Eleanor Cummins is a science journalist focusing on the urban environment, especially waste and climate. A selection of her work is here in this portfolio.
I'm a reporter interested in sharing culturally significant and emotionally impactful stories about science, health and the environment and its intersection with human values, norms and culture.
Museums are just about the only places ready for the next natural disaster
But as once-rare storms like these become more common and more consequential (Sandy caused an estimated $70 billion in damage, behind only Hurricane Katrina), coastal communities are reorienting to a world where they might be underwater at a moment’s notice. And museums are leading the charge.
Incredible, inedible oysters
The road to Queens was once paved with oyster shells, so plentiful was Crassostrea virginica in New York’s waters. But after centuries of mismanagement and mistreatment, there aren’t many left, and the road is reduced to good intentions.
For Edible Queens Magazine.
These Spies Mapped South Asia By Foot
Armed with the few tools that wouldn’t undo their disguise—namely a 100-bead rosary for counting steps and a prayer wheel for storing secret messages—the pundits made best use of what they had.
For Atlas Obscura.