A worker recycling lead in a lead acid battery recovery facility.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Lead contamination is not just a problem for Flint, Michigan. It is an issue in many regions. One epidemiologist figured out how to measure past lead exposure using treasured biological samples.
A farm in LaSalle County, Illinois.
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Conservative skeptics of climate change may support projects focused on 'resilience' – for example, preparing a community for future major weather events.
There’s a bridge over this Michigan waterway and a precarious pipeline beneath it.
AP Photo/Al Goldis
A big spill in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac could have devastating consequences. But does replacing the pipeline running beneath it make sense in a warming world?
All bottled water comes from somewhere.
Nestle pays the state a pittance in exchange for its water at a time when public awareness of water issues is rising.
Toppled road sign for a closed water distribution center in Flint, Mich.
Michigan officials have ended distribution of free bottled water in Flint, but many residents believe the city's water crisis is not over and have lost all trust in government.
People wait in line for a methadone clinic to open in Hoquiam, Washington, a small town within a predominantly rural area.
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Many who need help with opioid addiction live far from dedicated treatment centers.
Students at an Atlanta elementary school prep for upcoming state standardized tests.
AP Photo/David Goldman
Standardized test scores drive many of our decisions about students, teachers and school districts. But research shows that the results are highly predictable, in a bad way.
‘My fellow disenfranchised Americans …’
New measure of 32 countries' economic balance places UK and US near bottom of the pile.
Quite the surprise!
From coast to coast, the 2016 election has torn up the usual order.
Trump after learning of his victories in Michigan and Mississippi.
Trump's momentum is unchecked by establishment critics, Sanders surprises in Michigan and other key takeaways from the voting on March 8.
A troubled town.
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A lead poisoning crisis caused by corroded pipes has made Flint, Michigan a symbol of American inequality.
Tap water in Flint’s hospital on October 16.
Joyca Zhu/Flint Water Study
If Flint, Michigan were an affluent suburb, would residents have been exposed as long to drinking toxic water? Pioneering scholar Robert Bullard calls Flint's crisis a classic case of environmental discrimination
A fracking well in Pennsylvania, which saw rapid and sometimes-problematic spread of natural gas development.
Different states and countries with shale gas can benefit from the mistakes made by other regions that rushed into fracking. Here’s one state’s plan.
Detroit has emerged from bankruptcy, but the process has been sharply criticized, which could impair its success.
Earlier this month, we learned that the biggest municipal bankruptcy in history would also be among the swiftest. The emergency manager for Detroit filed for bankruptcy in the summer of 2013 without a…
Universities in South Africa do it…
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“Affirmative action won’t be around for much longer, ” said one of our professors twenty years ago, advising against writing a dissertation on this topic. The United States Supreme Court’s Schuette decision…