John Dawson

John is a correspondent for WORLD. He is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute, the University of Texas at Austin, and previously wrote for The Birmingham News. John resides in Dallas, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @talkdawson.

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Straight onto the endangered list

Science | Scientists discover a new species of monkey
by John Dawson
Posted 11/19/20, 01:45 pm

Two years ago, scientists spotted a strange monkey high atop Mount Popa in Myanmar. At first, they thought it was a common langur native to India. But the monkey with a fright wig of gray hair is now the newest named species on the planet.

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The dropping COVID-19 death rate

Health | Rising case counts have everyone worried, but there’s good news, too
by John Dawson
Posted 11/19/20, 07:14 am

A winter surge in coronavirus infections has moved many governors to tighten restrictions and ask residents to adjust their Thanksgiving plans. But the rising case counts have overshadowed an important note of hope: The disease seems to have become less deadly.

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Right to flow in Florida

Environmentalism | Voters in one county grant legal personhood to rivers
by John Dawson
Posted 11/12/20, 03:28 pm

Nearly 90 percent of Orange County, Fla., voters last week chose to endow two local rivers with legal rights. So-called “rights of nature” environmentalists argue the county charter amendment will improve water quality in the region.

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