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Michael Kodas’s work has appeared in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, Outside.com, OnEarth.org, GEO, Der Spiegel, The Denver Post, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, and numerous other publications in the United States and abroad. He has appeared on the PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff, All Things Considered on National Public Radio, Dateline NBC, and many other radio and television programs. From 1987 until 2008 he was a staff photographer, picture editor and writer at The Hartford Courant, in Hartford, Connecticut.

Last Earth Day, Wynn Bruce Set Himself on Fire Outside the Supreme Court. I Tried to Understand Why

Some saw my former student’s actions as a climate protest. As I examined the years leading up to his death, I found his grief for our planet was undeniable.

Inside Climate News

Chernobyl Is Not the Only Nuclear Threat Russia’s Invasion Has Sparked in Ukraine

The potential for fires in the “Red Forest” still tainted by radioactive fallout from the 1986 meltdown, and 15 reactors running elsewhere in the country, pose greater risks.

Inside Climate News

Fueled by Climate Change, Wildfires Threaten Toxic Superfund Sites

Blazes at the imperiled hazardous waste sites could release toxins ranging from acid mine drainage to radioactive smoke.

Inside Climate News

Huge Western Fires in 1910 Changed US Wildfire Policy. Will Today’s Conflagrations Do the Same?

Known as the Big Blowup, the 1910 fires helped birth the Forest Service, but so far, climate change and the burning West have spurred little action.

Inside Climate News

A Siege of 80 Large, Uncontained Wildfires Sweeps the Hot, Dry West

As fires spread into Washington, Oregon and Montana, the arrival of the Santa Ana winds means more conflagrations for California.

Inside Climate News

The Fires May be in California, but the Smoke, and its Health Effects, Travel Across the Country

Fine particulate matter and ozone from wildfire smoke are associated with heart and lung diseases, compromised immune systems and even vulnerability to Covid-19.

Inside Climate News

California and Colorado Fires May Be Part of a Climate-Driven Global Transformation of Wildfires

Wildfires from Australia to Siberia are not just larger, hotter and faster, but burning in areas and seasons where they were previously rare.

Inside Climate News

Video: Dreamer who Conceived of the Largest Arctic Science Expedition in History Now Racing to Save it

Covid-19 and rapid Arctic warming are pushing hundreds of scientists’ research about critical climate questions onto increasingly thin ice.

Inside Climate News

The Largest Arctic Science Expedition in History Finds Itself on Increasingly Thin Ice

Covid-19 is just one of many setbacks for hundreds of scientists pursuing critical climate questions in the world’s most remote and inhospitable environment.

Image Credit: Esther Horvath/Alfred Wegner Institute

Inside Climate News

Avalanche Survival: Know Your Snow

IT was a skier’s fantasy: four feet of powdery, fresh snow draped across the backcountry of Red Mountain Pass in Colorado.

The New York Times
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A Few False Moves

In early August, after 11 climbers died on the world’s second-highest peak, people wanted to know: Has the Everest circus migrated to K2? MICHAEL KODAS pieced together the events from eight of the survivors and has a straight answer: Sort of.

Outside
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The Height of Avarice

When China announced its plans to pave a highway to the Mount Everest base camp in Tibet as part of its 2008 Olympic preparations, adventurers around the world winced at the latest encroachment into the Himalayan wilderness.

The New York Times
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Implosion

Connecticut Climbers Defied Death At The Top Of The World, No One Imagined The View Would Turn
So Ugly.

Northeast Magazine

Call Of The Wild Fires

After five years of drought, the Saturday lightning strike on Crazy Woman Mountain, in Wyoming’s Big Horn Range, was virtually guaranteed to start a fire.

The Hartford Courant

Breaking Barriers

Anne Parmenter dreamed of climbing in the Himalayas. Now that she’s here, will she be up to the task?

The Hartford Courant

Restrictions On Fishermen Are creating A Disturbing Effect — Waste

A year ago, the fishermen working in the Gulf of Maine and their regulators seemed to be looking at different oceans.

The Hartford Courant

Wilderness Journey

Connecticut Climbers Defied Death At The Top Of The World, No One Imagined The View Would Turn
So Ugly.

The Hartford Courant

Fished Out

Depleted Stocks And Ever-Tighter Rules Threaten The Future Of New England’s FishingIndustry.

The Hartford Courant

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