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Benjamin Preston

Benjamin Preston was a communications intern for the Columbia Water Center. A graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he also serves as an editorial intern at OnEarth Magazine. Before coming to New York, he covered water resource issues as a staff reporter, first for the Santa Barbara Independent and then Noozhawk.com -- both are Santa Barbara, Calif.-based local news publications. He has also had work published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Miller-McCune Magazine, the Brooklyn Eagle, and the now-defunct Terrain Magazine, among others.

Recent Posts

Pennsylvania’s Gasland Spill

Pennsylvania well spills tens of thousands of gallons of fracking fluid into a nearby creek; Gasland director Josh Fox talks to Columbia University about renewable energy.

by |April 25, 2011

Southern Louisiana’s Vanishing Act

Louisiana’s wetlands — the largest system in the United States — are shrinking at an alarming rate.

by |April 20, 2011

Growing Up: Water Efficiency and Sunless Farming

As Earth’s population continues to grow and a dynamic global climate shifts our expectations of where and when food can be grown, scientists are trying to find new ways to get more from less.

by |April 15, 2011

Fracking Panel Comes to NYC

In an effort to present various views on hydraulic fracturing, a panel of experts spoke to the public at Barnard College in New York City last Tuesday night. Known colloquially as fracking or hydrofracking, hydraulic fracturing has been regarded by many as a potential threat to New York City’s drinking water supply. The mere possibility… read more

by |April 8, 2011

Of Earthquakes and Nuclear Reactors

As Japan’s nuclear meltdown catastrophe continues in the wake of the March 11 magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, Japanese power company executives and officials face an increasingly challenging situation. Tuesday morning, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) — the company operating the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant — dumped more than 11,000 gallons of radioactive seawater into… read more

by |April 6, 2011

Colonel Qaddafi and the Great Man-made River

Behind the political impetus at work determining the fate of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi and the future of Libya lurks another issue: water.

by |April 1, 2011

Fracking: What Lies Beneath?

Disclaimer: Although this blog post has been researched like any other news piece I would write, it represents my personal perspective about natural gas drilling. For a journalist, it feels strange to begin with a disclaimer, but that’s what I’ll do here. The reason is simple: This blog post is skewed. Why? because, if the… read more

by |March 28, 2011

Changing Litterbugs One Wave at a Time

As the mid-Pacific trash island grows, forces are at work to change people’s minds about how they may be adding to it.

by |March 10, 2011

Irrigation Management and Global Water Supply

The Columbia Water Center hosted Marshall English last week to talk about the role crop irrigation plays in water resource planning and problem solving.

by |March 4, 2011

Maori Values; Modern Solutions

New Zealand’s longest river is also its most polluted, but Maori tribesmen have help to offer that goes beyond technology.

by |February 24, 2011