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Robinson Meyer

Robinson Meyer

Robinson Meyer is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he covers technology.
Robinson Meyer is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he covers technology.
Management

The Coronavirus Surge That Will Define the Next 4 Years

Cases are rising in all but nine states. Unlike the past two waves, this one has no epicenter.

Management

Analysis: Now What?

Donald Trump says he tested positive for the coronavirus.

Tech

The Way Out

The U.S. has never had enough coronavirus tests. Now a group of epidemiologists, economists, and dreamers has a new plan to defeat the virus, even before a vaccine is found.

Management

‘How Could the CDC Make That Mistake?’

The government’s disease-fighting agency is conflating viral and antibody tests, compromising a few crucial metrics that governors depend on to reopen their economies. Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, and other states are doing the same.

Oversight

State and Federal Data on COVID-19 Testing Don’t Match Up

The CDC has quietly started releasing nationwide numbers. But they contradict what states themselves are reporting.

Management

Kushner Firm Built the Coronavirus Website Trump Promised

The extent of Oscar Health’s work on coronavirus testing hasn’t been previously reported.

Oversight

America’s Coronavirus Testing Still Isn’t Moving Fast Enough

Without adequate testing, people with coronavirus symptoms are left to agonize over the right course of action on their own.

Oversight

How Trump Boxed the EPA Out of a Major Climate Regulation Rollback

The Trump administration’s attempt to kill one of America’s strongest climate policies has been a complete debacle.

Management

Analysis: NOAA Politicized the Weather Report

The scientific agency sided with the president’s inaccurate forecast over the work of its professional staff.

Management

The Air Really Was Cleaner Under Obama

Pollution is up nearly 14 percent under the Trump administration.

Tech

What Spy-Satellite Companies Can Teach NASA About Climate Change

The space agency is exploring what three Earth-observation start-ups can teach it about the planet.

Management

An Upheaval at the Ends of the World

Two new reports find that the North and South Poles face an “unprecedented” climate future.

Management

Hurricane Michael’s Remarkable, Terrifying Run

The storm shocked forecasters by rapidly intensifying, and then remained strong for hours after landfall.

Tech

The Sudden, Shocking Growth of Hurricane Michael

In little more than a day, a Category 1 storm became a “worst-case scenario” Category 4.

Oversight

Brett Kavanaugh Could Extend Trump's Environmental Legacy by Decades

Long after the president leaves office, the new justice will bring a skepticism of the EPA to the highest levels of government.

Management

A Setback for Trump's Plan to Slash Public Lands

Environmentalists and tribes won an early legal advantage in their battle to protect Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Management

Scientists Hate the EPA’s ‘Strengthening Science’ Rule

Dozens of research and medical groups oppose the proposal, which began under former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Management

Brett Kavanaugh Would Likely Keep the EPA on a Short Leash

“The earth is warming. Humans are contributing,” he told a federal courtroom two years ago. But that doesn't mean he'll be friendly to the EPA.

Management

Did Scott Pruitt Remake the EPA?

The agency is smaller, poorer, and less driven by science. But “I don’t think there is a big Pruitt legacy,” one legal scholar said.

Management

Scott Pruitt’s New Rule Could Completely Transform the EPA

It would not only undermine 30 years of clean-air regulations, but radically restrict what science the agency is allowed to use.