Come to Saving Life on Earth: Words on the Wild and read about a bold new project, BioAlfa, that proposes to use DNA barcoding to identify Costa Rica’s million- plus species.
Feeling lonely and isolated? Conservationists feel that way most of the time.
Read more in Overworked, underpaid and lonely: Conservationists find a new community online about the struggles of young environmental workers and the new organization that is providing moral support.
My recent piece – Lethal algae blooms – an ecosystem out of balance – published on The Guardian looks around the globe, from the United States to the Baltic and beyond, as toxic algae formations are part of a concerning trend linked to farming practices and our climate crisis.
From 2015 to 2018, I wrote my Radical Conservation blog for The Guardian.
I am currently writing a monthly column for Mongabay called Saving Life on Earth: Words on the Wild. The column focuses on innovative conservation, little-known species, and other topics.
In 2011 , I was lucky enough to publish a series of essays from my time at Mongabay, titled Life is Good: Conservation in an Age of Mass Extinction. The compilation received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. The review praises the book, saying “Overall, the collection manages to raise environmental alarms without falling into hopeless predictions of doom. And Hance urges a knowledge- and science-based approach to conservation, while also exhorting readers to allow themselves to feel a sense of awe when interacting with other creatures.”
In my four-part series for Mongabay, I interviewed 24 entomologists and researchers on six continents working in over a dozen nations to determine what we know regarding the mass loss of insects across the globe.
Part One – The Great Insect Dying: A global look at a deepening crisis
Part Two – The Great Insect Dying: Vanishing act in Europe and North America
Part Three – The Great Insect Dying: The tropics in trouble and some hope
Part Four – The Great Insect Dying: How to save insects and ourselves
My Mongabay piece on a new study that finds that living near a protected park in the developing world has remarkable benefits, however, there are untold pieces of this complicated story.
My commentary for Mongabay It’s Generation Climate.