Scientists Warn Climate Change Could Bring the Dust Bowl Back Out of the History Books

If there’s anything that just about sums up the desperation of the Great Depression in one filthy package, it’s photos of the Dust Bowl, when over-farming resulted in roving dust storms choking large swathes of the Great Plains region. Now, scientists are projecting that climate change could bring those hardscrabble…

NASA's Goddard Director Explains What Really Matters In 2016's Extraordinary Temperature Data

For the third consecutive year, NASA and NOAA have announced record high temperatures. It’s upsetting yet unsurprising, given the dearth of fucks we seem to give about the state of our planet. As Gizmodo previously reported, temperatures were 0.07 degrees F (0.04 degrees C) higher last year than they were in 2015—but…

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Gutting NASA's Earth Science Division Would Send Research Back to the Dark Ages

Norm Nelson is interested in what makes the oceans tick. As a biological oceanographer at UC Santa Barbara, his research draws connections between sunlight and phytoplankton, the tiny green microbes that power the marine carbon cycle. There are plenty of outstanding questions Nelson wants to pursue—but after 30…