Umair Irfan, Vox

Umair Irfan

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Mountain View, CA, United States

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Recent:
  • Unknown
Past:
  • Vox
  • Scientific American
  • E&E News

Past articles by Umair:

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The unusual factors behind the extraordinary heat across the southern US

Fast-moving air 8 miles in the sky is pinning hot air over the South, driving the heat index into triple digits. → Read More

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The nuclear industry’s big bet on going small

Small modular reactors might be the nuclear industry’s best hope for a renaissance. → Read More

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What you should know about buying a used EV

The first electric car for most people will be a used one. → Read More

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The world’s oceans are extremely hot. We’re about to find out what happens next.

Unprecedented Atlantic Ocean heating and El Niño in the Pacific are pushing the climate into uncharted territory. → Read More

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Wildfire smoke reminded people about climate change. How soon will they forget?

Extreme weather and climate-linked disasters don’t always lead to changes in public opinion. → Read More

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Climate change is already making parts of America uninsurable

"We’re steadily marching toward an uninsurable future." → Read More

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A big El Niño is looming. Here’s what it means for our weather.

How warm water in the Pacific shapes storms, droughts, and record heat around the world. → Read More

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Climate change is driving extreme events, but it’s also making “normal” weather weirder

Why you should keep tabs on the subtle changes in weather, not just extremes. → Read More

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Why most car dealers still don’t have any electric vehicles

A new survey finds two-thirds of car dealers didn’t have a single electric vehicle for sale. → Read More

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Smaller, cheaper, safer: The next generation of nuclear power, explained

The nuclear industry’s big bet on going small. → Read More

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7 ways we’ve made the Earth better since the last Earth Day

The most important environmental policies advanced since the last Earth Day. → Read More

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The EPA’s new plan to cut car pollution has an SUV problem

The regulations would be a cinder block on the gas pedal for EVs. → Read More

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The worst-case scenario for drought on the Colorado River

One in eight Americans depend on a river that’s disappearing. → Read More

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UN climate scientists are running out of ways to warn us

The latest IPCC report shows our deadline on climate change is fast approaching. → Read More

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Why is it so hard to charge electric vehicles on the road?

Electric car owners are finding out how hard it can be to charge EVs at public charging stations. → Read More

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The FBI and Energy Department think Covid-19 came from a lab. Now what?

We don’t need to know how this pandemic started to begin to prevent the next one. → Read More

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People living near the Ohio train derailment will have to watch their health for years

It’s the beginning of a years-long effort to clean up and track the effects of chemicals in East Palestine, Ohio. → Read More

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The East Palestine, Ohio, train wreck didn’t have to be this bad

The train derailment and chemical spill was the culmination of a long trend of cost-cutting in the rail industry. → Read More

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Science & Health

News and updates from the health and science team. Topics include genetics, infectious disease, psychology, and more. → Read More

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It doesn’t take that many electric cars to improve public health

Researchers have found that California’s electric cars are already keeping asthma patients out of ERs. → Read More