Cross Sections


Undark’s home for breaking news, brisk analysis, and reader discussions at the intersection of science and society.

Mobilizing Green Latinos

Using culturally-relevant messages that highlight the very real public health consequences of climate change, pollution, and other environmental concerns, environmental organizations have been working hard to bring Latino communities into their movement — and to get them into voting booths.

Undark Podcast #8: Worse Than the Disease

Reporter David Tuller discusses a therapy prescribed for chronic fatigue syndrome — one for which supporting research is now unraveling. Also, Undark’s Tracker columnist Seth Mnookin on a rift within the National Association of Science Writers, and reporter Jeff Emtman on flesh-eating beetles.

Solar in the Holler?

As Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton argue over how to save coal country, some have pointed to solar job training programs as a solution. That sounds great, but in the heart of coal country, retraining workers won’t matter if there’s no solar market there to employ them.

Climate Data for the Masses

A new initiative from the White House aims to make climate vulnerability data and visualization tools more accessible to decision makers, businesses, and the public. The trick will be getting the information and tools into the right hands, says the CEO of Carto, a geospatial company working on the project.