​​​​Recent Articles and Projects


Global Energy Transformation (A Roadmap to 2050)

International Renewable Energy Agency, April 2019 (report edited by JC)


Interested in gauging a population’s health? Look to sewage
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), March 26, 2019


Electrification with Renewables: Driving the transformation of energy services
International Renewable Energy Agency, 2019


Clovis People Spread to Central and South American, then Vanished

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, November 8, 2018


Milfoil's Big Adventure

(Children's book: Illustrations by Arch Carey)

The Race to Extinguish Insect Pests by Enlisting Their Own Kind
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), July 31, 2018


Animal Cognition Research Offers Outreach Opportunity

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), May 1, 2018

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Ancient DNA Tells Tales of Humans' Migratory History
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, February 21, 2018


The Cat Conundrum: Tens  of millions of free-roaming felines are take a huge toll of wildlife;  what to do about them has spawned battles from coast to coast
National Wildlife, October/November 2017


Putting Fossils to Work in the Hopes of Restoration
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), August 15, 2017


A Tree that Survived the Civil War was Just Saved from Developer's Chain Saws in Arlington
Washington Post, August 13, 2017


Starting a Biotech Company: What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

EBD Group & Xconomy, July 2017


On the Brink of a Recycling Revolution?

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), January 24, 2017


From Risk to Return: Investing in a Clean Energy Economy

Case Studies

The Risky Business Project, November 2016


Crucial Role of Below Ground Diversity

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), July 12, 2016


Increasing the Benefits of Resilience

Report by Business Minds with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, 2016


Are We in the "Anthropocene"?
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), April 12, 2016


Musical Genes
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), February 23, 2016


Rewilding

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), January 26, 2016


The Democratizing of Investing

Report by OurCrowd & Xconomy, January 2016


From Google to Novartis: Business Showed Up Big at World Climate Talks

Xconomy, December 16, 2015


Intimate Partnerships:  Recent research illuminates how symbiosis has been--and still is--a major player in evolution
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), August 18, 2015


Finding Precious Metals in Unlikely Places 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), July 21, 2015 


The 9 Limits of Our Planet...and How We've Raced Past 4 of Them
Ideas.Ted.Com


How Mobile Technology is Transforming Healthcare
The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2015  

Making a World of Difference - The National Academy of Engineering's 50th Anniversary Report


Why Moose Populations are Declining
National Wildlife, October/November 2014 

Why are We Being Such Idiots about Climate Change?
Ideas. Ted.Com 


Fracking: Boon or Bust?
Woodland, Spring 2014  


Technical Wizards
Scientists get by with a little help from their engineering friends
HHMI Bulletin, Winter 2014 


Architects of the Swamp 
Scientific American, December 2014 

Europe's Energy Challenge

Special Report

Science Business, November 2014


Precision Conservation
If  we treat agricultural pollution with a scalpel instead of a hatchet, we  might have a fighting chance of cutting the flow of fertilizers into  rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.
Conservation, Fall 2013  


Gas Pains
              The recent boom in natural gas has divided environmentalists. While some envision gas 

              as a bridge to a zero carbon energy future, others  see it as a dangerous detour. 

               So what’s the fastest way to get CO2 relief?
Conservation, Summer 2013


Presidential Timber
A look at the forest legacies of Washington, Jefferson and Madison
Woodland, Winter 2013 

National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy (released March, 2013)
Edited full report and wrote highlights brochure:


Ecological Traps
Offering  alluring habitat for songbirds, exotic plants such as Asian honeysuckle  may actually decrease the animals' long-term survival and fitness
National Wildlife, February/March 2013  


Drones at Home
Tiny, unmanned aircraft are ready to warn you about traffice or spy on you in your backyard
Scientific American, December 2012 


Global Warming: Faster than Expected?
Loss of ice, melting of permafrost and other climate effects are occurring at an alarming pace
Scientific American, November 2012 

Cat Fight
The  strange case of the wildlife biologist turned cat poisoner is the  latest round in a bitter battle over tens of millions of free-roaming  feline hunters
Conservation, Spring 2012 


Without Congress, There’s Still a Path to U.S. Progress on Climate
Don’t  expect the U.S. Congress to take any action on climate change in the  next four years. But by continuing to use its regulatory authority and  working with the states, the Obama administration can make significant  progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Yale Environment 360, 10 December 2012


Estate Tax Report for the American Forest Foundation
December 2012 


Issue Brief for the National Resources Defense Council
Using the Clean Air Act to Cut Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants
December 2012 


The Efficiency Catch-22
The more energy we save, the more we use
Conservation, Fall 2011  


Opening Up Big Data
Mining the vast amounts of information on the Web is the next frontier for innovation and growth
Futures (Microsoft's European Innovation Magazine), Issue 10, June 2012, pp. 22-25


After the Deluge
A  spate of floods, droughts, and heat waves is prompting city and state  leaders to take bold steps to protect their people and property
Scientific American, December 2011 


Hot Commodities
Temperate  and boreal forests are among our best assets in the fight against  global warming; but without better management, scientists say these  woodlands instead may become part of the problem
National Wildlife, October/November 2011 


Comprehensive Energy Strategy for Connecticut - 2013
Wrote  first draft of the energy plan for the state of Connecticut (under  contract to the Rocky Mountain Institute, which did the technical  analysis for the State).
Final Plan


Extreme Weather and Climate Change
The evidence is in: global warming has caused severe floods, droughts and storms
Three part online series in Scientific American, 2011
Part I:  Storm Warnings
Part II: Global Warming and the Science of Extreme Weather 
Part III: Our Extreme Future


Editing Projects:

Reinventing Fire
Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era
by Amory B. Lovins and the Rocky Mountain Institute




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Selected Businesss Week Stories

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Global Warming

 Why business is taking it so seriously, August 16, 2004
 

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Do Cholesterol Drugs Do Any Good?

 

Research suggests that, except among high-risk patients, the benefits statins like Lipitor, are overstated, January 28, 2008

Link to story
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The Real Question: Should Oil be Cheap?

 

Expensive oil hurts, but there’s a business case to be made for a floor under the price of crude, August 4, 2008