Environmental Monitor

From February 2015 to November 2015 I was a freelance science writing intern for Fondriest Environmental's magazine Environmental Monitor, which covers technological advancements in monitoring systems for air and water quality in oceans, lakes, rivers and streams. Here you will find my entire collection of short briefs and longer form features written for the magazine. 

New Tech Will Determine Pollution Levels In Great Barrier Reef

By Cassie Kelly, July 7, 2015

A new satellite tool called the “eReef” will track sediment and chemical changes in the Great Barrier Reef to determine just how threatened the site truly is, according to The Guardian.

Many supporters of the eReef, including The BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), one of the largest coal mining companies in the world, are hoping that the tracker is successful in measuring ocean acidification and warming in the reef. These measurements helped the World Heritage Committee decide that the reef was not “in danger” at the UNESCO session on July 6, 2015.

If listed as “in danger,” the reef would have been included in discussion at the next UN Conference on climate change in November, bringing attention to possible solutions for the reef. Supporters are hopeful that this tracker can help locals recognize the threat to the reef and change their own polluting habits.

Read the story, published at Environmental Monitor.