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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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For the First Time Ever, U.S. Is Getting 10% of its Electricity From Wind and Solar

June 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Renewable energy in the U.S. just hit a new benchmark: 10 percent of the electricity produced in a single month came from wind and solar power for the first time. This March, 8 percent of U.S. electricity came from wind power, and 2 percent came from solar, totaling 10 percent...

A New U.S. 'Shadow Government on Climate Change' Emerges to Defy Trump

June 6, 2017 Chinese president Xi Jinping does not make it a habit of meeting with state-level American politicians, but on Tuesday Jinping sat down with California Gov. Jerry Brown, to talk about climate change. The meeting between the president and the governor was all over Chinese state-run news, and looked every bit...

Trump’s Budget Would Gut Government Science — Except for the U.S. Nuclear Program

May 23, 2017 The latest draft of the Trump administration’s federal budget released Monday night (May 22) calls for cuts to the major US departments and programs that have science at the core of their work. The US Environmental Protection Agency, as expected based on prior budget proposal drafts, is set to lose...

Scott Pruitt Requests Funds For a 24/7 Fleet of Bodyguards

April 11, 2017 The administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, historically, has had some measure of government-funded personal security detail. Agents routinely picked Gina McCarthy from the airport, for example, or accompanied her on site visits during her time as EPA administrator from July 2013 to Jan 2017. But Scott Pruitt, the...

BLM's New Website Banner Image Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s Plan for the Agency

April 7, 2017 Changes are hitting plenty of federal websites under the new administration of US president Donald Trump, but the latest may be the most flamboyantly literal display of shifting priorities yet: The banner image on the Bureau of Land Management’s website was changed last week from a photograph of a man...

Where to Read the Nitty-Gritty Details of White House Employees’ Personal Finances

April 3, 2017 The White House released the financial details of some of its employees last night, painting a picture of spectacular wealth held by the Trump administration’s top staff. At a press conference Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer described the employees as “very blessed and very successful.” And now anyone...

These Are the 158 Key Federal Science Data Sets Rogue Programmers Have Duplicated So Far

March 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since the weeks leading up to Donald Trump’s inauguration day, impromptu gatherings of programmers, scientists and archivists have popped up at universities across the country. They gather on weekends, laptops and thumb drives in hand, order pizza and then download and archive as much federal science data as they can...

NASA Engineer Explains Why Trump’s Plan to Cut the Space Agency’s Climate Science Program Is Harder than It Sounds

February 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Within weeks of the U.S. election, President Donald Trump said he intended to scrap NASA’s research on climate change, shifting those resources—less than $2 billion of the agency’s $19 billion budget—to its space program. Other Republicans have echoed that goal. Oklahoma state Sen. Jim Bridenstine, who is reportedly being considered...

The Text of a New Bill Has Just One Line: 'To Terminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency'

February 15, 2017 The text of a bill introduced in the US House of Representatives in early February to dramatically change the way the government regulates environmental issues was finally posted online for public viewing, and it gets right to the point. The statement of purpose for H. R. 861 is only one...

Guerrilla Archivists Developed an App to Save Science Data From the Trump Administration

February 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On the first Saturday morning in February, scientists, programmers, professors and digital librarians met at New York University in New York City to save federal data sets they thought could be altered or disappear all together under the administration of US president Donald Trump. Around 150 people turned out for...