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Australia’s Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission found 45 of Bupa’s 72 nursing homes failed health and safety standards. In 22 homes the health and safety of residents was deemed at ‘serious risk’. www.shutterstock.com

Bupa’s nursing home scandal is more evidence of a deep crisis in regulation

The failure of regulators to take decisive action against errant companies is an unintended consequence of the design of 'responsive regulation'.
Warning signs in the Newark Health Department after the city learned that lead service lines to houses still were contaminating water. Seth Wenig/AP

How to address America’s lead crisis and provide safe drinking water for all

Newark is the latest US city to struggle with high lead levels in drinking water. Ending this public health crisis will require more money and enforcement, plus stricter water testing standards.
It’s a mess, but is it all bad? EHFXC/Wikimedia Commons

Don’t ban new technologies – experiment with them carefully

New technologies and services aren't creating irreversible damage, even though they do generate some harms. Preemptive bans would stifle innovation and block potential solutions to real problems.
Micha Berry of the city of Fresno, Calif., which relies heavily on groundwater for its drinking water supply, repairs a groundwater well pump in 2013. AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka

Drilling deeper wells is a band-aid solution to US groundwater woes

Millions of Americans rely on groundwater for their lives and livelihoods, but regulation is piecemeal. A new study maps groundwater wells nationwide and finds that they are drilling steadily deeper.
Children’s engagement with digital devices is often driven by their desire for creative expression, entertainment and social interaction. Shutterstock

Most adults have never heard of TikTok. That’s by design

In order to reach younger audiences, social media apps must get past the gatekeepers of preteen online engagement: the parents.
Oil refineries and other industrial sources in and around Houston create some of the highest ozone levels in the nation. AP Photo/Pat Sullivan

As air pollution increases in some US cities, the Trump administration is weakening clean air regulations

Air quality in the US has improved greatly since 1990, but a new report finds progress stalling in some cities. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is rolling back air pollution controls.

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