Fair Warning

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

16,000 scientists sign dire warning to humanity over health of planet

<b>(CNN) —</b> More than 16,000 scientists from 184 countries have published a second warning to humanity advising that we need to change our wicked ways to help the planet.<p>In 1992, 1,700 independent scientists signed the "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity." The letter warned that "human beings and …

Climate Change

These are the melting glaciers that might someday drown your city, according to NASA

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>New York City has plenty to worry about from sea level rise. But according to a new study by NASA researchers, it should worry specifically about two major glacier systems in Greenland’s northeast and northwest — but not so much about other parts of the vast northern ice …

Global Warming

Climate change upped the odds of Hurricane Harvey’s extreme rains, study finds

The extreme rains that inundated the Houston area during Hurricane Harvey were made more likely by climate change, a new study suggests, adding that such extreme flooding events will only become more frequent as the globe continues to warm.<p>“I guess what I was hoping to achieve was a little bit of a …

Climate Change

Hate Crimes Up In 2016, FBI Statistics Show

The number of hate crimes reported last year rose by 4.6 percent compared to the previous year, according to data released Monday by the FBI.<p>The total tally of hate crimes in 2016 was 6,121, compared to 5,850 in 2015. More than half of those incidents were motivated by the victim's race.<p>The FBI …

Hate Crimes

Fossil fuel emissions will reach an all-time high in 2017, scientists say — dashing hopes of progress

Global carbon dioxide emissions are projected to rise again in 2017, climate scientists reported Monday, a troubling development for the environment and a major disappointment for those who had hoped emissions of the climate change-causing gas had at last peaked.<p>The emissions from fossil fuel …

Climate

FBI database for gun buyers missing millions of records

The FBI’s background-check system is missing millions of records of criminal convictions, mental illness diagnoses and other flags that would keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands, a gap that contributed to the shooting deaths of 26 people in a Texas church this week.<p>Experts who study the …

Gun Control

How was he missed? Menacing Texas church gunman left series of red flags

There were no shortage of red flags warning of the volatility of the Texas church gunman.<p>In the years leading up to Sunday’s horrific assault that left 26 dead and 20 more wounded, Devin Kelley cracked his 1-year-old stepson’s skull, menaced his former wife, was accused of sexual assault, had a …

Crime

Disney knew its property had alligators. It caught hundreds before a boy was killed.

The fatal attack on a 2-year-old boy by an alligator at Disney World last year raised questions: How many more gators prowled the waters of the internationally famous theme park, and did officials know about them?<p>Now it’s clear that Disney was aware of the problem. There are so many alligators …

Florida

Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

Environment correspondent<p><b>Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).</b><p>Last year's increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years.<p>Researchers say a combination of human activities and the El …

Climate Change

In Antarctica, Two Key Glaciers Accelerate Toward the Sea

The glaciers are currently holding back ice that, if melted, would raise the world’s oceans by nearly four feet over centuries.

Antarctica

New science suggests the ocean could rise more — and faster — than we thought

Climate change could lead to sea level rises that are larger, and happen more rapidly, than previously thought, according to a trio of new studies that reflect mounting concerns about the stability of polar ice.<p>In one case, the research suggests that previous high end projections for sea level rise …

Climate Change

Buildings Across U.S. Are Wrapped in Same Panels That Fueled Deadly London Fire

Experts say polyethylene-core panels, under investigation in the Grenfell Tower fire, endanger people in apartments, offices and hotels<p>A high school in Alaska, a National Football League stadium, a Baltimore high-rise hotel and a Dallas airport terminal are among thousands of structures world-wide …

Malaysia

New York City’s fate is closely tied to Antarctic ice, climate scientists warn

New York City’s ability to withstand hurricanes could hinge on the state of the Antarctic ice sheet some 8,000 miles away, according to a study published Monday.<p>Using computer projections to simulate thousands of storms in potential future climates, researchers found that storms would be more …

Climate Change

Link between Adolescent Pot Smoking and Psychosis Strengthens

BERLIN—Society’s embrace of cannabis to treat nausea, pain and other conditions proceeds apace with the drive to legalize the plant for recreational …

Cannabis

New study suggests insect populations have declined by 75% over 3 decades

<b>(CNN) —</b> A new scientific study has found "dramatic" and "alarming" declines in insect populations in areas in Germany, which researchers say could have far-reaching consequences for the world's crop production and natural ecosystems.<p>The study, published on Wednesday in peer-reviewed journal PLOS …

Ecology

As Overdose Deaths Pile Up, a Medical Examiner Quits the Morgue

CONCORD, N.H. — In the state morgue here, in the industrial maze of a hospital basement, Dr. Thomas A. Andrew was slicing through the lung of a 36-year-old woman when white foam seeped out onto the autopsy table.<p>Foam in the lungs is a sign of acute intoxication caused by an opioid. So is a swollen …

Addiction
Ryan Zinke

Scientists mapping Greenland have produced some surprising – and worrying – results

Greenland, the world’s largest island and home to its second largest ice sheet, is a land of ragged cliffs, breathtaking fjords and unimaginable amounts of water on either side of the freezing point. It has also, until now, been something of a mystery.<p>Greenland drew some pointed attention during …

Global Warming

Hack of Wall Street regulator rattles investors, lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wall Street's top regulator came under fire on Thursday over its cyber security and disclosure practices after admitting hackers had breached its database of corporate announcements in 2016 and may have used it for insider trading.<p>The breach involved the U.S. Securities and …

'Statistically, it's coming.' California prepares for the next big earthquake

<b>(CNN) —</b> The scene is terrifying -- entire sections of a Mexico City office building fall away and crash to the ground. The screams of people reacting are almost worse.<p>That moment, captured on cellphone video, shows just one of a number of buildings, from apartments to schools to governmental …

Earthquakes

Neil deGrasse Tyson says it might be 'too late' to recover from climate change

<b>(CNN) —</b> Scientist and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said Sunday that, in the wake of devastating floods and damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, climate change had become so severe that the country "might not be able to recover."<p>In an interview on CNN's "GPS," Tyson got emotional when …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Scana Is Subpoenaed Over Abandoned Nuclear Project

Subsidiary South Carolina Electric & Gas walked away from V.C. Summer Nuclear Station plant after cost estimates more than doubled<p>By<p>Cara Lombardo<p>Utility holding company Scana Corp. said Thursday it has received a federal subpoena to turn over documents related to its cancelled South Carolina …

Energy

What Happens When a Superstorm Hits D.C.?

A major hurricane could paralyze the government and jeopardize national security. Why is the capital so unprepared?<p>On August 25th, as Hurricane …

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 …

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 …

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 …