Renewable Reefs

Creating "useful" resource outputs from otherwise "empty" or "functionless" marine space is a defining rationale for artificial reef development. The Museo Atlantico generates dive tourism revenue from a purportedly "empty" patch of sand, traditional Japanese fishing rigs create new habitats for fish that expand the harvesting capacity along the shoreline, and landfills or coastal expansion … Continue reading Renewable Reefs


I didn’t think I’d be back to Lanzarote, ever. It was one of the few ostensibly permanent goodbyes I was willing to let myself make last year, or at all, really. Maybe that’s why it didn’t happen the way I thought it would. In the not-time of the internet and this blog, Lanzarote was my … Continue reading Coda

Crown of Thorns

How do you create closed-circuit conservation? That is, how can restoration projects not create waste and undue burden on the communities doing the work? Last week, I got a peek at how the TNC’s new restoration project in Sunny Bay systematically alters and aids local coral communities by relying on local communities and infrastructure. Part … Continue reading Crown of Thorns

Landed, V: Sanya, China

Sanya is the Florida of China. Don’t listen to the guidebooks – while some tour agencies would rather draw parallels to Hawa’ii, Sanya doesn’t feel like an island. It feels, rather, like Bangkok extended itself all the way down the Gulf of Thailand until it was truly tropical. Coconuts are deftly chopped open on street … Continue reading Landed, V: Sanya, China

Kiribati, COP21, and a place for blame

Two weeks ago 21 major world powers gathered at COP21, an international assembly of politicians, scientists, journalists, and activists, ostensibly trying to address the current and future consequences of climate change. Obama grasped at the tendrils of an environmental legacy as he, and the other nations present, signed on to a climate accord that hopes … Continue reading Kiribati, COP21, and a place for blame