Rebecca Bell

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Extreme Weather

Is Hurricane Harvey Related to Climate Change? Scientists Have a Better Answer

Adrees Latif—Reuters<p>David J. Phillip—AP<p>Charlie Riedel—AP<p>Joe Raedle—Getty Images<p>Joe Raedle—Getty Images<p>Alyssa Schukar—The New York Times<p>Luke …

Extreme Weather
South America

The stubborn worry about climate change that just won’t go away

<i>This story has been updated</i>.<p>As if melting glaciers, thawing permafrost and starving polar bears weren’t enough, scientists are finding that the effects of climate change in the Arctic are even more complex — and far-reaching — than we thought. New research suggests that warm spells at the top of …

Climate Change

This math whiz is getting a master’s in the subject — before graduating high school

Stephanie Mui doesn’t recall the specifics of the math problem presented to her fourth grade class years ago. Regardless, it was so difficult, it even stumped her teacher. Not Mui, though.<p>“To solve it I remember I had to set up a system of algebraic equations and basically just solve them …


The effects of climate change will force millions to migrate. Here’s what this means for human security.

Climate change is more than melting ice caps and swamped islands. The environmental effects of climate change — droughts, floods and severe weather, for instance — have increasingly put more people on the move.<p>In 2015, the U.N. Refugee Agency counted 65.3 million people around the world as …

Climate Change

Past Disasters Reveal Terrifying Future of Climate Change

Plagues, famines, heat waves—sudden changes in climate have been deadly for humans.<p>Human activity is altering our climate. The vast majority of scientists agree on that. But there is disagreement about the rate at which it is happening and how it will impact us. Surprisingly, the answers to what …

Climate Change

African penguins are being ‘trapped’ by climate change

Climate change and overfishing off Africa's southern tip have set a "trap" for endangered African penguins leaving their nests.<p>The young penguins swim thousands of miles from where they hatched, following biological signposts advertising a buffet of anchovies and sardines. What they don't realize …

‘Beyond the extreme’: Scientists marvel at ‘increasingly non-natural’ Arctic warmth

The Arctic is so warm and has been this warm for so long that scientists are struggling to explain it and are in disbelief. The climate of the Arctic is known to oscillate wildly, but scientists say this warmth is so extreme that humans surely have their hands in it and may well be changing how it …

Global Warming

‘Hidden’ no more: Katherine Johnson, a black NASA pioneer, finds acclaim at 98

Fame has finally found Katherine Johnson — and it only took a half-century, six manned moon landings, a best-selling book and an Oscar-nominated movie.<p>For more than 30 years, Johnson worked as a NASA mathematician at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., where she played an unseen but pivotal …

Taraji P. Henson
Clean Power Plan

It’s been 53 years since a woman won the Nobel Prize in physics. What’s the holdup?

<i>Update, Dec. 26, 2016. Vera Rubin died Dec. 25 in Princeton, New Jersey, at age 88. In October, Speaking of Science wrote about why she was overdue for a Nobel Prize. The original post is below.</i><p>When the winners of the 2016 Nobel Prize in physics were announced Tuesday, some folks in the science …


Vera Rubin, astronomer who proved existence of dark matter, dies at 88

Vera Rubin, an astronomer who proved the existence of dark matter, one of the fundamental principles in the study of the universe, but who battled sex discrimination throughout her career, died Dec. 25 at an assisted living facility in Princeton, N.J. She was 88.<p>She had dementia, said a son, Allan …

Dark Matter
Global Warming

We just entered an alarming 'new era' of global warming

The Earth permanently passed a global warming threshold last year that alarms climate scientists and has profound consequences for everyone alive …

Climate Change

Changing Climate Can Turn Fishes Swim Towards Predators

According to researchers, climate changing is responsible for disruption of fish sensory systems. In fact, they claim that such disruption can even …

Chesapeake Bay
Global Warming
Renewable Energy

The scientist known as ‘Dr. Condom’ shares her adventures in the field

<i>Megan McDonough is a weddings and obituary writer for the Washington Post.</i><p>Unlike most people, who run away from potentially life-threatening diseases, Mary Guinan runs toward them, chasing and fighting them on the front lines. She has dedicated her entire career, in fact, to identifying, …

Public Health
Donald Trump

The Paris climate agreement is entering into force. Now comes the hard part.

The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ratify the Paris climate accord, a move that will make the sweeping international agreement a legal reality long before even those who negotiated it expected.<p>“We made the deal in Europe, and we make it a reality in Europe,” Miguel Arias …