Monday, May 30, 2016

Things are Getting Fishy Around Here

Happy Memorial Day, friends and readers. I hope you're taking the day off. I probably am, but we'll see how it all works out. Freelancers don't always get to relax on holidays, and I have several large features working their way toward completion so I should probably be heads-down, fingers-on-keyboard today. But it's early yet, so I haven't decided. Maybe I'll get some work done before the rest of the world wakes up and then spend some quiet, fun time with the rest of the human race.

Anyway, it being a Monday, here are my links to my articles from last week. I'll start with two fisheries-related stories for TakePart:

The Philippines’ Giant Fish Are Disappearing

Squid Are Getting Bigger and Taking Over the Ocean

Next up, two new "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American:

Illegal Pet Trade Threatens 13 Indonesian Birds with Extinction

What do Elephants and Cocaine Have in Common?

That's it for this time around. I'm not sure how much of my work will see publication this week, it being a short holiday week and all, but again, we'll see. Come on back here next Monday for another list, or follow me on Twitter for headlines as they happen.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Bird Week + Ugly Critters, Eaten Lemurs and Melting Glaciers

Greetings friends, readers, enemies, passers-by and other people with eyeballs! It's time for my weekly list of links to my articles from the previous seven days. I have some great stories for you this week, so let's start with my favorite, my issue for the June 2016 print issue of Scientific American, which is already online:

Ugly Critters Get No Love

Speaking of SciAm, here are two more "Extinction Countdown" articles for them:

Who Eats Lemurs? The Answer Is More Complex Than You'd Think

Here's a List of Every At-Risk Bird Species in North America (All 432 of Them)

Finally this week, here are two new pieces for TakePart, one of which is kinda hopeful and the other of which should have you sweating in your socks:

There’s New Hope for Saving the U.S.’ Most Endangered Bird

One of Antarctica’s Biggest Glaciers Is Eroding Faster Than Thought

That's it for this time around. Join me next Monday, same blog time, same blog station, for another link list. Of follow me on the thing that sounds like a bird to get headlines and other links as they happen.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Turtle Week (plus a whole lot more)

Hey folks, welcome to the 400th post here on the old John Platt Article Library.

This blog originally came into existence as a place for me to archive some of my old writing. Along the way, it also became an ongoing catalog of all of my current writing. Which, of course, is why we're here again today.

This week's publications include two new articles about sea turtles, including this one, my first contribution to Hakai magazine, about how drones are being used to study sea turtle sex:

Turtle Voyeurs

This week's "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American continued with the sea turtle theme, while also addressing deforestation and its effect on one of the world's rarest primates:

Should Tourists Swim with Endangered Sea Turtles?

Fractured Monkeys

Next up, three new articles for TakePart, two of which look at how global warming is messing with our wild species:

Drought Offers Insight Into How Species Will Fare in a Warming World

How Global Warming in the Arctic Kills Birds in the Tropics

Scientists Put Bees on the Menu

Finally this week, here's a short new piece for Audubon:

The Bison Joins the Bald Eagle as a Fellow Symbol of America

Oh, did I say "finally"? Not quite. I also made an appearance on the "Green Dudes" segment of the Green Divas radio show. You can listen to it here.

That's it for this time around. Join my next week for another list, or follow me on Twitter for links as they happen.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Extinction, Consumerism and Ghosts

Hey folks, it's Monday again, which means it's time for another batch of headlines representing my latest publications.

First off, remember my bleak article about antelopes from last week? Well, the news got even worse for one species. Here's the news, my latest "Extinction Countdown" article for Scientific American:

Only Three Addax Antelopes Left in the Wild?

Next up, three powerful pieces for TakePart:

Preaching Against Extinction (my interview with Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir)

Hunting Wolves Hurts Tourism

‘Ghost Gear’ + Climate Change = Bad News for Lobsters

Finally, let's end with something completely different, my latest tech careers article for IEEE's The Institute:

Five Ways Engineers Can Improve Their Writing

Next week...another antelope article? Probably not, but you never know!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Lemurs, Antelopes and Impending Extinctions

That was weird. Last week involved what felt like a lot more interviewing and preparation than actual writing, and yet I ended up with six published articles. Go figure.

Well, I guess that means this coming week will see even more as all of that prep work pays off and turns into actual stories.

Anyway, let's get to the links. I'll start with this, my second piece for Slate:

Unfortunately, You Can't Have a Lemur as a Pet

Next up, my latest for TakePart;

Africa’s Antelopes Face Extinction as Climate Change Squeezes Habitat

And finally this week, here are four short new "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American:

Legacy of South Africa's First Female Botanist Reaffirmed after 147 Years

Island Fox May Have Lowest Genetic Variability of Any Animal

Royal Cambodian Turtle Population Plummets 95 Percent; Just 10 Left in the Wild

Black-Throated Finch Extinct in New South Wales

Lots more in the coming days and weeks ahead. Make sure to follow me on Twitter for headlines as they go live.