By almost any measure, 2019 was a year of especially sobering news on climate change, with grim warnings about what could happen in the future along with extreme weather events occurring now. The year also saw a global protest movement, initiated by young people, arise to try to tackle the problem. But as PBS NewsHour […]
The stunning truth about asbestos use in the U.S.
Asbestos is no longer ubiquitous in building materials, and since it’s proven to cause cancer, many Americans likely assumed the substance had been banned entirely. But not only is asbestos a naturally occurring mineral, it is also still used to make some household products. PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on “broken” U.S. regulation […]
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UPDATE 6/13/19: This series won a 2019 Mirror Award for Best Story on Social Media in the Crosshairs, tied with a BuzzFeed News series focusing on the same topic. After the 2016 U.S. presidential election, it became clear to a lot of people, including me, that the issue of fake news on the internet merited […]
Climate denial at COP24, water found on Bennu, Virgin Galactic reaches space: science roundup
From climate denial at COP24 meeting to water found on asteroid Bennu, here’s the best science news of the week.
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