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In this era of climate change, it’s time to brace for impact. Back us, and we’ll bring you stories of nature, culture, science, as well as resilience and weakness in a shifting world.

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100% funded! Let’s keep this going.

Thanks to your support, Bracing for Impact has reached its funding goal—with time to spare! We’re introducing the following “stretch” goals for the final day of our crowdfunding campaign that will enable us to do more research, reporting, and writing:


When you subscribe to us, you’ll get:

✓ Narrative features with multimedia, such as photography and video extras. By backing us on Beacon, you’ll be the first to read them.

✓ Weekly posts, including probing Q&As with the authors and scientists, field notes, photo essays, and podcasts that give you perspective on what it’s like to report from–and on–a planet on the edge.

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Global warming is here, and we summoned it.


More than two decades ago, scientists started warning people about climate change. They were talking about prevention, not adaptation. But now it’s time to brace for impact. The cascading effects of the destabilized climate are already leading to longer droughts, extreme floods, intense heat waves, souring oceans, and more.

This new normal is affecting how we live at every level: food, water, health, safety, politics, and culture.

As climate changes, some species will be winners; others will be losers.

Survival will be distinguished by “resilience”: a combination of strength, flexibility, determination, and luck.

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Some adaptations will be natural. Others must be engineered. There will be unexpected discoveries and devastating choices.

Bracing for Impact will find and report on these shifting states of mind, matter and equilibrium. We’ll tell you stories about the world in transition ecologically and culturally, and where those spheres overlap. We’ll tell the positive stories of ingenuity and success, but we won’t shy away from unsolved problems or potential tragedies.

Together, we have over 75 years of reporting experience covering scientific research and discoveries, cities and wilderness, ecosystems and the economy.

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Meet Flux: Sarah Webb, Amanda Mascarelli, Susan Moran, Virginia Gewin, Hannah Hoag, and Emily Gertz.

Over the last decade, the six of us, all contributors to The Science Writers’ Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age, have carved out our respective journalistic niches covering the environment and science. With your support, we hope to share what we’ve learned about where ecological shifts and adaptations are already underway.

Which challenges are communities rising to—and which are they failing to meet? What are we saving, and what are we losing—and how will we endure those losses? We’ll tell these stories in diverse ways, from investigative reporting to photography to podcasts, always with great writing and dynamic voices.

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We’re working on the following topics:

  • How race, class and ethnic differences are influencing recovery from extreme weather events.

  • Offbeat food security strategies.

  • How species movements can, simultaneously, topple an industry in one region and pose an invasion in another.

  • What makes a species resilient.

  • How communities are preparing for emerging diseases.

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100 percent! Let's keep it going.

July 30, 2014 at 12:57 am


Thanks so much for your support. As of today, we reached 100 percent of our crowdfunding goal and will officially launch Bracing for Impact next month. We can’t wait to share these stories with you!

There’s one day left in our campaign, so let’s keep the momentum going. We’ve introduced “stretch” goals that will allow us to do even more research, reporting and writing on how species are adapting to the world’s changing climate.


Please continue to share this link – www.beaconreader.com/projects/bracing-for-impact – with your networks to help us get there.

Thanks again, Flux

One week to go

July 24, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Hi everyone,

Thanks so much for your support to date. There is one week left in our Beacon campaign and we are almost 70% of the way to our goal!

Good news: This week, our project was featured in an article on Grist, one of the most popular environmental websites on the Internet – check it out! http://grist.org/business-technology/for-5-a-month-you-can-put-food-on-a-stray-climate-writers-plate/.

As we head toward the home stretch, could you help us spread the word? Every email and Facebook post will get us closer to reaching our goal. Please share this link – www.beaconreader.com/projects/bracing-for-impact – with friends, family, colleagues and others who might be interested in subscribing and learning more about the way the world is adapting to its changing climate.

We can’t wait to get to work!

Thanks again, Flux

Over Halfway There

July 17, 2014 at 1:09 am

Hi everyone,

Wow! What a week we’ve had! Thank you so much for your generous donations—which put us at 58% with two weeks left to go.

It was even better since Hannah Hoag, Susan Moran and Virginia Gewin have unearthed some fantastic story ideas and made great connections while chatting with researchers at the North American Congress for Conservation Biology in Missoula, Montana this week. We are pumped to do this—and now it’s even closer to reality!

Thanks again for sharing the following link with your friends, family, and networks. If everyone just tells one person, we’ll reach our goal with time to spare: http://www.beaconreader.com/projects/bracing-for-impact.

All the best, Flux

Thanks--and update--from Flux

July 9, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Hi everyone,

Thank you all for your continued support and backing of this project. We passed the 25% mark this morning!

We are confident that the time is ripe to start telling these modern-day survival stories as climate change shifts the planet to a new normal. In addition to highlighting how human communities are adapting, we’re busy collecting examples of the species that are holding strong and those receiving a helpful boost from innovative researchers.

In fact, Hannah Hoag, Susan Moran and Virginia Gewin are off to the North American Congress for Conservation Biology in Missoula, Montana, this weekend to unearth more of these intriguing tales.

Thanks again for sharing the following link with your friends, family, and networks. Every little bit of help counts: http://www.beaconreader.com/projects/bracing-for-impact.

Best, Flux

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Amanda Mascarelli covers stories at the intersection of health and the environment from her home in Denver, Colorado. Her work appears in the Washington Post, Audubon, Nature, Science, New Scientist, and Science News for Students, among others. She’ll write about how humans are tinkering with nature to preserve biodiversity.

Emily Gertz reports on climate, environment, science and tech, with work in Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, OnEarth, Scientific American, and many others. She is co-author of two Maker Media books on do-it-yourself environmental monitoring, and a contributor to the book “Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century.”

Hannah Hoag tracks climate, wildlife and global health from Toronto. She has contributed to Nature, Discover, Wired, Scientific American, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She’ll investigate how climate change is changing cultures.

Sarah Webb monitors science, health, and the environment from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her work has appeared in Discover, Science News, Scientific American, Chemical & Engineering News, and many others. She’ll zero in on climate change adaptations.

Susan Moran reports on biodiversity conservation, energy development,and environmental health and technology from Boulder, Colorado. She writes for the New York Times, The Economist, Popular Science, Discover and other publications. She also co-hosts and produces a weekly science show, called How On Earth, on KGNU community radio (Denver/Boulder). She’ll explore extinction tipping points and impacts to biodiversity.

Virginia Gewin examines the eco-impacts of everything from agriculture to ocean acidification from her perch in Portland, Oregon. Her work appears in Nature, Slate, Ensia, Washington Post, and many others. She’ll focus on food and farming—on land and in the sea.

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