Al Shaw, ProPublica

Al Shaw


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Past articles by Al:

The Next Deadly Pandemic Is Just a Forest Clearing Away

The next deadly pandemic is just a forest clearing away. But we’re not even trying to prevent it. → Read More

Visualizing Toxic Air —

Making data public isn’t enough when it’s incomprehensible to the people it affects. ProPublica set out to decode a complex EPA data set to expose hot spots of industrial air pollution across the U.S. → Read More

Poison in the Air

The EPA allows polluters to turn neighborhoods into “sacrifice zones” where residents breathe carcinogens. ProPublica reveals where these places are in a first-of-its-kind map and data analysis. → Read More

What Parler Saw During the Attack on the Capitol

ProPublica sifted through thousands of videos taken by Parler users to create an immersive, first-person view of the Capitol riot as experienced by those who were there. → Read More

New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States

According to new data analyzed by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, warming temperatures, rising seas and changing rainfall will profoundly reshape the way people have lived in North America for centuries. → Read More

Are Hospitals Near Me Ready for Coronavirus? Here Are Nine Different Scenarios.

How soon regions run out of hospital beds depends on how fast the novel coronavirus spreads and how many open beds they had to begin with. Here's a look at the whole country. You can also search for your region. → Read More

In a Notoriously Polluted Area of the Country, Massive New Chemical Plants Are Still Moving in

Data from an EPA model indicates that communities along the lower Mississippi River corridor already face severely elevated cancer risks from industrial activity. Massive new chemical plants are slated to be built there anyway. → Read More


What it looks and sounds like when a gas driller overruns your land. → Read More

Trashed —

Fatal accidents; brutal work conditions; suspicious unions; lax oversight. Every night in New York, trucks from scores of private trash collection companies hit the city’s streets — often creating havoc and too rarely being reined in by regulators. → Read More

Flood thy neighbor: Who stays dry and who decides?

One Missouri town's levee saga captures what's wrong with America's approach to controlling rivers. → Read More

Flood Thy Neighbor: Who Stays Dry and Who Decides? —

One Missouri town’s levee saga captures what's wrong with America's approach to controlling rivers. → Read More

Flood Thy Neighbor: Who Stays Dry and Who Decides? —

One Missouri town’s levee saga captures what's wrong with America's approach to controlling rivers. → Read More

To See How Levees Increase Flooding, We Built Our Own

We ran water through a room-sized river model to show how levees can make flooding worse. Try it yourself. → Read More

New Model Shows Towns on the Wrong Side of an Illinois Levee District Are Treading Water —

By building up their own flood protections, some communities have ensured they would be less affected by future floods, while their neighbors would fare worse. → Read More

How Overbuilt Levees Along the Upper Mississippi River Push Floods Onto Others

When communities boost their flood protections, they push additional flood risk onto their neighbors. → Read More

How We Compiled Trump Town —

We assembled an authoritative database of the people appointed to government positions by the Trump administration. Here’s how we did it. → Read More

What We Found in Trump’s Drained Swamp: Hundreds of Ex-Lobbyists and D.C. Insiders

For the first time, political appointee and federal financial disclosure information is publicly searchable. → Read More

Trump Town

Tracking White House Staffers, Cabinet Members and Political Appointees Across the Government → Read More

One Night on a Private Garbage Truck in New York City

Every night, an army of private garbage trucks zig-zag across NYC stopping at hundreds of businesses each. See one driver's 60-mile, 8-hour route. → Read More

How Harvey Hurt Houston, in 10 Maps

How Harvey Hurt Houston, in 10 Maps By Al Shaw and Lisa Song, ProPublica, Kiah Collier, The Texas Tribune, and Neena Satija, The Texas Tribune and Reveal, January 3, 2018 Even before Hurricane Harvey hit, Houston was no stranger to devastating rainstorms. The city got two "100-year" storms in the two years before Harvey made landfall. All three storms flooded thousands of houses, many outside of… → Read More