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  • Ars Technica
Past:
  • WIRED
  • Ars Technica UK

Recent articles by Scott:

Volcanoes where they shouldn’t be? Maybe it’s a mantle sponge

Hypothesis explains eruptions in China and off the coast of Japan. → Read More

January was warmest on record for the globe

NOAA’s January summary is out, along with its outlook for spring. → Read More

Human activities responsible for more methane emissions than thought

Emissions pinned on natural sources are probably our fault instead. → Read More

Did birds still migrate during ice ages?

Model simulation tests idea that staying home would be advantageous. → Read More

New estimate of how much thawing permafrost will worsen warming

Model simulations show rapid thaw processes. → Read More

Here’s what it could cost for California to hit zero-emissions goal

For something like $8 billion a year, it could soak up a lot of CO₂. → Read More

The cheapest climate target to hit? Around 2°C

Action costs money, but so do the consequences of inaction. → Read More

Why isn’t California using more prescribed burns to reduce fire risk?

Controlled burns could help in many places, but progress has been slow. → Read More

2019 was likely Earth’s second-hottest year on record

Little bump from El Niño this year, but global temperatures climb again. → Read More

Replication study challenges work on fish and ocean acidification

Does acidification affect fish brains? In these experiments, not so much. → Read More

The latest generation of climate models is running hotter—here’s why

It largely comes down to their simulation of mid-latitude clouds. → Read More

What’s causing Australia’s devastating fire weather?

From climate trends to Indian Ocean temperature patterns. → Read More

A pre-hurricane climate change analysis gets major revision after the storm

Effort had predicted half of Hurricane Florence's rainfall was due to warming. → Read More

Forecasting El Niño with entropy—a year in advance

This would beat 6-month limit of current forecasts. → Read More

Climate stakes are high for ice and oceans, IPCC report explains

Report warns of "transition to unprecedented conditions" in the ocean. → Read More

Splitting water to make cement could clean up a dirty industry

Cement production is about 8 percent of CO2 emissions. → Read More

Here’s what happened in the impact crater the day it did in the dinos

Rock core allows researchers to create an incredible timeline. → Read More

Crops under solar panels can be a win-win

In dry places, photovoltaic shade can even reduce water use. → Read More

Study shows some political beliefs are just historical accidents

Early trend-setters swayed the group in experiments on party stances. → Read More

Jakarta has sunk by up to 4 meters, forcing Indonesia to build a new capital

Ten million people live in the Indonesian capital, but the city is going under. → Read More