Recent articles


"Inland Empire: Protecting Delaware's Inland Bays for Paddlers and Wildlife Alike," AMC Outdoors, March/April 2016. Delaware's Inland Bays support the state's lucrative beach tourism industry, but are under stress from coastal development.

"Food Supplements Can Make You Sick," Science News for Students, March 22, 2016. New estimates find that dietary supplements send thousands of Americans to the hospital every year, including teens.

"Diving Deep Into History," Science News for Students, March 17, 2016. Underwater archaeologists use high-tech gear to find relics preserved in "Nature's fridge" -- cold seawater.


Book review: The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health, by David R. Montgomery and Anne Bikle. SEJournal, December 15, 2015. Learning to nurture our inner and outer biomes.

"A Human Touch for Animals," Science News for Students, November 11, 2015. Animal welfare expert Temple Grandin shows how to raise livestock without inflicting fear or harm.

"Environmental Law Clinic," Stanford Lawyer, November 11, 2015. Stanford Law School's environmental law clinic works to shape policy on issues from water rights to protection of tribal lands.

"Dietary Supplements: Is Regulation of the Industry Too Lax?" CQ Researcher, October 30, 2015. Under a controversial law that critics call too permissive, dietary suppplements have grown into a $37 billion industry.

"Renata Pomponi Went From the Boardroom to Drumlin Farm," Boston Globe Magazine, September 13, 2015. A zig in her career path takes a consultant from boardroom to barn.

Book review: The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World, by Russell Gold. SEJournal, September 1, 2015. How hydraulic fracturing became a disruptive technology.

"Turf Wars," Distillations, Fall 2015. Artificial turf was created to make people healthier, but critics say grass is safer and more sustainable.

"Deadly Traffic," Smithsonian Zoogoer, Summer 2015. Illegal trade in wildlife is pushing many species to the brink of extinction, but Americans can take steps to help stem the tide.

"Excavating Between Disciplines," Radcliffe Magazine, Summer 2015. Geologist David Montgomery has used geology as a lens to explore dirt, fish, religion and more.

"Stopping Foodborne Illness In Its Tracks," FutureFood 2050, July 1, 2015. A new joint initiative by IBM and Mars is analyzing the microbial ecology of common food ingredients as they move through the supply chain.

"Pesticide Controversies," CQ Researcher, June 5, 2015. Pesticides protect crops and public health, but also can harm human health and the environment. Current concerns include impacts on bees and possible human health risks from long-term, low-level exposures.

"Cool Jobs: Saving Precious Objects," Science News for Students, May 8, 2015. Museum conservators use high-tech tools to preserve and restore unique works, from sculptures to space suits.

"This Land Is Your Land," AMC Outdoors, May/June 2015. The Land and Water Conservation Fund has protected land for recreation for 50 years, but will expire if Congress does not renew it by September 30.

"An 'Evergreen Revolution' in Ag Research," FutureFood 2050, April 21, 2015. Dan Glickman, former Secretary of Agriculture, wants to restructure U.S. agriculture research to focus on climate change and world hunger.

"Fast Tracking Foodborne Illness," FutureFood 2050, March 8, 2015. Advances in genetic mapping and DNA sequencing will help manufacturers and regulators curb foodborne illness.

Book Review: American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood, by Paul Greenberg. SEJournal, March 1, 2015. The U.S. has vast territorial oceans and a historic fishing industry, but we export some of our most choice fish and import a lot of cheap stuff from abroad. Why?

Book review: Cheap and Clean: How Americans Think About Energy in the Age of Global Warming, by Stephen Ansolabehere and David M. Konisky. SEJournal, March 1, 2015. Americans understand the costs and harms from different fuels pretty well, but they are much more worried about local pollution than about climate change.

"Fighting Obesity on a Grand Scale," FutureFood 2050, January 20, 2015. Global nutrition expert Barry Popkin says that junk food taxes and front-of-package labeling are needed to curb the obesity epidemic.

"Global Population Growth," CQ Researcher, January 16, 2015. Earth's population may reach 11 billion or more by 2100. Can the planet support this many people?


"The Well-Connected Kitchen," FutureFood 2050, December 15, 2014. Within the next several decades U.S. kitchens will become smaller, greener, and networked.

"The Juelsgaard IP and Innovation Clinic," Stanford Lawyer, November 13, 2014. Students in a new clinic at Stanford Law School probe the complex connections between intellectual property protection and innovation across multiple industries.

