As well as an infrastructure spending boost, governments are fast-tracking approvals. But these processes exist for a reason. If we get projects wrong, we live with the consequences for decades.
Anatolian water frogs (
Pelophylax spp) could become locally extinct in parts of Turkey due to over-harvesting as food.
Frogs are harvested as food by the millions every year. A new study shows that uncontrolled frog hunting could drive some populations to extinction by midcentury.
Wind turbines in the first rays of sunlight at the Saddleback Ridge Wind Project in Carthage, Maine, March 20, 2019.
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How should the United States power its economy in 2050? A recent survey finds surprising agreement from Americans of all political stripes.
Diesel emissions are a major source of fine particle pollution.
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After a 5-year review, the EPA is leaving US standards for fine particle air pollution unchanged, even though recent studies suggest that tightening them could save thousands of lives yearly.
Pools of floating crude oil at the site of the sunken Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, April 27, 2010.
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The Deepwater Horizon disaster set new records for holding polluters to account. But it had much less impact on laws regulating offshore drilling or US oil dependence.
The pipeline of pharmaceuticals is easily disrupted.
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Drug shortages occur regularly in the US, even in the best of times. The pharmaceutical supply chain embodies 'just in time' shipping and has little built-in redundancy.
South Africans feel the duopoly effects of MTN and Vodacom on the market.
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The right price for data ought to result from effective regulation and competition in the wholesale market.
The January 2019 collapse of a dam in Brumadinho, Brazil, sent mining tailings and mud over the landscape for miles, destroying this bridge and killing 300 people.
Dams built to hold enormous quantities of toxic mining waste have a long history of spills. Decisions in the Pacific Northwest threaten three free-flowing rivers there.
Reducing fine particle air pollution from petrochemical complexes, like this one near the Houston Ship Channel in Texas, is a low-cost way to lower air pollution mortality.
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A new study takes an innovative approach to reducing fine particle air pollution and spotlights key sources: factories that burn coal and oil, petrochemical plants and burning wood for home heating.
Starting Feb. 6, 2020, California growers will be barred from using the insecticide chlorpyrifos on grapes and other crops.
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Starting Feb. 6, 2020, California farmers will be barred from using chlorpyrifos on their crops. The Trump administration says more study is needed, but other states are also moving ahead.
Speciality drug prices are so high priced that many patients skip or ration them.
High prescription drug costs are a widespread concern for consumers and policymakers. For patients who need specialty drugs, though, the problem is even worse, with no relief in sight.
Blood samples from pediatric health screenings can provide valuable data for public health research.
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The EPA is considering a rule that would limit what kinds of science regulators can use in setting rules. A scholar explains how this shift would bar his work mapping child lead poisoning.
Be skeptical of organic claims on cleaning products and other nonfood goods.
What does it mean to call a nonfood product like lipstick organic? Federal regulators allow such claims, but have set few standards defining them.
Who is responsible for protecting consumer data? Data breaches are now a regular occurrence, and governments are stepping in.
Failure of corporations to protect data means that government regulation is required to ensure corporation compliance.
President Donald Trump pictured with HHS Secretary Alex Azar on June 24, 2019, after signing initial legislation to require hospitals to reveal their prices.
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Would you buy a pair of shoes without knowing the price? Consumers have bought medical care from hospitals for years without knowing the costs, but new regulations will change that.
Eight charities will get the Trump Foundation’s remaining assets.
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Under a settlement reached with New York authorities, he must give US$2 million to nonprofits out of his own pocket. And if he wants to start another foundation, Trump must submit to close supervision.
A memorial for Grenfell Tower.
The public inquiry into Grenfell makes its first report – but those responsible for the circumstances leading up to the fire are yet to face the consequences.
If only it were as easy as pushing a button.
Many sites offer the ability to 'opt out' of targeted advertisements, but doing so isn't easy. Simplifying and standardizing opt-outs would help improve privacy on the web.
Vehicles are a major source of particulate air pollution.
Scientists who were appointed to advise the EPA on air pollution kept meeting independently after the agency dissolved their panel. They say current regulations aren't strict enough.
Mark Zuckerberg has been meeting with lawmakers in Washington, DC.
Mark Zuckerberg's recent meetings with US lawmakers suggests his company is worried about the growing number of investigations, regulations and fines it faces.