Fair Warning

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

Top FBI cyber officials set to retire

<b>(CNN) —</b> The FBI's top two cybersecurity officials are planning to leave the bureau, the FBI confirmed Thursday.<p>David Resch, the executive assistant director in charge of the FBI's Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch, is retiring after more than two decades of service, as is Scott Smith, …

National Security

Miami Faces an Underwater Future

In Miami, the rising sea is already an ineluctable part of daily life. Everyone is affected—whether storm flooding forces a small-business owner to shut down for a few days (at tremendous cost), or daily tides hinder students commuting to school, or the retreating coastline forces people to abandon …

Real Estate

The $6.3 trillion debt binge: American companies have never owed this much

<b>1. Tower of debt:</b> Corporate America isdrunk on easy money.<p>US companies, encouraged by a decade of unbelievably lowborrowing costs, are sitting on $6.3 trillion of debt, according to S&P Global Ratings. That sum, which excludes banks, is more than before the Great Recession — or any other time in …

Economy

Trump’s hard-line view of immigration draws parallels to the 1930s

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p><b>History doesn’t repeat itself, the saying goes, but it often rhymes.</b> This week in Washington, the ugly …

Political Science

Listening to James Hansen on Climate Change, Thirty Years Ago and Now

On June 23, 1988—a blisteringly hot day in Washington, D.C.—James Hansen told a Senate committee that “the greenhouse effect has been detected and is changing our climate now.” At the time, Hansen was the head of <i>NASA</i>’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and though his testimony was certainly not …

Climate Change

As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Major Crops Are Losing Nutrients

Plants need carbon dioxide to live, but its effects on them are complicated.<p>As the level of carbon dioxide in the air continues to rise because of human activity, scientists are trying to pin down how the plants we eat are being affected.<p>Mounting evidence suggests that many key plants lose …

Climate Change

Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Melting Way Faster Than Expected, Scientists Warn

The planet’s largest ice sheet is losing more than 240 billion tons of ice every year -- a threefold increase from what it was less than a decade ago.<p>The Antarctic ice sheet is melting at a faster rate than at any previously recorded time, according to a comprehensive new study.<p>The planet’s largest …

Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues, we are in serious trouble.

Antarctica’s ice sheet is melting at a rapidly increasing rate, now pouring more than 200 billion tons of ice into the ocean annually and raising sea levels a half-millimeter every year, a team of 80 scientists reported Wednesday.<p>The melt rate has tripled in the past decade, the study concluded. If …

Global Warming

The U.S. Is In The Midst Of A Suicide Crisis

The rate of people dying by suicide has increased in nearly every state since 1999. Some regions have been hit significantly harder than others.<p>The recent deaths of internationally renowned chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade have renewed public focus on suicide. But the …

Africa’s most famous trees are dying, and scientists suspect a changing climate

The baobab tree, sometimes called the “Tree of Life,” has an unforgettable appearance. Found in savanna regions of Africa, Madagascar and Australia, the trees form a very thick and wide trunk and mainly branch high above the ground. They can grow to be thousands of years old, and develop hollows …

Ecology

Hurricanes are slowing, which could be a big problem

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hurricanes and tropical storms, known as tropical cyclones, are moving slower around the planet, according to a new study from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist James Kossin.<p>The study, released Wednesday in the scientific journalNature,showed a 10% decrease in …

Extreme Weather

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

Purdue Pharma, the company that planted the seeds of the opioid epidemic through its aggressive marketing of OxyContin, has long claimed it was unaware of the powerful opioid painkiller’s growing abuse until years after it went on the market.<p>But a copy of a confidential Justice Department report …

Medicine

Rice, the staple food of billions, could become less nutritious because of climate change

Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions threaten to make rice less nutritious, scientists said in a study released Wednesday, raising a worrying possibility about the staple food item for billions of humans.<p>Rice, the scientists found, contains lower levels of key vitamins when grown amid high …

The Cybersecurity 202: These hackers warned Congress the internet was not secure. 20 years later, their message is the same.

