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Brian Kahn is a Senior Science Writer at Climate Central. He previously worked at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and partnered with climate.gov to produce multimedia stories, manage social media campaigns and develop version 2.0 of climate.gov. His writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Grist, the Daily Kos, Justmeans and the Yale Forum on Climate Change in the Media. In previous lives, he led sleigh ride tours through a herd of 7,000 elk and guided tourists around the deepest lake in the U.S. He holds an M.A. in Climate and Society from Columbia University. 

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This is What 4 Million Solar Panels Look Like From Space

This is What 4 Million Solar Panels Look Like From Space

On the Tibetan Plateau in eastern China, 4 million solar panels silently soak up the sun as part of the Longyangxia Dam Solar Park. It’s the largest solar farm in the world, spreading over 10 square miles of the high desert landscape. The complex sprung into existence in 2013 and has been rapidly expanding ever since. Satellite imagery curated by … Read More

Scientists Got a New Look at the Growing Larsen C Crack

Scientists Got a New Look at the Growing Larsen C Crack

It’s summer in Antarctica, which has scientists scurrying around the seventh continent carrying out various research experiments. That includes monitoring the massive crack that has spread across the Larsen C ice shelf, located on the Antarctic Peninsula. On Tuesday, researchers with the British Antarctic Survey released new aerial footage showing… Read More

This January Was the Third Warmest on Record Globally

This January Was the Third Warmest on Record Globally

While a powerful El Niño has faded, the globe’s heat continues to be an enduring phenomenon due largely to carbon pollution. This January was the third-warmest January on record, according to data released this week from both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The agencies use different baselines and techniques to … Read More

Antarctica Just Shed a Manhattan-Sized Chunk of Ice

Antarctica Just Shed a Manhattan-Sized Chunk of Ice

The growing crack in the Larsen C ice shelf is the most dramatic example of change in Antarctica right now. But it isn’t the continent’s only frozen feature changing in a warming world. Ice around the continent is disappearing as the air and water heat up and the less dramatic breakdowns are just as important to understanding the fate of the ice … Read More

The Winter of Blazing Discontent Continues in the Arctic

The Winter of Blazing Discontent Continues in the Arctic

Weird. Strange. Extreme. Unprecedented. These are some of the words that describe what’s been happening in the Arctic over the past year as surge after surge of warm air have stalled, and at times reversed, sea ice pack growth. And the unfortunate string of superlatives is set to continue this week. Arctic sea ice is already sitting at a record … Read More

The EPA Has Started to Remove Obama-era Information

The EPA Has Started to Remove Obama-era Information

The Environmental Protection Agency’s website has begun to transform under the Trump administration. A group of researchers have found what are likely the first steps in a major overhaul of a site that’s been closely watched since President Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Federal climate plans created under former President Obama, tribal … Read More

The March for Science is Set to Happen on Earth Day

The March for Science is Set to Happen on Earth Day

The March for Science has been scheduled for Saturday, April 22 in Washington, D.C. A growing constellation of marches are also scheduled for that day in cities across the U.S. What began as a Reddit conversation has grown into a movement of scientists and science lovers standing up for evidenced-based policy making and inclusivity in the science… Read More

Scientists Just Sharply Denounced Trump’s Travel Ban

Scientists Just Sharply Denounced Trump’s Travel Ban

The scientific community continues to raise its voice over what it views as President Trump’s dangerous policies. On Tuesday, 151 scientific societies and universities sent a joint letter denouncing the Trump administration’s immigration ban targeting seven predominantly Muslim countries as well as refugees. The International Council for Science… Read More

Women Scientists Advocating for Equality Surge to 14,000

Women Scientists Advocating for Equality Surge to 14,000

It started as a group text message among four friends from graduate school about new kids, puppies and jobs. You know, the successes and struggles that are the building blocks of everyday life. In the wake of the election, the discussion changed. While everyday life continued, the four friends — all women working in the climate and ecology fields … Read More

The Doomsday Clock Just Moved Closer to Midnight

The Doomsday Clock Just Moved Closer to Midnight

It’s been 64 years since the world has been this close to doomsday. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has been updating the doomsday clock regularly for 70 years. On Thursday, they turned the hands to two-and-a-half minutes to midnight. That’s a bit closer than last year, when the clock was three minutes to midnight and the closest the clock … Read More

Scientists Are Planning the Next Big Washington March

Scientists Are Planning the Next Big Washington March

Last weekend, a massive milieu of women in pink hats descended on Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March. The next big protest being planned for the nation’s capital could involve a sea of lab coats (and likely a few pink hats as well). A group of researchers have proposed a March for Science. What started as a discussion on Reddit has quickly … Read More

Silenced Federal Agencies Violating Their Own Policies

Silenced Federal Agencies Violating Their Own Policies

Tuesday marked a flurry of actions by the Trump administration that have cut off some federal scientists from the outside world. The news, reported by outlets including ProPublica, the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and the Associated Press, centers around the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture. The outlets reported that … Read More

