Mercury in Our Waters: The 10,000-Year Legacy of California’s Gold Rush, KCET / PBS SoCal, October 2020

“Here we have California, which is thought of as one of the most environmentally forward-thinking states,” said Monohan of the contamination, “yet this is maybe the longest neglected environmental problem in the world. And we’re not even talking about it yet, honestly.” 


The Rumpus Mini-Interview: Marlin M Jenkins, The Rumpus, October 2020

A conversation with Marlin M. Jenkins about his 2020 chapbook Capable Monsters.

How climate change fuels California’s biggest fires Grist, Salon, September 2020

It’s still early in California’s wildfire season, yet 2020 has already become one of the state’s more devastating burn years. [...] Quite literally adding fuel to these flames, is — what else? — climate change.

LA’s homeless communities are avoiding cooling centers, and it’s not just because of COVID-19 Grist, August 2020

[...] many more could soon find themselves pinned between heat waves, concerns about the virus, and fears of street sweeps as the pandemic and climate change continue.

An oil well right next to your house? The California Senate says that’s OK. Grist, August 2020

“We’re seeing that these senators are serving the interests of the oil and gas industry and not the public” 

Peatlands could become a climate feedback loop we definitely don’t want to trigger Grist, August 2020

[...] the results show that scientists need to monitor what’s happening in peatlands closely: “It’s a warning signal.”

Anything for the Gworls Slate, July 2020

Mutual aid organizations nationwide are providing an essential frontline response to the twin crises of COVID-19 and police brutality. Prime among them is For the Gworls, a platform connecting and raising money for the Black trans community. 

6,000 acres of Minneapolis parks have their own police force Grist, July 2020

[...] any conversation about defunding or abolishing the police in Minneapolis would be incomplete without a discussion of the Minneapolis parks system, which maintains its very own force of police officers to patrol more than 6,000 acres of park land within the city — one of whom was present at Floyd’s killing.

These scientists are using machine learning to listen to nature (literally) Grist, July 2020

Scientists are applying machine learning to identify human influence on the environment by literally listening to the environment — that is, by monitoring forest “soundscapes.”

Still Doubt Online Harassment Is Real? Read SheRatesDogs Bitch, November 2019

Accounts like hers, which serve as a kind of collective testimony, are a critical tool of resistance for women online. The presence of a watchdog, in its own small way, is flipping the script.

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