Trees Are Overrated

THE ATLANTIC Preserving the world’s great expanses of grass could be essential to combatting climate change. Once upon a time, not a blade of grass could be found on this planet we call home. There were no verdant meadows, no golden prairies, no sunbaked savannas, and certainly no lawns. Only in the past 80 million … More Trees Are Overrated

Humanity Is Flushing Away One of Life’s Essential Elements

THE ATLANTIC ***Anthologized in the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2022*** ***Honorable mention for the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ 2022 science writing award*** We broke phosphorus. In a field of sugar beets outside Cambridge, England, Simon Kelly stands above a narrow trench gouged into the rusty earth, roughly 15 feet deep and … More Humanity Is Flushing Away One of Life’s Essential Elements

Cancel Earthworms

THE ATLANTIC ***Anthologized in the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2021*** ***Honorable mention for the Society of Environmental Journalists’ 2020 Outstanding Feature Story Award*** The “crazy worms” remaking forests aren’t your friendly neighborhood garden worms. Then again, those aren’t so great either. On a sweltering July day, I follow Annise Dobson down an overgrown … More Cancel Earthworms