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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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As Climate Change Worsens, Mental Health Probably Will Too

October 11, 2018 On Oct. 8, a consortium of 90 scientists from 40 countries published a report warning that inaction could lead to catastrophic climate change in the next 20 years. On the same day, a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by researchers from MIT, Harvard, and...

The National Hurricane Center Predicted Florence's Landfall Spot Within Two Miles Of Reality

September 14, 2018 Five days ago, the US National Hurricane Center predicted the spot where Hurricane Florence would make landfall. Their prediction turned out to be within two miles of where Florence actually touched down this Friday. As Weather Channel meteorologist Stephanie Abrams put it, storm-forecast precision “doesn’t get much closer than that.”...

Your Open Office Might Make You More Active And Less Stressed

September 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I used to quietly disdain open offices. How does anyone get anything done? I like my colleagues, they like each other, everyone is always talking. Plus, if any one of my officemates has a cough, the contagion appears to spread through the ranks at warp speed. I keep a lot...

New EPA Coal Regulations Could Lead To Up To 1,400 More Premature Deaths a Year

August 22, 2018 The link between air pollution and premature death is widely accepted by the scientific community. And a new Trump administration rule is set to cause between 470 and 1,400 more of those pollution-related early deaths per year in the U.S. by 2030. A new coal plant emissions rule, signed by...

Trump Names Third Dow Executive To The Help Run USDA

July 19, 2018 Donald Trump selected a new head of scientific research for the Department of Agriculture this week: Scott Hutchins, an entomologist who has spent his career at Dow Agroscience’s pesticide and seed division. His work focuses on chemical solutions to farm pests. The unit became known as Corteva Agriscience in 2017,...

Hawaii Moves to Ban Sunscreen Believed to Damage Baby Coral

July 3, 2018 It’s become clear that sunscreen is yet another modern invention that benefits humans while simultaneously wreaking havoc on the delicate balance of a part of the natural world. In this case, the casualty is coral reefs. Oxybenzone is the main active ingredient in most sunscreens, and it is lethal to...

'Precipitation Whiplash' in California

April 25, 2018 Climate change can be simplified, in many cases, as putting rain in all the wrong places. The overall trend is that dry places will likely get drier, and wet places are more likely to get way too wet. And California is set to get both, and oscillate drastically between the...

Miami, New York City and San Francisco Could Flood Every Day by 2100

March 9, 2018 Flooding from ever-higher high tides may become a weekly reality for parts of the coastal U.S. by the middle of this century, and a daily occurrence for major coastline cities by 2100, according to a report published this week by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And that’s under...

We Still Don’t Know If Cell Phones Cause Cancer or Not

February 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow American scientists released two new major studies investigating whether or not there’s connection between cancer risk and cell phone use and the much-awaited answer is…*drumroll, please*…we still don’t really know anything for certain. The U.S.’s National Toxicology Program released the final results last week of two much-anticipated studies, one on...

Half of Puerto Rico Still Doesn’t Have Power—104 Days After Hurricane Maria

January 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico more than three months ago. And the latest figures show 45% of electricity customers in Puerto Rico still don’t have power. Data on the extent of the outage has been hard to come by. Puerto Rico’s electrical utility says it is operating at...