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Robinson Meyer

Robinson Meyer
Robinson Meyer is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of the newsletter The Weekly Planet, and the co-founder of the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic.
Public Safety

We’re Hitting the Limits of Hurricane Preparedness

Cities simply don’t have enough time to run from a storm like Ida.

Infrastructure

The Green New Deal Does Not, Strictly Speaking, Exist

The idea has reshaped global climate policy, but is far less concrete than its supporters have been led to believe.

Infrastructure

Nowhere Is Ready for This Heat

The Pacific Northwest is melting now, but all across America the infrastructure we have was built for the wrong century.

Health & Human Services

Why the Pandemic Experts Failed

We’re still thinking about pandemic data in the wrong ways.

Health & Human Services

The Worst-Case Scenario Is Happening—Hospitals Are Overwhelmed

A new statistic shows that health-care workers are running out of space to treat Covid-19 patients.

Health & Human Services

The Coronavirus Surge That Will Define the Next 4 Years

Cases are rising in all but nine states. Unlike the past two waves, this one has no epicenter.

Health & Human Services

Wisconsin Is on the Brink of a Major Outbreak

The state’s coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are at an all-time high.

Infrastructure

The Plan That Could Give Us Our Lives Back

The U.S. has never had enough coronavirus tests. Now a group of epidemiologists, economists, and dreamers is plotting a new strategy to defeat the virus, even before a vaccine is found.

Health & Human Services

America Is Giving Up on the Pandemic

Businesses are reopening. Protests are erupting nationwide. But the virus isn’t done with us.

Health & Human Services

‘How Could the CDC Make That Mistake?’

The government’s disease-fighting agency is conflating viral and antibody tests, compromising a few crucial metrics that governors depend on to reopen their economies. Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, and other states are doing the same.

Health & Human Services

State and Federal Data on COVID-19 Testing Don’t Match Up

The CDC has quietly started releasing nationwide numbers. But they contradict what states themselves are reporting.

Health & Human Services

How Virginia Juked Its COVID-19 Statistics

The state is combining results from viral and antibody tests in the same statistic. This threatens to confound America’s understanding of the pandemic.

Management

The Oil Industry Is Quietly Winning Local Climate Fights

In the past few years, the American Petroleum Institute and its allies have fought against climate-friendly policies in at least 16 different states.

Infrastructure

America’s Coal Consumption Entered Free Fall in 2019

Coal fell 18 percent last year, the largest drop ever recorded. But carbon emissions across the rest of the economy barely budged.

Management

The Human Brain Evolved When Carbon Dioxide Was Lower

There is substantial but inconsistent evidence that as carbon-dioxide levels rise, they could affect human cognition.

Management

Dozens of States Want to Keep America’s Broken Climate Promise

States still aiming to meet U.S. climate commitments will reduce emissions 20 to 27 percent below their all-time high by 2025, a new report card shows.

Management

The Oceans We Know Won’t Survive Climate Change

Sea-level rise will become unmanageable, and life will flee the world’s tropical oceans, if carbon pollution keeps rising, a new report from the UN climate panel says.

Management

For Voters, Does Climate…Actually Even Matter?

Bernie Sanders released a massive plan for a Green New Deal this week. What’s the point of all these climate plans?