I am a science writer with a passion for energy and its implications

I’ve been moving ever since I was born in New York,* building connections in the U.S., Canada, Japan and France before settling down. These days I call San Francisco and Vancouver Island home, and explore energy developments globally. For two decades I have tracked the intersection of energy and the environment from the coalfields of Inner Mongolia to the unlit villages of Bolivia’s Cordillera Real and the solar PV-covered auto plants of Stuttgart. My byline appears regularly in diverse print and online publications, including The Atlantic, Scientific American, NewScientist, Hakai Magazine and Nature. In 2015 my reporting on solar energy won the Society of Environmental Journalists’ award for Outstanding Beat Reporting. I enjoy speaking on climate change and energy systems through broadcasters and podcasters and before academic and professional audiences, have taught environmental journalism, and authored a book introducing young adults to electricity & magnetism.

* I was not born in Kuala Lumpur in 1930 because I am not the UK science journalist who famously narrated the Apollo moon landings for ITN. Crucially, I am still very much alive.

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