"Shortage or Surplus?" Chemical Heritage, Fall 2014/Winter 2015. How real is the purported shortage of qualified STEM workers in the United States?

"Telling True Stories," Michigan Alumuns, Late Fall 2014. Author Kathryn Lasky tells the story of Spanish conquistadores' arrival in North America from the perspective of their horses.

"Building a Healthy Livestock Industry," FutureFood 2050, October 23, 2014. Animal welfare expert Temple Grandin says that large-scale livestock farming is breeding health problems into animals.

"Protecting the Oceans," CQ Researcher, October 17, 2014. Oceans make human life on Earth possible, but today the world's oceans are under intense stress from overfishing, pollution and climate change.

"How We Can Save Coral Reefs (And Why We Should Want To)," Ensia, September 29, 2014. As oceans grow warmer and more acidic, scientists are developing new strategies to rescue the "rainforests of the sea."

"Fall Forecast," AMC Outdoors, September/October 2014. There's much speculation but few hard conclusions about how climate change will affect fall foliage.

Book review: Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity, by Mimi Sheller. Architecture Boston, Fall 2014 (third review in book section). Aluminum is lightweight, malleable, conductive and resists corrosion. But is it a green material?

"The Family Business," Insights, September 3, 2014. Most small farms around the world are family farms. Should we help them stay in agriculture, or move up and out?

"Chemistry: Green and Clean," Science News for Students, August 1, 2014. Safer surfactants, catalysts that break down water pollutants, and paint with a smaller footprint are just a few examples of what green chemistry can produce.

"What Would Jesus Do (About Climate Change)?" Boston Globe Magazine, July 24, 2014. Gordon College ecologist Dorothy Boorse wants fellow evangelical Christians to connect practicing their faith with caring for the environment.

"Regulating Toxic Chemicals," CQ Researcher, July 18, 2014. Current U.S. law assumes that thousands of chemicals in commerce are safe unless proven otherwise. Should the burden of proof be on manufacturers instead?

"Duck and Cover: Science Journalism in the Digital Age," Chemical Heritage, Summer 2014. For decades science journalists peacefully worked their beat. Then they got caught up in the culture wars.

"Peanut Butter That Saves Lives," FutureFood 2050, July 16, 2014. Pediatrician Mark Manary, pioneered the use of peanut-based therapeutic food supplements to treat severe acute malnutrition in children. He wants to save two million African children's lives by 2015.

"Good Breeding," Smithsonian Zoogoer, Summer 2014. U.S. zoos used to breed genetic curiosities like white tigers, but now they focus on conserving species that are at risk of going extinct in the wild. (Photos by Barbara Statas, posted with permission.)

"Visualizing Life After Coal," The Daily Climate, May 28, 2014. When coal-fired power plants close, communities face painful transitions. Debate over one Massachusetts plant shows the local impacts of a national shift to cleaner power.

"Sowing Seeds for More Abundant Rice Crops," FutureFood 2050, May 21, 2014. An interview with plant geneticist Pamela Ronald on tools to feed a growing world population.

"Survey Released at AAAS: Scientists, Evanglicals Open to Collaboration," The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media, March 5, 2014. Early findings from a large-scale survey show that many scientists and religious Americans do not think their views conflict.

"China Exports Pollution Alongside Goods," Science News for Students, February 26, 2014. When we outsource manufacturing to China, pollution boomerangs back to the United States.

"National Parks," CQ Researcher, January 17, 2014. National parks preserve some of America's most spectacular places and tell the nation's story. But today the park system is under-funded, and needs to connect with more young people and minorities to remain relevant.

Book review: The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Ove Earth's Future, by Paul Sabin. SEJournal, January 15, 2014. The story of two experts who bet on the future of the planet, and what each of them got right and wrong.


"Lyme Disease," CQ Researcher, November 8, 2013. As Lyme and other tick-borne infections spread across the United States, experts are looking for better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat them.

"An Invasive Diet," AMC Outdoors, November/December 2013. Private and public landowners are using herds of goats to root out invasive plants.

Book review: Deerland: America's Hunt for Ecological Balance and the Essence of Wildness," by Al Cambronne. SEJournal, October 15, 2013. Thanks to human choices, North America today is overrideen with deer.

"Future of the Arctic," CQ Researcher, September 20, 2013. Climate change is melting Arctic sea ice at a record pace, spurring global interest in the region's resources. Should U.S. Arctic policy focus on conservation or development?

