to Tulare County in 2014, when she was still a preteen. Tulare spans a large swath of farmland in California’s
The Decades-Long Struggle to Protect Venice From Worsening Floods
The wind was stirring up the sea around Venice, Italy, threatening a high tide of more than 4 feet. Normally, that would be enough to inundate half the city, leaving tourists to
A New Cooling Technology Protects Against Severe Heat and Viral Spread
In the face of dangerous heat waves this summer, Americans have taken shelter in air-conditioned cooling centers. Normally, that would be a wise choice, but during a pandemic, indoor shelters present new risks. The same
They Tried to Tame the Klamath River. They Filled It With Toxic Algae Instead. (VIDEO)
The Karuk people define themselves by the Klamath River, just as the Romans did the Tiber or the Egyptians did the Nile. The word “Karuk” means “upstream,” a reference to the waterway, which runs from
Toxic Algae Are a Menace. Humans Are Giving Them Ammunition.
Matteo Farinella is a neuroscientist-turned-cartoonist who uses comics to explain science. You can follow him @matteofarinella. Jeremy Deaton writes for Nexus Media, a nonprofit climate change news service. You can follow him @deaton_jeremy.
Bill Nye: We Are Failing a National Test of Science Literacy
The United States is facing two massive threats — climate change and the coronavirus — that we cannot solve without science. One is playing out slowly, over decades, growing inexorably worse as
Climate Change Is Sowing Chaos Up and Down the Mississippi River (VIDEO)
This story was produced in collaboration with PBS News Hour. Over the centuries the United States has deployed vast fortunes and an untold number of workers to divert, dam and contain the
A New Ozone Hole? Climate Change Could Be To Blame.
You may have heard about the hole in the ozone layer, which hovers over Antarctica. It has shrunk over time thanks to policies that curbed the use of ozone-depleting chemicals. In the
Climate Change Could Help Spread the Coronavirus
While there is some preliminary evidence that sunlight, heat and humidity could slow the spread of the coronavirus, the summer months also promise a host of new risks, The Washington Post reports.
Anti-Immigration Policies Are Hurting the COVID-19 Fight
A prominent Asian virologist with longstanding ties to the United States was making plans to attend a conference here when he learned he couldn’t get a visa. It was the first time
The Dazzling Ocean Reefs Hidden Beneath Oil Rigs
The 2010 BP oil spill dumped more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, where it killed billions of fish. Had things gone as planned, that oil
Methane Levels Reach an All-Time High
A preliminary estimate from NOAA finds that levels of atmospheric methane, a potent heat-trapping gas, have hit an all-time high. Methane is roughly 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, and while