A weird Pacific cycle could make the Arctic warm up even faster

A weird Pacific cycle could make the Arctic warm up even faster

The Arctic ice is melting – and it could get worseRowan Romeyn/Alamy Stock Photo By Andy Coghlan The Arctic is already warming up at twice the rate of the rest of the planet. Now researchers have warned that a little-known natural cycle in the Pacific is entering a phase that could make it heat up […]

How Atlantic upheaval will make future weather even more chaotic

How Atlantic upheaval will make future weather even more chaotic

The current that ferries water around the Atlantic stabilises the climate for millions. Now it is getting weaker, which could bring more extreme heatwaves and floods Photomontage: Andrey Polivanov/Chantawute Chimwan/Shutterstock By Michael Marshall THE northern hemisphere is roasting. Greece is battling lethal wildfires, and even the UK’s weather has been so hot and dry that […]

Understaffed Federal Prison Is Taking in 1,000 Noncriminal Immigrants, and Even the Guards Are Protesting

Last week, as the first busloads of immigrants rolled up to the federal prison complex in Victorville, California, the facilities there went on lockdown. The Victorville complex, in an unexpected move, had agreed to accept 1,000 detainees from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which said it had run out of beds because of its crackdown on […]

Worst-case climate change scenario is even worse than we thought

Worst-case climate change scenario is even worse than we thought

These lignite-fired power plants are among the largest in EuropeThomas Corzelius / iStock / Getty Images Plus By Michael Le Page The phrase “worse than we thought” is a cliché when it comes to climate change. There are lots of studies suggesting we’re in for more warming and worse consequences than thought, and few saying […]

The Antarctic is melting even in the middle of subzero winter

The Antarctic is melting even in the middle of subzero winter

Summer melting on the Ross ice shelfColin Harris / era-images / Alamy Stock Photo By Andy Coghlan The average winter temperature on the Antarctic peninsula is a chilly -15°C. Yet automated instruments on the Larsen C ice shelf have recorded extensive surface melting even during the long, dark winter. When wind blows over high mountains, […]

Donald Trump Ordered Syria Strike Based on a Secret Legal Justification Even Congress Can’t See

Donald Trump Ordered Syria Strike Based on a Secret Legal Justification Even Congress Can’t See

On Friday night, President Trump ordered the U.S. military to conduct a bombing attack against the government of Syria without congressional authorization. How can this be constitutional, given the fact that Article I, Section 8 of America’s founding document declares that “The Congress shall have Power … To declare War”? The deeply bizarre and alarming answer is […]

Earth had water even before the collision that made the moon

Earth had water even before the collision that made the moon

Earth’s oceans may have withstood the smash-up that made the moonTodd Gipstein/National Geographic/Getty By New Scientist staff and Press Association Earth may have had water for far longer than we thought. The planet may have had lakes and oceans even before the giant impact that created the moon, and it could have survived that colossal […]

The saying Area in American Reformatory Is Evident, and Low income Is Creating Even worse

The saying Area in American Reformatory Is Evident, and Low income Is Creating Even worse

The American criminal justice system’s glaring racial disparities are well known: Black people make up nearly 40 percent of America’s incarcerated population and are more than five times as likely as whites to be behind bars. A new paper from the People’s Policy Project, a progressive think tank, looks at how economic inequality exacerbates this longstanding racial divide.   Using data from […]