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Susan Freinkel
Susan Freinkel is the author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story and American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree. She has also written for the New York Times, Discover, Smithsonian, Mindful, and other publications.
Stories by Susan Freinkel
September 2, 2014
A new scorecard tells us about the toxic chemical footprints of everyday plastics. But the game between industry and consumers is still rigged.
June 24, 2014
Super-tiny nanomaterials are poised to revolutionize our technologies. As for what else they might do to us: nobody really knows.
April 28, 2014
Looking for another reason to worry about fracking? We're going to bubble-wrap the entire planet with the overabundance of plastic it produces.
March 4, 2014
If we ban plastic bags, some dog owners ask, how will we scoop up after Fido? So let's give them better options.
August 27, 2013
Microbeads, found in many cosmetics, are the latest addition to the marine plastics problem. Yes: you may be dirtying our waters every time you clean your face.
June 10, 2013
For Jay Shafer, a pioneer of the "tiny house" movement, less isn't just more. Less is better.
May 14, 2013
Our new climate milestone through the eyes of the scientist whose father first brought the peril of rising carbon dioxide to the world's attention.
December 11, 2012
Fifty years ago, his father ushered in the era of climate science. Today, Ralph Keeling is discovering how the winds have changed.
June 4, 2012
From the "arms race" among ancient mollusks to present-day ocean acidification, a blind scientist vividly interprets the world through his fingertips.
June 4, 2012
Blind paleontologist Geerat Vermeij can trace eons in the minutest of details. Here's how.
February 29, 2008
One unusually warm day in November, I took my 10-year-old daughter, Moriah, to the San Francisco Zoo.