John Carey

Writer & Editor

​​Recent Articles and Projects


The Race to Extinguish Insect Pests by Enlisting Their Own Kind

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), July 31, 2018

Animal Cognition Research Offers Outreach Opportunity

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), May 1, 2018

Ancient DNA Tells Tales of Humans' Migratory History

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, February 21, 2018

The Cat Conundrum:  Tens of millions of free-roaming felines are take a huge toll of wildlife; what to do about them has spawned battles from coast to coast

National Wildlife, October/November 2017

Putting Fossils to Work in the Hopes of Restoration

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), August 15, 2017

A Tree that Survived the Civil War was Just Saved from Developer's Chain Saws in Arlington

Washington Post, August 13, 2017


Starting a Biotech Company: What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

EBD Group & Xconomy, July 2017

On the Brink of a Recycling Revolution?

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), January 24, 2017

From Risk to Return: Investing in a Clean Energy Economy

Case Studies

The Risky Business Project, November 2016

Crucial Role of Below Ground Diversity

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), July 12, 2016

Increasing the Benefits of Resilience

Report by Business Minds with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, 2016

Are We in the "Anthropocene"?

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), April 12, 2016

Musical Genes

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), February 23, 2016


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), January 26, 2016

The Democratizing of Investing

Report by OurCrowd & Xconomy, January 2016

From Google to Novartis: Business Showed Up Big at World Climate Talks

Xconomy, December 16, 2015

Intimate Partnerships:  Recent research illuminates how symbiosis has been--and still is--a major player in evolution
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), August 18, 2015

Finding Precious Metals in Unlikely Places 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), July 21, 2015 

The 9 Limits of Our Planet...and How We've Raced Past 4 of Them

How Mobile Technology is Transforming Healthcare
The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2015  

Making a World of Difference - The National Academy of Engineering's 50th Anniversary Report

Why Moose Populations are Declining
National Wildlife, October/November 2014 

Why are We Being Such Idiots about Climate Change?

Ideas. Ted.Com 

Fracking: Boon or Bust?
Woodland, Spring 2014  

Technical Wizards
Scientists get by with a little help from their engineering friends
HHMI Bulletin, Winter 2014 

Architects of the Swamp 
Scientific American, December 2014 

Europe's Energy Challenge

Special Report

Science Business, November 2014

Precision Conservation
If we treat agricultural pollution with a scalpel instead of a hatchet, we might have a fighting chance of cutting the flow of fertilizers into rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.

Conservation, Fall 2013  

           Gas Pains
              The recent boom in natural gas has divided environmentalists. While

              some envision gas as a bridge to a zero carbon energy future, others

              see it as a dangerous detour. So what’s the fastest way to get CO2 relief?
Conservation, Summer 2013

Presidential Timber

A look at the forest legacies of Washington, Jefferson and Madison

Woodland, Winter 2013 

National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy (released March, 2013)
Edited full report and wrote highlights brochure:

Ecological Traps
Offering alluring habitat for songbirds, exotic plants such as Asian honeysuckle may actually decrease the animals' long-term survival and fitness
National Wildlife, February/March 2013  

Drones at Home
Tiny, unmanned aircraft are ready to warn you about traffice or spy on you in your backyard
Scientific American, December 2012 

Global Warming: Faster than Expected?
Loss of ice, melting of permafrost and other climate effects are occurring at an alarming pace
Scientific American, November 2012 

Cat Fight
The strange case of the wildlife biologist turned cat poisoner is the latest round in a bitter battle over tens of millions of free-roaming feline hunters
Conservation, Spring 2012 

Without Congress, There’s Still a Path to U.S. Progress on Climate
Don’t expect the U.S. Congress to take any action on climate change in the next four years. But by continuing to use its regulatory authority and working with the states, the Obama administration can make significant progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Yale Environment 360, 10 December 2012

Estate Tax Report for the American Forest Foundation
December 2012 

Issue Brief for the National Resources Defense Council
Using the Clean Air Act to Cut Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants
December 2012 

The Efficiency Catch-22
The more energy we save, the more we use
Conservation, Fall 2011  

Opening Up Big Data
Mining the vast amounts of information on the Web is the next frontier for innovation and growth
Futures (Microsoft's European Innovation Magazine), Issue 10, June 2012, pp. 22-25

After the Deluge
A spate of floods, droughts, and heat waves is prompting city and state leaders to take bold steps to protect their people and property
Scientific American, December 2011 

Hot Commodities
Temperate and boreal forests are among our best assets in the fight against global warming; but without better management, scientists say these woodlands instead may become part of the problem
National Wildlife, October/November 2011 

Comprehensive Energy Strategy for Connecticut - 2013
Wrote first draft of the energy plan for the state of Connecticut (under contract to the Rocky Mountain Institute, which did the technical analysis for the State).
Final Plan

Extreme Weather and Climate Change
The evidence is in: global warming has caused severe floods, droughts and storms
Three part online series in Scientific American, 2011
Part I:  Storm Warnings
Part II: Global Warming and the Science of Extreme Weather 
Part III: Our Extreme Future

Editing Projects:

Reinventing Fire
Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era
by Amory B. Lovins and the Rocky Mountain Institute

Selected Business Week Stories

                 Global Warming
                 Why business is taking it so seriously, August 16, 2004


                Do Cholesterol Drugs Do Any Good?

            ff Research suggests that, except among high-risk patients, the benefits of 

           s   statins like Lipitor, are overstated, January 28, 2008

                 The Real Question: Should Oil be Cheap?

                 Expensive oil hurts, but there’s a business case to be made for a floor

                 under the price of crude, August 4, 2008 

                 Medical Guesswork
                 From heart surgery to prostate care, the health industry knows little    

                 about which common treatments really work, May 29, 2006