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

Cybersecurity

The earth has had warmer-than-average temperatures for 400 straight months now

<b>(CNN) —</b> For 400 consecutive months -- that's more than 33 years -- the earth's temperature has been above average, and climatologists aren't mincing words as to why.<p>The dubious milestone was reported in the April edition of NOAA's monthly global climate report. The report also states that this …

Global Warming

Earth’s atmosphere just crossed another troubling climate change threshold

For the first time since humans have been monitoring, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have exceeded 410 parts per million averaged across an entire month, a threshold that pushes the planet ever closer to warming beyond levels that scientists and the international community have deemed …

Climate Change

‘Fallen off a cliff’: Scientists have never observed so little ice in the Bering Sea in spring

In the middle of February, one-third of the ice covering the Bering Sea off Alaska’s West Coast vanished within a week when an enormous pulse of heat swept over the Arctic. Scientists were stunned.<p>This rapid meltdown precipitated a record-shattering decline in Bering Sea ice through the winter and …

Global Warming

Greenhouse gas reaches alarming new record

<b>(CNN) —</b> Carbon dioxide (CO2), the No. 1 greenhouse gas leading to man-made global warming, has reached a dubious new milestone.<p>The level of the gas in the atmosphere, which is measured by instruments on top of Hawaii's Mauna Loa Observatory, topped 410 parts per million (ppm) for the month of April.<p>…

Climate Change

MED Researchers: Youth Football Linked to Earlier Brain Problems

A new study by researchers at the BU School of Medicine suggests that playing youth tackle football may lead to earlier onset of cognitive, behavior, …

The military paid for a study on sea level rise. The results were scary.

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>More than a thousand low-lying tropical islands risk becoming “uninhabitable” by the middle of the century — or possibly sooner — because of rising sea levels, upending the populations of some island nations and endangering key U.S. military assets, according to new …

Climate Change

Global warming is killing the Great Barrier Reef, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Marine heat waves caused by global warming are killing off the corals of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef system, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.<p>The Great Barrier Reef experienced an extended marine heat wave in 2016 that caused …

Great Barrier Reef

Atlantic Ocean Current Slows Down To 1,000-Year Low, Studies Show

An Atlantic Ocean current that helps regulate the global climate has reached an 1,000-year low, according to two new studies in the journal Nature.<p>While scientists disagree about what's behind the sluggish ocean current, the shift could mean bad news for the climate. The Atlantic Meridional …

Global Warming

The oceans’ circulation hasn’t been this sluggish in 1,000 years. That’s bad news.

The Atlantic Ocean circulation that carries warmth into the Northern Hemisphere’s high latitudes is slowing down because of climate change, a team of scientists asserted Wednesday, suggesting one of the most feared consequences is already coming to pass.<p>The Atlantic meridional overturning …

Global Warming

‘It is like we have regressed 100 years’: Report warns of resurgent global anti-Semitism

BERLIN — Jewish life around the world is under attack once again by “classic traditional antisemitism,” according to a report by an Israeli university released Wednesday.<p>While acts of violent anti-Semitism dropped by 9 percent between 2016 and 2017, other incidents such as abuse and harassment are …

Israel

Pilots had safety concerns months before NYC helicopter crash, lawyer says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Months before a helicopter crashed in New York's East River, killing five people, pilots at Liberty Helicopters warned management of safety issues, an attorney representing several pilots said.<p>"Safety has been a concern amongst my clients for a while now," attorney Debra Katz said. "They …

FAA

Scientists say the Mississippi is flooding more than it has in 500 years — and we caused it

A new scientific study stoked a long-standing controversy Wednesday with the claim that human interventions, in the form of levees and other engineered structures, have made the Lower Mississippi River more likely to flood, as it has to damaging effect several times in the past decade.<p>The research …

Trump administration moves on two fronts to challenge California environmental protections

The Trump administration openly threatened one of the cornerstones of California's environmental protections Monday, saying that it may revoke the state's ability under the Clean Air Act to impose stricter standards than the federal government sets for vehicle emissions.<p>The announcement came as the …

For Months, Panera Bread Website Reportedly Exposed Millions Of Customer Records

It started with a warning email last summer, from a security researcher who told Panera Bread that its website was exposing sensitive customer data. But after the problem went unfixed for months, the researcher went public with proof of the flaw. Another analyst said Panera's response was …

Panera Bread

An alarming 10 percent of Antarctica’s coastal glaciers are now in retreat, scientists find

Antarctica’s ocean-front glaciers are retreating, according a new satellite survey that raises additional concerns about the massive continent’s potential contribution to rising sea levels.<p>Antarctica, which contains enough ice to raise the oceans by about 200 feet, is a continent of ice that flows …

Antarctica