Editor's note

President Donald Trump recently expanded upon the “global gag rule,” which officially aims to reduce abortion in other countries but media reports say could obstruct nearly $8.8 billion the U.S. spends annually to fight deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS abroad. Columbia University Medical Center’s Maureen Miller explains what’s at stake with this move.

Since Trump’s election (and in the months leading up to it), it’s been hard to miss the increase in overly emotional public discourse. As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, child psychiatrist Barbara Milrod looks at the impact of Trump-era rhetoric on anxiety in children – and what parents can do to help.

U.S. manufacturers produce less pollution now than they did in the 1960s and 70s, thanks largely to environmental regulations. But Yue Maggie Zhou of the University of Michigan has documented another factor: When companies move production overseas to less-regulated nations, pollution moves with it.

Emily Schwartz Greco

Philanthropy and Nonprofits Editor

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Community health workers like these visit patients’ homes in Malawi to help prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation–Malawi/Chris Cox

Trump's global gag order: 5 questions answered

Maureen Miller, Columbia University Medical Center

All recent Republican presidents have cut off foreign aid tied to abortion. Trump's expansive version of those restrictions endangers billions slated for HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.


  • Child anxiety and parenting in the Trump era

    Barbara Milrod, Cornell University

    With emotionally charged rhetoric from both sides of the aisle and many parents in a heightened state of distress, children are more vulnerable than ever to anxiety. What can parents do?

Environment + Energy

  • Understanding tornadoes: 5 questions answered

    Paul Markowski, Pennsylvania State University; Yvette Richardson, Pennsylvania State University

    More tornadoes occur in the United States than in any other country, mainly in the Great Plains, the Midwest and southern states. Two meteorology professors explain what causes these dangerous storms.

  • When some US firms move production overseas, they also offshore their pollution

    Yue Maggie Zhou, University of Michigan

    New research shows that importing goods from low-wage countries has helped US manufacturers shift production to less-polluting industries, produce less waste and spend less on pollution control.

Arts + Culture

Politics + Society

Science + Technology

  • Giraffes are in trouble – the US Endangered Species Act can help

    Federico Cheever, University of Denver; Annecoos Wiersema, University of Denver

    Giraffe populations have declined by more than a third over the past 30 years. Two wildlife law experts explain the protections that would come with including them on a US list of endangered species.

  • Should spies use secret software vulnerabilities?

    Nir Kshetri, University of North Carolina – Greensboro

    What's the best way for spy agencies to protect the public: secretly exploit software flaws to gather intelligence, or warn the world and avert malicious cyberattacks?

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