Biography

Tess Croner graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in environmental studies and a minor in anthropology in 2009. She also spent half a year studying at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. She is an editor with Solutions.

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Legend has it that the Stephens Island wren was the only species driven to extinction by a single living creature. The culprit? A cat named Tibbles, a pet belonging to Stephens Island lighthouse keeper David Lyall. The wren was endemic to New Zealand and was one of the world’s only known species of flightless songbird. […]

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It’s the year 2100, the atmospheric CO2 level is subsiding back toward 350 parts per million (ppm), and the best is yet to come. Beset with a host of global problems just a century ago, our generation rose to the challenge. Here is our story. It was 2010. We were young people wobbling on the […]

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For hundreds of years, it wasn’t uncommon for farmers in Europe to till their land and plant their crops only to see the soil wash away by year’s end. Before they started all over again, many had to carry the lost soil back up to the fields. Piles of dirt overflowed oxcarts or burdened the […]

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The traditional approach to conservation demands segregation—a boundary dividing man and wild. Conservationists identify endangered species’ core habitats and try to fence them off from human contamination—from guns, cornfields, or shopping malls. In many cases, this strategy has worked: protected areas have been important to species and …

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