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The politics of masks: From Copernicus to climate change to coronavirus

Amid rising fatalities, the simple act of wearing a mask has, for some, become a proxy for political affiliation or, more accurately, loyalty to President Trump.
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A new superpower competition between Beijing and Washington: China's nuclear buildup

The Trump administration is portraying the small but increasingly potent Chinese arsenal — still only one-fifth the size of the United States’ or Russia’s — as the big new threat.
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Pandemic’s cleaner air could reshape what we know about the atmosphere

Coronavirus shutdowns have cut pollution, and that’s opened the door to a “giant, global environmental experiment” with potentially far-reaching consequences.
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Fauci, citing 'disturbing surge,' tells Congress the virus is not under control

The testimony of the nation’s top infectious disease expert countered President Trump’s upbeat assessment, describing a “mixed bag” of some bright spots amid worrying trends and unknowns.
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Climate

America has failed the existential-crisis test

What the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic means for the global fight against climate change.
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Green groups challenge Trump water rollback

A coalition of environmental groups sued the Trump administration Monday, challenging a rollback of protections for the nation's waterways originally put in place under the Obama administration.

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How a national health crisis fell on the backs of local leaders

With a leadership vacuum in Washington, the San Francisco Bay Area’s shelter-in-place orders led the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Nisarg Patel: It’s time to make the FDA independent

The battle over hydroxychloroquine illustrates that the FDA all too often has to respond to political pressure instead of focusing on public health.
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US states have spent the past 5 years trying to criminalize protest

Recent years have seen unprecedented racial and environmental justice protests — and an unprecedented state response.
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Senate passes major bill, allocating $9.5 billion for national parks

Bipartisan legislation to fix up national parks and fully fund efforts to acquire and protect federal recreation holdings was seen as a way to help a pair of Western senators hold on to their seats.
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Climate

NOAA chief violated ethics code in furor over Trump tweet, agency says

Neil Jacobs violated the agency’s scientific integrity policy with a statement last year backing the president’s inaccurate claim that a hurricane was headed for Alabama, a panel found.
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Climate

NOAA chief violated ethics code in furor over Trump tweet, agency says

Neil Jacobs violated the agency’s scientific integrity policy with a statement last year backing the president’s inaccurate claim that a hurricane was headed for Alabama, a panel found.
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Climate

A war against climate science, waged by Washington's rank and file

Efforts to block research on climate change don’t just come from the Trump political appointees on top. Lower managers in government are taking their cues, and running with them.
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Opinion

Nicholas Kristof: Are nations safer from the Coronavirus when women lead?

Male-led countries suffered an average of 214 coronavirus-related deaths per million inhabitants. Those led by women lost only one-fifth as many, 36 per million.

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