"Burning Questions," Stanford Magazine, September/October 2013. A profile of scholar and author Stephen Pyne, a leading historian of humans'relationship with fire.

"Nature's Coast Guards," Science News for Kids, August 13, 2013. Barrier islands are more than beautiful beach spots: they also protect our coasts from storms and flooding.

"Being Thoreau," The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media, July 24, 2013. An exhibit in Concord, MA shows how scientists are using work by Henry David Thoreau and others to measure climate change.

"Leaking Legacy," Chemical Heritage, Summer 2013. Cleaning up millions of gallons of buried radioactive wastes at the Hanford site in Washington State will take longer than the Cold War that produced them.

"Firing Back on Lead Shot," All Animals, June 20, 2013. Lead ammunition is toxic to animals and birds, and a health risk for humans who hunt and eat wild game. California's legislature is considering a bill that would ban lead ammunition statewide.

"Climate Change," CQ Researcher, June 14, 2013. With greenhouse gas concentrations at record levels and climbing, humans have set dramatic climate change in motion.

"Measuring Hunger," Insights, April 25, 2013. A look at the complexities of measuring global hunger, written for the International Food Policy Research Institute.

"Seven Spectacular Places Saved by the Environmental Movement," Slate, April 19, 2013. A new idea for Earth Day: forget about carbon footprints for a few hours, and go visit a place that was saved from being flooded, burned or paved over by people who cared (there are lots to choose from).

Book review: Gold Rush in the Jungle, by Dan Drollette. SEJournal, April 15, 2013. The race to find and save rare animals in Vietnam's "Lost World."

"For Engineers, Climate Failure Becomes an Option," The Daily Climate, March 20, 2013. In a changing climate, facilities will have to adapt to changing conditions over their lifetimes -- and sometimes be allowed to fail.

"Coastal Development," CQ Researcher, February 22, 2013. Superstorm Sandy, which ranks as one of the most destructive storms in U.S. history, has revived debate over limiting development in vulnerable coastal zones.

"AAAS Panelists: Sandy a 'Game-Changer' for Public Perceptions," The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media, February 20, 2013. Climate scientists and journalists say that after Superstorm Sandy, Americans are coming to accept the connection between climate change and extreme weather events.

"On Cape Cod, Climate Change Casts a Wide Shadow," The Daily Climate, January 28, 2013. Fifty years of growth are stressing resources on the Cape. Climate change will amplify the pressure.

Book review: Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver. SEJournal, January 15, 2013. Kingsolver delivers a novel that shows climate change at work but doesn't let science flatten the story line.

"Crowding Out," AMC Outdoors, January/February 2013. Population growth will intensify competition to use public lands in the Northeast.


"From a Best-Selling Novelist, Something Rare: A Plot Built Around Climate Change," The Daily Climate, December 20, 2012. Few A-list fiction writers tackle climate change. Barbara Kingsolver's new novel, Flight Behavior, is an exception.

"Managing Wildfires," CQ Researcher, November 2, 2012. Wildfires in the U.S. are becoming larger and more intense, putting lives and property at risk. But under the right conditions, fire can be an important conservation tool.

"The Meat of the Issue," Insights, October 26, 2012. Many people in wealthy countries eat too much meat. But in the developing world, raising livestock boosts nutrition, health and wealth. How can  we make meat production sustainable for people who need it?

"In Virginia, Encroaching Seas Pit Parking Against Preservation," The Daily Climate, August 22, 2012. Parking is key for a local barrier island beach off Virginia's coast. As federal managers adapt to rising sea levels, local officials are worried about impacts on tourism.

"Sea-Level Rise: Whatever You Call It, Water is Rising in Norfolk," The Daily Climate, August 21, 2012. Virginia has no state policy on climate change, but in the Tidewater region, rising seas threaten military bases, ports, and homes.

"Farm Policy," CQ Researcher, August 10, 2012. Food is abundant and cheap in the United States, thanks partly to federal farm subsidies. But many health experts say these programs produce too much of the wrong kinds of foods and promote unhealthy eating habits.

"U.S. Oil Dependence," CQ Researcher, June 22, 2012. The United States is producing more oil today than it has in over a decade, but is still subject to price swings in a world market it cannot control.

