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Auto mechanic is ready for E.V. revolution

By Eileen Mignoni on Nov 29, 2017

Craig Van Batenburg (right) explains to students how electric vehicle components work. Photo courtesy of Craig Van Batenburg. For 40 years, Craig Van Batenburg has owned an auto repair shop in Worcester, Massachusetts. Van Batenburg: "I'm a motorhead....

Climate change could cause a pumpkin shortage

By Diana Madson on Nov 23, 2017

There's a good chance the pumpkin in your Thanksgiving pie came from Morton, Illinois. This pumpkin paradise produces most of the nation's holiday squash. But dark skies may loom ahead. Pumpkins are fair weather fruit; squash rots in squishy fields....

Changing one’s views through dialogue

By Karin Kirk on Nov 21, 2017

On the March for Science Facebook page, someone asked how group members might engage in productive conversation with a family member who holds opposite ideologies. The query immediately prompted hundreds of comments and suggestions, with the tally...

How well have the models projected global warming?

By Zeke Hausfather on Oct 31, 2017

Credit: NASA Archive. Climate models, driven by atmospheric physics and biogeochemistry, play an important role in our understanding of the Earth's climate and how it will likely change in the future. Carbon Brief has collected prominent climate model...

How will climate change affect your grandchildren?

By Amy Brady on Oct 30, 2017

Beginning on November 6, leaders from around the world will convene in Bonn, Germany for the annual United Nations conference on climate change. Not only will the meeting potentially affect international policy, it'll serve as an important reminder that...

Soccer stadium installs unlikely green amenities

By Eileen Mignoni on Oct 20, 2017

Behind the scenes at a stadium, you'd expect to find locker rooms, training equipment, or a broadcasting booth. But at the Stubhub Center, home of the L.A. Galaxy, a pro soccer team, there are some additional features that might surprise you....

Using emotion in discussing climate change

By Peter Sinclair on Oct 16, 2017

Wait. Stop reading right here. Don't dare think of an elephant. Didn't work, did it. Just mentioning it implanted it in your mind, in your consciousness. It's an argument made by Berkeley linguist George Lakoff, among others, and a key point in...

How wildfires threaten human health

By Samantha Harrington on Oct 11, 2017

Residents of Portland, Oregon, knew they were in trouble when the sky got so hazy from smoke that the sun turned red. For weeks, people like Michelle Nicola, a Portland middle school teacher, lived enshrouded in smoke from a nearby wildfire. "It's like...

Gypsy moths attack trees in the northeast

By Samantha Harrington on Sep 26, 2017

Gypsy moth caterpillars have been munching on New England's trees, causing widespread damage. (Photo credit: USFWS/James Appleby) Walking through the woods near her home in Marlborough, Connecticut, Matylda Biskupski couldn't help but notice that the...

Teachers digging in to teach climate change

By Karin Kirk on Sep 7, 2017

In some parts of the U.S., school buses are returning to school along altered routes, dodging acrid plumes of wildfire smoke or murky floodwaters. Even the students who aren't feeling these effects are likely hearing about them. Waiting to greet them all is...

I was an Exxon-funded climate scientist

By Katharine Hayhoe on Aug 31, 2017

Exxon funded climate scientists while the bulk of its public-facing advertorials argued the science and cause of climate change was uncertain. AP Photo/Mark HumphreyExxonMobil's deliberate attempts to sow doubt on the reality and urgency of climate change...

The ever-inconvenient Gore

By Michael Svoboda on Aug 29, 2017

Beyond the Marvel universe, the galaxies traversed by the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises, or the magical world of J.K. Rowling, sequels rarely equal - and even less often surpass - the success of the works that preceded them. Three weeks after its...