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A man in a black suit, blue tie, and black mask stands with his hands interlaced with a EV charging station behind him.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tours electric vehicles and chargers on display (Yiming Fu/MNS).

Northwestern University
By Yiming Fu – Surrounded by a dozen electric buses outside the Department of Transportation, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg called on Congress to fund electric vehicle initiatives — especially in polluted and low-income communities.

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Planet Forward Advisory Council | Holland & Knight
The Road to COP26 | Despite the challenging circumstances, continuing these international climate change negotiations remains essential to move the planet forward — and this COP meeting will be an important one.

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Founding Director, Planet Forward
The stories we tell matter. They can bring us together or tear us apart. The stories that come from Glasgow will inevitably highlight conflict and tension, setback and adversity. But it’s vital to find the subplots that reveal solutions, too.  
Three green and blue-faced salmon are shown close to the camera whilst swimming through clear water.

Pacific sockeye salmon during the annual migration. The Canadian government recently announced its (CAD) $647 million Pacific Salmon Strategy Initiative. “Hopefully it’s not too little, too late,” says marine campaigner Emmie Page (Image by Oregon State University/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en). 

Northwestern University
In June 2021, a heat wave spread over the Pacific Northwest, with people in the region wilting from record high temperatures. But, Fiona Skeggs reports, the threats are soaring for rivers and marine life as well.
A photo of Cross with a brain in her hair and wearing a plaid coat, copying the Evermore cover. She has a chicken standing on her shoulder.

The day after the release of 'evermore,' Cross recreated the album cover with her chicken. Her posts can be seen on her Instagram @whatthecluckeggs.

The George Washington University
Caleigh Cross, a 27-year old Vermont woman, has had pet chickens for years, but she began to do something different with them this past year: pose alongside them to recreate Taylor Swift's album covers. 

For this segment of "Experts on Camera," the third I worked on, I did everything from deciding on a topic to editing the videos together. (Screenshot courtesy of SciLine/ https://www.sciline.org/wildfires/smoke-childrens-health/)

George Washington University
From day one I knew this was the field I wanted to be in––I left wanting to find a science communications job more than anything.
Two red foxes look at the camera from where they rest on a concrete parking lot.

From my article, "Studies debunk ‘nature is healing’ narrative from 2020 lockdowns" (Photo by Rural Explorer courtesy of Unsplash / https://unsplash.com/license).

George Washington University
To me, this internship experience meant a place to grow and refine my scientific reporting skills. Being encouraged to explore a topic in ways I find newsworthy was quite liberating.
A plane wing in flight from the vantage point of a plane passenger.

(Photo by Julia MacCary)

Northwestern University
As reported by Julia MacCary, carbon offsets, monetary investments into global projects that reduce carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to counterbalance one’s emissions, have grown in popularity. But do they stand up to scrutiny?
A woman in neutral clothing, a backpack and a baseball cap stands in a green field and looks across frame.

Jen Jenkins surveys the terrain of Sundrop Prairie (Sarah Anderson/MEDILL).

Medill News Service, Northwestern University
Colleen O’Brien and Jen Jenkins are exploring whether a cluster of five grassland regions that form a rare natural oasis just south of Chicago could be dedicated as a space for stormwater collection to help mitigate flooding in the region.

In 2015, in collaboration with Indigenous leaders and Indigenous youth, FAO identified 6 pillars of work and 2 focus areas—Indigenous women and Indigenous youth—as part of FAO’s goal of freeing the world of hunger and malnutrition (Photo courtesy of UN Women/Ryan Brown https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/).

Planet Forward FAO Fellow | University of Oklahoma
Indigenous Peoples’ communities' challenges and priorities of “food security, food sovereignty, and health have accelerated and intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to Indigenous Peoples’ Liaison Mikaila Way.

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