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Town’s population is staying put, she says

Everyone else in the farm town that Elsie Eiler grew up in moved away or died, including her husband. But that doesn't mean she is alone.

In the heartland, land to fight for

The Keystone XL pipeline is one of those issues that never seem to go away. For a small-farm couple in the way of the pipeline, it's personal.

Small-town newspaper. Big-time prize.

They say hard-hitting local journalism is dying. Art Cullen says not in his town.

What brings people back to a dying town?

Small town America has been emptying out for a century. Peru, Indiana, is not going without a fight.

Burning river reborn: How Cleveland saved the Cuyahoga – and itself

Many Americans remember the Cuyahoga as the river that ignited the environmental movement with a photo of flaming waters. But to Cleveland residents the story is more personal.

Volunteers Stay After the Wildfires Cool

The forest fire that claimed 14 lives in the folds of the Great Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, are out, but the work done by volunteers continues.

Maine’s most mysterious catch

Catching elvers used to be a quirky pastime in Maine, until the prices shot past $1,300 a pound. Now it is serious business, and-- according to federal agents-- harbors serious crime.

Radio: Costa Rican coffee growers make greener, sweeter cup

Farmers are embracing a method called "honey drying" which cuts the pollution of nutrient-overloaded water going into streams and rivers, and delivers a unique cup of coffee.

Reef Fish Listen for Faint Sound of Home

How do the floating larvae of reef species find a home? They can listen, but the sounds are far off.

20,000 discoveries under the sea

Ocean researchers are learning the secrets that change our concepts of life, unveil a hidden world, and hold the keys to the future of the planet.

Fish Can Lie—And Spot Liars

Fish can be deceptive, and perceptive. A Miami biologist studies "lying fish" and how other fish in the species spot them.

Cholera: A dispute over strategy

Cholera is thousands of years old, easily treated, and entirely preventable. But the medical community is split over how.

Cubans brace for the American invasion

Cubans anticipate "the flood" of American arrivals with a mixture of celebration and apprehension. What will change? What can survive?

Cuba’s Environmental Gamble

As an old embargo lifts, a new vacation spot emerges—but can Cuba’s ecosystems weather a flood of Americans?

Radio: Florida’s Dimming Pools of Light

My childhood swimming hole, Wakulla Springs, Florida, was so clear the fish seemed to float in air. It was so clear we could see Old Joe, the resident 11-foot gator, …

Climate Progress Gains Ground

Locally, nationally and internationally, action on climate change is producing solutions and often bypassing lagging political leadership. The gathering force of these acts, significant and subtle, is transforming what once seemed a hopeless situation into one in which success can at least be imagined

China’s quiet race to alternative energy

ALTERED HABITATS By Doug Struck | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT   NOVEMBER 13, 2014 Anyone surprised that China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas polluter, would agree to sharply curtail its emissions has not …

The Whale Savers

A decades-long quest to save the north Atlantic right whale is helping revive a species that is a bellwether of the health of the oceans.

The Dogged Determination of Jim Gordon

For 13 years Jim Gordon has fought and scraped against powerful foes to set 130 turbines in the waters off Cape Cod. He's certain success is right around the corner.

Call for climate action is an echo of the past

ALTERED HABITATS photo by CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS ; A protester carried a sign during the “People’s Climate March” in New York City on Sept. 21. By Doug Struck   | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT   SEPTEMBER 23, …

Boston’s cool summer: Where’s global warming?

By Doug Struck | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT   SEPTEMBER 03, 2014 0 COMMENTS photo by DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF Bicyclists in Falmouth.   Global warming? What global warming? Bostonians who trudged back to work after Labor …

Will Atlantic Ocean Oil Prospecting Silence Endangered Right Whales?

National Geographic Daily News Companies have been cleared to seek seismic noise permits in the Atlantic, but ocean researchers fear for whales. A North Atlantic right whale mother and calf …

The Un-damming of America

Cover Story Setting rivers free: As dams are torn down, nature is quickly recovering With the removal of many dams, conservationists are seeing the return of the natural bounty that …

Tropical Fish Cause Trouble as Climate Change Drives Them Toward the Poles

Marine ecologist Adriana Vergés emerged from a scuba dive in Tosa Bay off the coast of southern Japan last week and was amazed at what she'd seen: A once lush kelp forest had been stripped bare and replaced by coral.

Google Earth captures Boston’s leaks

ALTERED HABITATS By Doug Struck   | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT   JULY 16, 2014 Google Earth’s prowling map cars have helped produce the latest image of Boston’s leaky gas pipelines and offered an example …

No tech bullet for climate change: Swiss scientist

ALTERED HABITATS By Doug Struck | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT JULY 12, 2014   He was good, the head of Albert Einstein’s college said about the famous student. Very good; he changed …

Plastic bag ban stalled in state legislature

ALTERED HABITATS By Doug Struck | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT JULY 01, 2014 A woman walks with a plastic bag in Sacramento, Calif. A move to make Massachusetts the first state to …

MA. agrees with Mom: Don’t Waste Food

ALTERED HABITATS Massachusetts is taking a new approach to food waste By Doug Struck | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT JUNE 23, 2014   When Torontonians push back from the dinner table, they …

LNG still coming in to NE, not going out

ALTERED HABITATS The fight over liquefied natural gas By Doug Struck | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT   JUNE 11, 2014       AP PHOTO/HOEGH LNG Hoegh LNG’s gas vessel “Independence” during its sea …

Public Opinion: A breakthrough?

