The nominee for energy secretary discovers that the job involves overseeing a vast nuclear weapons complex.
In a rare urban remnant of wetlands and its 1,500 years of sediment, climate experts find more proof of rising seas, a looming hazard for much of the region.
January 19, 2017 Trilobites By JOANNA KLEIN The fish in this photo look as if they have frozen to death midjump. But what really happened is more complicated. And while it’s easy to feel sorry for the frozen fish and worry that something has gone terribly wrong, you can take comfort in… Continue reading
January 19, 2017 Trilobites By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR With its bone-dry grasslands and oppressive heat, the middle of the Namib Desert may seem like a strange place to go fishing. Yet there Jennifer Guyton and Tyler Coverdale were, standing in a sea of orange sand and brittle yellow grass with their 30-foot… Continue reading
January 18, 2017 Trilobites By JOANNA KLEIN This week, shortly after her 60th birthday, Colo, the first gorilla born in human care, died in her sleep. Part of the reason she lived so long — about 20 years longer than gorillas born in the wild — is because of the care she… Continue reading
By CORAL DAVENPORT January 18, 2017 WASHINGTON — Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, went on the offensive in his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, criticizing federal rules protecting air and water and addressing climate change, and forcefully advocating a states’ rights approach to environmental regulation. In… Continue reading
January 18, 2017 Carl Zimmer Our fellow primates are in trouble. In a study of unprecedented scope, a team of 31 primatologists has analyzed every known species of primate to judge how they are faring. The news for man’s closest animal relatives is not good. Three-quarters of primate species are in decline,… Continue reading
By JUSTIN GILLIS and JOHN SCHWARTZ January 18, 2017 Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016 — trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of… Continue reading
A leader of the American Museum of Natural History has been using her family’s millions to finance organizations that some say undermine the museum’s mission.
By TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG January 17, 2017 On Wednesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will consider President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice of Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general since 2011, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Pruitt spent much of his time in office fighting the Obama administration over the E.P.A.’s actions to… Continue reading