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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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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...

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

January 2, 2018 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...

California Says the Only Safe Way to Talk on Your Cell Phone Is to Text

December 26, 2017 Earlier this month, the California department of health released guidelines warning residents to avoid putting mobile phones up to their heads. “Keep your phone away from your body,” the state health department writes. “Although the science is still evolving, some laboratory experiments and human health studies have suggested the possibility”...

Newly Signed Defense Authorization Act Contains a Dire Warning on Climate Change

December 13, 2017 US president Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act on Tuesday (Dec 13), a bill that sets policy for the US military for the coming fiscal year. Surprisingly, the bill contains a sizable discussion of climate change. In the bill, current and former top US military brass attest to...

Trump Just Signed a Dire Warning about Climate Change

December 13, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act on Tuesday (Dec 13), a bill that sets policy for the U.S. military for the coming fiscal year. Surprisingly, the bill contains a sizable discussion of climate change. In the bill, current and former top U.S. military brass attest to...