Fair Warning

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

California Reservoir on Shaky Ground Highlights Aging U.S. Dams’ Risks

Project to replace decades-old structure near San Francisco Bay has seen delays and unexpected construction issues<p>FREMONT, Calif.—The coastal mountains that frame this working-class city next to San Francisco Bay harbor a hidden menace: a reservoir 10 miles away that sits next to an active …

San Francisco Bay

600 high-rises with cladding being tested for fire risk in England

<b>London (CNN) —</b> The British government is carrying out tests on 600 high-rise buildings across England that are covered in cladding, in response to the fire at Grenfell Tower, the 24-story apartment block that was gutted by a huge fire last week.<p>As of Thursday evening, combustible cladding has been …

West London

100 experts tell Congress how to improve election security

More than 100 cybersecurity and voting experts are urging the government to make the U.S. voting system more secure.<p>The experts -- which come from various industries, from business and academia to technology non-profits -- signed a letter addressed to Congress on Wednesday suggesting how three …

Cybersecurity

Too Hot to Fly? Climate Change May Take a Toll on Air Travel

In recent days, American Airlines has been forced to cancel more than 40 flights in Phoenix. The reason: With daytime highs hovering around 120 degrees, it was simply too hot for some smaller jets to take off. Hotter air is thinner air, which makes it more difficult — and sometimes impossible — for …

Climate Change

Deadly heat waves becoming more common due to climate change

<b>(CNN) —</b> Deadly heat waves are going to be a much bigger problem in the coming decades, becoming more frequent and occurring over a much greater portion of the planet because of climate change, according to a study published Monday in Nature Climate Change.<p>Extreme heat waves, such as the one …

Climate Change

A huge part of Antarctica is melting and scientists say that's bad news

<b>(CNN) —</b> Antarctica is experiencing weird weather, and the changes have some scientists worried about the future.<p>There's an area on the west side of the icy continent called the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and last January, scientists found a 300,000-square-mile portion of its perimeter was melting. …

Climate Change

Four ministers were warned about tower block fire risks

<b>Four separate government ministers were warned that fire regulations were not keeping people safe, in letters that have subsequently been seen by the BBC.</b><p>In the leaked letters, experts warn that those living in tower blocks like Grenfell Tower were "at risk".<p>At least 79 people are dead or missing …

Scientists stunned by Antarctic rainfall and a melt area bigger than Texas

Scientists have documented a recent, massive melt event on the surface of highly vulnerable West Antarctica that, they fear, could be a harbinger of future events as the planet continues to warm.<p>In the Antarctic summer of 2016, the surface of the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest floating ice platform on …

Climate Change

E-cigarettes ‘Potentially as Harmful as Tobacco Cigarettes’

A study by chemists at the University of Connecticut offers new evidence that electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are potentially as harmful as …

Russia has developed a cyberweapon that can disrupt power grids, according to new research

Hackers allied with the Russian government have devised a cyberweapon that has the potential to be the most disruptive yet against electric systems that Americans depend on for daily life, according to U.S. researchers.<p>The malware, which researchers have dubbed CrashOverride, is known to have …

Cybersecurity

Climate Science Meets a Stubborn Obstacle: Students

WELLSTON, Ohio — To Gwen Beatty, a junior at the high school in this proud, struggling, Trump-supporting town, the new science teacher’s lessons on climate change seemed explicitly designed to provoke her.<p>So she provoked him back.<p>When the teacher, James Sutter, ascribed the recent warming of the …

Education

London Attacker Wasn’t Hiding in Plain Sight—He Wasn’t Even Hiding

Khuram Butt was widely known in his east London neighborhood for his radical take on Islam, raising questions of how a government should react to citizens who expound extremist views<p>LONDON—Khuram Butt, one of the knife-wielding terrorists who killed eight in a rampage last weekend, wasn’t a silent …

Terrorism

Scientists may have just found an unexpected new threat to the ozone layer

Severe storms over the central United States may be posing bigger problems beyond bad weather. New research suggests that frequent summertime storms in the Great Plains region could be depleting the protective <b></b>ozone layer in the upper atmosphere, putting humans at increased <b></b>risk of unhealthy exposure …

Climate Change

Comey Drama A Reminder Presidential Disaster Often Hits In Times Of High Confidence

<b>Updated at 11:05 a.m. ET</b><p>Ordinary people often get into legal trouble in response to desperate circumstances. Politicians, however, seem to make the worst trouble for themselves when they are riding high and carrying all before them.<p>Thus the most famous political scandals of U.S. history have …

