How Renewable Energy Advocates are Hurting the Climate Cause

This article was originally published on Ensia’s website

Overly optimistic reports of renewables’ success are not only misleading but also counterproductive

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, the proliferation of misinformation on social media is finally getting the attention it deserves. Or so I thought.

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Writing When You Have a Strong Opinion

This article was originally published on the National Association of Science Writers’ website, and in the winter 2016-17 print edition of NASW’s ScienceWriters magazine

When science journalist Gary Taubes speaks publicly about nutrition and weight loss, he’s wary of mentioning carbohydrates too early in the presentation, especially when he knows there are physicians in the audience. He doesn’t want to be dismissed as “one of those Atkins people.”

This is a problem many science writers face. How do you clearly communicate where the evidence lies without coming off as biased, turning off many readers?

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Blackstone and Taunton Rivers: Preserving History and Beauty for Generations to Come

This article was originally published in the Narragansett Bay Watershed Counts 2016 Report

Various federal recognitions have helped to preserve waterways across the country. In recent years, the two largest rivers that empty into Narragansett Bay—the Blackstone and Taunton rivers—received particularly noteworthy federal designations from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Old Man River Regains His Voice: Cleaning Rivers, Fighting Crime, Building Community

This article was originally published in the Narragansett Bay Watershed Counts 2016 Report

The Woonasquatucket River winds quietly through the Olneyville neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island. Unless you are next to it, odds are you might not even know the river is there. But, it played an important role in the area’s history and, following a period of abuse and neglect, it is making a comeback to play an important role in its present and future.

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By the Shining Big-Sea-Water: Massachusetts Towns Team Up to Protect River, Drinking Water

This article was originally published in the Narragansett Bay Watershed Counts 2016 Report

For almost 30 years now, citizens of five Massachusetts towns have looked past their legal and political borders to come together and discuss how best to protect their shared drinking water supply: the Canoe River Aquifer.

“The water doesn’t end with your boundary,” said Janice Fowler, a resident of Easton and the committee’s secretary. “So it’s important to get together and understand what everyone else is doing.”

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