Rebecca Bell

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Is climate change really too hard to understand?

A lot of people wonder why we are doing so little to prevent the slow-motion catastrophe of climate change. One theory is that it’s too big a subject to understand.<p>It’s a big subject, all right. And a difficult one to address. But too big to understand it isn’t. Quantum physics is too big to …

Rapid Arctic warming and melting ice are increasing the frequency of blizzards in the Northeast, study finds

Three blockbuster winter storms have bombarded the Northeast this month. Meanwhile, Arctic sea ice fell to record low winter levels. Temperatures, in the dead of winter, rocketed to the melting point at the North Pole, nearly 60 degrees above normal.<p>All of this wild weather is tied together, part …

The fast-melting Arctic is already messing with the ocean’s circulation, scientists say

Scientists studying a remote and icy stretch of the North Atlantic have found new evidence that fresh water, likely melted from Greenland or Arctic sea ice, may already be altering a key process that helps drives the global circulation of the oceans.<p>In chilly waters on either side of Greenland, the …

Houston’s polluted Superfund sites threaten to contaminate floodwaters

As rain poured and floodwaters inched toward his house in south Houston, Wes Highfield set out on a risky mission in his Jeep Cherokee. He drove in several directions to reach a nearby creek to collect water samples, but each time he was turned back when water washed against his …

This map explains the weather we had in 2016

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 …

It wasn’t even a hurricane, but heavy rains flooded New Orleans as pumps faltered

NEW ORLEANS — After Hurricane Katrina destroyed his house and forced him to flee to nearby Baton Rouge, Ronald Williams spent a dozen years waiting for the right time to go home. Seven months ago, after repeated government promises that New Orleans was once again about as flood-proof as the city …

Trump and Pruitt find their desire to save the planet runs hot and cold

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.<p>Tom Toles Tom Toles is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The Post and writes the Tom …

A flood of problems

Published on August 7, 2017<p><b>LAKE PALCACOCHA, Peru</b><p>After a day of bright sunshine, a chunk of ice the size of a dump truck broke off the glacier on Mount Pucaranra a few weeks ago. It plunged into the lake below and kicked up a wave nine feet high.<p>Victor Morales, a small, catlike man with a tattered …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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‘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 …

Women of Color

Trump wants ‘energy independence.’ We may already be close to having it.

At least one aspect of Donald Trump’s vision for the nation’s energy future may already be close to coming true, according to new federal projections. A report, released this week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), suggests that the United States could become a net energy exporter …

National Geographic asked photographers to show the impact of climate change, here’s what they shot

The royal couple carry out engagements with the queen and other members of the House of Windsor in Britain.

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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 …

Indigenous peoples of the world’s coastlines are losing their fisheries — and their way of life

The world loves seafood. According to some estimates, people consumed about 102 million tons of it last year.<p>A new study released Friday by the Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program, based at the University of British Columbia, shows that indigenous people who live on the world’s coasts are definitely …

Snowed under in paradise! Hawaii’s Big Island peaks expect 20-30 inches.

Four feet of snow on the ground, in Hawaii? It’s possible by Saturday night.<p>Since Thursday, one to two feet of snow has plastered the Big Island summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Incredibly, 20 to 30 inches more are possible, according to the National Weather Service.<p><b>Webcams:</b> Mauna Kea | Mauna Loa<p>…

Starvation killed 80,000 reindeer after unusual Arctic rains cut off the animals’ food supply

In August, a lightning blast claimed the lives of more than 300 reindeer in Norway. The month before, an anthrax epidemic — which Russian officials blamed on microbes that thawed after spending decades frozen inside a reindeer corpse — sickened several indigenous people in Siberia. Anthrax killed a …

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 …

Gordon Hamilton, Climate Scientist, Dies at 50 in Antarctica Accident

Gordon Hamilton, a prominent climate scientist who studied glaciers and their impact on sea levels in a warming climate, died on Saturday in Antarctica when the snowmobile he was riding plunged into a 100-foot-deep crevasse. He was 50.<p>The National Science Foundation, which was funding his research, …

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 …

‘Like something out of a horror movie’: Flesh-eating bacteria infection kills man in four days

About 80,000 people get some form of vibriosis every year, usually from eating raw or undercooked shellfish, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For most, the worst symptoms are diarrhea and vomiting.<p>Michael Funk was one of the unlucky ones.<p>On Sept. 11, he was in Ocean …

Ocean City

UN: Global agriculture needs a ‘profound transformation’ to fight climate change and protect food security

Climate change has already begun to affect the world’s food production, a new report from the United Nations warns — and unless significant action is taken, it could put millions more people at risk of hunger and poverty in the next few decades.<p>It’s a message that’s been emphasized over and over by …

Streak of record warm months ends for the planet, but global warming continues

For an unprecedented 16 straight months, the Earth’s average temperature established new record highs. The streak came to an end this September, NOAA reports, as the planet’s monthly temperature was a hair cooler than 2015’s record-breaking mark.<p>September 2016 ranked second warmest in records going …

In Scotland, gusts of wind usher in a quiet energy revolution

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Even by the blustery standards of this notoriously squall-swept land, Aug. 7 was a particularly gusty day.<p>Bursts of rushing air swept across the green expanse of the Highlands, felling trees, submerging boats and forcing wind-whipped organizers to cancel food festivals and …