"When Medicine Is Not Enough," Insights, June 14, 2012. Researchers find multiple linkages between HIV/AIDs and food security in Africa -- insights that will lead to smarter strategies against both threats.

Book review: Triumph of the City, by Edward Glaeser. SEJournal, April 15, 2012. A Harvard economist argues that cities are humanity's greatest invention and the greenest way to live.

"Destination Science: Unpaved Orlando," Discover, March 2012. Theme parks put Orlando on the map, but it's also a gateway to quiet spots where Florida's lush tropical ecology is the real attraction.

"Bobcat Rescue," National Geographic Kids, March 2012. How Tampa's Big Cat Rescue sanctuary raised an orphaned bobcat kitten and helped her return to the wild. (Photos by Jamie Veronica, posted with permission.)

"Invasive Species," CQ Researcher, February 17, 2012. Non-native plants and animals cause billions of dollars in damage across the United States every year. Should imported species be screened at U.S. borders?

Book review: Tomatoland, by Barry Estabrook. SEJournal, January 15, 2012. An expose of how modern agribusiness has exploited tomatoes, and the workers who pick them.


"The Resource Curse," CQ Global Researcher, December 20, 2011. Are nations that depend on exporting oil, gas or minerals doomed to stagnation and corruption? An in-depth look at a controversial debate.

"Facing Rising Seas, Islanders Call on Their Music," The Daily Climate, December 19, 2011. Stymied in global climate negotiations, three tiny Pacific island nations plead for action on a U.S. dance tour.

"Managing Public Lands," CQ Researcher, November 4, 2011. The U.S. government owns millions of acres of public lands, which have many valuable uses. And Americans have just as many views on how to manage them.

"Redistributing the Ceremonial Wealth," American Archaeology, Winter 2011-12. Researchers are finding that a Little League sports complex in southeastern Massachusetts served an unusual and mysterious function thousands of years ago.

"Gulf Coast Restoration," CQ Researcher, August 26, 2011.Scientists are still measuring damage from the BP spill, which is likely to lead to record fines and penalties. Experts say that restoration should also address long-term problems like eroding wetlands and pollution n the Mississipi Delta.

Book review: Early Warming, by Nancy Lord. SEJournal, July 15, 2011. Dramatic climate change is altering Alaska and the lives of its native peoples.

"Pollution Diet," AMC Outdoors, July/August 2011. EPA has approved a plan to cut nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment levels in the Chesapeake Bay after years of delay and failed voluntary state actions.

"Safe Harbor," All Animals, July/August 2011. The Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, MA, operated by the Humane Society of the United States, provides year-round care for sick and injured animals and teaches humans how to live with their wild neighbors.

"After the Meltdowns," Williams Alumni Review, June 2011. Perspectives from a physicist, a utility executive, and global climate change negotiator on the disaster in Fukushima, Japan and its implications for nuclear power.

"Energy Policy," CQ Researcher, May 20, 2011. A year after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, national leaders are hotly debating whether and how to shift the U.S. economy away from its heavy dependence on fossil fuel.

Book review: Blowout in the Gulf, by William R. Freudenberg and Robert Gramling. SEJournal, April 15, 2011. Two eminent social scientists connect the BP oil spill to decades of wishful thinking about oil production and its hazards.

"Managing Nuclear Waste," CQ Researcher, January 28, 2011. Thousands of tons of spent fuel from comercial nuclear reactors are stored at more than 100 sites across the United States, but the federal government does not have a long-tem plan for managing it.

Book review: The Death and Life of Monterey Bay, by Stephen R. Palumbi and Carolyn Sotka. SEJournal, January 15, 2011. An account of how humans first despoiled California's Monterey Bay and then helped it recover.


"Trouble Underfoot," AMC Outdoors, November/December 2010.  Natural gas drilling threatens forests and water quality in New York and Pennsylvania. 

Book review: How Risky Is It, Really? by David Ropeik. SEJournal, October 15, 2010. An expert on risk argues that Americans worry too much about some risks and not enough about others, and calls for more balance.

"In San Francisco Bay, A Question Whether to Build or Retreat," The Daily Climate, September 21, 2010.  A controversial development proposal highlights a growing problem for coastal cities: whether new waterside growth makes sense when sea levels are rising.

"The Water Detective," Pacific Standard, September/October 2010.  MIT professor Charles Harvey traces the source of widespread arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh, setting the stage for programs that could benefit 20 million people.

