Recent Articles

Looking for Love, Science, Mar. 9, 2018
Conservationists are working to save south Asia’s vultures from extinction by turning the once-reviled animals into local mascots. The work to create “vulture safe zones” in Bangladesh and elsewhere is aimed at countering the spread of livestock drugs that are lethal to the birds. See the accompanying video.

Bending to the Water’s Will, Science, Mar. 2, 2018
As people living along the coast of Bangladesh confront rising seas and more intense storms, they wrestle with this question: Is the best approach to build higher walls, or to learn to live with flooding? I visit southwest Bangladesh to see up close the pros and cons of each approach. See the accompanying video.

Against the Grain, Science, Oct. 5, 2017
Jerry Franklin, a renowned forest ecologist who pioneered research of old growth coniferous forests, finds himself in the middle of a controversy over his call for using logging to create habitat.

Rules of EvidenceScience, Feb. 10, 2017
Fights over chemical safety are frequently about whose science is better. That conflict partly centers on two different sets of rules guiding research – one for private and government labs, and another for university scientists. In the case of the plastic additive bisphenol A, these approaches have produced very different answers.

The Burning QuestionScience, Jan. 6, 2017
Forests are being logged in the Southeast United States, and the wood is being burned in European power plants. Some scientists and governments tout such forest biomass as an important source of climate-friendly renewable energy. But others warn it risks worsening climate change and imperils forests.

A Plague of RatsScience, May 20, 2016
Scientists in Salvador, Brazil study how a lethal disease moves from rats to people living in a favela. They’re looking for clues to help combat leptospirosis, a bacterial illness that plagues the world’s growing urban slums.

Ghosts of Oceans PastScience, Nov. 13, 2015
Ancient sea levels, uncovered by gritty field work and advanced computer models, give us a glimpse into a warmer future. The lesson: Much higher seas are coming.

In Pursuit of the Perfect Power SuitScience, Oct. 15, 2015
The military is spending millions to build robotic exoskeletons to super-charge soldiers. But top researchers warn some of the goals are more Hollywood fantasy than scientific reality.

Deep SleepScience, July 10, 2015
After decades spent struggling to find a way to dispose of the nation’s nuclear waste, the federal government, at the urging of some scientists, are looking at a very simple solution: Put it in a very deep hole.

After the OilScience, April 3, 2015
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, return to the hardest-hit bay in Louisiana for an in-depth look at how nature has fared.

This Tech Will Have You Hiking Like Your 18 AgainOutside Online, April 1, 2015
Scientists finally crack a century-old barrier: Creating an exoskeleton that actually boost walking efficiency. The breakthrough could herald a new era of machine-fueled human performance.

Have returning wolves really saved Yellowstone?High Country News, Dec. 8, 2014
Despite popular perception that wolves have revived Yellowstone, some scientists are learning the myth doesn’t match the reality.

Should grizzlies be restored to the North Cascades?National Geographic News, Nov. 30, 2014
The federal government is considering returning this massive predator to Northwest forests.

There will be bloodConservation magazine, Oct. 24, 2014
As scientists blast barred owls to save Northern spotted owls, they are confronted with a vexing ethical question: When is it okay to shoot one species for the sake of another? Step into their boots and find out how they answer.

Inside the Mount Rainier Climbing Tragedy, National Geographic News, June 2-3, 2014 Coverage of an accident that claimed six climbers, including a detailed look at why this route is so deadly, and the first in-depth interview with the owner of the guiding company at the center of the deaths.

What triggered Washington’s deadly landslide?National Geographic News, April 1, 2014
As people search for victims of a deadly landslide, scientists look for answers about what caused it.

The Secret to a Bulletproof Antidoping Test?The New York Times Magazine, Mar. 2, 2014   Frustrated that athletes can evade current doping tests, scientists turn to cutting edge genetics to nab dopers.

The Missing MonarchsSlate, Jan. 29, 2014
Monarch butterflies have reached the lowest numbers on record, and scientists say Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is a chief culprit.

Crossing Swords with CrossFitOutside Online, Dec. 19, 2013
The wildly popular CrossFit workout program might not just get you in shape. It could get you hurt. Exercise scientists are warning the daily mixture of grueling intensity and strenuous movements means CrossFitters are playing with fire.

Sharks Inc.The Boston Globe Magazine, Aug. 18, 2013
A Cape Cod town embraces the arrival of great white sharks, and tries to cash in on their sexy image as killers of the deep. Listen to Warren’s interview with Boston’s NPR station, WBUR, here.

Far From the TreeSlate, May 15, 2013
Vermont wants to turn maple syrup into a gourmet delicacy linked to the terroir movement that has people paying top dollar for wines and coffee. I go on a maple-tasting adventure to see if maple syrup really can taste like mango.

What Lies BeneathTriathlete magazine, April, 2013
What’s killing triathletes, and can they do anything about it? My first-hand exploration of the world of cardiac testing and the science of sudden death in athletes. Voted “Best Triathlon Story of 2013” by Triathlon Business International.

Creating Winter for Cross-Country SkiingThe New York Times, Dec. 6, 2012
New England cross-country skiing centers are turning to snow-making to replace what nature, with a jolt of climate change, won’t provide.

Biking in Vermont, Body Armor OptionalThe New York Times, Aug. 30, 2012
My first taste of downhill mountain biking at northeast Vermont’s Kingdom Trails.

Natural OrderThe Boston Globe Magazine, April 8, 2012
How a tame moose and Facebook turned Vermont’s political establishment on its head and forced people to confront what “wild” really means.

Restoring Tarboo CreekPacific NW MagazineThe Seattle Times, Nov. 30, 2008
One man’s dream is reshaping an entire watershed, and showing what it can take to revive Puget Sound.

Failing Our Sound, Beaches suffer as walls go upThe Seattle Times, May 13, 2008
An investigation of how the armoring of Puget Sound beaches goes on with few limitations, despite the environmental toll.

Failing Our Sound, The painful cost of booming growthThe Seattle Times, May 11, 2008
An investigation of how development is gradually wrecking Puget Sound, and environmental laws are letting it happen.

Radioactive Remains: The forgotten story of the Northwest’s only uranium minesPacific NW MagazineThe Seattle Times, Feb. 24, 2008
How the legacy of uranium mining shapes the lives and thoughts of people on the remote Spokane Indian Reservation.