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.
Rooftop solar panels are great for the Earth — but terrible for firefighters
Firefighters rarely turn the planning part of their brains off, says Peter Lynch, chief of training at the Vermont Fire Academy. “If you’re driving down the road with a firefighter, more than likely, they’re looking at the next building saying, ‘If we needed to save this building, how would we do it?'” he says. But it’s hard to evaluate a solar-paneled house from the ground.
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.