"The Doctor Is In the Studio," Williams Alumni Review, September 2010.  A profile of doctor/journalist Richard Besser, senior health and medical editor at ABC News. 

"Throwing Sharks a Lifeline," Defenders, Summer 2010.  Many people see sharks as killing machines, but they're an essential part of healthy oceans, and the threat runs the other way: human predation is endangering sharks.

Book review: Smart Power, by Peter Fox-Penner. SEJournal, July 15, 2010. Remaking the U.S. electricity grid is a difficult but vital strategy that will help the U.S. manage climate and energy challenges.

"Water Shortages," CQ Researcher, June 18, 2010.  Pollution controls have made U.S. waters cleaner since the 1970s, but drought, overuse, and crumbling pipes threaten those gains today.  Can Americans learn the true value of clean water?  (Excerpts on request.)

"Power To the Revolution," The Daily Climate, April 28, 2010.  Utilities are spending billions of dollars to make the U.S. electric grid more reliable, efficient and green.  In the process they will drastically change how they do business.

Book review: 100 Heartbeats, by Jeff Corwin. SEJournal, April 15, 2010. Award-winning television journalist Jeff Corwin chronicles threats to the world's most endangered species.

"Bioengineers Turn Trees Into Tires,", April 2010.  Billions of gallons of oil are used worldwide every year to manufacture tires.  Bioengineers are developing a plant-based substitute that could replace some of that oil within five years.

"Beavers: The Engineers of the Forest,", March 16, 2010.  Beavers once were valued only for their pelts, but studies show that beaver ponds improve water quality and create rich habitat for animals, plants and birds.

"Where It's Always Shark Week," Stanford Magazine, March/April 2010.  Cartoonist Jim Toomey, creator of the syndicated comic strip Sherman's Lagoon, finds the humor in ocean peril.

"One if by Radar, Two if by Laser," The History Channel Magazine, March/April 2010.  Curators are using modern digital imaging tools to plan renovations around Paul Revere's house, the oldest building in Boston.

"Trendsetter: Jeff Corwin," Sierra, March/April 2010.  Emmy-winning journalist Jeff Corwin talks about his new book, 100 Heartbeats, and the race to save the world's most endangered species.

"Modernizing the Grid," CQ Researcher, February 19, 2010.  The Obama admninistration and utilities are spending billions of dollars to make the U.S. electric power grid bigger and smarter.  Advocates say these changes will reduce pollution and save money, but not everyone is convinced.  (Excerpts on request.)

"Wind, Water and Wings," Defenders, Winter 2010.  Offshore wind power is a promising clean energy source, but can it be made safe for birds?

"Green Economy," Forest Magazine, Winter 2010.  An interview with Sally Collins, director of the new Office of Ecosystem Markets at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about selling forest "goods" other than timber.


"For Clean Energy, Britain Looks Out to Sea," The Daily Climate, December 3, 2009.  The United Kingdom has set ambitious targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and needs lots of offshore wind power to reach them.

"Wild Turkeys Come to Town," National Geographic Kids, November 2009.  From forests to city streets, wild turkeys are on the move.  (Copies on request.)

Book review: Two Billion Cars, by Daniel Sperling and Deborah Gordon. SEJournal, October 15, 2009. Reducing transportation's heavy environmental impacts will require more flexible options for moving people around and a shift away from internal-combustion engines.

"Nuclear Disarmament," CQ Researcher, October 2, 2009.  Would eliminating nuclear weapons make the U.S. more secure?  And is it even possible?  (Excerpts available on request.)

"Watch This Space," Stanford Magazine, September/October 2009.  Tom Kiernan, president of the National Parks Conservation Association, keeps a close eye on U.S. national parks.

"Solar Express," Boston Globe Magazine, August 2, 2009.  Tufts University and Boston Architectural College students team up to build a solar-powered house that generates as much energy as it uses.

Book review: Flotsametrics and the Floating World, by Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Eric Scigliano. SEJournal, July 15, 2009. A tour of global ocean currents with the scientist who discovered marine garbage patches.

"Leader of the Aquarium's Next Wave," Boston Magazine, July 2009.  When the New England Aquarium opens its new marine mammal center, curator Jenny Montague will be slinging a lot of squid.

"Rapid Urbanization," CQ Global Researcher, April 2009.  More than half of the world's population now lives in cities, and this share is increasing, esepcially in the developing world.  How can we make cities greener, healthier, and more functional places to live?  (Excerpts on request.)

