Stories by Andrew Freedman

Special report: Our plastic planet

Image of many assorted, small plastic objects like doll heads, planes, eating utensils, arranged into a montage.
Assembled plastic objects found on the UK coast, 1994-2019. Photo: Steve McPherson

We have sipped, packaged and played our way into a global plastics crisis.

Why it matters: Activist consumer groups are pushing for less use, and to some extent, less production, while industry aims for increased recycling.

Arctic melt goes into overdrive

Adapted from Rick Thoman's analysis using data from the National Snow & Ice Data Center; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

Ebola spreads, as world awakens

Data: DRC Ministry of Health; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon, Harry Stevens/Axios

The long-simmering Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo entered a new and more ominous phase this week, with the cross-border spread of a handful of cases into western Uganda.

Why it matters: The cross-border spread puts more pressure on the World Health Organization to declare the nearly yearlong outbreak a public health emergency, which it has proven reluctant to do. A committee will meet Friday to determine whether to take that step.