ALTERED HABITAT Will public opinion shift with new evidence of climate change? By Doug Struck | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT   MAY 23, 2014 Public ambivalence about climate change in this country has been a …

The Keelings: Tracking a runaway climate

By Doug Struck GLOBE CORRESPONDENT   MAY 06, 2014    Ralph Keeling grew up watching the climate change. As a little boy, he saw his father, Charles David Keeling, begin to …

The avoided topic: How do we stop more babies?

ALTERED HABITATS As the world’s population grows, are we borrowing from mankind’s future? By Doug Struck | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT   MAY 02, 2014 Environmental apostles are only too ready to tell us …

Bingaman: Washington won’t move on climate

Science ALTERED HABITATS By Doug Struck | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT   APRIL 18, 2014 Don’t expect any help from Washington in combating climate change, says a man who knows both. “Until a …

How Newsweek’s ‘global cooling’ got legs

Evidence that the planet is cooling has been a staple of climate denial. Except the evidence is four decades old. Here's the journalist who wrote about "global cooling"-- and has been dogged by the story ever since.

The Real Reason We’re Hovering Parents

Child-rearing guides are clucking about "snowplow parents." The Boston Globe chronicled the phenomenon of moms and dads still hovering over their children, "leaving their college-age kids anxious, depressed, and ill-equipped to deal with matters both small and large." But they've got it wrong.

A Sea Change: Oceans Cover Story

“Nobody really paid attention to what was happening to that great resource and the damage that was occurring,” says Leon Panetta. “I think we changed the conversation.”

Top Mass. Greenhouse Gas Polluters

Brayton Point and two other electricity-generating plants in Massachusetts produce nearly half of the total greenhouse gases emitted by all large polluters throughout the state, according to data compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Raw Sewage In NE Waterways

Billions of gallons of raw sewage and contaminated stormwater surge every year into the waterways and onto the streets of New England, as a 40-year-old pledge to clean America’s lakes, rivers and streams remains unfulfilled.

Boston Locked Down by Bombing

By Doug Struck and Kevin Sullivan, Published: April 19 E-mail the writer CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Hub stopped Friday.The kinetic and salty city of Boston, which got its proud nickname from Oliver Wendell Holmes in the 19th century, came to a standstill Friday while an army of heavily armed police hunted for a skinny 19-year-old in a gray hoodie.

An ‘act of terror’ in Boston

BY MARY BETH SHERIDAN, DOUG STRUCK AND MARC FISHER Attack jolts city on a day of civic pride The devastating impact of the explosions, which came 16 seconds apart at 2:50 p.m. on one of Boston’s most important days of civic celebration, spread almost instantly across the city and country.

Explosions kill at least 2 at Boston Marathon

BOSTON — Two bombs exploded at the venerable Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people, injuring about 100 others and rattling nerves around the nation, authorities said.

Lonnie Thompson: a Climate Science Hero

Ohio State scientist Lonnie Thompson tests the limits of science – and his health – to unlock climate secrets frozen at the top of the world's highest mountain ranges.

Environmental Justice series award

EHN awarded in national journalism contest Environmental Health News has won Honorable Mention in a national journalism competition for its 10-part series investigating environmental justice problems in communities across the …

Powerful storm tests officials’ emergency readiness

By Doug Struck The massive blizzard that whipped New England this weekend with hurricane-force winds and crushing snow tested the readiness of authorities to deal with the increasing frequency of severe and record-breaking weather.

Q&A Jim Gordon, Capewind developer, Yale e360 2 May 2012

Waging the Battle to Build the U.S.’s First Offshore Wind Farm After a decade seeking approval to build the U.S.’s first offshore wind farm, Cape Wind president Jim Gordon is …

Kerry: Frustrations of Fighting for the Environment – The Daily Climate 25 March 2012

March 26, 2012 Venting frustration at the lack of progress on environmental issues, U.S. Sen. John Kerry voices the exasperation of a core constituency in President Obama’s re-election bid.  By …

Plastic Solar Cells – The Daily Climate – 18 march 2012

Recent gains in the efficiency, lifespan and manufacturing of thin-film plastic solar panels have advocates convinced that, this time, solar really is on the verge of a revolution – even …

“Northern Exposure” – Trust Magazine – Winter 2012

By Doug Struck 01/04/2012 – Outi Tervo was on the bow, crouching from the knifing wind, with another scientist, Kristin Westdal. A hydrophone 30 feet under water connected to headphones …

“Shark Tourism” – Public Radio International

Public Radio International “Living on Earth”: Shark Tourism

Saving Sharks – Trust Magazine Summer 2011

Sharks are the fiercest creatures of the sea, but that has not prevented them from steadily disappearing from overfishing. Pew is working around the globe to preserve these predators, who …

