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Study: Climate change made India, Pakistan heat wave 30 times more likely

A villager walking through the cracked bottom of a dried-out pond on a hot summer day at Bandai village, India.
Shivaram, a villager walking through the cracked bottom of a dried-out pond on a hot summer day at Bandai village in Pali district, India, during a heat wave on May 11, 2022. Photo: Prakash Singh/AFP via Getty Images

Extreme weather plagues U.S., from Colorado snowstorm to East Coast heat

Computer model depiction of forecast highs and records along the East Coast for May 21, 2022.
National Weather Service forecast highs for Saturday, May 21, 2022. The boxes indicate record-setting temperatures. (Weatherbell.com)

U.S. Forest Service halts prescribed fires amid extreme fire danger

A firefighter putting out a hotspot from a wildfire near Mora, New Mexico, on May 13.
A firefighter putting out a hotspot from a wildfire near Mora, New Mexico, on May 13. Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Miriam Kramer
May 21, 2022 - Science

Boeing's Starliner docks to ISS for the first time

A full view of the Boeing Starliner capsule shining in white and blue against the blackness of space on approach to the ISS
Boeing's Starliner on approach to the International Space Station. Photo: NASA TV
Miriam Kramer
Updated May 19, 2022 - Science

Boeing launches redo mission to the International Space Station

A rocket standing on a launch pad against a blue sky
The Atlas V rocket carrying Boeing Starliner. Photo: NASA/Kim Shiflett
Alison Snyder
May 19, 2022 - Science

Climate change is harming a vital tool to combat it

Illustration of a tree growing out of a thermometer with a high temperature.
Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

What we know about the new monkeypox outbreak

Wild weather includes "critical" fire risk, incoming Colorado snowstorm

Studies show climate change is increasingly driving extreme weather risks

Computer model depiction of high temperatures on May 19, 2022.
Computer model depiction of high temperatures on May 19, 2022. (Weatherbell.com)
Jennifer A. Kingson
May 18, 2022 - Science

NASA will test female dummies in space

Illustration of the Orion space capsule with female mannequins in it.
Illustration of the "crew" of the Artemis 1 mis­sion to the moon. Image courtesy of NASA/Lockheed Martin/DLR