Eleanor Cummins Portfolio

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.  

 

featured WORK

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.

For WIRED. 

 

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. 

 
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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. 

 

SELECTED workS

Meet the 105-Roundabout Town

Meet the 105-Roundabout Town

Learning to farm on Mars could save agriculture on Earth

Learning to farm on Mars could save agriculture on Earth

Animal, vegetable miserable

Animal, vegetable miserable

Why Architects Still Can't Design Buildings for Perfect Sound

Why Architects Still Can't Design Buildings for Perfect Sound

A new look at Captain Cook reveals how much the Arctic has changed

A new look at Captain Cook reveals how much the Arctic has changed

The woolly mammoth die-off was even sadder than you think

The woolly mammoth die-off was even sadder than you think

Featuring the travel guide Follow the Glow and my audio story Atomic Town

Featuring the travel guide Follow the Glow and my audio story Atomic Town

A linguistic guide to Queens

A linguistic guide to Queens

China's weird straddle bus has officially failed

China's weird straddle bus has officially failed

American children deserve a better death

American children deserve a better death

Swift uses courtroom psychology to her benefit

Swift uses courtroom psychology to her benefit

NASA bets the farm on the long-term viability of space agriculture

NASA bets the farm on the long-term viability of space agriculture

Tie My Tubes: A Radio Documentary

Tie My Tubes: A Radio Documentary