Scott Pruitt was confirmed to head the EPA. Scientists and activists protested against Trump’s attacks on science. Read these stories and more in our twice-weekly news roundup.
A federal judge rejected two tribes’ efforts to stop the final stage of construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline. The March for Science is scheduled to take place on April 22 in Washington, D.C. and over 100 other cities around the world. Read these stories and more in our twice-weekly news roundup.
As coal mining is likely to become less regulated under President Trump, scientists are looking for ways to better measure the impact of the resulting coal dust on the climate. Near one mine in the Arctic, researchers found coal dust reduced snow’s reflectivity by up to 84 percent, contributing to warming.
Trump’s executive order on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations reflects some common cultural ignorance in the U.S. The ban does a particular disservice to refugees, falsely linking them with terrorism. Even a Cato Institute policy analyst calls the order “a response to a phantom menace.”
Opponents of Obamacare often claim that its repeal will expand consumers’ choices surrounding health care and insurance decisions. But dismissals of all the ACA mechanisms that aid private insurers has boxed in politicians casting about for a plan to replace the law. The outcomes could box in consumers too.
Plastic pollution is a problem on Hawaii’s beaches, but tiny beads and fragments from cosmetics, clothing, and other consumer products that lurk below the water’s surface also have scientists worried. These microplastic particles can be mistaken for food by marine life and make their way up the food chain.
Less than 160 feet below the surface of Antarctica’s frigid coastal waters, the seafloor teems with life. That life — from sea worms to colonial creatures called bryozoans — has the potential to slow climate change a bit, if only icebergs would stop snuffing it out. Then again, that would have downsides too.
Presidential Candidate Donald Trump has chosen a well-known climate skeptic to lead the EPA under his presidency. The National Park Service once again faces allegations of sexual harassment of female employees, this time in Yosemite and Yellowstone. Read these stories and more in our Tuesday news roundup.
A Swedish researcher is trying to edit the genes of human embryos with the goal of understanding how to rid children of disorders and diseases in the future. The FDA uses strict embargoes to control both when stories come out and how they’re told. Read these stories and more in our Friday news roundup.
The NIH is spending $150 million on a new study aimed at tracking the developmental health of 50,000 children. Many will see the program as a reboot of the doomed National Children’s Study, which spent $1.3 billion over 14 years before imploding, but the new study’s leaders suggest the comparison is unfair.
Microplastics — particles less than 5 mm in diameter — come from a variety of sources, whether broken down from larger plastic items or included as scrubbing agents in personal hygiene products. These tiny particles pose a threat to wildlife — and may make their way through the food chain to humans.