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Alex Brown

Alex Brown
Alex Brown is a Technology reporter for National Journal.
Management

Search and Rescue Teams, Already Stretched Thin, See Surge in Calls

The pandemic is exposing the vulnerabilities of America’s search and rescue model.

Infrastructure

Clean Energy Has Taken a Hit. Will It Rebound?

Leaders are steadfast about clean energy goals amid the downturn.

Health & Human Services

Washington State to Buy 1 Million Chinese Test Swabs in Bid to Reopen

Before finalizing the order, the state is working to “triple check” the quality of swabs.

Health & Human Services

Tribes Expect Little Help in Fight to Protect Elders From Coronavirus

The Navajo Nation is translating information to make sure elderly citizens are informed. The Navajo word for coronavirus is “Diko Ntsaaígíí-Náhást’éíts’áadah.”

Management

In Coronavirus Epicenter, a Statehouse Scrambles to Govern

The Washington legislature could vote remotely. Others may do the same. But what about smaller governments without the necessary technology to hold virtual meetings?

Management

Deer, Bear and Everywhere: Animals Move Into the City

Many wildlife agencies are shifting to a more hands-off approach to animals in urban areas instead of treating every sighting as a problem to be solved.

Infrastructure

As US Coal Plants Shutter, One Town Tests an Off-Ramp

It's complicated for rural areas to recover from a coal plant closure — even with help.

Management

Less Logging Means Less Money for Schools in the Northwest

Revenue has fallen as states recognize the conservation value of their trust land.

Management

Lawmakers Open Groundwater Fight Against Bottled Water Companies

Critics say bottlers harm the environment and provide scant economic benefit.

Infrastructure

As States Prepare for Disasters, They Acknowledge Things Will Get Worse

Following the hottest decade on record, legislators in many states say it’s long past time to treat such events as the new normal.

Management

States Split on Climate, So U.S. Will Miss Emissions Target

Even where states have succeeded in shrinking their carbon footprint, they’ve been hampered by the Trump administration’s rollbacks to regulations on power plants and vehicle emissions.

Management

Privatizing State Parks Can Save Them—or Wreck Them

States vary when it comes to allowing concessionaires on public land.

Management

States Try Recruiting New Hunters

Hunting and fishing revenue provides nearly 60% of state wildlife agency budgets.

Management

Cities, Tribes Try a New Environmental Approach: Give Nature Rights

“Rights of nature” could help fight climate change and habitat loss.