Battling Cholera – The Daily Climate

Battling an ancient scourge, with satellites and sari cloth Threat of water-borne epidemics such as cholera was high after Cyclone Aila roared through the Sunderbans in 2009. Climate change is …

Warming Will Exacerbate Global Water Conflicts

By Doug Struck Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, August 20, 2007   FRESNO, Calif. — Steve Johnson scans the hot, translucent sky. He wants to make rain — needs to …

Greenland Warming; Scientists Probe Ice while Farmers Prosper

Icy Island Warms to Climate Change Greenlanders Exploit ‘Gifts From Nature’ While Facing New Hardships By Doug Struck Washington Post Foreign Service Thursday, June 7, 2007   QAQORTOQ, Greenland — …

Alien Invasion: The Fungus That Came to Canada

By Doug Struck Washington Post Foreign Service Sunday, April 8, 2007   VICTORIA, B.C. — The mystery emerged slowly, its clues maddeningly diverse. Sally Lester, an animal pathologist at a …

In Canada, the New Rush Is for Diamonds

Wealth Beneath the Permafrost Changes the Northwest After the Gold Is Gone By Doug Struck Washington Post Foreign Service Monday, March 5, 2007   LAC DE GRAS, Northwest Territories — …

Inching Up an Ice Highway in a 70-Ton Truck

Remote Sites in Subarctic Canada Depend on Rigs Plying Hazardous, Heavily Traveled Winter Road By Doug Struck Washington Post Foreign Service Tuesday, February 27, 2007   ON THE ICE ROAD, …

In French-Speaking Canada, the Sacred Is Also Profane

Quebecers Turn to Church Terms, Rather Than the Sexual or Scatological, to Vent Their Anger By Doug Struck Washington Post Foreign Service Tuesday, December 5, 2006   MONTREAL — “Oh, …

Inuit See Signs In Arctic Thaw

String of Warm Winters Alarms ‘Sentries for the Rest of the World’ By Doug Struck Washington Post Foreign Service Wednesday, March 22, 2006   PANGNIRTUNG, Canada — Thirty miles from …

Melting Arctic Makes Way for Man

Researchers Aboard Icebreaker Say Shipping Could Add to Risks for Ecosystem By Doug Struck Washington Post Foreign Service Sunday, November 5, 2006   ICEBREAKER CHANNEL, Northwest Passage — The Amundsen’s …

Israeli Siege Leaves Gaza Isolated and Desperate

By Doug Struck Washington Post Foreign Service Monday, August 28, 2006   GAZA CITY, Aug. 27 — As the sun beat down on the city’s central market, Khitam Shahleen, 37, …

On the Roof of Peru, Omens in the Ice

Retreat of Once-Mighty Glacier Signals Water Crisis, Mirroring Worldwide Trend By Doug Struck Washington Post Foreign Service Saturday, July 29, 2006; A01   QUELCCAYA GLACIER, Peru — In the thin, …

‘Rapid Warming’ Spreads Havoc in Canada’s Forests

Tiny Beetles Destroying Pines By Doug Struck Washington Post Foreign Service Wednesday, March 1, 2006   QUESNEL, B.C. — Millions of acres of Canada’s lush green forests are turning red …

In Courtroom, Hussein Acts Out Old Role With Flourish

By Doug Struck Washington Post Foreign Service Wednesday, December 7, 2005; A01   BAGHDAD, Dec. 6 — According to Saddam Hussein, the would-be assassins who ambushed his car near an …

Canada Invites Strippers and Gets Scrutiny

Scandal Renews Debate on Program to Import ‘Exotic Dancers’ By Doug Struck Washington Post Foreign Service Sunday, December 5, 2004; Page A12   TORONTO — Coiled around a brass pole …

At Nursing Home, Katrina Dealt Only the First Blow

Nuns Labored for Days in Fatal Heat to Get Help for Patients By Anne Hull and Doug Struck Washington Post Staff Writers Friday, September 23, 2005   NEW ORLEANS — …

Death, Duty in Forgotten Corner of War

Remembering Gunny and the Kid, a Hard-Hit Unit Goes Back on Patrol By Doug Struck Washington Post Foreign Service Friday, August 13, 2004; Page A01   QAIM, Iraq — Word …

A Soldier, 13 Elders and Some Blanket Solutions

By Doug Struck Washington Post Foreign Service Tuesday, August 3, 2004; Page A10   Thirteen town fathers sat cross-legged on blankets arranged in a rectangle on an improbably green lawn. …

The FDR Memorial’s Deeper Meaning

By Doug Struck Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, May 1, 1997; Page A01 Fifty-two years later, tears still tumble down June Stephens’s cheek when she recalls Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death. …

Doug Struck has been a journalist for 35 years. He was a national roving reporter, foreign bureau chief, war correspondent and an environmental reporter for The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun. He has reported from six continents and 50 states. He is now senior journalist in residence at Emerson College in Boston, where he teaches and continues to report on environmental issues.

He earned a master's degree in Environmental Sustainability in 2015 from Harvard Extension School.

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