Ashley Braun

Ashley Braun is a Seattle-based freelance science and environmental journalist. She works as a deputy editor for and is a contributing science writer for Natural History Magazine. She has written for The AtlanticSlateScientific American, Popular Science onlineHakai MagazineEarth Touch, and She also fact-checks for Discover Magazine and others.

Find more of her writing at and follow her on Twitter at @ashleybraun.

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How Indigenous Sea Gardens Produced Massive Amounts of Food for Millennia

By focusing on reciprocity and the common good—both for the community and the environment—sea gardening created bountiful food without putting populations at risk of collapse.

July 20, 2022

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Tribal Hatcheries and the Road to Restoration

In the US Pacific Northwest, tribal hatcheries uphold Indigenous communities’ treaty rights to salmon, while buying time to rehabilitate lost habitat.

June 9, 2022

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Alaska Drilling Project Squashed By Court Decision Was Touted By Oil-Friendly Former Trump Official

This week, a federal court overturned the Trump administration’s approval for what would have been Alaska’s first drilling project in federal waters, citing faulty analyses of how the Arctic oil and gas facility would affect the climate and polar bears.

December 16, 2020

Nations Won’t Reach Paris Climate Goal Without Protecting Wildlife and Nature, Warns Report

The Paris Climate Agreement and several other United Nations (UN) pacts “all depend on the health and vitality of our natural environment in all its diversity and complexity,” said Dr. Anne Larigauderie, executive secretary of the UN-backed organization behind the report. “Acting to protect and promote biodiversity is at least as important to achieving these commitments and to human well-being as is the fight against global climate change.”

March 27, 2018

How to Convince Your Neighbors Climate Change Is Real? Stop Calling Them Idiots, Says DeSmog Founder Jim Hoggan

Clean coal.” “Ethical oil.” How could fossil fuels that produce pollution which sickens, kills, and hospitalizes tens of thousands of Americans each year end up sounding so … desirable?

December 16, 2016


From UN Climate Talks, Indigenous Activists Align with Standing Rock Protesters as Tensions Rise and Temperatures Fall

Days before police resorted to using water cannons in freezing temperatures against Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) protesters, the international indigenous community was already decrying the treatment of Native Americans and environmental activists camped in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

November 23, 2016

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