Sarah Emerson

Sarah is a San Francisco-based Motherboard reporter covering the environment, tech culture, and science oddities. You can reach her on email or on Twitter (@SarahNEmerson).

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Residents of a Siberian Town With Black Snow Are Pleading for Asylum in Canada

Residents of Kiselyovsk, the heart of Russia's coal-mining industry, are asking Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to accept them as environmental refugees. But they don't stand a chance.
Sarah Emerson
9.12.19
tech-power

The Site of One of the Largest US Oil Refineries Is on Fire

A petrochemical facility at ExxonMobil's Baytown, Texas complex burst into flames on Wednesday.
Sarah Emerson
8.1.19
tech-science

The Battle Over a Telescope on Hawaii's Sacred Mountain Is Just Beginning

Native Hawaiians are protesting the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. Where do we go from here?
Sarah Emerson
Becky Ferreira
7.26.19
tech-science

Under Trump, 26% of Climate Change References Have Vanished From .Gov Sites

A new report documents two years of science being scrubbed from government websites.
Sarah Emerson
7.22.19
tech-science

Planting ‘Billions of Trees’ Isn’t Going to Stop Climate Change

A popular study claims that reforestation could fix climate change, but is that true?
Madeleine Gregory
Sarah Emerson
7.15.19
Instagram

Instagram Users Are Flocking to This Beautiful Chemical Waste Dump in Siberia

A polluted lake in the Siberian town of Novosibirsk has become a popular Russian social media destination.
Sarah Emerson
7.11.19
tech-science

Europe’s Deadly Heatwave Marked the Hottest June on Record

We can expect to more brutal heatwaves to come according to a pair of European climate reports.
Sarah Emerson
7.3.19
Science

The U.S. Military Wants to Build a Strategic Port in the Melting Arctic

A military spending bill has asked for a brand new Arctic port to face "future great power competition."
Sarah Emerson
6.27.19
tech-social-media

A Nightmare Twitter Bug Is Sending Users Notifications When They're Unfollowed

Twitter is telling people when someone has unfollowed them.
Sarah Emerson
6.20.19
tech-science

Tons of Dead Seals Are Washing Up In the Arctic and Nobody Knows Why

Dozens of seal carcasses, some showing signs of hair loss, are being reported in northern Alaska.
Sarah Emerson
6.13.19
science-tech

Male Dolphins Make Friends Based on Mutual Interests, Scientists Find

When foraging for food, bottlenose dolphins also find buddies.
Sarah Emerson
6.12.19
tech-science

Scientists Discover a Meat-Eating Plant That Feeds on Salamanders

Add salamanders to the list of things that pitcher plants will eat.
Sarah Emerson
6.10.19
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