Excessive warmth, not lack of precipitation, drove low snowpack in Spring 2016
If so, California’s “natural” quakes may be less frequent than thought
Scientists grapple over the extent to which humans are making extreme weather worse
NOAA storm scientists describe their harrowing trips into a swirling chaos of rain, dust, salt and bacteria
Hurricane season begins in May and lasts through November, producing dozens of powerful hurricanes. In this episode of Instant Egghead, Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti explains how these massive storms get their start.
Extreme weather events are nothing new, but they appear to be gaining strength. Scientists have risked life and limb to help us better understand—and better survive—these storms
Hurricane damage to sanitation systems could fuel further cases
A “ride-out” team of 139 people is staying through the two-day shutdown
One percent of policy holders make 25 to 30 percent of claims
When the sun, moon and Earth are aligned, high tidal stress may increase the chances that an earthquake will grow bigger than it otherwise might have been.
Ground that deforms above wells where wastewater is injected could be a telltale sign of trouble to come
The wildfire season started early this month in the northwestern U.S., and the huge blaze still burns in Fort McMurray, Alberta, after three weeks of fighting the flames. What causes wildfires on this scale, and how can we prevent them?
The geologic strain of tides during full and new moons may increase magnitude
The magnitude 5.6 earthquake ramps up concerns over energy extraction methods
Scientists are increasingly confident about the link between earthquakes and oil and gas production, yet regulators are slow to react
A complex underground collision ripped apart Earth's crust, killing more than 100 people
Unlike 2009 tragedy, no seismic activity was recorded prior to today’s quake
Climate change could be to blame for Tibetan tragedy
Sewer systems in many cities, stressed by age and growing populations, will spew more raw refuse into the streets during heavy rains
Communities should plan defenses and emergency responses based on the climate of the future, not the past