A few favorites from the last few years:
“What Poverty Does to the Young Brain,” The New Yorker
When it was first published, this was the #1 most read story on the newyorker.com.
“Evicted by Climate Change,” Hakai Magazine
Part of Hakai’s “16 Best of 2016”: The village of Newtok, Alaska, must relocate because of climate change. This article explores what it means for a community to try to negotiate a rapidly changing landscape.
“Scott Pruitt Doesn’t Know the Power of the E.P.A.,” The New Yorker
An interview with the agency’s very first director, William Ruckelshaus.
“Quiet: A Soldier’s Fight for the Most Silent Place in America,” Seattle Met Magazine
On the Olympic Peninsula, a fight to save the silence of the Hoh Rainforest. This story was also a Longform pick.
“For the National Parks, A Reckoning,” Undark Magazine
I spent a year talking with scientists in the national parks about the struggle to cope as nature itself goes awry.
I also chatted about this story with David Corcoran, Undark senior editor (and former New York Times science editor) on the magazine’s podcast series.
“How One Alaskan Community Is Attempting to Adapt to Climate Change,” Audubon Magazine
A report from the field, from the small village of Wainwright on Alaska’s North Slope, base camp for Royal Dutch Shell during the 2015 offshore drilling and ground zero for climate change.
“Bluegrass Uprising,” The Nation Magazine
A report on a controversial natural gas pipeline project, from rural Kentucky.
“Child of Hope and Disaster,” The Nation Magazine
About the decision to have (or not have) children in the face of global uncertainty. (This essay was widely discussed on social media and on the Slate DoubleX Gabfest.)
“Will California’s Cap and Trade Be Fair?” The Nation Magazine
This story — which explores whether emissions trading is fair to people living next to big polluters — was supported by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism. I also co-produced a short film with Frank Reynolds.
“Dar Williams: Why the Music of Protest Is Still Worth Defending,” YES! Magazine
A profile of one of the nation’s best singer-songwriters.