Nadine Zylberberg is a writer and editor based in New York, with focuses on arts and culture, food, travel, biotech, sustainability, and more. She’s interested in the people and projects making the world a better place — and bringing those stories to light.
Thinking Outside the Box: Turning Methane into Biodegradable Plastic
After completing her Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering in 2009 at Stanford University, Molly Morse harnessed her research on the production of PHA (polyhydroxy alkanoate) biopolymers from methane — and its biodegradation — and shaped it into a start-up business in 2010.
An Interview with the American Conservation Coalition
By working with representatives at all levels of government, conservative activist Benji Backer hopes to “revamp this environmental conversation and make some progress in reducing emissions by bringing both sides to the table.”
“This Way of Life Is Our Birthright”
“We’ve been building support in Congress. We’ve been fighting in the corporate board rooms, and we’ve been taking our case to court.” There have been four lawsuits brought against the Trump administration’s drilling plans, including by 15 states’ attorneys general, and two different environmental lawsuits..."
“The Soil Is Alive”
Michael Martinez explains the value of community composting: “is very much in doing it. When people see thousands of pounds of food scraps being put into a compost pile and see compost that’s already cooking and turned, they are witnessing the making of that finished product… in the same day.”
Protecting an Unlikely Ecosystem: the Friends of the Los Angeles River
Since 1986, Friends of the LA River (FoLAR) has fulfilled its mission to show Angelenos just how important this waterway is.
A Regional Approach to the Continental Problem of Desertification
What the Great Green Wall intended to be, and what it ultimately became, was a practical pan-African initiative to reverse these devastating natural trends by addressing land degradation and poverty in tandem.
Lessons from a Round-the-World Voyage Cut Short
Since the first leg of eXXpedition’s Round the World mission set sail on October 8, 2019, 80 women from 23 countries have participated — nearly doubling the number of eXXpedition ambassadors (or participants of past voyages) so far.
Fermenting Your Food Waste
Bokashi means “fermented organic matter” and involves layering food scraps — not just produce, but meat and dairy as well — in a special bucket with a tight lid and spigot (to drain liquids).
The Would-Be Billion-Dollar Crop
Hemp disappeared after hundreds of years of being part of American history. Nadine investigates why, and how hemp farmers and industry advocates are working to stage its comeback.
A Plastics Plant vs. the Community
Oil companies whose products ratchet up hurricane intensity and pollute the air daily are weaving a narrative in which they are the saviors. St. James residents aren't buying it.