Geoff Brumfiel

Geoff Brumfiel appears in the following:

California Blazes Are Part Of A Larger And Hotter Picture, Fire Researchers Say

Friday, October 13, 2017

The wildfires in California's wine country are coming in the midst of a near-record fire season nationwide. Researchers say a warming climate is a factor.


Chemical Plant Fire Raises Environmental Concerns In Wake Of Harvey

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A fire at a chemical plant near Houston has raised concerns about the environmental consequences of the storm.


Louisiana, Texas Prepare For More Rain From Tropical Storm Harvey

Monday, August 28, 2017

Texas and Louisiana are steeling for more rain from now tropical storm Harvey. Rising temperatures factored into the size and impact of the storm.


As Eclipse Madness Sweeps U.S., A Stonehenge Made Of Cars Prepares

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Carhenge in Alliance, Neb., will be prime viewing for this month's total solar eclipse. The town is preparing for thousands of visitors.


Trump Claims To Have Modernized The U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted that he modernized the U.S. nuclear arsenal as his first act in office. But others question that claim. NPR takes a closer look at America's nuclear capabilities.


Morning News Brief: North Korea's Nuclear Threat, Trump TV

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

North Korea's government and President Trump have traded threats after North Korea's recent missile tests. And Hadas Gold of Politico discusses pro-Trump news videos on the president's Facebook page.


North Korea Has Miniaturized A Nuclear Warhead, U.S. Intelligence Says

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded, according to The Washington Post, that North Korea has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead. Many in the open source nuclear weapons community agree.


Massive Iceberg Breaks Free In Antarctica

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Scientists say the iceberg is one of the largest seen by satellites. But the full implications of its separation off remain to be seen.


Total Failure: The Mountain That Got Away

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

In 2014, Emily Harrington set out to climb the tallest peak in Southeast Asia. She had to turn back with the summit in sight.


Total Failure: The World's Worst Video Game

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

In the late summer of 1982, one man worked around the clock to program the video game version of Steven Spielberg's E.T. in just five weeks. The result wasn't pretty.


Total Failure: When The Space Shuttle Didn't Come Home

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

In Part 1 of the series Total Failure, a former NASA official recalls the disastrous mission of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003 and how the accident changed his life forever.


The North Korean Electromagnetic Pulse Threat, Or Lack Thereof

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Can a nuclear weapon in space fired by North Korea knock off much of the world's electricity? Jeffrey Lewis, of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, says not really.


It Sounds Like Science Fiction But ... It's A Cliché

Sunday, April 09, 2017

The Internet is full of science fiction becoming science fact. NPR Science Editor Geoff Brumfiel is ready to make a stand. Sort of.


Experts Suspect Nerve Agent Was Used In Syrian Attack

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

An attack on a rebel-held region of Syria on Tuesday has killed dozens of people. Video and eyewitness reports suggest powerful chemical weapons are responsible.


SpaceX Reuses A Rocket To Launch A Satellite

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The private company sees Thursday's achievement as a step toward cheaper flights into deep space. The aerospace industry essentially has been throwing away its hefty and expensive rockets.


EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Questions Basic Facts About Climate Change

Thursday, March 09, 2017

In an interview with CNBC, President Trump's EPA administrator said he did not believe carbon dioxide is a major contributor to global warming.


Do Showers Make Oranges Taste Better? NPR Investigates

Friday, March 03, 2017

The Internet is full of things, including a Reddit subgroup devoted to the act of eating an orange in the shower. We gave it a shot ourselves.


VX: The Nerve Agent Used To Kill Kim Jong Nam Is Rare And Deadly

Friday, February 24, 2017

A colorless, odorless liquid, similar in consistency to motor oil, VX kills in tiny quantities that can be absorbed through the skin. It is among the deadliest chemical weapons ever devised.


EPA Scientists' Work May Be Subject To Review By Trump Team

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Trump transition at the Environmental Protection Agency is off to a bumpy start. External communications have been frozen, and this morning NPR reported that even academic papers by agency scientists will be subject to review during the transition.


U.S. Report Confirms 2016 Was The Hottest Year On Record

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2016 was the warmest year on record, according to a new report by the U.S. government. This is the third year in a row that global temperatures have soared above the 20th century average. The report comes ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump, who has at times, referred to global warming as a "hoax."