Fair Warning

By Dave Yarin | The warnings ignored, and the lessons for our personal and professional lives

The Dangers of the Hackable Car

As cars go increasingly digital—and connected—cybersecurity experts worry that they also are becoming a lot more vulnerable<p>Hackers may have a new target in their sights—one that’s just as central to everyday life as computers are.<p>Our cars.<p>As vehicles fill up with more digital controls and …

Cybersecurity

Yes, climate change made Harvey and Irma worse

<b>(CNN) —</b> The right time to talk climate change is now.<p>It might seem premature when people in the Caribbean, Florida and Texas are still mucking out their flooded homes.<p>And no, changes in our planet's atmosphere did not cause Hurricanes Harvey or Irma. But the consensus among scientistsis that the …

Climate Change

'Slowing It Down Matters': What Harvey and Irma Tell Us About Climate Change

Recent hurricanes and other disasters give insight into the future of a livable planet<p>It's long past time to talk about climate change.<p>I wrote my …

Climate Change

The Man Who Knew

As an FBI agent who specialized in counter-terrorism, John P. O’Neill investigated the bombing of the American embassies in Africa, the <i>USS Cole</i> in …

Terrorism

Hell and High Water

Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It’s home to the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of …

Weather

Houston: A Global Warning

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey marks a turning point and raises the terrible possibility that we’ve entered the age of climate chaos<p>Let there be …

Climate Change

Weather-related disasters are increasing

HOUSTON is being battered by its worst storm in 50 years. Tropical Storm Harvey dumped almost 50 inches (1.27 metres) of rain in some areas in just …

Economics

"If Harvey hit Boston Harbor, we're wiped-out as a city" - @marty_walsh moments ago. #HurricaineHarvey https://t.co/ogHnvuLKZJ

In a Blast From a Financial Crisis Past, Synthetic CDOs Are Back

Market for collateralized debt obligations is on the rise again after years on the decline<p>LONDON—The synthetic CDO, a villain of the global financial crisis, is back.<p>A decade ago, investors’ bad bets on collateralized debt obligations helped fuel the crisis. Billed as safe, they turned out to be …

Finance

Banks Send Warning Signs for Economy

Data out of the banking sector is consistent with an aging economic expansion<p>U.S. banks are sending signals that the country’s economic expansion is getting long in the tooth.<p>Being a key transmission mechanism for savings, investment and spending, the banking sector is worth watching as a barometer …

Economy

Investigators Repeatedly Warned Navy Ahead of Deadly Collisions

Overworked sailors, shortened training schedules and budgets cuts have long been cited as problems<p>Congressional investigators and military officials warned repeatedly about overworked sailors, shortened training schedules and budget cuts in the years leading up to two fatal collisions involving …

Military

White supremacists are openly using Nazi symbols. That’s a warning to all of us.

In an era when emoji, memes and logos can drive a national conversation, symbols are more powerful than ever. Americans are grappling with the tragic loss of life and eruption of neo-Nazism in Charlottesville this month. What does it say about our society that neo-Nazi and white-supremacist symbols …

Racism

Trump's Long History of Racism

Of course his response to Charlottesville was late and insufficient – this is who he is<p><b>UPDATE:</b> Trump gave a press conference Tuesday during which he …

Racism

FBI and DHS Warned of Growing Threat From White Supremacists Months Ago

Trump doesn't want to call out white supremacists. The FBI already did.<p>The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security in May warned that white …

Racism

‘Very threatening’: Mother of Charlottesville suspect James A. Fields called 911 twice

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Years before a 20-year-old Ohio man allegedly rammed his car into a panicked crowd of activists in Charlottesville, it was his disabled mother who was terrified.<p>James Alex Fields Jr. was barely a teenager in 2010 when his mother — who uses a wheelchair — locked herself in a …

Crime

The Daily 202: Evidence of climate change abounds amid extreme weather in the Pacific Northwest

<b>Analysis</b> Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events

Climate Change

Climate report: Hottest year, highest greenhouse gas marks, record sea levels

<b>(CNN) —</b> The records highlighted in the "State of the Climate in 2016" report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sound ominous.<p>• Global land surface temperatures last year were highest in 137 years of record keeping.<p>• Sea surface temperatures were also at their highest.<p>• Sea …

Climate Change

It’s unambiguous and definitive. These five charts prove that the planet is heating up.

The warming of the Earth’s climate is indisputable.<p>A new international climate change report, prepared by 450 scientists from more than 60 countries, has published trends from thousands of data sets that — across the board — present a clear-cut picture of a warming world.<p>Led by the National Oceanic …

Climate Change

EPA fines collected against polluters dropped 60% under Trump, report says

<b>(CNN) —</b> The amount of money the Environmental Protection Agency is penalizing polluters they've sued for breaching federal regulations has plummeted by 60% under President Donald Trump, a report released Thursday has found.<p>Between January and July, fines resulting from settlements have been …

Clean Air Act

The Sea Level Did, in Fact, Rise Faster in the Southeast U.S.

For people in the southeastern United States, and especially in Florida, who feel that annoying tidal flooding has sneaked up on them in recent years, it turns out to be true. And scientists have a new explanation.<p>In a paper published online Wednesday, University of Florida researchers calculated …

Climate Change

Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report

WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.<p>The draft report by …

Climate Change

GPA: D+

America's Infrastructure Scores a<p>D+<p>Get the full story<p>Failure to Act Report<p>This update addresses the current infrastructure gaps between today’s needs …

Tampa Bay’s coming storm

“People who want to live on the waterfront will always live on the waterfront.”<p><b>Mark Luther,</b> an oceanographer who lives on the water in the Venetian Isle neighborhood<p>In Shore Acres, the wealthy community next to Mark Luther’s neighborhood, residents are much better informed about the area’s …

Climate Change

Unchecked climate change could bring extremely dangerous heat to South Asia, scientists warn

Extreme temperatures in South Asia could reach dangerous thresholds by the end of the century if we don’t curb our greenhouse gas emissions, according to an alarming new study. This means millions of humans in the densely populated region could face serious heat danger if the planet reaches …

Climate Change

This strange spot over the Atlantic isn’t getting warmer. Scientists think they may know why.

A mysterious “warming hole” in the North Atlantic Ocean, an anomalous zone of <b></b>cooling temperatures which has fascinated and puzzled scientists for the past few years, may be evidence of more troubling <b></b>processes at work.<p>A new study, just out in the journal Nature Climate Change, has joined a growing …

Climate Change
Climate Change

We only have a 5 percent chance of avoiding ‘dangerous’ global warming, a study finds

In recent years, it has become increasingly common to frame the climate change problem as a kind of countdown — each year we emit more carbon dioxide, narrowing the window for fixing the problem, but not quite closing it yet. After all, something could still change. Emissions could still start to …

Climate Change

How the climate crisis could become a food crisis overnight

In the summer of 2010, Russia faced a severe drought, a heat wave and a series of catastrophic wildfires, destroying a third of the country’s wheat harvest. Half a year later, the Arab Spring began.<p>The two are connected: The Middle East and North Africa, among the most food-insecure regions in the …

Agriculture

Scientists just found a surprising possible consequence from a very small amount of global warming

Even if we meet our most ambitious climate goal — keeping global temperatures within a strict 1.5 degrees Celsius (or 2.7 degree Fahrenheit) of their preindustrial levels — there will still be consequences, scientists say. And they’ll last for years after we stop emitting carbon dioxide into the …

Climate Change