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David Gessner
David Gessner is the author of eight books, including My Green Manifesto and The Tarball Chronicles, both of which grew out of reporting for OnEarth. He has won the John Burroughs award for best natural history essay, taught environmental writing at Harvard, and founded the literary journal Ecotone. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Stories by David Gessner
June 17, 2014
With its ospreys and eagles, its waving grasses and rich oyster beds, what could be more idyllic than a meandering stream in North Carolina? There’s just one problem—all that raw sewage.
February 3, 2014
Fifty years ago this week, the Beatles landed at JFK and toured the East Coast, sending Americans into a frenzy. Now another photogenic group—with its own fan club—has arrived.
December 13, 2013
Our technology-driven world demands that we do everything faster. But when we live slowly, we're rewarded with a deeper understanding of the real world—and our connection to it.
October 21, 2013
A year ago, Hurricane Sandy swept away skepticism about the use of sand dunes. But those big, protective mounds are no excuse for complacency.
September 4, 2013
It took decades, but the Charles has gone from one of the dirtiest urban rivers in the country to one of the cleanest. Here’s how it happened.
July 24, 2013
Everybody’s individual path to environmental consciousness is different. Curious, though, how many of them turn out to be flight paths.
July 19, 2013
When on a quest to find the possibly-extinct imperial woodpecker, watch out for the drug lords.
June 14, 2013
As the wildfire and hurricane seasons begin, a little less hubris—and a lot more awe, humility, and quiet communion with nature—might be the key to reaching détente with the forces of destruction.
May 20, 2013
If unwatched solitude is what you're seeking, wilderness may not be where you find it.
April 18, 2013
Newly elected Tar Heel politicians see the relationship between business and the environment as a zero-sum game. Guess which one is losing?
March 11, 2013
Every new oil and gas boom is accompanied by an elaborate courtship ritual aimed at winning the hearts of local people. But like many affairs, this one may come to a rocky end.
January 17, 2013
Even with one arm, 19th-century Western crusader John Wesley Powell had no problem taking the fight to anti-science politicians.
December 21, 2012
The richest thoughts about nature come in slow, leisurely fashion. Try expressing them in 140 characters.
November 16, 2012
Now the company gets to go back to what motivated its crimes in the first place: making gobs of money.