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Karen Graham

Editor-at-Large based in Richmond, VA, United States. Joined on Sep 22, 2013
Expertise in Politics, Pharmaceuticals, Government, Ethnic cultures, Science & space,   see all» Unemployment, Charity & volunteer work, Women's health, Education, Environment & green living, Health

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Op-Ed: Earth is on the threshold of becoming too hot for humans

Last month was the hottest May on record worldwide, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service. Globally, May was 0.63 degrees Celsius warmer than the average of May between 1981 and 2010. Face it, folks - The Earth has reached its heat threshold.

Trump's space-themed ad pulled after it violated NASA guidelines

The reelection campaign of President Donald Trump has taken down an online ad tied to the recent Demo-2 commercial crew launch after complaints it appeared to violate NASA media guidelines, and criticism from one person who appeared in it.

Op-Ed: Why is the White House no longer the 'People's House'

Washington - Trump must be scared. The "People's House" is now fortified to keep the public out. Workers erected a perimeter of tall metal fencing early Thursday around the White House complex. Uniformed troops and police in riot gear man the perimeter.

GM working on plan to build electric van for business users

Detroit - General Motors is sticking to its goal of an all-electric future. According to unnamed sources, GM plans to build an all-electric van for business use at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant.

Putin orders state of emergency after oil spill in Arctic Circle

Norilsk - A massive oil spill in Siberia is being called "Russia's Exxon Valdez"—and Vladimir Putin is furious with a company that allegedly failed to report it. Putin declared a state of emergency in the region Wednesday.

We're getting more extreme rainfall due to climate change

Warmer temperatures due to climate change lead to wetter air, and we've seen more extreme rainfall and flooding across North America. But is there really evidence that the two are related? Yes, there is evidence.

Tropical Storm Cristobal is still a U.S. Gulf Coast Threat

Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall Wednesday morning in the state of Campeche, Mexico with winds of 60 mph. The latest track has the center of the storm moving back over the Bay of Campeche Thursday night and Friday.

Cristobal sets record as third earliest storm of the season

The hurricane season officially began on June 1 - but Tropical Storms Arthur and Bertha apparently failed to get the memo, and arrived last month. Cristobal is now the third named storm of the season. It's the earliest a third named storm has ever formed.

Op-Ed: Trudeau at a loss for words over Trump's handling of protests

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not speak for some 21 seconds when asked to comment on U.S. President Donald Trump's handling of protesters in the United States, ultimately avoiding even saying Trump’s name in his eventual response.

The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line is now operational

Clive - After more than a decade in the works, a new carbon capture project in Alberta is now operational with lofty goals of sequestering large amounts of emissions, while also helping to revitalize the oil industry in the central part of the province.

Necco Wafers making a 'sweet comeback' after a two-year absence

How sweet is this news? Necco Wafers, a beloved American candy with roots dating back to 1847 is making a triumphant comeback after a two-year absence,

Op-Ed: Trump tells governors to 'dominate' and 'take back your streets'

In a video teleconference on Monday, President Donald Trump - agitated and angry after several nights of violent protests - told governors to “dominate” and “take back your streets.”

Atlantic Hurricane season will clash with coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has affected almost every aspect of American life. Responding to hurricanes is no exception. Forecasts are calling for as many as 19 named storms forming, of which as many as 10 will be hurricanes.

Op-Ed: World is shocked — but not surprised by racial unrest in U.S.

Nations around the world have watched in horror at the five days of violent civil unrest in the United States following the death of George Floyd while in police custody. But they have not been surprised.

Engineers at NASA-JPL persevered to develop a COVID-19 ventilator

NASA- JPL engineers designed a special ventilator -- called VITAL - in little over a month and received an 'Emergency Use Authorization' from the Food and Drug Administration on April 30. The new ventilator is tailored for coronavirus patients.

World's largest all-electric aircraft makes first flight

Redmond - Thursday in Washington State, aviation history was made when the world's largest all-electric plane took its maiden flight. The all-electric eCaravan is a retrofitted Cessna and can carry nine people.

The science behind the SpaceX Crew Dragon launch tomorrow

On Saturday, two NASA astronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will make history by traveling to the International Space Station (ISS) in a privately funded spacecraft, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, and Crew Dragon capsule.

Court rejects bid to revive permits for new oil and gas pipelines

Billings - A federal appeals court on Thursday turned down the Trump administration's request to revive a permit program for new oil and gas pipelines.

Justin Trudeau co-hosts virtual UN summit on post-pandemic aid

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is co-hosting a major United Nations conference today, aimed at developing a coordinated global response to mitigate the devastating social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Op-Ed: Threats, lies and executive orders — The Trump presidency

With the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. now over 100,400 people, President Donald Trump, more concerned about his reputation and reelection in November, is taking his war with Twitter to a new level.
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