Christopher Joyce

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Those Ancient Stone Tools — Did Humans Make Them, Or Was It Really Monkeys?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Capuchin monkeys in Brazil have been seen making sharp stone flakes. It was previously thought that only humans and their ancestors had flaking skills.


On Energy And Climate Change, Clinton And Trump Differ Sharply

Monday, October 17, 2016

Presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have very different views on energy and climate change. In our series, What's The Issue, we find out just how much they differ.


Matthew Set To End U.S. Hurricane Drought After 10 Years

Friday, October 07, 2016

For the past decade, no major hurricanes have come ashore along the East Coast or Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Matthew is ending that lucky streak.


New Research Zeroes In On Sources Of Methane-Emissions Uptick

Thursday, October 06, 2016

New research reveals that the amount of methane from oil and gas operations is much larger than previously thought. But the recent uptick in methane emissions seems to be from agriculture.


European Parliament Approves Paris Climate Agreement

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Nearly 200 nations agreed last December to the most ambitious deal to slow climate change ever. It looks very likely that the requisite number of countries will actually ratify the deal this week to make it official. That will set in motion the difficult process of making sure both rich and poor countries deliver on their promises to cut emissions of greenhouse gases.


Outdated FEMA Flood Maps Don't Account For Climate Change

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Flood managers suspect August's big rainstorms and floods in Louisiana are becoming more common there and elsewhere because of climate change. One clue: Much of the damage was beyond the flood plain.


Climate Change Complicates Predictions Of Damage From Big Surf

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Earth's changing climate has made the quest to understand wave behavior more important than ever, scientists say. Rising seas, storm surge and dune and reef erosion all shape Florida's Gulf Coast.


Persistent Drought Kills Millions Of Trees In California Forests

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Years of drought have strained California's forests, killing millions of trees and fueling wildfires.


As July's Record Heat Builds Through August, Arctic Ice Keeps Melting

Friday, August 19, 2016

July 2016 was Earth's hottest month on record. And Arctic ice has shrunk this year almost as much as it did in 2012 — the most severe melt to date.


Federal Data Shows Firefighting Chemicals In U.S. Drinking Water Sources

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

The study finds, in many cases, amounts barely higher than government guidelines allow, but significant levels in 66 water supplies. The chemicals are very persistent once in the environment.


Melting Ice In Greenland Could Expose Serious Pollutants From Buried Army Base

Friday, August 05, 2016

Camp Century was a research station and test site for deploying nuclear missiles before it was abandoned under the ice in the '60s. Scientists say pollutants left behind may spread as the ice melts.


Scientists Report The Planet Was Hotter Than Ever In The First Half Of 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

For example, June's average was up 1.62 F. A couple of degrees may not sound like much, but it's persistent warming over decades that alters the atmosphere, the oceans, and most everything else.


NASA Scientists Predict Another All-Time Heat Record For 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

During the 12 months from May 2015 to May 2016, each month set an all-time heat record. That's on average around the world. Some places were not record breakers, but overall, global warming is increasing. NASA scientists talk about what the rest of this year may look like, and whether it will set yet another global record.


Nonstop Flight: How The Frigatebird Can Soar For Weeks Without Stopping

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Scientists have been attaching transmitters on the huge seagoing birds and are astonished by their ability to stay aloft.


Beyond Sightseeing: You'll Love The Sound Of America's Best Parks

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The National Park Service is racing to record soundscapes of each park that capture nature for the ear. "If we start to lose sounds of wilderness, we start to lose a piece of us," one scientist says.


Ancient Shipwreck Off Greek Island Yields A Different Sort Of Treasure

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Divers exploring the famous Antikythera shipwreck, 200 feet beneath the water's surface in Greece, have turned up a heavy object they think might have been a powerful weapon in the first century B.C.


Fossils Suggest That Island Life Shrank Our 'Hobbit' Relatives

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Scientists say tiny bones dating back 700,000 years on the Indonesian island of Flores shine new light on how these mysterious, 3-foot-tall creatures got that way.


Mysterious Cave Rings Show Neanderthals Liked To Build

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Deep in a French cave, researchers have found numerous ovals of broken stalagmites. They believe the rings were arranged by ancient Neanderthals.


Rising Seas Push Too Much Salt Into The Florida Everglades

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Rising sea levels put extra pressure on coastal bedrock in South Florida. Eventually, as seawater moves in, it could contaminate plants on the surface and the region's stores of freshwater beneath.


Rising Sea Levels Made This Republican Mayor A Climate Change Believer

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Already, neighborhoods flood more often in Coral Gables, Fla., and water has seeped up from beneath low-lying buildings and yards. Mayor James Cason wants his city prepared for the economic fallout.