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Jesse Pesta“‘You sit in a classroom and all the scientists that are being introduced are white, white, white,’ she said.”
@HirokoTabuchi on the lack of diversity in science, and what thousands of researchers did about it on Wednesday
A keen ear could hear the theme of global warming starting to swell in popular music all across the dial in the last two decades as global temperatures started to rise.
Jesse Pesta“I wanna see this world, I wanna see it boil."
Those 10 times when Thom Yorke, Mos Def, Billie Eilish etc. saucily jammed about climate change in a song that actually charted. And no, Marvin Gaye does not appear on the list. By @KendraWrites
Nationwide, poor communities are exposed to much more air pollution than wealthier ones. Scientists are racing to understand what role this may play in Covid-19.
Jesse Pesta“I smell it every day. I live it every day.”
Read as @HirokoTabuchi humanizes a profound—and poorly understood—Covid-19 fear: The effect of a lifetime of air pollution on victims of the disease.
Jesse PestaWe’re hiring! Come join us on The New York Times climate desk.
We’re looking for a fantastic writer whose particular strength is climate science. Perhaps that’s you?
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The president’s Covid-19 response has extended the administration’s longstanding practice of undermining scientific expertise for political purposes.
Jesse Pesta“America’s friends feel like they don’t even recognize us.”
An extraordinary piece examining the anti-science mindset imbedded in Trump’s virus response—and across his Washington—and the cost to America’s status in the world.
By @LFFriedman + @bradplumer
The E.P.A. will change the way the benefits of mercury controls are calculated, a move that would effectively loosen the rules on other toxic pollutants.
Jesse Pesta“Heavy metal linked to brain damage.”
Amid pandemic, the Trump administration continues its attack on science — now weakening restrictions on toxic mercury.
By @LFFriedman + @CoralMDavenport
A memo from Peter Navarro said failure to contain a coronavirus outbreak could lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths and trillions of dollars in economic losses. It is the most direct warning known to have circulated at a key moment among top...
Jesse PestaIn January.
What a lede:
"A top White House adviser starkly warned Trump administration officials in late January that the coronavirus crisis could cost the US trillions of dollars and put millions of Americans at risk of illness or death.” By @maggieNYT
Federal scientists and lawyers, told to undo regulations that some have worked on for decades, have embedded data into technical documents that environmental lawyers are using to challenge the rollbacks.
Jesse Pesta“Keep your asses in your seats.”
Wow: Federal scientists are embedding actual science throughout government docs—and Trump officials are trying to find and delete it.
Deep inside the administration’s attacks on science. By @CoralMDavenport