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The incoming EPA will likely lean toward less oversight over state public health programs – and lax enforcement is one of the causes behind the Flint water crisis. Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Will a weakened EPA set environmental justice back?

The hostility of Scott Pruitt, Trump's nominee to head the EPA, toward climate change rules is well-known. But his anti-regulatory stance could easily set back years of work on environmental justice.
A big data analysis indicates the focus on service line replacement may only go so far at fixing Flint’s water issues. George Thomas/flickr

How big data and algorithms are slashing the cost of fixing Flint’s water crisis

By tapping into diverse data sources in Flint, researchers can predict vulnerable homes and even have found that home water service lines may not be the biggest contributor to lead poisoning.
Imam Syed Shafeeq Rahman of the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce speaks with the media following a prayer for victims of the Orlando shooting. Joe Skipper/Reuters

Why bad news for one Muslim American is bad news for all Muslims

Because Muslim Americans are an extreme 'outgroup,' they're all the more vulnerable to discrimination, especially in the wake of negative media coverage.
Residents of Flint, Michigan wait at a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. on the water crisis. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Clinton seizes on environmental justice but progress requires deep reforms

Hillary Clinton has elevated environmental justice to a high level as a presidential nominee, but as the Flint water crisis demonstrates, the deeper problem lies in ineffective government agencies.
Is the water crisis in Flint, Michigan evidence that governments need a new way to make decisions? REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Society’s biggest problems need more than a nudge

When it comes to many of the big decisions faced by governments and the private sector, behavioral science has more to offer than simple nudges.
Virginia Tech students process water samples from homes in Flint. Flint Water Study/Facebook

We helped uncover a public health crisis in Flint, but learned there are costs to doing good science

Virginia Tech University engineering students blew the whistle on Flint, Michigan's toxic drinking water. Hailed as heroes, they've also learned that it isn't easy to do science for the public good.
Justice scale and flag. St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office/Wikimedia

Will anyone be prosecuted in the Flint water crisis?

Many observers have called for criminal prosecutions in Flint, Michigan's water crisis. A law professor with experience in federal and state government reviews the laws that may have been broken.
Flint, Michigan residents couldn’t get answers about their water – so they did their own research. Laura Nawrocik

Can citizen science empower disenfranchised communities?

A new model of citizen-led science is emerging – as in the case of Flint, Michigan's poisoned water. Rather than simply supporting scientists, citizens ask their own questions and set the research agenda.

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