As a science writer and freelance editor at different research centers, I have contributed to feature stories, reports, briefings sheets, and other types of communications.
Edits and Reports
Fourth National Climate Assessment: Frequently Asked Questions
Dzaugis, M.P., D.R. Reidmiller, C.W. Avery, A. Crimmins, L. Dahlman, D.R. Easterling, R. Gaal, E. Greenhalgh, D. Herring, K.E. Kunkel, R. Lindsey, T.K. Maycock, R. Molar, B.C. Stewart, and R.S. Vose, 2018: Frequently Asked Questions. In Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II [Reidmiller, D.R., C.W. Avery, D.R. Easterling, K.E. Kunkel, K.L.M. Lewis, T.K. Maycock, and B.C. Stewart (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, pp.
Penguins are starving as Antarctica gets warmer. Drones are counting the losses.
Scientists suspect that the population of the chinstrap penguins that inhabit Elephant Island is dwindling. A team that included two Northeastern doctoral students reports from their research expedition, which sought to measure the decline on penguin population using drones and machine learning algorithms.
NOAA’s Climate Program Office highlights milestones and achievements in 2016 Annual Report
The report gives an overview of CPO’s achievements in FY16 and highlights the work done by the Office’s Divisions and Programs to advance scientific understanding of climate and improve society’s ability to plan and respond
In Spanish: What’s the difference between global warming and climate change?
Global warming refers only to the Earth’s rising surface temperature, while climate change includes warming and the “side effects” of warming—like melting glaciers, heavier rainstorms, or more frequent drought. Said another way, global warming is one symptom of the much larger problem of human-caused climate change.
In Spanish: Which emits more carbon dioxide: volcanoes or human activities?
Human activities emit 60 or more times the amount of carbon dioxide released by volcanoes each year. Large, violent eruptions may match the rate of human emissions for the few hours that they last, but they are too rare and fleeting to rival humanity’s annual emissions. In fact, several individual U.S. states emit more carbon dioxide in a year than all the volcanoes on the planet combined do.
In Spanish: Extreme event attribution: the climate versus weather blame game
For more than a decade, scientists have been accumulating evidence that in some places, global warming is making several kinds of extreme weather events more likely or more intense. Heat waves? Check. Heavy downpours? Check. Deeper and more frequent high-tide flooding? Check.
In Spanish: Isn’t there a lot of disagreement among climate scientists about global warming?
No. By a large majority, climate scientists agree that average global temperature today is warmer than in pre-industrial times, and that human activity is the primary contributing factor.
In Spanish: What evidence exists that Earth is warming and that humans are the main cause?
Human activities emit 60 or more times the amount of carbon dioxide released by volcanoes each year. Large, violent eruptions may match the rate of human emissions for the few hours that they last, but they are too rare and fleeting to rival humanity’s annual emissions.
In Spanish: How will global warming harm human health and well-being?
From heat-related illness, to the spread of pests and pathogens into new areas, to the accumulation of toxins in seafood, global warming is likely to have serious impacts on public health.
In Spanish: How will global warming harm natural and agricultural resources in the United States?
Global warming and related climate change are negatively impacting species and habitats across the country, including many that are economically and culturally important to Americans.
In Spanish: How will global warming harm U.S. communities, infrastructure, and the economy?
From larger, more intense wildfires to more frequent flash floods, global warming has added to the rising cost of natural hazards. Current spending on infrastructure isn’t enough to cover repairs and upgrades.
In Spanish: What can we do to slow or stop global warming?
There is great potential for the collective actions of many individuals worldwide to reduce global warming by making changes in their daily and annual activities that produce heat-trapping gases and aerosols.
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