Good news! A huge THANK YOU to all our donors. We're full-steam ahead.

Our mid-summer campaign raised $12,000, exceeding our goals and powering us into a strong finish to 2020

We normally reserve this space for noteworthy environmental news. But I need time for a heartfelt "thank you."


Last week we concluded our annual mid-summer appeal. Thanks to readers like you, we exceeded our fundraising goal, raising more than $12,000.

More than 170 readers like you gave, in amounts ranging from $5 to $1,000. Given the uncertainties swirling around us all these days, we're honored by the stability your gifts bring, and – more importantly – the support it shows. We promise to use this money efficiently. We've got some exciting programs in the pipeline for the fall. Here's how we'll be investing that money:

  • We just wrapped up our summer internship program. Two bright, promising early career journalists joined us from MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing: Lucy Jakub and Kate Petersen. They wrote with passion, urgency and knowledge about ocean conservation, clean energy, and plastic pollution. Thanks to you, we can now afford a fall intern. We are looking forward to welcoming Hannah Seo of NYU's Science, Health and Environment Reporting Program in a few weeks.
  • We're excited to continue our acclaimed series, Agents of Change, which gives early-career scientists from historically under-represented backgrounds a platform to write boldly about their work. We concluded the first cohort this summer and will launch the second class later this year. Stay tuned!
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