Scott Dodd

Scott Dodd is the editor of OnEarth.org and a science writer in New York City. He has contributed to The New York Times, Scientific American, Oceanus and more.

VIDEO: Is Gulf seafood safe to eat after oil spill?

New Orleans is world-famous for its seafood, but the Gulf Coast oil spill has left the future of the industry and those who rely on it for their livelihoods in jeopardy as fishing grounds close …

Unnatural Habitat

What do coyotes want in Manhattan? Real estate

Early Sunday morning, a campus security officer at Columbia University saw three unusual animals hanging out in front of Lewisohn Hall, one of the school’s classroom buildings. The officer called NYPD, and according to a …

Buffalo or bison: What's in a name?

Hillary Rosner’s recent OnEarth story about a quarantined bison herd that needs a good home has stirred up quite a debate on the Facebook page of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Interestingly, the debate has …

Green Acres

How smart is your city?

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 …

Hawkarazzi

Urban hawks take flight on New York’s Upper West Side

Photo: Ralph HockensReason 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 …

Putting the economy in the green

New studies tout the economic benefits of green jobs

Investments in clean energy — such as those encouraged by the American Clean Energy and Security Act — would produce several times as many jobs as the same amount of money spent on traditional fossil …

Good Fish, Bad Fish

Is your favorite seafood unhealthy for the planet?

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 …

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