Fair Warning

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

Murders By U.S. White Supremacists More Than Doubled In 2017, New Report Shows

White supremacists in the United States killed more than twice as many people in 2017 as they did the year before, and were responsible for far more murders than domestic Islamic extremists, helping make 2017 the fifth deadliest year on record for extremist violence in America, a new report …

Racism

Repeated Head Hits, Not Just Concussions, May Lead To A Type Of Chronic Brain Damage

We live in an age of heightened awareness about concussions. From battlefields around the world to football fields in the U.S., we've heard about the dangers caused when the brain rattles around inside the skull and the possible link between concussions and the degenerative brain disease chronic …

The Brain

The 5 most alarming climate events in a near-record warm 2017

Near-record warmth in 2017 helped fuel extreme weather around the planet that caused catastrophic destruction, human suffering and loss of life.<p>NOAA and NASA both reported Thursday that last year ranked among the three warmest on record. All four of the hottest years on record have occurred in the …

Climate Change

2017 Among Warmest Years On Record

2017 was among the warmest years on record, according to new data released by NASA and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.<p>The planet's global surface temperature last year was second warmest since 1880, NASA says. NOAA calls it the third warmest year on record, due to slight variation …

Global Warming

Climate Change Has Quadrupled Ocean 'Dead Zones,' Researchers Warn

Suffocating oceans could lead to ecosystem collapse, the study says.<p>The size of oxygen-starved ocean “dead zones,” where plants and animals struggle to survive, has increased fourfold around the world, according to a new scientific analysis.<p>The growth of the zones is yet another consequence of …

Oceans

Coral reefs are bleaching four times as frequently as they did in the 1980s, scientists say

Coral reefs are bleaching four to five times as frequently as they did around 1980, scientists said Thursday in a study that suggests climate change may be happening too rapidly for some reefs to withstand.<p>“With a fourfold increase over the last 35 years, if you take that forward, it’s …

Oceans

Scientists just presented a sweeping new estimate of how much humans have transformed the planet

In this age of climate change, we naturally train our attention on all the fossil fuels being combusted for human use — but scientists have long known that what’s happening is also all about the land.<p>Just as buried fossil fuels are filled with carbon from ancient plant and animal life, so too are …

Climate Change

A Washington state mayor predicted the new Amtrak line would cause fatalities

An Amtrak train derailed in Washington state on Monday (Dec. 18) while taking its inaugural trip from Seattle to Portland. Several cars jumped the track of the new high-speed route and hit Interstate 5 outside of Tacoma, crushing cars on the highway. At least six of the train’s passengers have …

National Transportation Safety Board

Global warming boosted Hurricane Harvey's rainfall by at least 15 percent, studies find

NEW ORLEANS — There’s a theme lurking under the giant science meeting here along the Mississippi River: Extreme weather really is getting more extreme because of climate change. The human influence on hurricanes and wildfires is increasingly obvious. For years this has been a subject clouded in …

Climate Change

Warming of the Arctic is ‘unprecedented over the last 1,500 years,’ scientists say

The Trump administration’s mixed views on climate change notwithstanding, a group of federal scientists on Tuesday released a stark report on the warming at the top of the planet, suggesting that it is unparalleled in more than a millennium.<p>“The Arctic is going through the most unprecedented …

Climate Change

Arctic's Temperature Continues To Run Hot, Latest 'Report Card' Shows

The Arctic is a huge, icy cap on the planet that acts like a global air conditioner. But the air conditioner is breaking down, according to scientists who issued a grim "report card" on the Arctic today.<p>They say the North Pole continues to warm at an alarming pace — twice the rate as the rest of …

Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Actions Against Polluters, and Put Limits on Enforcement Officers

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — The highway billboard at the entrance to town still displays a giant campaign photograph of President Trump, who handily won the election across industrial Ohio. But a revolt is brewing here in East Liverpool over Mr. Trump’s move to slow down the federal government’s …

North Dakota

Heartbreaking Video Shows Starving Polar Bear On Warming Canadian Island

A photographer filmed the "soul-crushing" scene to try to break through climate change apathy.<p>A gut-wrenching video taken on Canada’s Baffin Island shows an adult polar bear that looks like little more than a bag of bones covered by slack fur. The bear is pulling his body across an iceless …

Nunavut

California's Climate Emergency

Fires continue to burn Southern California, and climate scientists have warned us for years that the region was entering a year-round fire regime<p>In …

The most accurate climate change models predict the most alarming consequences, study finds

The climate change simulations that best capture current planetary conditions are also the ones that predict the most dire levels of human-driven warming, according to a statistical study released in the journal Nature Wednesday.<p>The study, by Patrick Brown and Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie …

Climate Change

Hate in America is on the rise

A NEW FBI report on hate crimes tells a sobering story. For the second year in a row, police departments across the country reported a rise in the number of crimes motivated by bias.<p>In 2016, the FBI counted 6,121 reported incidents nationwide — an increase of 4.6 percent from 2015, during which …

Racism

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 …

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 …

Disney World

Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

<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 Niño weather phenomenon …

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.

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
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