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July 4, 2012

Aztec Ruler’s Tomb Found Under Mexico City

Aztec Ruler’s Tomb Found Under Mexico City

African Refugees Spurring Bush-Meat Trade

African Refugees Spurring Bush-Meat Trade

The Business of Bottled Water: An “Obsession” With a Price

The Business of Bottled Water: An “Obsession” With a Price

China Spurring Illegal Timber Trade in Tanzania

China Spurring Illegal Timber Trade in Tanzania

April 9, 2012

China Cracks Down on Illegal Online Wildlife Trade

China Cracks Down on Illegal Online Wildlife Trade

“Stem Cell Tourists” Go Abroad for Unproven Treatments

“Stem Cell Tourists” Go Abroad for Unproven Treatments

May 11, 2011

Chinese Wetlands

I wrote captions for a slideshow a while back for National Geographic’s water series; it’s called China’s Wetland Revolution. The biggest attraction is the photos by Sean Gallagher, who did a pretty remarkable job documenting a not-so-sexy environmental issue — disappearing wetlands — in a country not so keen on dispensing information on environmental predicaments. The story was part of NatGeo’s ongoing series on global water issues, which was kicked off with its ASME award-winning issue on water in April 2010.

December 28, 2010

Give Lard A Chance

Here’s another reason to save those bacon drippings: They can be converted into diesel fuel, that is if you have the the equipment handy to hydrogenate the fats and turn them into renewable diesel. Meat conglomerate Tyson Foods would like to see more Americans driving on lard if a new venture with Syntroleum works out. For more, see my recent piece in National Geographic News entitled Fat’s Chance as a Renewable Diesel Fuel.

August 31, 2010

China prepares to divert a lot of water

Last month during my month-long trip to China I had a chance to learn a little about chronic water shortages and the Chinese government’s grand plans to keep the thirst of northern cities like Beijing slaked. This story for National Geographic News is the product of that little thought venture. More China stories to come soon.