Science and Health

Cars and debris from washed-away homes line a canal in Fort Myers Beach, Florida

2022 Hurricane Season Characterized By Slow Start Until Ian Hit

The 2022 hurricane season got off to a slow start, until Hurricane Ian pummeled Florida as one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the U.S.

 | Scott Withers

Solar panels sit in front of Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar.

The Workaround Some Companies Use To Say They're 'Carbon-Neutral'

Some companies buy carbon offset projects to achieve carbon-neutral pledges, but it's hard to prove those projects are doing what they claim.

 | Scripps News Staff

17-year-old Christian Brown.

More Kids Are Showing Up To ERs With Mental Health Crises

WARNING: You're going to hear doctors and a family talk about suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, and about children who've killed themselves.

 | Lindsey Theis

An image of cells in an Alzheimer’s affected brain.

Study: New Drug Appears To Slow Alzheimer's

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds an experimental Alzheimer’s drug could slow cognitive decline.

 | Stephen Graddick IV and Mimi Mees

A public bus

How Public Transit Is Impacting Older Americans' Health Care

Unreliable transit systems are one issue keeping people from getting routine health care.

 | Chris Conte

A child looks out of a window

These States Allow Kids To Take Mental Health Days From School

Laws allowing kids to take mental health days vary by state. Some require a doctor's note, and others limit the number of mental health days allotted.

 | Tricia Goss and Simplemost

Prince William and Princess Kate

U.K. Royals Arrive In Boston To Showcase Youthful Monarchy

Americans will see the younger face of a monarchy that is tackling important issues as it seeks to remain relevant in modern, multicultural Britain.

 | AP

China residents stand in line to be tested for COVID-19.

China Vows Crackdown On 'Hostile Forces' As Public Tests Xi

The statement from Chinese officials comes amid a massive show of force by security services to deter protests against strict "zero-COVID" lockdowns.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Anna Kurkurina pets a group of dogs.

Ukrainian Powerlifter Champions Survival Of Mykolaiv's Abandoned Pets

In Mykolaiv, Ukraine, a retired, record-setting powerlifter puts all her muscle into saving hundreds of cats and dogs left behind by their owners.

 | Jason Bellini

A woman gets a COVID-19 throat swab.

Doctors Worry For COVID Effects On Seniors, Particularly In China

In a new briefing, health officials urged older adults in China to get a COVID vaccine and addressed lockdowns that are sparking protests.

 | Lindsey Theis

Travelers pass a sign near a COVID-19 testing site at Logan Airport.

Experts Are Expecting A Rise In Flu Cases Post-Thanksgiving

COVID, flu and RSV cases had already been on the rise, but the holidays are expected to cause even higher numbers.

 | Stephen Graddick IV

A northern long-eared bat

U.S. Bat Species Devastated By Fungus Now Listed As Endangered

The northern long-eared bat is among the hardest hit by white-nose syndrome, with estimated declines of 97% or higher in affected populations.

 | AP

Home thermostat

What's Cheaper: Turning Up The Thermostat Or Using Space Heaters?

With fuel costs expected to rise this winter, it pays to know whether it's more efficient to turn up your thermostat or use well-placed space heaters.

 | Anna Weaver

Water is stocked at Walmart after a boil water notice was issued for the city of Houston, Texas

Houston Lifts Boil-Water Order Affecting More Than 2 Million People

The boil order had been in effect since Sunday, when a power outage at a purification plant caused pressure to drop.

 | AP

Students in Hong Kong chanted “oppose dictatorship” in a protest against China’s anti-virus controls

Students Sent Home, Police On Patrol As China Curbs Protests

Chinese authorities have eased some controls after protests in several cities, but showed no sign of backing off their larger "zero-COVID" strategy.

 | AP

The Mauna Loa volcano is seen erupting from vents on the Northeast Rift Zone on the Big Island of Hawaii

Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Erupts, Officials Warn People To Prepare

The eruption of Mauna Loa wasn't immediately threatening towns, but officials told residents to be ready for worse.

 | AP

People take selfies while riding camels in Mesaieed, Qatar

World Cup Frenzy Puts Strain On Qatar's Camels

As Qatar welcomes more than a million fans for the monthlong World Cup, even its camels are working overtime.

 | AP

A man buys cases of water after learning that a boil water notice was issued for the entire city of Houston, Texas

Water Boil Order Issued For More Than 2 Million In Houston

Houston's mayor said two transformers failed, causing power outages at a water plant. There's no sign of contamination, but a full review was ordered.

 | AP

Police officers pin down and arrest a protester on a street in Shanghai, China.

China Eases Some COVID Rules After Wide Protests Of Lockdowns

China's decision to ease at least some of its COVID restrictions appeared to be aimed at quelling anger.

 | AP

Dammed To Extinction

Dammed To Extinction

Orcas need roughly a million salmon a year, but where to find a million fish? The solution, says Balcomb, is getting rid of four fish-killing dams.

 | Steven Hawley

An aerial view of damaged houses after heavy rainfall triggered landslides.

Newborn Among 7 Dead In Landslide On Italy's Ischia Island

The risks of landslides remained in the highest part of the town, near where heavy rainfall loosened a chunk of mountainside.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Indonesian President Joko Widodo plants a tree.

How Cities Are Using Trees To Combat Climate Change

A recently published study of 78 countries found about half of the trees were experiencing climate conditions beyond their limits.

 | Ben Schamisso

Chinese policemen form a line to stop protesters marching in Beijing.

Crowd Angered By Lockdowns Calls For China's Xi To Step Down

The protests are the most widespread show of opposition to the ruling party in decades.

 | AP and Patrick Fok

Residents line up for COVID-19 tests in Beijing.

Xinjiang Loosens Some COVID-19 Restrictions After Lockdown Protests

During Xinjiang's lockdown, some residents elsewhere in the city have had their doors chained physically shut.

 | AP and Patrick Fok

A shopper carries groceries at a supermarket

Beijing On Edge As City Adds New Quarantine Centers

Daily cases of COVID-19 across China are hitting records, with 32,695 reported Friday.

 | AP

ASA Planetary Science Division director Lori Glaze, left, John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory DART coordination lead

How Can Earth Avoid An Asteroid Strike?

If a meteor actually hits Earth, it's called a meteorite. As many as 30 pebble-size ones strike the planet each day.

 | Eli Kintisch and Ben Schamisso

A bag of nurdles.

New Report Says Texas Waterway Pollution Worst In The Nation

Patrick Bayou is an EPA superfund site, where toxic chemicals flow right into the Houston shipping channel.

 | John Mone

People protest outside the White House in Washington

Why Private Equity Is Spending Big On Health Care

How private equity firms are purchasing hospitals and what repercussions its having on patients and staff.

 | Scripps News Staff

A "SELL BY" date is seen on a package of Milano cookies, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, in Chicago.

The Impact Of Food Waste Spans Beyond The Kitchen

Americans waste anywhere from 30% to 40% of food that's produced in the U.S., says an environmental science professor at American University.

 | Amber Strong

A mule deer grazes along a road along Chatfield Reservior late Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Littleton, Colo.

Hunters In New Jersey Help Feed The Hungry This Holiday Season

Over the last decade and a half, Hunters Helping the Hungry has delivered 2.2 million quarter-pound servings of fresh venison to families.

 | Sam Eaton