A Landsat view of Mount St. Helens in 2011. Credit: U.S. Geological Survey Landsat is one of the most important U.S. satellite systems. Since the program’s launch in 1972, Landsat satellites have provided the longest-running terrestrial satellite record and collected more than 5.6 million images. For a long time, the U.S. government […]

JOSHUA ROBERTS/BLOOMBERG The government’s new weather forecast model has a slight problem: It predicts that outside temperatures will be a few degrees colder than what nature delivers. This “cold bias” means that local meteorologists are abandoning the National Weather Service in favor of forecasts produced by British and European weather agencies. For […]

In the 2016 presidential election, neither Republican nor Democrat voters listed climate change among the most important issues that influenced their vote. Credit: Rob Crandall/shutterstock.com According to a January public opinion survey, “Record numbers of Americans say they care about global warming.” For several years, newspapers, citing Pew and Gallup polls, have proclaimed that the […]

ANDREW HARRER/BLOOMBERG/GETTY IMAGES INSTEAD OF FIGURING out how many Pacific hake fishermen can catch sustainably, as his job demands, scientist Ian Taylor is at home with his four-month old daughter, biding his time through the partial government shutdown. Taylor’s task is to assess the size and age of hake and other commercially harvested […]

Prime Minister Theresa May hopes to persuade Parliament to accept a plan for an orderly Brexit. THIERRY ROGE/AVALON.RED/NEWSCOM U.K. scientists dreading the country’s impending departure from the European Union, known as Brexit, now face possible outcomes ranging from undesirable to potentially disastrous—with an outside chance of a last-minute reprieve. Two and […]

Scott Hutchins at his Senate confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C. UNITED STATES SENATE The entomologist nominated to be the chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C., said today he accepts the conclusions of a new federal report on climate change that President Donald Trump has dismissed and […]

Kim Schrier, a pediatrician, played up her technical training in a winning congressional campaign. AP PHOTO/ELAINE THOMPSON The results of last week’s divisive midterm elections, with Democrats reclaiming control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Republicans likely strengthening their hold on the Senate, have allowed both parties to claim […]

President Donald Trump GAGE SKIDMORE/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS President Donald Trump’s administration released a plan today to regulate carbon dioxide emissions at power plants, undercutting a much broader effort by former President Barack Obama to slash planet-warming gases. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal would give states wide latitude for determining how to […]