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Zoë Schlanger

Zoë Schlanger is a freelance reporter covering science, health, and the environment. Her work appears in Newsweek, the Village Voice, and the New York Times, among other places.
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2M Americans Drink High Levels of Arsenic in Their Well Water

October 18, 2017 In patches all over the US, an ancient layer of sediment in the Earth’s crust is rich in arsenic, a chemical element toxic to humans. And some 2 million people drawing water from private wells in the US may be getting exposed to it in levels above the legal limit,...

Puerto Ricans Desperate For Water Are Drinking From Superfund Sites

October 13, 2017 More than three weeks since Hurricane Maria, more than a third of Puerto Ricans still don’t have access to drinking water. So some are turning to wells at Superfund sites on the island—areas designated the most toxic in US territory. The Environmental Protection Agency, in an email Thursday (Oct 12)...

Swarmed With Mosquitoes After Harvey, Texas Calls in the Air Force

September 14, 2017 In an effort to combat the swarms of mosquitoes apparently making mating grounds out of the standing water left behind from Hurricane Harvey, Texas has called in the big planes. The state asked the US Air Force to spray 6 million acres in the state with insecticide from in its...

Post-Harvey Mosquitos Have Texas Calling in the U.S. Air Force

September 13, 2017 In an effort to combat the swarms of mosquitoes apparently making mating grounds out of the standing water left behind from Hurricane Harvey, Texas has called in the big planes. The state asked the US Air Force to spray 6 million acres in the state with insecticide from in its...

Swarmed With Mosquitoes After Harvey, Texas Calls in the Air Force

September 13, 2017 In an effort to combat the swarms of mosquitoes apparently making mating grounds out of the standing water left behind from Hurricane Harvey, Texas has called in the big planes. The state asked the US Air Force to spray 6 million acres in the state with insecticide from in its...

NASA’s Next Head Wants it to Do Less Climate Science and More Weather Science, But You Can’t Separate Them

September 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA has a likely new head, and like other people the Donald Trump administration has put in top science-related jobs, he’s not a big fan of climate-change research. Trump’s NASA nominee is Jim Bridenstine, a congressman from Oklahoma. In 2013, he told Congress that global temperatures “stopped rising 10 years...

NASA's Next Head Wants it to Do Less Climate Science and More Weather Science, But You Can’t Separate Them

September 7, 2017 NASA has a likely new head, and like other people the Donald Trump administration has put in top science-related jobs, he’s not a big fan of climate-change research. Trump’s NASA nominee is Jim Bridenstine, a congressman from Oklahoma. In 2013, he told Congress that global temperatures “stopped rising 10 years...

The Official in Charge of Awarding EPA Science Grants Doesn’t Want to See the Words 'Climate Change'

September 5, 2017 The person who makes the final decision on grant funding at the US Environmental Protection Agency agency is a political operative who doesn’t want to see “the double C-word”—climate change—in grant applications, according to EPA staff who spoke with the Washington Post. John Konkus is former aide to then-candidate Donald...

Harvey Flooded 13 of the U.S.'s Most-Toxic Waste Sites and the EPA Says 11 are Still Inaccessible

September 5, 2017 In addition to devastating cities, harbors, and oil refineries, Hurricane Harvey also barreled directly into a cluster of decades-old toxic-waste sites. The US Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that 13 of the 41 Superfund sites in the region hit by Harvey—areas designated the most toxic in the country—were flooded in...

Hurricane Harvey Dropped So Much Rain That the National Weather Service Added New Colors to Its Maps

August 28, 2017 Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall is, quite literally, off the charts. The US National Weather Service needed to add two colors to its flood maps—a dark purple hue to represent “20 to 30” inches (51-76 cm) rainfall, and a lighter purple to indicate “greater than 30 inches.” #Harvey in perspective. So much...