"Back in the Black," Forest Magazine, Spring 2009.  Virginia's black bears were nearly hunted to extinction a century ago, but today they're thriving, and humans are learning to coexist with them.  

"Diagnosis: Mercury," On Earth, Spring 2009.  Physician Jane Hightower had dozens of patients with mysterious symptoms like fatigue, joint pain and hair loss.  The cause: mercury poisoning from eating seafood.

"Yellow Fever," Audubon, March/April 2009.  A uranium mining rush is pressing up against Grand Canyon National Park, and could threaten the canyon's streams and wildlife. 

"Climate Change Comes to Your Backyard," The Daily Climate, March 23, 2009.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is revising its plant hardiness zone map, and plant experts expect the new version to show many parts of the U.S. getting warmer.

"From Bombs to Birds," Defenders, Winter 2009.  How a former nuclear weapons production site in Colorado became a wildlife haven.

"Regulating Toxic Chemicals," CQ Researcher, January 23, 2009.  Should chemicals have to be proven safe before they can be marketed?  A 24-page overview of the U.S. approach to managing chemical risks.  (Excerpts available on request.)

"Saving the Blue Iguana," National Geographic Kids, February 2009.  Grand Cayman is working to save its rare blue dragons from predators and development.  (Copies on request.)

"Food for Thought," Williams Alumni Review, January 2009.  Although she's not a farmer, Kathleen Merrigan has cultivated organic farming for nearly 20 years.  Here she shares her thoughts about the benefits from eating organic and the future of the industry.  (Second article in a 2-story package)

"Tilting Toward Windmills," Forest Magazine, Winter 2009.  Wind power projects have been proposed for national forests in Vermont, Virginia and Michigan.  Does this fit within "multiple use"?


"Birds of a Feather," Audubon, November/December 2008.   The National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count is a yearly tradition, especially for a grandmother/ grandson team with birding in their blood.  (Extended version online)

"Carbon Trading," CQ Global Researcher, November 2008.  Will the booming market for  carbon emissions permits really slow climate change?  (Excerpts available on request.)

"Planet Earth 101," Boston Globe Magazine, October 5, 2008.  The green campus movement is sweeping U.S. colleges and universities because it makes environmental, moral and financial sense.

"Protecting Wetlands," CQ Researcher, October 3, 2008.  Wetlands are vital resources, but not all wetlands are equal, and important areas like Louisiana's Gulf coast are eroding daily.  (Excerpts available on request.)

"Wind Power: Turbulence Ahead," Backpacker, September 2008.  Wind energy can help reduce air pollution and slow climate change, but can hikers accept turbines on scenic ridgelines?

"Blast From the Past," Boston Globe Magazine, August 3, 2008.  A conversation with Victor Mastone, underwater archaeologist for the state of Massachusetts, about conserving shipwrecks and other sunken treasures.

"Hazy Forecast," Forest Magazine, Summer 2008.  New Hampshire's White Mountains are among the most popular outdoor destinations in the Northeast, but climate change could profoundly affect conditions for hiking, biking, skiing, and other area sports. 

Book review: The Secret History of the War on Cancer, by Devra Davis. SEJournal, May 15, 2008. An epidemiologist contends that the U.S. system for identifying and preventing environmental cancers is failing.

"Nuclear-Free Hiking," Backpacker, May 2008.  After multi-billion-dollar cleanups, some of the Cold War's dirtiest military sites are morphing into parks and wildlife refuges.

"How Now, Brown-Headed Cowbird?" Nature Network Boston, May 9, 2008.  Massachusetts Audubon is updating its Breeding Bird Atlas, a map of birds' status across the state that was first produced in the 1970s.  Early findings clearly show human impacts on wildlife.

"Remembering Our Atomic Past," High Country News, April 28, 2008.  As the U.S. cleans up former nuclear weapons production sites, preservation advocates are documenting what took place there.

"For Sale: Carbon Emissions," Nature Network Boston, March 26, 2008.  An interview with Tufts University professor and climate change expert William Moomaw about what it's like participating in the Chicago Climate Exchange. 

"Buying Green," CQ Researcher, February 29, 2008.  Americans will spend an estimated $500 billion in 2008 on products and services that claim to be earth-friendly, but some of those purchases may not do much to help the planet.  A look at which green goods are worth the price.  (Excerpts available on request.)

