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The Promise and Limits of Cities and Billionaires in Trump’s America

There’s a certain amount of comfort to be taken from living in an American city during the Trump era—that is, if you’re not thrilled with where the nation at large has lately been headed. I suspect a lot of people [...]

September 22, 2017 Science & Environment
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A Funding Effort to Build a Stronger, More Diverse Climate Movement

Getting the United States to take meaningful action on climate change means building a lot more power, starting in communities where people are most vulnerable, and then building local momentum into state and national solutions. That’s the philosophy of Roger [...]

September 22, 2017 Science & Environment
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‘Extremes Are Becoming the Norm.’ Why Water is the Next Big Issue For Philanthropy

There’s perhaps no bigger climate-related challenge than the trillions in clean energy and sustainability investments needed in developing countries. How can private philanthropy possibly make a dent?  [...]

May 9, 2016 Science & Environment
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Tom Steyer’s Climate Fight Marches On, But Will Young People Follow?

Tom Steyer is in the climate fight for the long haul. His NextGen Climate is emphasizing people power in 2016, raising the question—will young people rally behind a billionaire donor? [...]

April 28, 2016 Science & Environment
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The Goldman Winners Are Inspiring—Too Bad Such Bold and Diverse Work is Underfunded

The exciting work of the Goldman Prize winners should be an eye-opener to environmental funders. They reflect a level of diversity and grassroots activism in marginalized communities that is sadly lacking in green philanthropy. [...]

April 21, 2016 Science & Environment
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Harnessing the Knowledge of Plants, Online

Originally published in American Forests Magazine Winter/Spring 2016 issue.  [...]

March 4, 2016 Science & Environment
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After Paris Climate Summit, it’s Time for the Wealthy to Step Up

Climate negotiations wrapping up this week in Paris mark an unprecedented moment of global action and momentum on climate change. They also reveal our utter, collective failure on the issue. That combination only reaffirms that now is the time for [...]

December 10, 2015 Science & Environment
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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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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
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