NOAA’s New Satellite Sent Back Its First Amazing Images

NOAA’s New Satellite Sent Back Its First Amazing Images

After years of construction, a harrowing rocket launch and delicate maneuvering to put it in position 22,300 miles above the earth, the most advanced satellite NOAA has ever put in orbit has sent back it’s first pictures. They were worth the wait.… Read More

Trump Just Deleted Obama’s Climate Change Webpages

Trump Just Deleted Obama’s Climate Change Webpages

At the exact hour when the presidency transferred hands, the Obama administration’s climate and energy webpages became some of the first casualties of the new Trump administration. In their place is an “America first” energy plan, which talks at length about tapping fossil fuel resources in the U.S. but makes no mention of climate change or … Read More

Scientists Are Reminding the World That Science Matters

Scientists Are Reminding the World That Science Matters

Scientists are spending Inauguration Day reminding the public that science has been a cornerstone for society. Their tweets using the hashtag #USofScience highlight the vast scope of scientific knowledge and the diverse group of researchers helping build our understanding of the world each day. Through years of meticulous research, scientists have … Read More

Barack Obama Has Been Immortalized By Scientists

Barack Obama Has Been Immortalized By Scientists

President Obama is leaving office on Friday, but scientists will be saying “thanks, Obama” for years to come. Or more specifically, “thanks, Station Obama.” Eight years ago on Friday, scientists named a climate monitoring location in a desolate bay off the Antarctic Peninsula after the 44th president to mark his inauguration. They took the step … Read More

The Temperature Spiral, Now With 2016’s Record Heat

The Temperature Spiral, Now With 2016’s Record Heat

In news that will surprise nobody, 2016 was the hottest year on record. Scientists predicted it at the start of 2016, and after April they were 99 percent certain. Temperature records continued to fall in the second half of the year with the Arctic running particularly hot. Now it’s official. Both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric … Read More

Trump Tweeted the Wrong Ivanka. She Gave Him Climate Advice

Trump Tweeted the Wrong Ivanka. She Gave Him Climate Advice

It’s not very often you get mentioned in a tweet by the president-elect. But that’s exactly what happened to Ivanka Majic, who took the opportunity to tell him to consider the grave threat climate change poses (and also to mind his Twitter manners). The Brighton, U.K.-based digital strategist got the chance thanks to a case of mistaken Twitter … Read More

Trump CIA Pick Evades Climate Change Questions

Trump CIA Pick Evades Climate Change Questions

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), President-elect Trump’s pick to head the CIA, appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, during which he refused to answer whether he accepts the overwhelming evidence that climate change is occurring, let alone that it represents a threat to global stability. His response — or lack thereof — stands… Read More

Climate Change Is the World’s Biggest Risk, in 3 Charts

Climate Change Is the World’s Biggest Risk, in 3 Charts

The rise of the machines isn’t the biggest threat to humanity. It’s climate change, extreme weather and other environmental factors. The World Economic Forum surveyed 750 experts on what the most likely and impactful risks facing humanity are in 2017. In a report released Thursday, they ranked extreme weather as the most likely risk and the second … Read More

Watch Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing Live

Watch Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing Live

In what may be the most contentious hearing of any of President-elect Trump’s nominees, Wednesday marks the start of Rex Tillerson’s proceedings. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee could spend up to two days grilling Trump’s pick for Secretary of State. Russia is likely to be a hot topic given Tillerson’s closeness with Russian President … Read More

Trump Nominees Should Answer These Climate Questions

Trump Nominees Should Answer These Climate Questions

Tuesday marked the start of confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees. The grueling sessions allow senators from both parties to probe nominees’ backgrounds, question their views and priorities for the agencies they’ll be tasked with running, and weigh their expertise. One potential flashpoint for a number of nominees is… Read More

Obama Just Made the Case for His Clean Energy Legacy

Obama Just Made the Case for His Clean Energy Legacy

Researchers cracking open the latest edition of the journal Science will find an author in the table of contents whose name is usually attached to executive orders. On Monday, President Obama published a piece that lays out his legacy on clean energy and what he thinks comes next. This the first time Science has published a sitting president. By … Read More

There Were a Crazy Number of Record Highs in 2016

There Were a Crazy Number of Record Highs in 2016

2016 will be remembered for many things. One of them will be heat. It was the hottest year on record globally. While the world is still waiting for confirmation of just how high the record was, there’s a lot of data to digest from the U.S. Nearly every square inch of the country was dramatically warmer than normal. The blistering pace of record … Read More

These Are the 10 Most Important Climate Stories of 2016

These Are the 10 Most Important Climate Stories of 2016

This year is likely to remembered as a turning point for climate change. It’s the year the impacts of rising carbon pollution became impossible to ignore. The world is overheating and vast swaths of the planet have suffered the consequences. At the same time, it’s also a year where world leaders crafted and agreed on a number of plans to try to … Read More