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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 Official in Charge of Awarding EPA Science Grants Doesn’t Want to See the Words 'Climate Change'

September 5, 2017 The person who makes the final decision on grant funding at the US Environmental Protection Agency agency is a political operative who doesn’t want to see “the double C-word”—climate change—in grant applications, according to EPA staff who spoke with the Washington Post. John Konkus is former aide to then-candidate Donald...

Harvey Flooded 13 of the U.S.'s Most-Toxic Waste Sites and the EPA Says 11 are Still Inaccessible

September 5, 2017 In addition to devastating cities, harbors, and oil refineries, Hurricane Harvey also barreled directly into a cluster of decades-old toxic-waste sites. The US Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that 13 of the 41 Superfund sites in the region hit by Harvey—areas designated the most toxic in the country—were flooded in...

Hurricane Harvey Dropped So Much Rain That the National Weather Service Added New Colors to Its Maps

August 28, 2017 Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall is, quite literally, off the charts. The US National Weather Service needed to add two colors to its flood maps—a dark purple hue to represent “20 to 30” inches (51-76 cm) rainfall, and a lighter purple to indicate “greater than 30 inches.” #Harvey in perspective. So much...

The White House Doesn’t Think Sea Level Rise Is Important to U.S. Infrastructure

August 15, 2017 The latest climate change rule on President Trump’s chopping block: preparing for a rise in sea level. Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday (Aug 15) that rescinds an Obama-era order requiring government agencies to take into account future sea-level rise when building federal infrastructure. The intent is to “streamline...

All the Words Employees at the Agriculture Department Can’t Use Anymore Relating to Climate Change

August 7, 2017 On February 16, federal employees at an arm of the US Department of Agriculture received an email from one of their bosses on how to talk about climate change under the new administration. The gist was clear: Don’t talk about it. According to emails obtained by the Guardian, Bianca Moebius-Clune,...

Drone Hobbyists Continue to Disrupt Firefighting

July 9, 2017 It’s wildfire season in the U.S., and fire departments are issuing pleas to hobbyists to stop flying their drones anywhere near the blazes. When a drone is in the sky, firefighting planes and helicopters are grounded or kept away, because a collision could be disastrous. More than a dozen hobby...

For the First Time Ever, U.S. Is Getting 10% of its Electricity From Wind and Solar

June 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Renewable energy in the U.S. just hit a new benchmark: 10 percent of the electricity produced in a single month came from wind and solar power for the first time. This March, 8 percent of U.S. electricity came from wind power, and 2 percent came from solar, totaling 10 percent...

A New U.S. 'Shadow Government on Climate Change' Emerges to Defy Trump

June 6, 2017 Chinese president Xi Jinping does not make it a habit of meeting with state-level American politicians, but on Tuesday Jinping sat down with California Gov. Jerry Brown, to talk about climate change. The meeting between the president and the governor was all over Chinese state-run news, and looked every bit...

Trump’s Budget Would Gut Government Science — Except for the U.S. Nuclear Program

May 23, 2017 The latest draft of the Trump administration’s federal budget released Monday night (May 22) calls for cuts to the major US departments and programs that have science at the core of their work. The US Environmental Protection Agency, as expected based on prior budget proposal drafts, is set to lose...

Scott Pruitt Requests Funds For a 24/7 Fleet of Bodyguards

April 11, 2017 The administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, historically, has had some measure of government-funded personal security detail. Agents routinely picked Gina McCarthy from the airport, for example, or accompanied her on site visits during her time as EPA administrator from July 2013 to Jan 2017. But Scott Pruitt, the...