Category: Freelance

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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 …

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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