"Mapping Boston's Past, On Land and Sea," Nature Network Boston, February 29, 2008.  UMass-Boston coastal scientist Allen Gontz applies geological research tools to historic preservation.

"Hold the Salt," High Country News, February 4, 2008.  The latest phase in the 40-year resurrection of San Francisco Bay is a massive project to turn industrial salt ponds back into wetlands.

"From Mold to Gold," Preservation, January/February 2008.  How a crumbling Cambridge, Mass. landmark became a showpiece for green design.


"Future of Recycling," CQ Researcher, December 14, 2007.  Today the U.S. recycles and composts about one-third of its municipal solid waste.  How much higher can we go?  (Excerpts available on request.)

"Growing Pains," Preservation, November/December 2007.  Harvard University has a 50-year plan for expanding into adjoining North Allston.  Neighbors would like some more details before they put out the welcome mat.

"Coal's Comeback," CQ Researcher, October 5, 2007.  Coal is cheap, plentiful, and high-polluting.  What role will it play in U.S. energy policy over the coming decades?  (Excerpts available on request.)

"Bambi on Birth Control," Plenty, October/November 2007.  Wildlife managers are using contraception to manage species from grey squirrels to elephants.  The science of animal birth control is straightforward, but the politics are contentious.

"Taking the Awe Out of Autumn," National Wildlife, October/November 2007.  A look at how global warming could affect one beloved species: sugar maples, which give us  maple syrup and brighten fall foliage displays.

"All Clear," Audubon, September/October 2007.  Colorado's Interstate Highway 70 is a Berlin Wall for migrating animals.  A proposed wildlife bridge would connect national forests on both sides and keep critters out of traffic.

"Fish Farming," CQ Researcher, July 27, 2007.  Aquaculture is producing a growing share of world seafood supplies.  Fish is an important source of healthy protein, but if fish farming is done poorly it can pollute the oceans and damage wild fisheries.  A 24-page look at this growing industry (excerpts available on request).

"Making the Leap," Williams Alumni Review, Summer 2007. Consensus is building for action to stem global climate change. Scientists, business leaders, government officials, and educators all have roles to play.

"Power Plants," Plenty, June/July 2007.  There's more to ethanol than corn.  Switchgrass, poplars, willows, and other energy crops are poised to take biofuels to a new level.

"Mother Nature's Helpers," New York Times, May 11, 2007.  Citizen science projects let amateur naturalists contribute to science and have fun outdoors with like-minded people.

"Cleaning Up Old King Coal," Nature Network Boston, March 15, 2007.  A new study from MIT says that coal energy can be part of a low-carbon future -- but only if we work harder and faster on technology to capture and store CO2 emissions.

"Mercury -- and Sea Level -- Rising," Nature Network Boston, February 5, 2007, and   "How Do You Get Hundreds of Climate Scientists To Agree?" Nature Network   Boston, February 14, 2007.  Interviews with Harvard oceanographer James McCarthy and MIT atmospheric chemist Ronald Prinn about new findings in climate science.

"Factory Farms," CQ Researcher, January 12, 2007.  Large animal farms produce lots of affordable meat, milk, and poultry, but critics say they are major polluters and treat animals inhumanely.  Is this the best way to feed the nation?  (Excerpts available on request.)

"Of Time and the Forest," Williams Alumni Review, January 2007.  In long-term ecosystem research, "How's it going?" can be a complicated question. 


"Professor Cellulose," Grist, December 12, 2006.  Biofuel expert Lee Lynd sees a cellulosic ethanol industry taking shape.

"Are We There Yet?Grist, December 11, 2006.  Cellulosic ethanol, which promises to be a bigger energy breakthrough than its corn-based cousin, may be commercialized in the United States within the next five years.

"An Allston Metamorphosis?"  Harvard Magazine, November-December 2006.  Harvard University takes its first steps toward building a new, green campus in Boston.

"New England Warming," Nature Network Boston, October 5, 2006.  A new study predicts that by 2100 summer in Boston could feel like being in Maryland, or even South Carolina. 

"Deconstruct Your House," Plenty, October/November 2006.  If you're tearing down or renovating a home, you can recycle what comes down.

"Painting the Campus Green," Nature Network Boston, July 6, 2006.  Harvard, Tufts, and MIT are charting paths toward sustainability, and saving money in the process.

"Earth Science on the Big Screen," Nature Network Boston, June 2, 2006.  Why 3-D goggles may become standard equipment for the next generation of geologists.

