Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY

Elizabeth Weise


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Past articles by Elizabeth:

Missing Titanic sub took on extreme danger, while 'breaking the rules'

Lawsuits, expert warnings, a reporter’s concerns, and OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush's own comments show the vessel took on extreme risks. → Read More

Rotting seaweed, dead fish, no sand: Climate change threatens to ruin US beaches

Warmer-than-average temperatures can mean more fish kills and shark sightings, increased rip currents and coast-covering seaweed blobs. → Read More

Millions of people are using an app to discover a hidden world all around them: Birds

Merlin's Sound ID can identify 10,315 bird species. It's based on a library of 2 million recorded bird songs from around the world. → Read More

Willowbrook shooting leaves 1 dead, 19 hurt; 2 killed in shooting at Washington music fest

A mass shooting in Willowbrook, Illinois, took place in a parking lot. In Washington state, gunfire erupted at the Beyond Wonderland music festival. → Read More

Robot farmers? Machines are crawling through America's fields. And some have lasers.

Robots using machine learning are being deployed in the nation’s fields. Many experts are optimistic. → Read More

Climate change calls for cuts in carbon emissions. These US companies are leading the way.

America's Climate Leaders list, according to USA TODAY and Statista, recognizes companies' efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. → Read More

In San Francisco, the cars are driverless, the humans are baffled and future is uncertain

Self driving cars could lead to safer, less congested streets and even potentially lower carbon emissions. That's not yet the case. → Read More

Should I buy an EV? Your buying guide on big discounts, tax credits and when to buy.

You'll need to carefully check your personal eligibility and the eligibility of the electric car you want — and the latter can rapidly change. → Read More

Snow in Hawaii? 'It has been a long time' since this much snow was seen on Hawaii volcano.

Some volcanic peaks also saw snow this winter, with more than a foot of snow in mid-February and a dusting earlier this week. → Read More

Yosemite National Park closed indefinitely; parts of park buried in 15 feet of snow

The park initially closed on Saturday due to heavy snow and had originally hoped to reopen on Thursday. However more snow fell on Wednesday. → Read More

'Zombie ant fungus' in humans? Climate change sparks fungi fears — Some serious and some silly.

The apocalyptic fungus in 'The Last of Us' isn't how climate change will play out, experts say. But fungi are alarmingly adapting to a warming planet. → Read More

Water crisis in West: Massive reservoir Lake Powell hits historic low water level

Lake Powell is the nation's second-largest reservoir. Water is dangerously close to dropping so low that it can't flow out of the reservoir. → Read More

Whale deaths exploited in 'cynical disinformation' campaign against offshore wind power, advocates say

A dozen New Jersey mayors have said off-shore wind could be the cause of recent whale strandings. Experts say that's essentially "disinformation." → Read More

How close to midnight is humanity? 2023 Doomsday Clock announcement could warn of nuclear disaster

The Doomsday Clock will be reset Jan. 24. Historically, the clock has measured danger from nuclear disaster, but it now includes other perils. → Read More

4 more storms heading toward California in next 10 days, Newsom warns; death toll climbs: Updates

Thousands of Californians have fled their homes as endless storms pound the state. The entire San Francisco Bay Area is under a flood watch. → Read More

Are California's storms normal, or is climate change making them worse? What experts say.

California's recent storms and flooding have been extreme, leaving many to ask: Is climate change at play here? We ask the experts. → Read More

'30-hour event': Bomb cyclone to pummel California coast Wednesday; Bay Area braces for flooding

The National Weather Service in the Bay Area delivered a rare admonition saying the coming "brutal" storm system "needs to be taken seriously." → Read More

'Truly a brutal storm' heading for California; forecasters predict flooding, landslides, deaths: Live updates

A storm system was poised to slam across Northern California on Wednesday. The region is still saturated from record weekend rains. → Read More

Tempted to joke about global warming amid a blizzard? Here's what experts say about that.

Cold, wintry weather might make global warming seem like less of a threat or something to joke about. Here's what experts say about that. → Read More

Scientists achieve major advance in fusion energy that could provide clean, carbon-free power

The fusion breakthrough could mean carbon-free power, but not soon. And it's not going to be like 'Mr. Fusion' from 'Back to the Future II.' → Read More