The Guardian, July 2021

Jamiah Hargins at the Asante Microfarm in Los Angeles. Photograph: Valérie Macon/AFP/Getty Images

The American west has a sprawling network of dams, reservoirs and pipelines that brings a supply of water to its cities and farms. But overexploitation and a two-decade dry spell have put a severe strain on the resources, with reserves dwindling to historic lows in some areas. The situation will only get worse in the coming decades, warn scientists, as surging populations will boost freshwater demand and a hotter, drier climate will bring deeper droughts and more erratic precipitation patterns.

The response has traditionally involved expanding supplies by more diversions, wells and dams and mining more…


The Progressive, May 2021

In the sixty-nine years that Sharon Lavigne has lived on the east bank of the Mississippi River in Louisiana’s St. James Parish, she has seen more than three dozen petrochemical plants turn her community from a rural place with sugar- cane plantations from the state’s history of slavery, tin-roofed shacks, and unspoiled wetlands into an industrial hodgepodge of billowing stacks, bulky tank farms, and noisy railroad tracks.

That’s why, a few years ago, when she heard that the Taiwanese manufacturer Formosa planned to build yet another hulking petrochemical plant in the parish’s 5th District, a mile…


Future Human, April 2021

Sergey Zimov, a scientist, digs up mammoth and bison bones at Duvanny Yar, a permafrost ‘megaslump’ or a thermokarst depression. (Katie Orlinsky)

On a warm afternoon in the northeastern Siberian region of Yakutia, farther north than most humans care to live, Sergey Zimov stood below an eroding mudbank along the Kolyma River. He reached down by his feet and drove a metal rod into the spongy ground that sucked at his boots, hitting what lies a few feet beneath the surface: a layer of frozen soil that’s as hard as rock — and arguably as dangerous as dynamite.

Arctic permafrost holds up to 1,600 gigatons of carbon, roughly twice what’s in the atmosphere. Temperatures across the region are…


The prehistoric animals could diffuse the Arctic’s ticking carbon bomb

A woolly mammoth skeleton is displayed at Summers Place Auctions on November 26, 2014 in Billingshurst, England. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

On a warm afternoon in the northeastern Siberian region of Yakutia, farther north than most humans care to live, Sergey Zimov stood below an eroding mudbank along the Kolyma River. He reached down by his feet and drove a metal rod into the spongy ground that sucked at his boots, hitting what lies a few feet beneath the surface: a layer of frozen soil that’s as hard as rock — and arguably as dangerous as dynamite.

Arctic permafrost holds up to 1,600 gigatons of carbon, roughly twice what’s in the atmosphere. Temperatures across the region are warming more than twice


Insider, February 2021

Mario Draghi led the European Central Bank through the worst of the eurozone crisis. (Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

Mario Draghi comes across as unassuming at first. He hardly ever speaks to the press, does not have an “entourage,” and reportedly carries his own bags when he goes on trips.

By various accounts, he’s a family man who avidly supports the football club of his native Rome, and he likes basketball, too.

But he’s also a superhero, once ranked by Forbes as one of the 10 most powerful people in the world, with the nickname “Super Mario.”

That’s because when it comes to making decisions, Draghi can be dauntless. As chief of the European Central Bank


Euronews, January 2021

Wineries flourish in the seemingly harsh Negev desert thanks to modern irrigation techniques (Boker Valley Winery)

In the Negev Desert, the sun beams down onto desolate earth. The air is dry and the land arid.

But up on a mountain ridge near the town of Mitzpe Ramon, rows of vines sprout from the scorched soil — the only glimmer of green in a barren landscape.

This is no desert mirage. Those sprouts are part of an experimental vineyard where researchers are investigating how grapes can grow under the extreme conditions that dominate this region in southern Israel.

The Negev, meaning “the dry” in Hebrew, only receives about 10 centimetres of rain each year…


Wired UK, August 2020

(Photo By DEA / S. VANNINI/De Agostini via Getty Images).

Two thousand metres up in the mountains above Switzerland’s Engadin Valley, Felix Keller stands in a rocky ridge overlooking the Morteratsch glacier, one of the biggest in the Alps. He points to a rock-strewn plateau speckled with spruces and bushes far beyond him. “In the early 1990s, all this used to be ice,” he says. “But now, look: it’s all trees and boulders. Things are changing very, very quickly.”

Like nearly all its Alpine neighbours, this frozen giant has retreated like a dying snake recoiling into its pit, as temperatures across the region have warmed faster…


Climate & Capital, July 2020

Simply cutting CO2 emissions is not enough, says the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. To slow global warming, we need to actually remove carbon from the sky. But how?

As companies turn to the latest carbon-capture technologies, one low-tech solution has been gaining ground: Carbon farming, or regenerative agriculture, an approach rooted in millenia-old techniques that can pull carbon from the air and put it back into the soil. A new generation of startups are connecting carbon-emitting companies with farmers willing to put it into their fields.

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Experience, June 2020

To avoid a climate catastrophe and keep the world’s temperature from rising by more than two degrees Celsius, experts say, it’s not enough to just cut pollution. We’ll also have to pull some carbon emissions from the atmosphere. But how? One idea gaining traction is paying farmers to use regenerative practices to store carbon in the soil.

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Nature Climate Change, November 2019

Nearly half the residents of Isle de Jean Charles have left the island, their houses sitting empty. (Ted Jackson / Yale Environment 360)

The coastal villages of Isle de Jean Charles in southern Louisiana and Newtok in western Alaska don’t seem to have a lot in common on the surface. They are some 5,000 miles apart: one with a semitropical climate bordering the Gulf of Mexico; the other covered with ice and closer to Russia than to the mainland United States. But facing the similar threat of vanishing under rising seas, both have made the same decision — packing up everything and starting over on new ground.

Sitting at either end of the country, Louisiana and Alaska stand…

Marcello Rossi

Freelance writer. My works appeared in National Geographic, The Economist, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Nature, Smithsonian, Reuters, among many others.

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