Journalism

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An invisible enemy: The battle to save the black-
footed ferret from the plague
in The Guardian

Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes plague, killed millions of people across Europe in the Middle Ages. Today it remains a deadly threat to one of the most endangered species in the United States, and taking an unknown toll on America’s prairie ecosystems.

How Maryland’s Preference for Burning Trash Galvanized Environmental Activists in Baltimore
in InsideClimate News

Waste-to-energy incinerators gained traction in the 1980s as an environmentally-friendly alternative to throwing trash in landfills by burning it and converting it to energy. But by some metrics, burning trash can be even dirtier than burning coal.

Drawing lessons from deep history, Annalee Newitz puts a pandemic in perspective
on the Knight Science Journalism website

A Q&A with New York Times opinion contributor Annalee Newitz, as she reflects on the reporting through a pandemic and why it’s important to normalize survival rather than normalizing disaster.

Writing by Topic

Earth Sciences

To Protect the World’s Sand, We Need to Know How to Measure It, in Eos
NSF Plots a Course for the Next Decade of Earth Sciences Research, in Eos
New England forests were historically shaped by climate, not people, in Eos
Poor water management implicated in failure of ancient Khmer capital in Eos
Forgotten trove of fossil feathers belonged to tiny polar dinosaurs in Ars Technica
Hurricanes, climate change, and the decline of the Maya in Ars Technica
Pre-Inca Canal System Uses Hillsides as Sponges to Store Water in Eos
One of Europe’s worst famines likely caused by devastating floods in AGU’s GeoSpace
A 450-Year Record of North Sea Herring, Pried from Clams in Hakai Magazine

Animals

Power lines may mess with honeybees’ behavior and ability to learn in Science News
A new pesticide is all the buzz in Ars Technica
This shrimplike creature makes aluminum armor in Science Magazine
Super-spreaders: How the curious life of a newt could ignite a pandemic in Mongabay
How acoustic monitoring gave us a last chance to save the vaquita in Mongabay
Nearly half of Mount Oku frogs are in danger of croaking, study finds in Mongabay
A spate of death’s in India’s oldest tiger reserve causes concern in Pacific Standard

Environment and Sustainability

Agriculture, mining, hunting push critically endangered gorilla to the brink in Mongabay
The world needs to get serious about managing sand in Science Magazine
Huge rubber plantation in Cameroon halts deforestation following rebuke in Mongabay
Tropical deforestation is the third-biggest carbon emitter in the world in Pacific Standard
What’s causing deforestation? in Mongabay
Plantations can produce more palm oil if they keep rivers forested in Mongabay
As biomass energy gains traction, southern US forests feel the burn in Mongabay
Estonia’s trees: valued resource or squandered second chance? in Mongabay
Mothers vs. loggers: the destruction of Bialowieza Forest splits Poland in Mongabay
Sand mining ban lifted on beach in Suriname in Mongabay
In the fishing industry, gear recycling is finally catching on in Ensia

Science History

Space Weather Lessons from a 1928 Dirigible Debacle, in Eos
How the Institute went coed in MIT Technology Review
Edmond Dewan, citizen science, and the mystery of ball lightning in Eos
The Mystery of the 19th Century Maine Marine Monster in Hakai Magazine