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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.
Infrastructure

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

The last permitting hurdle for the $8 billion project has been cleared, after nine years of controversy and delay.

Health & Human Services

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

Perfluorooctanoic acid, an ingredient used in Teflon, is not currently regulated by the EPA, so state or local governments aren’t required to test for them.

Management

Trump's Coal Promises Have Miners Rejecting Alternate Career Training

Too many Pennsylvanians expect a "coal comeback" as the industry dies, which will inevitably lead to unemployment.

Health & Human Services

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

U.S. Air Force C-130s will be spraying 6 million acres of the Lone Star State with insecticide.

Infrastructure

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

“It’s deeply fiscally irresponsible to put taxpayer funded facilities at risk like that,” according to Michael Gerrard, director of Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.

Public Safety

Drone Hobbyists Continue to Disrupt Firefighting

As of July 7, the number of U.S. firefighting operations that were disturbed by drones so far this year totaled 17, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, part of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Management

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

The Paris Agreement accidentally created a backdoor for U.S. states, local governments and companies to comply with the goals international climate pact, even if the president is backing out.