We Finally Know Exactly How the Flint Water Crisis Killed 12 People

In the predominantly black city of Flint, Michigan, 12 people died and at least 87 people got sick between 2014 and 2015—the result of a deadly bacterial outbreak that was suspected to have been triggered by the same water crisis that saw lead leach into the water supply. A pair of studies out this week confirm this…

False Tsunami Warning Scares the Shit Out of People Across the Country

At approximately 8:30am today, the National Weather Service sent a test tsunami warning to an unknown number of people. It was not immediately obvious to some that the alert of an impending, destructive force of nature was a test—and at least one-third party app, AccuWeather, reportedly pushed it out as a genuine alert

With Environmental Disasters Looming, Many Are Choosing Childless Futures

Over the past decade, birth rates in the U.S. have dropped to a historic low, with several contributing factors such as the dipping economy and, more positively, advancements in sex education and family planning. But among those deciding whether or not to have kids is an increasingly pressing worry: How do we justify…

India's Prime Minister Announces Plan to Give 500 Million Citizens Free Health Care

The New York Times reported Thursday that India’s government unveiled a plan—still in its very early stages—to give 500 million of its poorest citizens free access to health care. It would, in part, give 100 million families up to 500,000 rupees (about $8,000) annually, enough to cover five heart surgeries, the Times…