On September 8, the New Yorker published an article by Jonathan Franzen titled, “What if we stopped pretending?” By September 11, various instant criticisms and rebuttals had been published including a Scientific American piece by Columbia University climate scientist Dr. Kate Marvel, titled, “Shut up, Franzen.” Basically, Franzen believes there is almost no chance that […]
I respond to the Trump Administration’s dangerous cuts to the U.S. Endangered Species Act in The New York Times. Read my op-ed here.
On May 6, 2019, the U.N. released its latest report on Earth’s extinction crisis. As I write in my CNN article, their conclusion is dire and outlook bleak for all life–including humans. But we should not focus solely on people: Our actions are ushering in the extinction of at least one million other species on […]
This May, I joined Safina Center Fellow Paul Greenberg, and writers Mark Kurlansky and John Waldman to craft an opinion piece outlining the problem with Pebble Mine, “Trump’s poison pill for Alaska salmon,” published in The New York Times. Read our piece here.
Last month, a dead Cuvier’s beaked whale washed up onshore in the Philippines with almost 90 pounds of plastic in its stomach. As I write in my latest piece for CNN, “All these great ocean creatures are like bottles washing ashore, each bearing a message for all of us: We are choking on your trash.” […]
(adapted from the book Eye of the Albatross) East Island has just about disappeared. Hurricane Walaka has washed it away. This happened just a few days ago. You might be relieved to hear that it is so remote a part of Hawaii’s Northwest Islands that no one lived there and no one will be affected. […]