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Christopher Iovenko

Freelance

Member since Aug 2023

I’m originally from Louisville, Kentucky but I’ve called Los Angeles home for a very long time. I’m a versatile writer who used to work in documentary and feature films but as a new parent at the height of the 2015 California drought, I experienced a sense of panic around the existential threat posed by the climate crisis. That year I made the switch to solutions-oriented science and environmental journalism and I’ve never looked back.  

 

Politics is inevitably bound up in those issues and as a political junkie, I enjoy covering that side of the issues as well.  I’m also an accomplished photographer and videographer and I enjoy providing photos and media content to accompany my articles when feasible. I’ve published in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Vice, National Geographic, Popular Science, The American Prospect, The Christian Science Monitor, Slate, Discover, The Los Angeles Times, HuffPost, The Verge, The New York Times, and elsewhere.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/endangered-trout-return-to-the-los-angeles-river

The article details efforts to create a fish passage through the now concrete, channelized Los Angeles river.

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/could-sea-otters-help-save-californias-vanishing-kelp-forests

The article talks about the importance of otters to the coastal ecosystems, especially their role in limiting the growth of urchin populations and preserving kelp habitat.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/mystery-sea-star-die-off-inspires-new-efforts-to-save-kelp?loggedin=true

The article documents efforts to captively breed sea stars for the first time in order to repopulate areas that have experienced extinction events.

http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/11/the-airborne-toxic-lake-event/414888/

The article details the story of the Salton Sea, a huge accidental lake in the desert south of Palm Springs. The Salton Sea is in the midst of a drought related environmental crisis

 

http://prospect.org/article/volkswagens-big-lie

The article was one of the first to break the story of Volkswagen's attempt to illegally evade the US emissions standards by using illegal software on its diesel vehicles.

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