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Robinson Meyer is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he covers technology.
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Hurricane Michael’s Remarkable, Terrifying Run

October 12, 2018 Just a few days ago, Hurricane Michael was forecast to strike the Florida Panhandle as a relatively weak hurricane—a dangerous storm, to be sure, but nothing especially historic. Instead, Michael will be remembered as one of the most damaging and powerful storms ever to wallop the continental United States. After...

Dire New UN Climate Report Lays Out a Way Ahead

October 11, 2018 People must be burnt out on major climate reports, and can you really blame them? Every year, it seems, yet another group of scientists compiles what we know about climate change. And every year, with few exceptions, the broad outlines of that knowledge seem worrying. But nothing ever really changes—and...

The Sudden, Shocking Growth of Hurricane Michael

October 11, 2018 The already bad 2018 hurricane season has gotten even worse. On Wednesday afternoon, Hurricane Michael became the second major storm to make landfall this year. Michael is an incredibly dangerous, history-making storm, bringing catastrophic high winds and deadly storm surge to Florida’s Panhandle. It ranks among the most ferocious land-falling...

The Sudden, Shocking Growth of Hurricane Michael

October 11, 2018 The already bad 2018 hurricane season has gotten even worse. On Wednesday afternoon, Hurricane Michael became the second major storm to make landfall this year. Michael is an incredibly dangerous, history-making storm, bringing catastrophic high winds and deadly storm surge to Florida’s Panhandle. It ranks among the most ferocious land-falling...

Brett Kavanaugh Could Extend Trump's Environmental Legacy by Decades

October 9, 2018 The law is magic, and perhaps nowhere is this more obvious than in environmental law. Through the consent of the people and the government’s monopoly on violence, the mere words of American environmental law have reshaped matter, exerted mastery over nature, and granted an incredible gift—extra years of healthy life—to...

Would the U.S. Tsunami Warning System Have Averted Indonesia’s Disaster?

October 4, 2018 Last week, an earthquake and tsunami struck the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, flattening hotels, shopping malls, and hundreds of homes, and killing at least 1,200 people. The government expects the death toll to rise. In the days after the quake, outsiders have focused on the failure of the local...

A Setback for Trump's Plan to Slash Public Lands

October 2, 2018 If environmentalists defeat President Donald Trump’s order to strike conservation protections from more than 2 million acres of public land, they will likely have a minor legal ruling issued last week to thank. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., handed a procedural victory to the coalition of indigenous...

A Setback for Trump's Plan to Slash Public Lands

October 1, 2018 If environmentalists defeat President Donald Trump’s order to strike conservation protections from more than 2 million acres of public land, they will likely have a minor legal ruling issued last week to thank. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., handed a procedural victory to the coalition of indigenous...

Will It Ever Stop Raining?

September 26, 2018 For much of the United States, September played out as follows: Rain tonight, followed by more rain in the morning. Watch for occasional drizzle and downpours, which will be interspersed with rain. “It really worked out to be an odd September. It’s been a very wet month for two-thirds of...

Google’s New Tool to Fight Climate Change

September 26, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the next decade or so, more than 6,000 cities, states, and provinces around the world will try to do something that has eluded humanity for 25 years: reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases, which warm the atmosphere and cause climate change. The city-level leaders overseeing this task won’t have...