Derrick Z. Jackson

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Derrick Z. Jackson is a UCS Fellow in climate and energy and the Center for Science and Democracy. He is an award-winning journalist and co-author and photographer of Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock, published by Yale University Press (2015). See Derrick's full bio.

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Puffins were nearly extinct in Maine in the early 1900s, hunted for their eggs and meat. Their re-introduction to Eastern Egg Rock in Maine in the 1970s became the world's first successful restoration of a seabird to an island where humans killed it off. Photo: Derrick Jackson

Puffins, Politics, and Joyful Doggedness in Maine

Project Puffin has nursed puffin numbers in Maine back to 1,300 pairs on three islands. Join five researchers on a remote island as they count chicks and reflect on their work amidst the current political environment. Read more >

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Hurricane Irma approaches landfall in southern Florida, September 10, 2017. Photo: NASA

Will Republican Mayors Crack the Party’s Wall of Climate Denial?

If any set of Republicans cracks the party’s wall of denial on climate change, it will be those most responsible to deal with its ravages—mayors. That was reaffirmed during Hurricane Irma when Miami’s Republican mayor, Tomas Regalado, told the Miami Herald:

“This is the time to talk about climate change. This is the time that the president and the EPA and whoever makes decisions needs to talk about climate change. If this isn’t climate change, I don’t know what is. This is a truly, truly poster child for what is to come.” Read more >

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Red knots on Cape May: The population of the rufa subspecies of red knot has declined by an estimated 75 percent over the past two decades as sea level rise, shoreline stabilization, and Arctic warming shrink its habitat.

Sea Level Rise Threatens Cape May, New Jersey, and Its Vulnerable Visitors

In 2014, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) listed the rufa subspecies of the red knot as threatened. Its numbers have declined by an estimated 75 percent over the last two decades to around 25,000 birds. The FWS reports that causes include “loss of habitat across its range due to sea level rise, shoreline stabilization, and Arctic warming.” A case study part of the report When Rising Seas Hit Home, 2017. Read more >

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Protecting New Jersey From Sea Level Rise: The Future of the Meadowlands

During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Meadowlands wetlands absorbed much of the storm surge’s energy and saved lives and homes. Marshland in New Jersey. A case study part of the report When Rising Seas Hit Home, 2017. Read more >

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Charleston City Marina, 2015. Photo: www.jaredbramblett.com

Historic Communities Face New Challenges as Sea Levels Rise along the South Carolina Coast

The effects of sea level rise are appearing so fast in Charleston, South Carolina, that the city’s sustainability project manager, Carolee Williams, says most people have no time to holler from one side of the climate change political divide to the other. A case study part of the report When Rising Seas Hit Home, 2017. Read more >

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