Mark Kaufman

How long does it take for today’s violent wildfires to go out?

When a massive wildfire erupts in the United States today, it can leap over formidable rivers, produce whirling tornados of flame, and cause tens of thousands of people...

The baking Pacific Ocean is changing the weather on the Southern California coast

Ocean temperatures off the Southern California coast have been profoundly warm in August, with a number of all-time high temperatures recorded in San Diego’s...

A dead baby orca and the intense grief of animals

For 17 days, the killer whale Tahlequah kept her decomposing calf afloat in ocean waters north of Seattle. Sometimes, the lifeless calf would sink, and Tahlequah would...

Hawaii’s newest volcanic cone is over 100 feet tall. How will it be named?

The town of Volcano is swaying, back and forth. “It’s been rocking and rolling,” Bobby Camara, a Volcano resident who spent decades working as a ranger...

The secretive lab that built ‘the bomb’ now scours Mars for signs of life

The military planted a large sign along the only road out of Los Alamos, New Mexico in the early 1940s. The black, half-cursive, almost playful lettering on a white...

The ocean is cooking off the Southern California coast. Here’s why.

The waters off the Southern California coast are now approaching tropical temperatures found in parts of the balmy Caribbean Sea.  On Wednesday, the Scripps...

Wildfire smoke from California has reached New York City, 3,000 miles away

Anthony Wexler, the director of the Air Quality Research Center at the University of California, Davis, packed his bags and drove his family out to the coast. ...

California just had its hottest month on record, and that means more wildfires

It should come as no surprise that California is burning.  On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that July was...