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Robinson Meyer

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

The Unprecedented Surge in Fear About Climate Change

More Americans than ever are worried about climate change, but they’re not willing to pay much to stop it.

Management

Are We Living Through Climate Change’s Worst-Case Scenario?

“We’re a lot closer than we should be,” one Stanford scientist warned.

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A Terrifying Sea-Level Prediction Now Looks Far Less Likely

But experts warn that our overall picture of sea-level rise looks far scarier today than it did even five years ago.

Management

Democrats Establish a New House ‘Climate Crisis’ Committee

But it will likely lack the broad powers favored by supporters of a Green New Deal.

Management

The Southwest May Be Deep Into a Climate-Changed Mega-Drought

Global warming may have turned an already historic dry spell into the third-worst drought of the past 1,000 years.

Public Safety

A Grave Climate Warning, Buried on Black Friday

In a massive new report, federal scientists contradict President Trump and assert that climate change is an intensifying danger to the United States. Too bad it came out on a holiday.

Management

The Homeless Can’t Escape San Francisco’s Smoke-Ridden Air

As wildfires burn out of control, they are impacting the state’s other crisis—the growing number of people living on the streets.

Public Safety

The Sudden, Shocking Growth of Hurricane Michael

In little more than a day, a Category 1 storm became a “worst-case scenario” Category 4.

Management

Would the U.S. Tsunami Warning System Have Averted Indonesia’s Disaster?

Even the world’s best system “is really not a technological solution to the problem of a near-field tsunami.”

Management

A Setback for Trump's Plan to Slash Public Lands

Environmentalists and tribes won an early legal advantage in their battle to protect Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Management

Will It Ever Stop Raining?

Cities across the country smashed rainfall records, thanks to a set of factors.

Public Safety

For Millions, Florence 'Has Never Been More Dangerous'

North Carolina's governor warned that inland residents now face life-threatening hazards.

Management

Will Washington State Voters Make History on Climate Change?

The state could be the first in the union to adopt a carbon price by ballot.

Health & Human Services

Climate Change May Cause 26,000 More U.S. Suicides by 2050

Unusually hot days have profound effects on mental health and human physiology.

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.