Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY

Elizabeth Weise


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Recent articles by Elizabeth:

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

Landmark California offshore wind site auction nets $757 million, will power 1.5 million homes

The first-ever federal auction of floating offshore wind power sites off the Pacific coast ended Wednesday with bids totaling $757 million. When fully developed, the sites could power 1.5 million homes. → Read More

Something surprising can cause electric vehicles to catch on fire. Here's what experts want you to know.

Flood waters present a unique danger to electric cars, but data shows fires are far more common in gas vehicles. → Read More

How close are we to Armageddon? Annual Doomsday Clock time to be announced today.

The Doomsday Clock announcement is being made Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The clock is intended as a warning about human-caused catastrophes. → Read More

Climate change is on the ballot in the midterm elections: Here's what's at stake.

Democrats have set up several major climate change initiatives at the national level that Republicans would like to roll back. What to know. → Read More

'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