Madeline Ostrander

Madeline Ostrander is a freelance science journalist based in Seattle. Her forthcoming book, “At Home on an Unruly Planet” (Henry Holt and Co., 2022), is about how the climate crisis is affecting Americans at home.

Flooding after Hurricane Katrina

The Fervent Debate Over the Best Way to Confront Global Warming

The polarization of adaptation and mitigation might also have created blind spots that made it harder to push for planet-cooling policies.

August 18, 2022

On the Thawing Tundra, Researchers Race to Understand Black Carbon’s Impact

Black carbon is a product of incomplete combustion from forest fires and the burning of both wood and fossil fuels, and its influence on the Arctic is like the proverbial death by a thousand cuts.

May 19, 2017


LA Imports Nearly 85 Percent of Its Water—Can It Change That by Gathering Rain?

In the past decade and a half, a few local environmentalists have been collaborating with city and county officials to rewrite the plan for water here, driven by more and more urgent necessity.

January 6, 2015


Maude Barlow: Read me my environmental rights

In most legal systems, you have a right to freedom of speech or religion, but you don’t have a right to breathe clean air or drink safe water.

December 6, 2010

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