John R. Platt, PeoplesWorld

John R. Platt

PeoplesWorld

Portland, OR, United States

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Past:
  • PeoplesWorld
  • The Revelator
  • Scientific American
  • MotherNatureNetwork
  • TakePart
  • Hakai Magazine
  • PBS
  • VICE

Past articles by John:

The fossil fuel divestment movement is on fire

The decades-long push to get large investment funds to pull their money from destructive oil, gas, and coal has made several major leaps forward in the past month. One of the biggest occurred Oct. → Read More

What We’ve Lost: The Species Declared Extinct in 2020

Dozens of frogs, fish, orchids and other species — many unseen for decades — may no longer exist due to humanity’s destructive effects on the planet. → Read More

Researchers Call for Rare Tree's Conservation Decades After Its Declared Extinction

Mistakenly presumed extinct for 22 years, the rare Wendlandia angustifolia tree now has an opportunity for priority preservation → Read More

Australian Plant Species Face 'Imminent Extinction' From Invasive Pathogen

The once-common native guava has nearly vanished—killed off by an invasive fungus that arrived just 10 years ago. Other plant species may soon follow → Read More

Can You Draw An Extinct Species From Memory?

An art project brings to light how quickly the species we’ve lost can fade from our consciousness. Try your own hand at #DrawingExtinction → Read More

An Emerging Threat to Conservation: Fear of Nature

It’s called “biophobia,” a disconnection from nature that reduces our will to preserve species and habitats. But new research points toward wild solutions. → Read More

Nine New Environmental Books You Need to Read This Month

March’s best books examine how cities and families can fight climate change; look at the history of Earth Day; and reveal threats to wild spaces. → Read More

Pesticides Are Killing Off the Andean Condor

Livestock owners needlessly fear these massive South American birds — and lure them to their deaths with poisons. That puts the entire species at risk. → Read More

32 Orchid Species Feared Extinct in Bangladesh

And they’re not the only ones in trouble—orchid species around the world face increasing threats from illegal trade and habitat destruction → Read More

What A Special Black-footed Ferret Can Teach Us About Conservation Success

When a species is critically endangered, every individual matters. → Read More

The Faces of Extinction: The Species We Lost in 2019

Three bird species, two frogs, a shark, a famous snail and one of the world’s largest freshwater fish were among those declared extinct this year. → Read More

Welcome to 2020: 8 Important Environmental Stories to Follow This Year

From the extinction crisis to plastic pollution and the 2020 election, these are some of the stories we expect to dominate headlines in the year ahead. → Read More

What Are You Doing for the Climate Strike?

Around the world this week, people will stop what they’re doing and stand up to call for great action against climate change. → Read More

Can bananas fend off fatal fungus?

Devastating fungus has spread to new parts of the globe. → Read More

The Federal Government’s Cruel War Against Wildlife

USDA’s Wildlife Services will no longer use “cyanide bombs” to kill animals, but that’s just one of the inhumane weapons in their arsenal. → Read More

"A Complete Enigma"—New Zealand Lizard Declared Extinct 130 Years After Only Sighting

But here’s the good news: new research finds it was actually six different species, and five still exist—for now → Read More

From Kochland to Standing Rock: Here Are the 16-plus Best Environmental Books of August

New books this month tackle tough issues related to climate change, extinction, Indigenous sovereignty, ocean conservation and a whole lot more. → Read More

Another Reason to Protect Elephants: Frogs Love Their Feet

Well, more specifically their footprints. New research finds that elephants create foot-shaped habitats for breeding frogs as they travel through the forest in Myanmar → Read More

Rise of the Extinction Deniers

Just like climate deniers, they’re out to obfuscate and debase the scientists and conservationists trying to save the world—and maybe get rid of a few pesky species in the process → Read More

Another Reason to Protect Elephants: Frogs Love Their Feet

Well, more specifically their footprints. New research finds that elephants create foot-shaped habitats for breeding frogs as they travel through the forest in Myanmar. → Read More