Author Archives: Annie Sneed

Global Climate Meeting Will Forge Ahead, Despite Trump’s Contempt

Countries will map out how to meet their carbon-reduction pledges; U.S. governors and mayors will step up

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Mail-Order CRISPR Kits Allow Absolutely Anyone to Hack DNA

Experts debate what amateur scientists could accomplish with the powerful DNA editing tool—and whether its ready availability is cause for concern 

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Was the Extreme 2017 Hurricane Season Driven by Climate Change?

Global warming already appears to be making hurricanes more intense

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Even Jellyfish Need a Nap

Jellyfish exhibit signs of a sleep state, which could mean that sleep predates the evolutionary development of central nervous systems.

 

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Electric Eels Increase Shock by Leaving Water

Submerged electric eels lose current to water, so they apparently leap into the air to minimize their contact with water and maximize their shock value.

 

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Hurricane Irma: Florida’s Overdevelopment Has Created a Ticking Time Bomb

Disaster risk expert says intense population growth and urban coastal development have created a huge danger

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Ask the Experts: How Did 2 Such Powerful Hurricanes Occur Back to Back?

Both Harvey and Irma intensified due to perfect storm conditions

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High Rises Made of Wood?

Tall timber buildings could produce fewer emissions and sequester carbon dioxide

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Hurricane Harvey: Houston Has No Quick Way to Get Rid of Floodwater 

The city is limited by reliance on slow-draining bayous to carry out the rain

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State Department Science Envoy Explains Why Trump Drove Him to Resign

Daniel Kammen decries Trump’s attitude and policies on human rights and sustainability 

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Trump’s EPA May Be Weakening Chemical Safety Law

The agency has released controversial new rules for evaluating a chemical’s risk

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Al Gore Says Climate’s Best Hope Lies in Cities and Solar Power

In an exclusive interview Gore also maintains that the Trump administration is relinquishing U.S. climate leadership to China and India

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Al Gore Returns with an Ever-More Inconvenient Truth

The vice president-turned-environmental crusader takes viewers to climate change’s front lines in his documentary sequel

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Too Sunny in Philadelphia? Satellites Zero in on Dangerous Urban Heat Islands

Satellite and socioeconomic data can pinpoint which of a city’s neighborhoods are most at risk during heat waves

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Democrat Tackles Climate Change Issues, Defying GOP Leadership

Congressperson Eddie Bernice Johnson plans to hold a series of round tables on critical science issues, including ocean acidification and environmental justice

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Volcano Forecast? New Technique Could Better Predict Eruptions

Taking a cue from weather forecasters, researchers combine satellite measurements and models in attempt to predict volcanic activity

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World’s Largest Wind Turbine Would Be Taller Than the Empire State Building

Massive, flexible blades would bend with storm winds like the palm trees that inspired them

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A Comeback for Electricity Tech Once Championed by Thomas Edison

The growth of renewable energy far from urban and industrial centers is driving a build-out of long-distance direct-current lines 

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How Is Worldwide Sea Level Rise Driven by Melting Arctic Ice?

Experts explain how land ice thaw and the dynamics of warming water are raising ocean levels

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Trump Pulls Out of Paris: How Much Carbon Will His Policies Add to the Air?

A detailed analysis shows how much more CO2 each of Trump’s climate policy changes would send into the atmosphere

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Trump Pulls Out of Paris: How Much Carbon Will His Policies Add to the Air?

A detailed analysis shows how much more CO2 each of Trump’s climate policy changes would send into the atmosphere

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A New Idea on How Earth Became a Giant Snowball

A cool climate, sulfur and volcanism may have thrust the planet into an extreme glacial state

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The Ominous Beauty of the Arctic Meltdown

Artist and photographer Diane Tuft captures the rapidly changing polar landscape in her new book, The Arctic Melt

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The March for Science Is Just the First Step

The event’s organizers want people of all political persuasions to press for science-based policy

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Sunken Pleasure: California Will Need Mountains of Sand to Save Its Beaches

Up to two thirds of SoCal’s sandy shores may erode by 2100 without extra human help

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Legendary Climate Scientist Likes a GOP Proposal on Global Warming

James Hansen, the “father of climate change awareness,” wants the same carbon fee–and-dividend strategy proposed by Republicans

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A Tiny Detection Chip Could Find Methane Leaks Autonomously

IBM will soon field-test technology that sees methane leaking from oil and gas well pads

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Q&A: Why the President’s Executive Order Will Not Help the Climate or Economy

Jeffrey Sachs, a leading expert on economic development, says the president’s latest energy directive is misguided

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Trump Wants Deep Cuts in Environmental Monitoring

The administration’s proposed budget takes aim at ecosystem and climate tracking efforts across agencies 

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Trump’s Order May Foul U.S. Drinking Water Supply

Narrowing the Clean Water Rule could increase pollution in critical waters

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