Science in the News

Summer 2011 Heat Wave

Extreme heat was felt across the United States in the summer of 2011, breaking and setting new records for daytime and evening temperatures. A heat wave is a natural disaster, a “silent killer” for people that are caught unprepared. The impact is being felt beyond humans, and will be felt beyond 2011.

Ethiopia and Dam Construction

Designed to the be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa, Ethiopia will begin construction on a $4.7 billion Grand Millennium Dam across the Blue Nile River. The dam will supply more than 5,000 megawatts of electricity. Additional Ethiopian dam construction projects are ongoing and close to completion, but at what environmental and human costs?