This was originally published on Climate.gov with co-author Rebecca Lindsey
This was published as part of Climate.gov's coverage of the
BAMS State of the Climate in 2015 Report
With this year's ongoing El Niño event, parts of East Africa may be ripe for a potential outbreak of Rift Valley Fever. See how government agencies are using climate data to help predict, and hopefully prevent, an outbreak of this deadly mosquito-borne virus that affects both people and valuable livestock.
Shelved in 2001, the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite is finally ready for its time in the spotlight, or more accurately, the sunlight. On February 11, DSCOVR began its million-mile journey to Lagrange point 1 (or L1 orbit), an orbital sweet spot between Earth and the Sun. There, gravitational forces between the Sun and Earth are perfectly balanced, and the satellite will orbit the Sun like a planet.
This article was published in the Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR's
Current publication: Spring 2012
Narragansett Bay is more than an estuary. Over two million people in 100 cities and towns live in the 1700-square mile area that makes up the Bay’s watershed. The Ocean State’s iconic inlet affects more than the members of the tourism and fishing industries that depend on it directly. A state so small is inherently interconnected and a potential problem in one sector can reverberate through all others. While the local importance of the Bay may not be news to Rhode Islanders, the role it plays in the health of not just the state, but also the world ecosystem, could certainly come as a surprise to many.
I'm Emily Greenhalgh, a Boston-based science writer, editor, and illustrator.