Articles by

Matt Simon

Baby Poop Is Loaded With Microplastics

An alarming new study finds that infant feces contain 10 times more polyethylene terephthalate (aka polyester) than...

What Is ‘Fire Weather,’ and Why Is It Getting Worse?

A new study of the American West shows that climate change is driving more days that are...

New Orleans Was Already a 'Heat Island.' Then Ida Cut Power

Urban areas soak up the sun’s energy, dramatically raising temperatures. In the hurricane’s aftermath, Louisiana is sweltering...

Fleeing Disaster Is Hard. Climate Change Is Making It Harder

Hurricane Ida and California wildfires are two sides of the same coin: On a warmer planet, it’s...

Why Florida’s Covid Surge Is Screwing With the Water Supply

More people in the hospital means more people need oxygen. But treatment plants also need the gas...

So Hey Here’s a Tortoise Hunting and Eating a Baby Bird

How does one of the slowest animals on Earth manage to chase down a bird? Have a...

Wildfires Used to Be Helpful. How Did They Get So Hellish?

Fires are supposed to reset ecosystems, paving the way for new growth. But human meddling and climate...

Why Perseverance's First Mars Drilling Attempt Came Up Empty

Far from a failure, the sampling might actually offer tantalizing clues about the geology—and potential past life—of...