Christopher Joyce

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After Harvey, Texans Are Preparing For Future With Raised Homes, Private Flood Gates

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Houston, the nation's fourth largest city, is planning to remake itself into a more flood-proof metropolis after Hurricane Harvey hit the region hard. But Texas still doesn't have the money it wants to do that, let alone detailed plans on how to spend it. Some Texans simply aren't waiting; they're forging ahead on their own.


Why Some Cities Are Better Than Others At Avoiding Gridlock

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Just because a city is efficient at moving traffic around doesn't mean it's "traffic resilient." Scientists examined 40 cities and ranked them in terms of how they handle disruptions.


Arctic's Temperature Continues To Run Hot, Latest 'Report Card' Shows

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The extreme warming trend continues, and scientists fear that floating sea ice will be gone by midcentury. That will have extraordinary effects closer to home.


This Year's Hurricane Season Was Intense. Is It A Taste Of The Future?

Monday, December 04, 2017

Scientists say they see the fingerprint of climate change in these storms, but it's too soon to say whether this is a new normal.


The Sea Level Threat To Cities Depends On Where The Ice Melts — Not Just How Fast

Friday, November 24, 2017

Identifying where ice melts can help cities in planning for a future with elevated sea levels. In New York City, the sea level would be affected more by melting ice in northern Greenland than Canada.


Scientists Glimpse Houston's Flooded Future In Updated Rainfall Data

Monday, November 20, 2017

Hurricane Harvey's deluge left some homeowners and politicians wondering whether the whole system for predicting floods is any good. Scientists are hoping better data can lead to better flood maps.


As Climate Negotiators Debate Nations' Pledges, Scientists Worry It's Not Enough

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Delegates to the annual international climate meeting held by the U.N. are struggling to forge a unified approach to slowing climate change. Meanwhile, emissions of greenhouse gases keep rising.


Scientists In Houston Tell A Story Of Concrete, Rain And Destruction

Thursday, November 09, 2017

As researchers and engineers analyze the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, it's becoming clear that Houston's runaway development had a big role to play in flooding.


Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming And Humans Are The Cause

Thursday, November 02, 2017

The U.S. government's most comprehensive climate report to date is at odds with the statements made by President Trump and his Cabinet.


Debt-Laden FEMA Is Slow To Act On Program That Buys Flooded Houses

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

With the help of federal flood insurance, many homeowners will rebuild after disasters. Some properties already have flooded many times. It'd be cheaper to buy owners out, but that's not happening.


Mexico City Doomed By Its Geology To More Earthquakes

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The problem is that just to the west, a huge slab of the Earth's crust called the Cocos Plate is grinding relentlessly toward North America. And it's running under another slab to the north.


Geologically Speaking, Mexico City Is Not Built In A Very Good Place

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mexico City has the misfortune of being situated where two massive tectonic plates grind into each other. The geological situation is made worse by the kind of soil the city is built on.


Researchers Explore New Methods To Quantify Power Of Storms After Harvey

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

As Harvey continues to dump damaging rain on the south, some researchers are looking at new ways to quantify the power of a big storm.


Trump Policies Could Undermine Post-Harvey Rebuilding

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

President Trump pledged to rebuild Houston and Texas bigger and better than ever. However, he has also proposed eliminating federal flood mapping and the federal government's top disaster agency.


Hurricane Harvey's Size And Impact Points To Climate Change

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hurricane Harvey bears the marks of climate change. Warmer waters in the Gulf of Mexico and rising sea levels make rain heavy storms like Harvey more likely in the future.


40 Years Ago, NASA Launched Message To Aliens Into Deep Space

Friday, August 11, 2017

Forty years ago, NASA launched two Voyager spacecraft into deep space. Onboard both were gold discs with music, greetings and sounds from Earth — a message to aliens. Ann Druyan, the creative director of the project, talks about how they decided what message to put in the interstellar bottle.


Scientists Fear Trump Administration Will Counter Climate Report

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

A comprehensive government report on climate change has leaked to the public. The report clearly states that humans are changing the climate, and the consequences could be serious. Those views are at odds with statements by many in the Trump administration.


Mapping Coastal Flood Risk Lags Behind Sea Level Rise

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Federal maps help determine who on the coast must buy flood insurance, but many don't include the latest data. Maryland is now making its own flood maps, so homeowners can see if they're at risk.


Plastic Is Everywhere And Recycling Isn't The End Of It

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A researcher tallied how much has been manufactured since plastic's invention: "Eight point three billion metric tons of plastics produced so far. That's just really a staggering amount."


New Research Suggests Why Mid-Sized Animals Are The Fastest

Monday, July 17, 2017

New research suggests the biggest animals run out of fuel for their fast-twitch muscles before they reach the maximum speed their bodies could achieve. Animals like cheetahs are born to run fast.