AUTHOR ARCHIVES

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.
Results 31-40 of 40

BLM's New Website Banner Image Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s Plan for the Agency

April 7, 2017 Changes are hitting plenty of federal websites under the new administration of US president Donald Trump, but the latest may be the most flamboyantly literal display of shifting priorities yet: The banner image on the Bureau of Land Management’s website was changed last week from a photograph of a man...

Where to Read the Nitty-Gritty Details of White House Employees’ Personal Finances

April 3, 2017 The White House released the financial details of some of its employees last night, painting a picture of spectacular wealth held by the Trump administration’s top staff. At a press conference Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer described the employees as “very blessed and very successful.” And now anyone...

These Are the 158 Key Federal Science Data Sets Rogue Programmers Have Duplicated So Far

March 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since the weeks leading up to Donald Trump’s inauguration day, impromptu gatherings of programmers, scientists and archivists have popped up at universities across the country. They gather on weekends, laptops and thumb drives in hand, order pizza and then download and archive as much federal science data as they can...

NASA Engineer Explains Why Trump’s Plan to Cut the Space Agency’s Climate Science Program Is Harder than It Sounds

February 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Within weeks of the U.S. election, President Donald Trump said he intended to scrap NASA’s research on climate change, shifting those resources—less than $2 billion of the agency’s $19 billion budget—to its space program. Other Republicans have echoed that goal. Oklahoma state Sen. Jim Bridenstine, who is reportedly being considered...

The Text of a New Bill Has Just One Line: 'To Terminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency'

February 15, 2017 The text of a bill introduced in the US House of Representatives in early February to dramatically change the way the government regulates environmental issues was finally posted online for public viewing, and it gets right to the point. The statement of purpose for H. R. 861 is only one...

Guerrilla Archivists Developed an App to Save Science Data From the Trump Administration

February 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On the first Saturday morning in February, scientists, programmers, professors and digital librarians met at New York University in New York City to save federal data sets they thought could be altered or disappear all together under the administration of US president Donald Trump. Around 150 people turned out for...

The Trump Administration Reportedly Plans to Deny the Existence of Climate-Change Science

January 25, 2017 Publicly-funded science on climate change is about to disappear from its home on the internet, Reuters reports. The Trump administration reportedly plans to order the removal of the climate-change pages from the US Environmental Protection Agency website, one of the main sources of climate-change information to the public. The page,...

Hackers Downloaded US Government Climate Data and Stored it on European Servers as Trump Was Being Inaugurated

January 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Donald Trump was sworn into office as the new president Jan. 20, a group of around 60 programmers and scientists were gathered in the Department of Information Studies building at the University of California-Los Angeles, harvesting government data. A spreadsheet detailed their targets: Webpages dedicated to the Energy Department’s...

Getting Rid of Obamacare Will Cripple the Department Keeping Bioterrorism and Outbreaks at Bay

January 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s not just about doctor’s visits and medications. If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, a pot of money used to prevent bioterrorism attacks and prevent disease outbreaks may go down with it. The Prevention and Public Health Fund, part of Obamacare, allocates $890 million to the US Centers for...

Repealing Obamacare Will Cripple the Department Keeping Bioterrorism and Outbreaks at Bay

January 17, 2017 It’s not just about doctor’s visits and medications. If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, a pot of money used to prevent bioterrorism attacks and prevent disease outbreaks may go down with it. The Prevention and Public Health Fund, part of Obamacare, allocates $890 million to the US Centers for...