Amelia Urry

Amelia Urry is Grist's associate editor of science and technology, and self-appointed poet-in-residence. Follow her on Twitter.

What a record-breaking year! Sigh.

2016 will almost certainly be the warmest year humans have ever spent on the Earth’s surface.

backup plans

Totally chill scientists try to download government climate data before it disappears forever.

It's not like anyone thinks Trump's cabinet appointees will just delete or suppress valuable troves of data ... right?

failure to launch

Just what we need: A science denier in charge of the NASA transition.

Chris Shank's resume might make him sound qualified for the position -- but don't be misled.

not dead yet!

The Great Barrier Reef is still dying, still refuses to die.

It's sort of like that time the whole family said goodbye to Great-Uncle Fred only to have him show up at Christmas dinner two weeks later, wheeling an oxygen cart.

planet earth

Watch changes on the ol’ Blue Marble unfold in gorgeous, alarming satellite images.

Zoom out and it's easy to see how quickly we're changing the world.

bolt from the blue

A new satellite will save lives — with lightning

GOES-R will teach us a lot about extreme weather and our changing climate.

Vanishing Act

Um, where did all of the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice just go?

Yet another reason 2016 is not a normal year.

penguin pal

John Kerry spent Election Day in Antarctica, just like you wish you had.

Now he's back, just in time to let us know how much we have to do.

The last five years were — say it with me — the hottest five years on record.

Deja vu, all over again.