Jason Plautz

Jason Plautz is a Colorado-based reporter covering energy and environment policy.

A photo of food stalls and visitors at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, Colorado.

Can a Strong Mayor Bring Change to Pueblo, Colorado?

Switching to a strong-mayor system was a way to shake things up and put one person in charge of boosting the town’s fortunes.

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Why Denver Voted to Fund Mental-Health Treatment

The .25 percent sales tax will offer a new pool of money to treat mental health and addiction, focusing on treatment centers and therapy over police and jails.

A young boy closes his eyes and winces as he receives a shot.

Big Cities Have Longer Flu Seasons, While Small Cities Have More Intense Ones

New research reveals how city size and density affect the transmission of the flu virus.

A woman displays a small sensing device and a smartphone with a pollution app.

Cheap Sensors Are Democratizing Air-Quality Data

A new generation of inexpensive, portable air-quality sensors is making it easier for citizen groups and individuals to monitor the air around them.

Congress Isn't Raising the Gas Tax, But These States Are

The federal Highway Trust Fund is running dry, but raising the federal 18.4-cent-per-gallon gas tax is a political nonstarter.

Instead of Data, Scientists Share Their Feelings on Climate Change

Scientists are publishing emotional letters about the threat of climate change, hoping to engage the public on a new website.

Here's How American Scientists Plan to Prevent the Next Nuclear Disaster

Updated design, safety protocols, and job training will help U.S. plants prepare. But improvements are "ongoing" and hard to quantify. 

Brazil Made Big Environmental Promises for the World Cup and the Rio Olympics. Here's Why It Won't Keep Them.

Sustainability is a necessary buzzword for any mega-event, but reality often falls far short.