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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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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...

The Only Public Hearing to Repeal a Signature Climate Policy

November 28, 2017 The US Environmental Protection Agency is currently holding its only scheduled public hearing to repeal the country’s largest omnibus effort to reduce energy-sector emissions. And they’re doing it right in the middle of the most beleaguered portion of America’s coal country: West Virginia. (You can watch the hearing live here.)...

Days After a Pipeline Spill, Nebraska Gives Keystone XL Final Approval to Build

November 20, 2017 Nebraska state regulators approved a new route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline across the state in a 3-2 vote on Monday (Nov. 20), removing the last permitting hurdle for the $8 billion project after nine years of controversy and delay. If completed, the Keystone XL would move oil-sands crude...

A New Analysis of 4-Year-Old Data Shows the EPA Is Ignoring a Lot of Toxins in US Drinking Water

November 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It takes a lot to convince the US Environmental Protection Agency to limit how much of a toxin can legally show up in America’s drinking water. The threshold for determining probable human harm is very high, and even if harm is detected, the toxin has to show up in enough...

Analysis: EPA Is Still Ignoring Toxins In U.S. Drinking Water

November 7, 2017 It takes a lot to convince the US Environmental Protection Agency to limit how much of a toxin can legally show up in America’s drinking water. The threshold for determining probable human harm is very high, and even if harm is detected, the toxin has to show up in enough...

Study: PFOA Is in a Higher Percentage of U.S. Drinking Water Than Previously Thought

November 7, 2017 It takes a lot to convince the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to limit how much of a toxin can legally show up in America’s drinking water. The threshold for determining probable human harm is very high, and even if harm is detected, the toxin has to show up in enough...

The White House’s New Climate-Change Report Directly Conflicts Trump’s Stance

November 6, 2017 The US published a much-anticipated report on climate change Friday (Nov. 3), coauthored by 13 federal agencies, that unequivocally confirms three conclusions: We are living in the warmest period in modern civilization The excessive warming is due to human activity Without swift and dramatic action to curb emissions, average global...