Emily Atkin

Emily Atkin is a staff writer at the New Republic, covering science and environmental politics.

Sunlight falls on a row of graves through tree branches.

‘Aquamation’ Is Gaining Acceptance in America

Some people see water cremation as a greener—and gentler—way to treat bodies after death, but only 15 states allow it for human remains.

An aerial shows damage caused by wildfires in Santa Rosa, California.

California's Wildfires Are a Public Health Crisis

Pollution is wafting far from the devastating blazes.

Waves break over the sea wall ahead of Hurricane Franklin in Veracruz, Mexico, August 9, 2017.

In the Face of Massive Storms, Climate Adaptation Tools Aren't Enough

Taking stock of the damage left behind by hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria shows that man-made defenses can fail often—and hugely.

Rescue workers help residents in Guayama, Puerto Rico, after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico Can't Afford Even More Splintered Infrastructure

Damage from Hurricane Maria will exacerbate existing environmental disasters.

A person wades through water in a flooded development in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Fort Myers, Florida.

Florida's Swamped Sewers Flooded Cities With Poop

Hurricane Irma caused massive sewage overflows, highlighting the twin dangers of an aging infrastructure and climate change.

An oil refinery and storage facility is pictured south of downtown Houston January 30, 2012.

In the Aftermath of Harvey, Houston's Chemical Plants Are Yet Another Threat

74 incidents of excess air pollution have been reported since the storm, totaling more than one million pounds of emissions. More is on the way.

Dark clouds stretch across a refinery as Hurricane Ike approaches the Gulf of Mexico near Houston, Texas September 12, 2008.

'Unbearable' Petrochemical Smells Are Reportedly Drifting Across Houston

As historic rainfall and flooding continue to pound America’s fourth-most populated city, residents of the industrial fence-line communities are already feeling the consequences, according to one environmental advocate.