The GOP Keeps Proving There's No Election Fraud

The GOP Keeps Proving There's No Election Fraud

After repeatedly raising the specter of fraud throughout the campaign season, President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have spent the last week attempting to sow doubt about the validity of the presidential election results.

An Election Forecaster Reflects: We Have Too Many Polls

An Election Forecaster Reflects: We Have Too Many Polls

If you’d just copied the 2016 results, you would have had a Republican victory, and as of Thursday it looks like Joe Biden won the presidential election with victories in many key states and a slightly higher share of the national vote than Hillary Clinton received four years ago.

So How Wrong Were the Polls This Year, Really?

So How Wrong Were the Polls This Year, Really?

The results hinge on a handful of swing states that may not finish counting votes until the end of the week; in the Rust Belt, Trump’s early leads look to be morphing into narrow Biden victories as absentee ballots get counted.

OK, You've Just Won the Election. Now Fix Covid

OK, You've Just Won the Election. Now Fix Covid

When I asked a well-placed and concerned Republican strategist why the Trump administration had not used the DPA more aggressively in the spring, this person told me that doing so would have been seen as a big government solution, which runs against long-established principles of the American conservative movement.

On the Week of the Election, Social Media Must Go Dark

On the Week of the Election, Social Media Must Go Dark

Platforms could either collect such information through the mainstream press or set up a hotline allowing users to report election problems to the social media companies themselves, which would then verify the authenticity of tips before alerting users.

QAnon Supporters Aren’t Quite Who You Think They Are

QAnon Supporters Aren’t Quite Who You Think They Are

Polls show that some 7 percent of Americans believe in or support QAnon, the cultish conspiracy theory and community that originated in online message boards in late 2017.

Why Degrowth Is the Worst Idea on the Planet

Why Degrowth Is the Worst Idea on the Planet

The US and UK both manufacture more than they did 50 years ago (at least until the Covid-19 pandemic sharply reduced output), and Germany has been a net exporter since 2000 while continuing to drive down air pollution.

In an Odd Twist, Cleaner Air in China May Mean a Warmer Earth

In an Odd Twist, Cleaner Air in China May Mean a Warmer Earth

In fact, China’s push to continue cleaning up its air in the future could warm the entire northern hemisphere by 0.1 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, making it even tougher to keep the Earth’s temperature below the 1.5 Celsius degree (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) warming limit that scientists say is necessary to avoid severe weather disruptions, increased rainfall, sea level rise, droughts, and other disastrous climate change effects by the year 2100.

A Trump-Biden Debate Without Climate Change Is Inexcusable

A Trump-Biden Debate Without Climate Change Is Inexcusable

Counting the time devoted to climate change in presidential debates has become a fatalistic, every-four-years ritual, like rooting for England in the World Cup. The moderators didn’t ask a single question about climate change during the three 2016 debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump; according to Grist, the topic was discussed for about five and a half minutes total, mostly in passing.

Gen Z Has a Plan to Save the Election—Starting With the Polls

Gen Z Has a Plan to Save the Election—Starting With the Polls

On July 1, Marlbrough, now 22 years old and a recent college graduate, launched the Georgia Youth Poll Worker Project, with the goal of recruiting at least 1,000 young people to staff polling sites in the general election.

A California Wildfire Nearly Destroyed the Historic Lick Observatory

A California Wildfire Nearly Destroyed the Historic Lick Observatory

That was 130 years ago—now the observatory is plopped right above one of the most densely populated areas of the US!” How could Lick compete with the likes of the Hubble Space Telescope , which orbits far above both light pollution and smog?

Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?

Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?

If it passes, the resulting revenue, which the state estimates would be on the order of a few billion dollars each year, would be used to shore up litter mitigation efforts and provide subsidies to the recycling industry, which struggles to compete with virgin plastic that’s cheaper than ever to produce, given the low price of oil .

To Navigate Risk In a Pandemic, You Need a Color-Coded Chart

To Navigate Risk In a Pandemic, You Need a Color-Coded Chart

Giving people permission to do things that seem likely to be safe was an important part of formulating the next guide to be published, which was drawn up by the Covid-19 Task Force of the Texas Medical Association and released July 8.

Can a Keyboard Crusade Stem the Vaccine Infodemic?

Can a Keyboard Crusade Stem the Vaccine Infodemic?

According to an analysis by The New York Times, the video spent about three days incubating on Facebook pages dedicated to conspiracy theories and the anti-vaccine movement.

Georgia’s Failure Shows How Not to Run an Election in the Pandemic

Georgia’s Failure Shows How Not to Run an Election in the Pandemic

Here’s how in-person voting should look during the coronavirus pandemic: lots of polling places, fully staffed with well-protected election workers, each serving small numbers of voters who are able to quickly get in and out without having to congregate at length in close quarters.

