Shannon Osaka, Washington Post

Shannon Osaka

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Past articles by Shannon:

Documenting the terrifying fragility of human bodies in a burning world

Jeff Goodell’s "The Heat Will Kill You First" lives up to its terrifying title — and shows why we need to adapt. → Read More

Why you should stop worrying about EV range

Smaller batteries can satisfy well the vast majority of American driving needs. So why do car companies keep making them bigger? → Read More

In the U.S., the world’s deadliest animal is on the move

Mosquitoes' ranges are spreading in the United States and across the globe as the planet warms, sparking concern that they will exact an even deadlier toll. → Read More

Cement emits as much CO2 as India. Why is it so hard to fix?

The cement industry is responsible for 8 percent of global carbon emissions — triple the emissions of the aviation industry. → Read More

Buying renewable energy doesn’t mean what you think

The popular method of buying renewable "credits" for electricity is inflating green power claims. → Read More

How air conditioners will have to change in the future

Air conditioners are wasting huge amounts of energy pulling water from the air — and warming the planet up even more. → Read More

World’s ‘carbon budget’ for key climate goal was halved in just three years

New science and three years of continuous emissions have narrowed the chance for 1.5C → Read More

Should your electricity bills depend on how much money you make?

A new California law is sparking backlash — with uncertain benefits for clean energy. → Read More

France is banning some short flights. Should the U.S. follow?

France's ban on short-haul flights will cut some greenhouse gas emissions. But to really make an impact, it would take a country like the United States to act. → Read More

The coming war between Americans who want to go electric — and their landlords

In rented homes and apartments, renters struggle to switch to cleaner energy. → Read More

Why the U.S. is so bad at building clean energy, in 3 charts

As Congress battles over the debt ceiling and permitting reform, here’s what’s at stake for the renewable energy industry and 2050 "net zero" carbon target. → Read More

A ‘gateway drug’ for driving electric? Meet the plug-in hybrid.

Plug-in hybrids are the quiet workhorses of the electric revolution. → Read More

Heat pumps are having a breakthrough. They have one issue: The wrong name.

The newly popular technology faces an issue: No one understands its name. → Read More

A new front in the water wars: Your Internet use

In the American West, data centers are clashing with local communities who want to preserve water amid drought → Read More

Here’s the biggest hurdle facing America’s EV revolution

The United States is finally ready to take the plunge when it comes to electric vehicles. But our flawed EV charging system is standing in the way. → Read More

College gymnastics is booming. So is criticism of its scoring.

In the past decade, the number of perfect 10s awarded has ballooned. → Read More

How this company plans to use Earth’s heat to cool the planet

A company is planning to combine two technologies: geothermal power and direct air capture. → Read More

Can individuals solve climate change? New federal cash makes it more possible than ever

Almost a third of the Inflation Reduction Act’s climate benefits in the coming decade stem from individual actions. → Read More

The big problem with plant-based meat: The ‘meat’ part

Companies invested hugely in plant-based meat alternatives. But human psychology is stubborn. → Read More

U.S. agency examines secret pollution source in 40 million homes: Gas stoves.

The hidden cost of gas stoves is finally getting attention — and may change the way we cook and live. → Read More