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Robinson Meyer

Robinson Meyer
Robinson Meyer is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he covers technology.
Public Safety

Did Climate Change Worsen the Southern California Fires?

Seven of the state’s 10 largest modern wildfires have occurred in the last 14 years.

Infrastructure

200,000 Gallons of Oil Spill From the Keystone Pipeline

The leak comes just four days before TransCanada faces an important vote.

Management

Climate Change Will Bring Major Flooding to New York Every 5 Years

And that’s only counting the floods caused by hurricanes and tropical storms.

Public Safety

What's Happening With the Relief Effort in Puerto Rico?

A timeline of the unprecedented catastrophe of Hurricane Maria.

Management

To Soften a Hurricane's Blow, Don't Drain the Swamp

Wetlands directly prevented half a billion dollars in damages during Hurricane Sandy, a new study has found.

Management

The American South Will Bear the Worst of Climate Change’s Costs

Global warming will intensify regional inequality in the United States, according to a revolutionary new economic assessment of the phenomenon.

Management

The Standing Rock Sioux Claim ‘Victory and Vindication’ in Court

A federal judge rules that the Dakota Access pipeline did not receive an adequate environmental vetting.

Tech & Data

Google's New Product Puts Peer Pressure to a Sunny Use

The company’s “Project Sunroof” now shows you which of your friends have already put solar panels on their roof.

Infrastructure

What’s Next for the Keystone XL Pipeline

Activists plan an all-out resistance on multiple fronts.

News

In a Decade, Oklahoma's Earthquakes Will Be Normal Again

Next year, though, the state faces a 40-percent risk of a major tremor.

Management

A Mega-Drought Is Coming to America’s Southwest

Unless carbon emissions plummet soon, the risk of a region-altering disaster in Arizona and New Mexico will exceed 99 percent.

News

Why Does Fracking (Sometimes) Trigger Earthquakes?

A new study proposes why fracking triggers some faults but leaves others dormant—and it suggests a possible method of earthquake prediction.

News

Why a Major Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest Looks Even Likelier

There is a 17 to 20 percent chance that northern Oregon will be hit by a magnitude-8 quake in the next 50 years.

Management

As Library Funding Wanes So Does Their Usage

Libraries should also publicize their non-print services.

Management

Where in the U.S. Can Americans Be Tracked Without a Warrant?

In some states, cops can freely access cellphone-location records.

Management

Some Local Governments Have Dismal Police Body Camera Laws

Some could make it legal for police to track and profile people of color.

Management

Body-Camera Footage Gets an Officer Indicted for Murder in Cincinnati

After the video contradicted his account, a campus cop is charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black motorist.

Infrastructure

Elon Musk Is Building a Hyperloop Test Track in California

The tech tycoon is launching a year-long contest for engineers to design and build pods for it.

Tech & Data

The Big Money in Police Body Cameras

Taser International stands to profit enormously from the country's fast adoption of police-worn cameras.