The Ocean-Sized Problem That Nobody Is Talking About

The Ocean-Sized Problem That Nobody Is Talking About

It might surprise you to know that in the United States there are several hundred cities that intentionally discharge untreated, raw sewage into their coastal waters whenever their sewer systems are overwhelmed with stormwater.

Will Wildfire Smoke Worsen the Pandemic? We're About to Find Out

Will Wildfire Smoke Worsen the Pandemic? We're About to Find Out

Scientists still have much to learn about Covid-19, but, says Jessica McCarty, a geographer and fire scientist at Miami University, “We know that there's linkages between people who live in highly-polluted areas and their likelihood of getting any type of respiratory illness, as well as viral infections.” Smog from cars, for instance, remains a major threat to human health.

Seven weeks of clearing the air provides huge benefits

Seven weeks of clearing the air provides huge benefits

Dr Longley has been monitoring air quality in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch since Level 4 restrictions were implemented and says working from home did not only cut emissions but could also reduce health risks.

Don't Misunderstand Earth Day's Successes

Don't Misunderstand Earth Day's Successes

In the world’s richest countries, which are the ones where environmentalism has most taken hold, the air, land, and water are all much cleaner than they were 50 years ago.

The Pandemic Has Led to a Huge, Global Drop in Air Pollution

The Pandemic Has Led to a Huge, Global Drop in Air Pollution

Courtesy of European Space AgencyWhile not a greenhouse gas itself, the pollutant originates from the same activities and industrial sectors that are responsible for a large share of the world’s carbon emissions and that drive global heating.

How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS

How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS

In her inbox was a note from a frequent and reliable contributor to ProMED, an email list of disease alerts for which Pollack serves as deputy editor.

Is the Split Over Covid-19 Really About Politics?

Is the Split Over Covid-19 Really About Politics?

(Witness House Republican Devin Nunes telling Fox Business viewers on Sunday that “it’s a great time to just go out, go to a local restaurant.”) According to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, only 40 percent of Republicans believe the coronavirus is “a real threat,” compared to 76 percent of Democrats.

Climate Change Is Netflix's Ragnarok

Climate Change Is Netflix's Ragnarok

Netflix’s newest superhero coming-of-age drama, Ragnarok, de-Marvelizes the viking myths for our climate-crisis age of Scandinavian child heroes.It follows Magne, an awkward Norweigan teen who moves to a town called Edda with his mother and brother.

Germany Rejected Nuclear Power—and Deadly Emissions Spiked

Germany Rejected Nuclear Power—and Deadly Emissions Spiked

The license to operate the two reactors at the Philippsburg nuclear facility expired at midnight after 35 years of providing carbon-free power to Germans living along the country’s southwestern border.

Now It's Really, Truly Time to Give Up Windows 7

Now It's Really, Truly Time to Give Up Windows 7

In a 2013 poll by Spiceworks, 26 percent of respondents projected that they wouldn't migrate away from Windows XP before Microsoft ended support for that operating system in 2014.

The Year Humanity Declared War on Microplastics

The Year Humanity Declared War on Microplastics

Scientists revealed that it’s blowing in the air and swirling in the seas and tainting our food and water, with as yet unknown effects on human health .Microplastic pollution isn’t particularly new to science—researchers have been monitoring the problem for decades.

Trump Threatens California's Role as a Clean-Air Pioneer

Trump Threatens California's Role as a Clean-Air Pioneer

In 1990, the state tightened its standards again, and added a new component: Its Low-Emission Vehicle program required that automakers sell some zero-emission vehicles, as in battery and fuel-cell electric cars.

The Riddle, and Controversy, of All That Missing Plastic

The Riddle, and Controversy, of All That Missing Plastic

To complement these findings, Ocean Cleanup used data on winds and currents to show that when pieces of plastic come out of, say, rivers, they tend to stick around the coastline.Ocean Cleanup reckons that in total, just .06 percent of plastics from the shore and coastline make their way into gyres.

Big Ag Is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change

Big Ag Is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change

Iowa State University researcher Matt Liebman has shown on his demonstration farm that adding a third rotation of alfalfa or native grass to the predominant corn-soybean cropping system in the state could produce dramatic environmental benefits at no cost to farmers, including an 85 percent reduction in fertilizer use, a 97 percent drop in pesticide use, an elimination of soil erosion and water pollution from run-off, and a dramatic increase in carbon sequestration.

Focus on Native Bees, Not Honey Bees

Focus on Native Bees, Not Honey Bees

In order to conserve the full species diversity and resilience of our ecosystems, we need our native bees.We just need to be careful that saving honey bees aren’t the primary focus of conservation efforts or communications.