Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY

Elizabeth Weise


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Past articles by Elizabeth:

'Shouting distance': That's how close the Inflation Reduction Act would get US to its climate goals

The proposed Inflation Reduction Act could get the United States within "shouting distance" of its climate goals for 2030, analysis shows. → Read More

Remote, stealth commands tamper with temperatures in Portland area homes — all to save energy

In voluntary energy shifting programs, customers grant their utility the right to slightly lower their usage in return for a credit on their bills. → Read More

Next step in combating climate change? Massive batteries that harness the power of the sun.

Batteries the size of shipping containers store cheap solar energy during the day, making it available at night when supplies lag and prices rise. → Read More

Monkeypox is now in 7 states. US health officials urge awareness, not fear.

Nine cases of monkeypox in seven states were reported as of Thursday, health officials said. Testing, treatments and vaccines are being mobilized. → Read More

Fighting fire with fire: Controlled burns remain essential as US wildfires intensify

Even as the Forest Service halts controlled burns for 90 days after a rare escape in New Mexico, experts say the prescribed fire needs to expand. → Read More

New York City reports possible monkeypox case, outbreaks now being investigated in 11 countries

A day after a case was reported in Massachusetts, health officials in New York City reported a possible case of monkeypox Thursday evening. → Read More

'Rare and unusual' monkeypox cases are causing global concern. Here's what we know.

The U.S. recorded one case of monkeypox, in Massachusetts and a suspected case in New York City. Here's all you need to know about the virus. → Read More

Kids 5-11 could start receiving 3rd doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine within days as CDC advisory committee OKs boosters

Dr. Rochelle Walensky is expected to sign off on the recommendation. The booster dose would be available to children 5 months after their second dose. → Read More

It's happening again: COVID-19 cases are back on the rise. There are 3 main reasons why.

COVID-19 infections are up, driven by new variants, waning immunity from vaccines and past infections and fewer people masking, health officials say. → Read More

Australian Sudden Infant Death Syndrome study 'provocative' but not yet a breakthrough

A preliminary study out of Australia offers a tantalizing hint at what might cause SIDS, but doctors warn more research is needed. → Read More

After Roe? Pregnancy-related deaths could rise 20% or more in states that outlaw abortion, experts say.

If Roe v. Wade falls and abortion is outlawed in some states, pregnancy-related deaths could rise 20% or more, according to some calculations. → Read More

'A year after year disaster:' The American West could face a 'brutal' century under climate change

Models show the American West faces more fires, floods and air pollution this century if meaningful climate action isn't taken soon. → Read More

Russia's attack on a nuclear plant was unprecedented. Experts now fret about futures once thought 'inconceivable.'

The Zaporizhzhia attack was surprising given Russia's ties to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, experts say. They worry more danger lies ahead. → Read More

Here comes the sun: Wind, solar power account for record 13% of U.S. energy in 2021

Solar and wind energy last year grew at the fastest rate in U.S. history and now account for a record 13% of U.S. power generation, according to a report released Thursday. → Read More

Here comes the sun: Wind, solar power account for record 13% of U.S. energy in 2021

Solar and wind energy last year grew at the fastest rate in U.S. history and now account for a record 13% of U.S. power generation, according to a report released Thursday. → Read More

FDA to consider two Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shots for children under 5

Pfizer and its partner BioNTech have asked the Food and Drug Administration to allow their COVID vaccine to be used in children 4 years to 6 months old. → Read More

'Shame on us': Public health in America at a breaking point as pandemic enters third year

Business as usual won't be enough to combat the next public health crisis, experts say. The U.S. must tackle long-standing health problems, too. → Read More

Full vaccination against COVID-19 and a breakthrough infection builds 'super immunity,' study finds

A study by Oregon researchers finds that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 who have a breakthrough infection end up with what the authors call "super immunity." They caution the vaccinated should not seek COVID-19 infection, but the "hybrid immunity" offers some solace for those whocatch one despite having been vaccinated. → Read More

CDC panel recommends Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccines over Johnson & Johnson for people 18 and older

A CDC panel recommended the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines be preferred over J&J's due to the chance of rare but dangerous blood clots. → Read More

Omicron is spreading 'every place at once,' experts say. What it could mean for holiday plans.

A group of Massachusetts-based researchers say they believe omicron could already account for about 15% of COVID-19 cases in some parts of the U.S. → Read More