China’s statistics are bad. Many criticisms of them are worse

China’s statistics are bad. Many criticisms of them are worse

“Our people crave, more than anything else, to know the extent of the nation,” says the narrator in “Do You Love Me?”, a short story by Peter Carey set on an imaginary world that lionises cartographers. To satisfy that craving, the country carries out a regular, exhaustive census: a “total inventory of the contents of […]

Worst-case climate change scenario is even worse than we thought

Worst-case climate change scenario is even worse than we thought

These lignite-fired power plants are among the largest in EuropeThomas Corzelius / iStock / Getty Images Plus By Michael Le Page The phrase “worse than we thought” is a cliché when it comes to climate change. There are lots of studies suggesting we’re in for more warming and worse consequences than thought, and few saying […]

A mix-up means US air pollution is way worse than thought

A mix-up means US air pollution is way worse than thought

US air is getting cleaner, but not as fast as was thoughtGeorge Frey / Bloomberg via Getty By Colin Barras Air pollution levels are falling in the US – but not as rapidly as the US Environmental Protection Agency thinks they are. The US has been reducing its emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon […]

The saying Area in American Reformatory Is Evident, and Low income Is Creating Even worse

The saying Area in American Reformatory Is Evident, and Low income Is Creating Even worse

The American criminal justice system’s glaring racial disparities are well known: Black people make up nearly 40 percent of America’s incarcerated population and are more than five times as likely as whites to be behind bars. A new paper from the People’s Policy Project, a progressive think tank, looks at how economic inequality exacerbates this longstanding racial divide.   Using data from […]

Immigration Is the Only Thing Saving Connecticut From an Even Worse Budget Crisis

Immigration Is the Only Thing Saving Connecticut From an Even Worse Budget Crisis

Connecticut’s state motto—”Qui Transtulit Sustinet”—translates to “he who transplanted, sustains.” It’s a nod to the people who founded the Connecticut colony: immigrants who first fled religious persecution in England, then moved again out of disagreements with the ways their fellow colonists were running Massachusetts. In the past few years, thousands of residents have transplanted themselves […]

La Niña forecast may mean even worse Atlantic hurricanes in 2018

La Niña forecast may mean even worse Atlantic hurricanes in 2018

More stormy times ahead?Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty By Aylin Woodward Following a barrage of storms – such as Harvey, Irma and Maria – it seems like this year’s hurricane season may be one for the record books. But the Atlantic Ocean may be roiling even more strongly next year, if the La Niña that looks likely to […]