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A Pitch to Billionaire Climate Donors: You Made the Pledge; Let’s Get To It

Originally published in Inside Philanthropy on October 12, 2015. [...]

October 12, 2015 Science & Environment
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NY Parks Lawsuit Challenges Privatization of Public Spaces

Originally published July 2, 2015 on Inside Philanthropy.  When news broke about Barry Diller’s plan for a new park and entertainment venue to hover over the Hudson River, we were among the voices saying that it goes too far. Now [...]

July 2, 2015 Science & Environment
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A Call for Diversity Data Is Met With Silence by Many Green Funders

Originally published July 1, 2015 on Inside Philanthropy. An initiative to get nonprofits and foundations to publicize diversity stats is building momentum. But green funders are lagging, prompting some of the biggest players in the sector to urge others to [...]

July 1, 2015 Science & Environment
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For Surdna, Infrastructure is Where Sustainability and Justice Cross Paths

Originally published June 26, 2015 on Inside Philanthropy. Infrastructure. It’s not exactly the first word that comes to mind when you think of environmental grantmaking. [...]

June 26, 2015 Science & Environment
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Free the 990! Why Searchable Tax Forms Are Way More Important Than They Sound

Originally published on Inside Philanthropy on June 22, 2015. Named one of the Five Best Ideas of the Day by The Aspen Institute, cross-posted on Time.  One rabble rouser has been trying to get the IRS to make individual nonprofit [...]

June 22, 2015 Science & Environment
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Replicating the Senate Chamber for Kids With iPads

Originally published in the Worcester Telegram May 31, 2015. BOSTON – About 100 students from Worcester’s South High Community School managed to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill Friday, and they pulled it off before lunch. [...]

May 31, 2015 Science & Environment
TAKEHARA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 24:  Two tourists sit and feed hundreds of rabbits  at Okunoshima Island on February 24, 2014 in Takehara, Japan. Okunoshima is a small island located in the Inland Sea of Japan in Hiroshima Prefecture. The Island often called Usagi Jima or "Rabbit Island" is famous for it's rabbit population that has taken over the island and become a tourist attraction with many people coming to the feed the animals and enjoy the islands tourist facilities which include a resort, six hole golf course and camping grounds. During World War II the island was used as a poison gas facility. From 1929 to 1945, the Japanese Army produced five types of poison gas on Okunoshima Island. The island was so secret that local residents were told to keep away and it was removed from area maps. Today ruins of the old forts and chemical factories can be found all across the island.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

15 Islands Overrun by Cute Animals

Originally published at Mental Floss, May 15, 2015. Strange things happen in island ecosystems, and occasionally—whether by accident, or design—a population of adorable creatures takes over. They draw tourists, can be a little spooky, and sometimes wreak havoc. But you have [...]

May 22, 2015 Science & Environment
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Where the Hell Is All the Climate Funding?

Originally published April 22, 2015 on Inside Philanthropy. A growing mountain of research suggests that climate change is likely to aggravate every problem now confronting humanity: hunger, gender inequality, ethnic conflict, unemployment—you name it. So you’d think, by now, that this [...]

April 22, 2015 Science & Environment
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Eradication Nation

Originally published in American Forests Magazine, Winter 2015. What Boston’s battle with the Asian longhorned beetle can teach us about stopping an invasive pest in its tracks. [...]

April 8, 2015 Portfolio, Science & Environment
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Asian Longhorned Beetle Trackers Hunt for Hitchhikers

Originally published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Dec. 22, 2014. UXBRIDGE — In a wooded residential area off Route 122, a team of foresters and entomologists took turns looking through a scope at a small hole in the bark of [...]

January 4, 2015 Science & Environment