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Scott Dodd, Editor, OnEarth.org, New York City

Scott Dodd
Scott is a veteran journalist with experience in newspapers, magazines, and digital media and an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where he earned a master's degree in science writing.

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OnEarth Stories Now on Kindle from Amazon

Posted March 21, 2011 by Scott Dodd in The Media and the Environment

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We’re pleased to tell you that selected stories from NRDC's award-winning OnEarth magazine will now be available for the Kindle. The first offering is “Arctic Fever,” the cover story to our Spring 2011 issue. It’s by Bruce Barcott, a 2009...continued

Spewing About the Spill: BP CEO's Most Ridiculous Statements on the Gulf Disaster

Posted June 3, 2010 by Scott Dodd in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil

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Is BP CEO Tony Hayward cracking under the pressure? Photo illustration by Lance Page/truthout and Lulu-belle Ramsbottom/World Economic Forum via Creative Commons BP CEO Tony Hayward apologized on Facebook for a "hurtful and thoughtless comment" he made over the...continued

LIVEBLOG: Public Meeting on Asian Carp Threat to Great Lakes

Posted February 12, 2010 by Scott Dodd in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Federal officials want to assure the public that they're serious about stopping the dreaded Asian carp from infesting the Great Lakes and destroying its $7 billion fishing industry. So they're holding a public meeting this afternoon to brief the region...continued

Feds Take First Steps to Regulate Drugs in Drinking Water

Posted December 23, 2009 by Scott Dodd in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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The Associated Press is reporting this week that federal regulators under President Obama are taking the first steps toward regulating drugs in the nation's drinking water supply -- a problem first reported by science writer Elizabeth Royte in "Drugging Our...continued

Great Lakes' Asian Carp Crisis Headed to U.S. Supreme Court

Posted December 21, 2009 by Scott Dodd in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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As of today, the Great Lakes are at war. For almost two decades, states that border the lakes and rely on them for drinking water, recreation, commerce and more have been watching an inexorable invasive force make its way toward...continued

The Homeless Herd: Why Is Ted Turner's Ranch Getting These Wild Bison?

Posted December 4, 2009 by Scott Dodd in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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How are these buffalo not like the others? Unlike most buffalo that you've ever seen in your life, in roadside pens and on farms and ranches (or on your plate if you've ever ordered a bison burger), these are real...continued

How Smart Is Your City?

Posted July 14, 2009 by Scott Dodd in Living Sustainably

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Last week, Time magazine asked, "Why Are Southerners So Fat?" There's no simple answer, of course. Poverty, culture and climate all play a role in the South's high obesity rates. But one factor that's increasingly blamed by everyone from medical...continued

Urban Hawks Take Flight on New York's Upper West Side

Posted June 24, 2009 by Scott Dodd in Living Sustainably

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Reason No. 137 that I love commuting by bike in New York City: I get to watch baby hawks go to flight school. Last year, I was fascinated and then heartbroken by a pair of red-tail hawks that built a...continued

Good Fish, Bad Fish: Is Your Favorite Seafood Unhealthy for the Planet?

Posted June 8, 2009 by Scott Dodd in Health and the Environment, Reviving the World's Oceans

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When I was growing up, my family lived in New Orleans for several years, on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. One of my father's friends had a boat, and he liked to take it out shrimping. My dad and...continued

Planning for School Growth Should Be Elementary

Posted June 3, 2009 by Scott Dodd in Living Sustainably

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New York magazine featured a great story last week on school overcrowding in Manhattan. What struck me -- aside from concerns about how my own kid might fare -- was this passage about the city's failure to anticipate that New...continued

Bike to Work Day: Motivation for Getting Back on the Bike

Posted May 14, 2009 by Scott Dodd in Living Sustainably

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Tomorrow is National Bike to Work Day, which is part of National Bike Month, coinciding with Bike Month NYC here in the Big Apple, and I have to admit that it's all making me feel a bit guilty. Last summer,...continued

Here's What Earth Day Means to You

Posted April 22, 2009 by Scott Dodd in Living Sustainably

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Earlier this month, I asked readers in my blog, on NRDC's Facebook page and via our online newsletter to share what Earth Day means to them. And you did! Here are some of the responses that made me laugh, smile...continued

What Does Earth Day Mean to You?

Posted April 8, 2009 by Scott Dodd in Living Sustainably

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Here's what it means to me: That's my new son, Henry. (Sorry, I can't help showing him off a little bit.) I've cared about the environment for a long time, but while my wife was pregnant with Henry here, I...continued

NBA and NRDC Team Up for Green Week

Posted April 1, 2009 by Scott Dodd in Living Sustainably

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My March Madness bracket is in shambles. This weekend's Final Four games will be a terrible reminder that -- for the first time I can remember -- I failed to pick even one team correctly. But at least I've got...continued

New Report Says U.S. Birds in "Widespread Decline," Need Help

Posted March 20, 2009 by Scott Dodd in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Last spring, I found myself entranced by a pair of red-tail hawks building a nest in Riverside Park, just a few blocks from my apartment in New York City. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of their parents and the best wishes...continued

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