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Barry Yeoman

Barry Yeoman is a freelance journalist based in Durham, North Carolina. In addition to OnEarth, his work has appeared in Discover; O, The Oprah Magazine; AARP The Magazine; and Audubon. His web site is

Stories by Barry Yeoman
June 9, 2014
We've spent billions of dollars on dikes, locks, and levees in a vain attempt to subdue what Mark Twain called 'that lawless stream.' Is it time to let the river have its way?
May 29, 2013
A rich community of fishers, farmers, and foodies relies on the state's salmon runs. After years of decline, recovery may be at hand for both the fish and the people.
November 19, 2012
Asiatic black bears freed from tiny cages where they are “farmed” for bile could soon lose one of the rescue centers where they are rehabilitated.
December 26, 2011
In a year rich with environmental writing, it’s hard to narrow down my favorite examples. Here are five that made me take notice. “Deep Intellect: Inside the Mind of an Octopus,” by Sy Montgomery (Orion)If a visit to the... read more >
December 9, 2011
At an animal sanctuary outside of Chengdu, China, Asiatic black bears that have been rescued from bile farms are given a chance to recover from their previous lives trapped in tiny cages.
December 6, 2011
Across China and Vietnam, thousands of endangered bears live locked up behind bars, where their gall bladders are drained for a liquid prized by Traditional Chinese Medicine. One woman's mission to free them.
September 7, 2011
Last week I wrote about the serious threats to Lake Erie: the blooms of toxic algae, the colonization of its bottom by invasive mussels, and the growth of its oxygen-starved dead zone. The dumping of phosphorus into the lake... read more >
August 31, 2011
Deadly algae and invasive species are choking the life out of Lake Erie. It recovered from near-death 40 years ago, but the regulations that helped save it last time are under increasing attack.
February 23, 2011
One Louisiana biologist grew tired of watching the nutria, an invasive swamp rat, eat away at his state's coastal wetlands. His solution: start a fashion trend.
January 7, 2011
We conclude our Losing Louisiana series by examining some of the ways to put the brakes on a national calamity. Spoiler alert: There are no easy answers.
December 22, 2010
Refilling manmade canals and fighting back an invasive species might be the only restoration project everyone can agree on in coastal Louisiana's disappearing wetlands.
December 17, 2010
While the Mississippi was walled off, the Atchafalaya River remained mostly natural. Now its cypress swamps show that commerce and wetlands protection can co-exist.
December 17, 2010
The director of Tulane University's Environmental Law program tells the story of an 18-year fight to save the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana.
December 10, 2010
Last month I wrote about the two-inch layer of “slime snot” that scientists found on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico 16 miles from the site of the Deepwater Horizon blowout. I learned about this discovery from Vernon Asper,... read more >