I Reported on Covid for Two Years. Then I Got It.

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. Two years after the coronavirus became the focus of all of my coverage as a science reporter for The Times (and all of my thoughts every waking hour), it happened: I tested positive for the … Read more

5 Takeaways From the UN Report on Limiting Global Warming

Nations are not doing nearly enough to prevent global warming from increasing to dangerous levels within the lifetimes of most people on Earth today, according to a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of researchers convened by the United Nations. Limiting the devastation will not be easy, but it also … Read more

The Transfixing Beauty of Starling Murmurations

It was a late February evening in 2020, and I was standing in the marshlands of Friesland, a northern province in the Netherlands. Above my head, hundreds of thousands of starlings were swirling, swooping and diving in a dramatic fashion, blackening the sky. The sound of their wings reverberated through the air, creating wind patterns … Read more

In the Ocean, It’s Snowing Microplastics

As long as there has been marine life, there has been marine snow – a ceaseless drizzle of death and waste sinking from the surface into the depths of the sea. The snow begins as motes, which aggregate into dense, flocculent flakes that gradually sink and drift past the mouths (and mouth-like apparatuses) of scavengers … Read more

What to Know About the Bird Flu Outbreak

From Wyoming to Maine, an outbreak of the highly contagious bird flu has swept across farms and backyard flocks in the United States this year, prompting millions of chickens and turkeys to be culled. Iowa has been particularly hard hit, with disasters being declared in some counties and the state canceling live bird exhibits in … Read more

Fires, Then Floods: Risk of Deadly Climate Combination Rises

Global warming is greatly increasing the risk that extreme wildfires in the American West are followed by heavy rainfall, a new study has found, highlighting the need for better preparations for hazards, like mudslides and flash floods, that can cause devastation long after the flames from severe blazes are out. Fires ravage forests, wreck homes … Read more

EPA Decides Against Limiting Perchlorate in Drinking Water

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration on Thursday said it would uphold a Trump-era decision and not impose limits on drinking water of perchlorate, a contaminant that has been linked to brain damage in infants. The announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency shocked public health advocates who had denounced the Trump administration in 2020 for opting … Read more