"Nuclear Energy," CQ Researcher, March 10, 2006.  Advocates see nuclear power as an important source of clean energy, but critics argue that the industry has major waste, safety, economic, and security issues to solve.  A 24-page look at prospects for building new nuclear power plants.  (Excerpts available on request.)

"A Year-Round Urban Harvest," In Business, January/February 2006.  ReVision House, a women's shelter in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, operates a thriving organic farm that provides job training skills and builds community.

"Sparks Fly Over a National Park," Preservation Online, January 20, 2006.  Are wind turbines compatible with recreation and historic preservation on the Boston Harbor Islands?  How about a liquefied natural gas terminal? 

"Is the State Saving, Or Sitting On, Its Open Space Funds?"  Commonwealth, Growth & Development Extra, 2006.  Money isn't everything, according to Massachusetts officials responsible for protecting open space from development.  But for conservation advocates, it's a key issue.

"Sun City," Popular Mechanics, January 2006.  Four high-scoring houses from the 2005 Solar Decathlon competition merge style and comfort with sustainability.  (Photographs posted with permission from Preston-Schlebusch).


"Mixed Company," Grist, November 15, 2005.  Two new books consider corporate social responsibility from opposite ends of the telescope.

"Fishing for Answers," Natural Food Network Magazine, November/December 2005.  Consumers are hearing mixed messages about the benefits and risks of eating seafood.  Retailers can help them sort through the issues and make healthy choices.

"And Vermont Makes 48," Wildlife Conservation, November/December 2005.  Chick by chick, a public/private partnership is working to restore breeding bald eagles to Vermont for the first time in 70 years.

"Highly Combustible: Debating the Risks and Benefits of LNG," E Magazine, November/December 2005.  The U.S. needs more natural gas to heat homes, generate electricity, and power businesses, but many communities worry that liquefied natural gas terminals are safety threats and don't want them nearby.

"Navigating the Household Waste Stream," In Business, September/October 2005.  In Garbage Land, Elizabeth Royte talks trash -- how much we produce and where it goes.

"Domestic Energy Development," CQ Researcher, September 30, 2005.  U.S. oil and gas prices are at record levels.  Should we drill more?  Conserve more?  Switch to other sources?  A 24-page overview of the economic, environmental, and security implications of U.S. dependence on oil and natural gas.  (Excerpts available on request.)

"Landfills Expand Energy Output," BioCycle, August 2005.  Depending on how it's handled, landfill gas can be an environmental hazard or a renewable energy source.  New technologies are opening up many economic applications for landfill gas energy.

"Wind Resistance," On Earth, Fall 2005.  It's full sail ahead for offshore wind energy projects in Europe; the United States is just starting, with mixed results so far.

"Composting Takes Root at Boston Hyatt Regency," BioCycle, July 2005.  How a large chain hotel decided that separating organic waste for composting made good business sense.

"Just a Viscous Rumor," Grist, June 7, 2005.  In Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert's Peak, geologist Kenneth Deffeyes considers options for powering a world without oil.

"State Incentives for Biomass Electricity," BioCycle, January 2005.  Many states have created portfolio standards, project development funds, and other incentives to support electricity production from biomass and other renewable fuels.

"Political Science," Grist, January 5, 2005.  The Union of Concerned Scientists contends that Bush Administration policies are undercutting the role of sound scientific analysis in federal policy decisions.

2004 and earlier:

"Good Dirt," Boston Globe Magazine, November 14, 2004.  A citywide food composting program would give new meaning to the moniker "Land of the bean and the cod."

"Code Blue: Mobilizing to Save the Oceans," E Magazine, November/December 2004.  With U.S. ocean resources in crisis, marine advocates are organizing to rewrite national ocean policy.

"Why Not Wind?"  Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, January/February 2003.  Wind power has many good environmental selling points, but developers have to pay careful attention to project impacts and work closely with potential host communities if they hope to win acceptance.

"A Graceful Exit?  Decommissioning Nuclear Power Reactors," Environment, July/August 2001.  There are many ways to clean up a closed nuclear reactor.  Some are more acceptable to neighbors than others.  (Note: large file)

"Going Nuclear, Again: Let's Look Harder Before We Leap," Washington Post, May 13, 2001.  Nuclear power may have a role to play in meeting future clean energy needs, but not until the industry answers serious questions about waste management, safety, proliferation, and cost.