Kevin Krajick, Author at State of the Planet

Kevin Krajick is the Earth Institute's senior editor for science news. He grew up in the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley of upstate New York, where he started in journalism at his high-school newspaper. He has since reported from all 50 U.S. states and 30-some countries, covering science, criminal justice, immigration and other subjects. His work has been featured in National Geographic, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Science, Smithsonian and many other publications. He was a 1981 finalist for the National Magazine Award for Public Service for his reporting on organized crime's links to the toxic waste-disposal industry. Among other honors, he is two-time winner of the American Geophysical Union's Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism, and his work has been featured repeatedly in the yearly book "Best American Science and Nature Writing." His 2001 book "Barren Lands" is the true account of how prospectors discovered diamond mines in Canada's remote far north. Krajick holds degrees in comparative literature and journalism from Columbia University. He lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife and two teen daughters.

Recent Posts

Geologists Identify Deep-Earth Structures That May Signal Hidden Metal Lodes

Previously unrecognized structural lines deep in the earth appear to signal the locations of giant deposits of copper, lead, zinc and other vital metals near the surface.

by |June 30, 2020

A New Primer on Climate Change Science

A new primer lays out the basics of climate science in compact form.

by |May 14, 2020

Potentially Fatal Combinations of Humidity and Heat Are Emerging Across the Globe

A new study has identified thousands of incidents of previously rare or unprecedented extreme heat/humidity combinations in parts of Asia, Africa, Australia, South America and North America, including in the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

by |May 8, 2020

How to Take Photos in the Field

What, when and how to shoot photos of scientific fieldwork.

by |May 5, 2020

Writing and Submitting an Opinion Piece

Opinion pages are one of the best-read parts of any publication. Here is how to break into them.

by |May 4, 2020

We Were So Young and Naive. And We Got Things Done.

A journalist looks back on his efforts to cover the first Earth Day.

by |April 21, 2020

My Neighborhood and Coronavirus, a Month Later

Scenes from an Upper West Side neighborhood in the grip of the pandemic.

by |April 20, 2020

Climate-Driven Megadrought Is Emerging in Western U.S., Says Study

Scientists say a long-feared megadrought, worse than anything in recorded history, seems to be starting up in southwestern North America.

by |April 16, 2020

Coronavirus: Expert Resources for Journalists

Earth Institute experts in public health and disaster response are publishing leading-edge findings and advising governments on the coronavirus pandemic. Researchers are also examining the local and global fallout for environment, climate, energy and health systems, philanthropy, culture and education.

by |March 27, 2020

The Shutdown Is Clearing New York’s Air. Don’t Cheer Too Hard.

Researchers are measuring severe drops in pollutants at the ground level, but warn that the benefits will be short-lived unless we take away some longer-term lessons.

by |March 25, 2020