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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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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...

Trump's Coal Promises Have Miners Rejecting Alternate Career Training

November 2, 2017 Throughout his campaign and into his first year as president, Donald Trump vowed to bring back US coal jobs and revitalize the dying industry. He heralded the opening of the first new coal mine of his era this summer as a fulfillment of his campaign promises. The Acosta mine, owned...

The EPA Blocked Its Own Scientists From Presenting Their Climate Research

October 24, 2017 What was set to be a regional conference on the ecology of a New England watershed turned into a yet another spectacle of the Trump administration’s fixation on scrubbing mentions of climate change from the federal lexicon. This time, instead of rewriting web pages or deleting data, the US Environmental...

2M Americans Drink High Levels of Arsenic in Their Well Water

October 18, 2017 In patches all over the US, an ancient layer of sediment in the Earth’s crust is rich in arsenic, a chemical element toxic to humans. And some 2 million people drawing water from private wells in the US may be getting exposed to it in levels above the legal limit,...

Puerto Ricans Desperate For Water Are Drinking From Superfund Sites

October 13, 2017 More than three weeks since Hurricane Maria, more than a third of Puerto Ricans still don’t have access to drinking water. So some are turning to wells at Superfund sites on the island—areas designated the most toxic in US territory. The Environmental Protection Agency, in an email Thursday (Oct 12)...

Swarmed With Mosquitoes After Harvey, Texas Calls in the Air Force

September 14, 2017 In an effort to combat the swarms of mosquitoes apparently making mating grounds out of the standing water left behind from Hurricane Harvey, Texas has called in the big planes. The state asked the US Air Force to spray 6 million acres in the state with insecticide from in its...

Post-Harvey Mosquitos Have Texas Calling in the U.S. Air Force

September 13, 2017 In an effort to combat the swarms of mosquitoes apparently making mating grounds out of the standing water left behind from Hurricane Harvey, Texas has called in the big planes. The state asked the US Air Force to spray 6 million acres in the state with insecticide from in its...

Swarmed With Mosquitoes After Harvey, Texas Calls in the Air Force

September 13, 2017 In an effort to combat the swarms of mosquitoes apparently making mating grounds out of the standing water left behind from Hurricane Harvey, Texas has called in the big planes. The state asked the US Air Force to spray 6 million acres in the state with insecticide from in its...

NASA’s Next Head Wants it to Do Less Climate Science and More Weather Science, But You Can’t Separate Them

September 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA has a likely new head, and like other people the Donald Trump administration has put in top science-related jobs, he’s not a big fan of climate-change research. Trump’s NASA nominee is Jim Bridenstine, a congressman from Oklahoma. In 2013, he told Congress that global temperatures “stopped rising 10 years...

NASA's Next Head Wants it to Do Less Climate Science and More Weather Science, But You Can’t Separate Them

September 7, 2017 NASA has a likely new head, and like other people the Donald Trump administration has put in top science-related jobs, he’s not a big fan of climate-change research. Trump’s NASA nominee is Jim Bridenstine, a congressman from Oklahoma. In 2013, he told Congress that global temperatures “stopped rising 10 years...