What do we all need to know at this time of pandemic and existential crisis of climate change and unravelling of nature’s life supports? Not to mention, a time of political, social and technological upheaval? 

And what do we need to know to help us get through each day?

I have some answers, along with a lot of ideas thanks to the many smart and wise people from all over the world I’ve been fortunate to interview in my 25 years as an award-winning science and environmental journalist writing for National Geographic, The Guardian, Vice and dozens of other publications.

Need to Know: Science and Insight is like a personal letter sent to you Tuesday and Saturday mornings that explains a need to know issue, why it’s important for you and all of us to know. It will also offer information you can use right away along with a bit of universal wisdom to consider…and hopefully elicit a smile or two.

Yes, Need to Know will get into super-serious issues because that’s where we are.  But we also need humor — along with good friends and community — to help us deal with the mess we’re in. With your help Need to Know can be a space to create that community and discover new friends.

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About Stephen 

I left the corporate sector 25 years ago to spend more time with my family, get outside and do what I considered important and meaningful work being a freelance journalist covering need to know science and environmental issues around the world. 

My writing has appeared in dozens of publications including National Geographic news, The Guardian, Vice, New Scientist, Al Jazeera, Maclean’s Magazine, Changing America, The Toronto Star, Wired News, and publications in Europe and Asia. I received the SEAL Award for Environmental Journalism two years running for my work documenting climate change impacts and solutions at National Geographic and Vice

I previously received the Prince Albert/United Nations Global Prize for reporting on international environmental issues as a result of my years as the senior science and environment correspondent at the Rome-based, Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS), the world’s largest not-for-profit news agency.

My one and only book, “Your Water Footprint   (“…a brilliant and shocking exposé on precisely how much water we use…”— Publishers Weekly) was awarded Best Science Book of the Year in Canada.