Carolyn is the Earth & Climate writer at Science News. Previously she worked at Science magazine for six years, both as a reporter covering paleontology and polar science and as the editor of the news in brief section. Before that she was a reporter and editor at EARTH magazine. She has bachelor’s degrees in Geology and European History and a Ph.D. in marine geochemistry from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She’s also a former Science News intern.

All Stories by Carolyn Gramling

  1. people riding in a backhoe amid flooding in China

    The new UN climate change report shows there’s no time for denial or delay

    Human-caused climate change is unequivocally behind extreme weather events from heat waves to floods to droughts, a massive new assessment concludes.

  2. Moon

    A lunar magnetic field may have lasted for only a short time

    New analyses of Apollo-era lunar rocks suggest that any magnetosphere that the moon ever had endured for no more than 500 million years.

  3. visualization of Alaska’s Yukon Delta

    A stunning visualization of Alaska’s Yukon Delta shows a land in transition

    Water and ice helped form the Yukon River’s delta. Now, climate change is reshaping it.

  4. illustration of flamingo-like flying dinosaurs, with two in the foreground and several in the background

    Pterosaurs may have been able to fly as soon as they hatched

    A fossil analysis shows the flying reptile hatchlings had a stronger bone crucial for lift-off that adults and shorter, broader wings for agility.

  5. close-up of wings of large banded grasshopper

    Insects had flashy, noise-making wings as early as 310 million years ago

    The structure of a grasshopper-like insect’s fossilized wing suggests it crackled and reflected light, perhaps to attract mates or warn off predators.

  6. a satellite photo of a hurricane over Central America

    Hurricanes may not be becoming more frequent, but they’re still more dangerous

    A new study suggests that there aren’t more hurricanes now than there were roughly 150 years ago.

  7. satellite images from before and after drainage of an ice-covered lake in Antarctica

    Satellites show how a massive lake in Antarctica vanished in days

    Within six days, an Antarctic lake with twice the volume of San Diego Bay drained away, leaving a deep sinkhole filled with fractured ice.

  8. a view to the tops of several tall, skinny trees with light green leaves

    Why planting tons of trees isn’t enough to solve climate change

    Massive projects need much more planning and follow-through to succeed – and other tree protections need to happen too.

  9. map of the heat wave that hit the Pacific Northwestern United States in June

    Human-driven climate change sent Pacific Northwest temperatures soaring

    As scientists dissect what pushed temperatures up to 5 degrees Celsius above previous records, they may have to revamp how to predict heat waves.

  10. black and white photo of a man in a cap with glasses leaning over a tabletop device while another man looks on

    A WWII submarine-hunting device helped prove the theory of plate tectonics

    With a boost from World War II, the fluxgate magnetometer became a portable and invaluable tool.

  11. Portland residents cooling off in the Oregon Convention Center

    3 things to know about the record-smashing heat wave baking the Pacific Northwest

    Road-buckling, cable-melting, life-threatening heat waves in the Pacific Northwest may become more common as global temperatures rise.

  12. illustration of a lizard sitting on a branch. shown is its head and neck with sap dripping down around it

    An ancient creature thought to be a teeny dinosaur turns out to be a lizard

    CT scans of hummingbird-sized specimens trapped in amber reveal that the 99-million-year-old fossils have a number of lizardlike features.