Government

London Attackers Slipped By Despite an Avalanche of Warnings

LONDON — Islamic State propaganda had been found in the bag of one attacker while he was trying to board a flight in Italy. An F.B.I. informant said he had raised alarms about the second attacker two years ago. The third attacker, denied asylum in Britain, appeared to have sneaked in from …

Terrorism

A climate chain reaction: Major Greenland melting could devastate crops in Africa

As melting Greenland glaciers continue to pour ice into the Arctic Ocean, we have more than the rising seas to worry about, scientists say. A new study suggests that if it gets large enough, the influx of freshwater from the melting ice sheet could disrupt the flow of a major ocean current system, …

Climate Change

Failure to warn: Hundreds died while taking an arthritis drug, but nobody alerted patients

This is a STAT Plus article and is only available to STAT Plus subscribers.<br>To read the full story, subscribe to STAT Plus or log in to your …

Medicine

London Attacker Khuram Butt Proselytized, Neighbors Say

Slain knife-wielder was in TV documentary on jihadism last year, sought to influence children<p>LONDON—Police identified one of the terrorists who struck London over the weekend as Khuram Butt, a 27-year-old Pakistani-born British citizen who neighbors said appeared in a television documentary about …

Terrorism

4 Not-So-Obvious Places Under Serious Threat From Climate Change

Visit while you still can. 😶<p>It’s no secret that rising sea levels threaten watery historical sites and travel destinations like Venice and the Maldives. Many travel experts suggest visiting these spots now, before they’re underwater or it’s too late to enjoy them as they are.<p>But keep in mind that …

Climate Change

United Faces $435,000 Fine, Accused of Flying Plane 23 Times Without Inspecting Repair, F.A.A. Says

United Airlines is facing a fine of $435,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration, which said Tuesday that the airline flew a Boeing 787 passenger airplane that was potentially unsafe nearly two dozen times on domestic and international flights in 2014.<p>A statement from the federal agency said …

Aviation

A huge crack across one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves is nearing its breaking point

A long-growing crack in the Larsen C ice shelf, one of Antarctica’s largest floating platforms of ice, appears to be nearing its endgame.<p>Researchers with Project MIDAS, working out of Swansea University and Aberystwyth University in Wales and studying the shelf by satellites and through other …

Climate Change

Court Documents Shed Light on Theranos Board's Response to Crisis

Two former Theranos Inc. directors said they didn’t follow up on public allegations that the Silicon Valley blood-testing firm was relying on standard technology rather than its much-hyped proprietary device for most tests, according to newly released court documents.<p>In depositions, the highly …

Corruption

As Ice Melts, Dangerous Diseases From The Past Could Rise Again

One more serious thing to worry about as the planet warms.<p>The great thing about climate change is that there’s always some new, horrifying consequence to worry about ― like ancient viruses and bacteria emerging from the ice as the Earth warms. Unfortunately, researchers fear we may see more of this …

Climate Change

U.K. Is Investigating Missed Signals Over Manchester Bomber

LONDON — Britain’s domestic intelligence agency, MI5, is investigating its response to warnings from the public about the threat posed by Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people and wounded dozens more in an attack at a crowded pop concert in Manchester, England, last week.<p>A British …

Terrorism

Three Republican EPA administrators: Trump is putting us on a dangerous path

<i>William D. Ruckelshaus was administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1970 to 1973 and 1983 to 1985. Lee M. Thomas was EPA administrator from 1985 to 1989, and William K. Reilly was EPA administrator from 1989 to 1993.</i><p>More than 30 years ago, the world was faced with a serious …

Climate

A Tsunami Written in Stone - The New Yorker | The New Yorker

Geologists tend to notice when rocks, especially big ones, are out of place. A few years ago, a group of researchers working in the Cape Verde islands, off West Africa, made a particularly jarring discovery—elephant-sized chunks of basalt and limestone that had formed at sea level and somehow ended …

Cape Verde
Weather

So much water pulsed through a melting glacier that it warped the Earth’s crust

NASA scientists detected a pulse of melting ice and water traveling through a major glacier in Greenland that was so big that it warped the solid Earth — a surge equivalent in mass to 18,000 Empire State Buildings.<p>The pulse — which occurred during the 2012 record melt year — traveled nearly 15 …

Global Warming

Scientists say the pace of sea level rise has nearly tripled since 1990

A new scientific analysis finds that the Earth’s oceans are rising nearly three times as rapidly as they were throughout most of the 20th century, one of the strongest indications yet that a much feared trend of not just sea level rise, but its acceleration, is now underway.<p>“We have a much stronger …

Climate Change