Reporting and Research about Natural Resources

This site covers the interrelations of the environment, the economy and conflict. It blends original content about policy and consumer matters with news from reputable sources and a directory of relevant Web sites.

Robert Thomason, freelance journalist and independent researcher In addition, freelance reporting and independent research services are available to other publications and editorial projects. These services include reporting and writing articles, data analysis of big data sets, online mapping, videography and research. We link environmental and economic news to your interests.

Biographical information

The publisher and editor of the site is Robert Thomason, a journalist formerly with the Washington Post. While at the Post, Thomason was the principal researcher for foreign news. He also wrote on many topics for the Post, such as the Web, business, religion, recessions, technology and energy management. He works to build on this broad background by approaching environmental and natural resources reporting in a multi-disicplinary and silo-busting fashion.

Thomason visited and wrote about the troubles in the Balkans, and has traveled in Central America, Mexico and Africa writing about economics and politics. He contributes to the National Geographic magazine. He has analyzed international trade flows of animals for an investigation of trafficking in threatened species, and for another article the science of extreme weather.

Thomason's journalism continues to draw upon his roots in community newspapers. His main coursework in college, both for his degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and later, was in journalism and economics.

Examples of Published Work

Natural Resources News Center (mirrored on this site)

Detroit's Toxic Legacy - Bankrupt City Faces Environmental Challenges ( Web archive)
CIA Cover Story Gives Birth to Deep Ocean Mining

National Geographic

Research and data analysis for National Geographic Cover Story about Extreme Weather September 2012
Data Analysis for Graphic on Wildlife Trade

Center for International Media Assistance of the National Endowment for Democracy

Research and editorial suppport for Empowering Independent Media report May, 2012

Washington Post

Info-graphic on the Iranian political structure and its Supreme Leader
Obituary of Ravi Shankar, sitar virtuoso and mentor of Indian music for Western artists such as The Beatles
Obituary of Ali Akbar Khan, virtuoso of Indian classical music
Report on panel discussion of African economics

The Struggle for Energy Efficiency in Condos

Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs

Big Data and Environmental Policy - available upon request for fair use purposes

Other Web Projects
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A directory of Web sites focused on international affairs and economics.

Mission Statement
To provide a platform for journalistic, Web publishing, information technology and related services and ventures. The essential value added will be to assist an audience or a client with well-documented analysis, drawing insightful connections between the relevant parts and providing actionable risk assessment.

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