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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.

As Climate Change Worsens, Mental Health Probably Will Too

Researchers in one survey found that, on average, every additional 1 degree Celsius of warming over five years was linked to an increase of mental health issues in those areas by 2%.


Hawaii Moves to Ban Sunscreen Believed to Damage Baby Coral

Hawaii's governor is expected to ban oxybenzone, the chemical in most sunscreens, this week. It would go into effect in 2021.


'Precipitation Whiplash' in California

Climate change will put the Golden State in a destructive cycle of floods and droughts.


California Says the Only Safe Way to Talk on Your Cell Phone Is to Text

The California guidelines have been in the works since 2009, but after 27 draft versions the state abandoned the document without publishing it before before a judge compelled their release.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.