Dana Drugmand

Freelance Journalist

Dana recently completed a Master's degree in Environmental Law & Policy with a certificate in Climate Law from Vermont Law School. Prior to attending VLS she worked as a reporter at several weekly newspapers and as a freelance environmental journalist. She has also interned at the Worldwatch Institute, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Schumacher Center for a New Economics, Center for EcoTechnology, EcoLogic Development Fund, OurEarth.org, and YES! Magazine.

At a time when both the media and the environment are under attack by the new presidential administration, and when the market for environmental journalism is dwindling, Dana is determined to use her sharp writing and reporting skills and her knowledge of environmental issues to defy "alternative facts" and keep the public informed. Topics of specialization include climate change, clean energy, and citizen activism.

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Environmental Clips

Colorado communities file climate lawsuits vs. two oil companies
Several Colorado communities have now joined the growing wave of municipalities taking legal action against fossil fuel companies and seeking compensation for the impacts of...
Climate scientist calls on students to speak out for sake of the planet and their future
Renowned climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann visited the Berkshires on Friday and spoke to audiences in Pittsfield and Dalton on the political "war on science" and why he remains...
Sea level rise poses huge threat to Calif., raising urgency of liability cases
As fossil fuel companies try to fend off climate liability lawsuits from coastal California communities, a recent study revealed some alarming flood projections for the San...
SEC gives Exxon a pass on climate proposal, but not Chevron
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently responded to shareholder resolutions sent to Chevron and ExxonMobil requesting the oil companies disclose how they plan to...
Three California climate suits sent back to state court
By Dana Drugmand A federal judge sent a set of California climate liability lawsuits back to state court on Friday. The decision, by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria,...
Fracking causes extensive environmental, health, safety harms, new study warns
Dana Drugmand In December, acclaimed biologist and anti-fracking activist Sandra Steingraber visited the Berkshires and spoke about the health and climate impacts of fracked gas...
Landmark kids climate case will head toward trial, judges rule
By Dana Drugmand The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Trump administration's attempt to sidetrack the Juliana v. United States youth climate case on Wednesday,...
Citizens sue to hold UK government accountable for climate goals
By Dana Drugmand Joining a growing global trend to demand governments protect their citizens from climate catastrophe, a group in the United Kingdom has sued the government for...
Berkshire summit plots transition to 100 percent renewable energy
Pittsfield - State and local officials, business leaders and environmental advocates gathered at Berkshire Community College on Monday to discuss steps to transition to 100...
San Francisco, Oakland climate cases to stay in federal court, judge rules
By Dana Drugmand In the first of two expected decisions on whether to send the California climate liability lawsuits back to state court, a federal district judge sided with the...
In California climate cases, jurisdictional battle takes center stage
By Dana Drugmand California counties and cities suing the fossil fuel industry for climate damage are fighting back against the industry's attempts to move their cases from...
Tax windfall for oil industry adds insult to injury for Puerto Rico
When the House and Senate finally agreed to a longer-term spending package last week, it approved nearly $90 billion in disaster relief to the parts of the country devastated by...
As San Francisco, Oakland press climate cases, a legal nod to Kivalina
By Dana Drugmand When a remote native Alaskan village could find no other relief from damaging coastal storms and erosion that continuously swallowed its land, it filed a...
Chevron wants more companies blamed in climate liability cases
By Dana Drugmand Chevron Corp., one of the defendants in a batch of climate change nuisance lawsuits by communities in California, contends that the suits are meritless, but...
Climate liability cases 'as American as apple pie,' experts argue
By Dana Drugmand From severe droughts and recent mega-wildfires to melting snowpack and coastal flooding, climate change impacts are already devastating the state of California....
Richmond is latest California city to file climate lawsuit vs. Big Oil
By Dana Drugmand Richmond, Calif., became the latest community on Monday to file suit against 29 fossil fuel companies , seeking monetary damages to pay for costs of adapting to...
Exxon launches legal retaliation for California climate suits
ExxonMobil is pushing back against a wave of climate liability lawsuits in California seeking to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for climate change impacts. In a filed...
Hawaii joins trend: court recognizes constitutional right to a safe climate
By Dana Drugmand Hawaii's highest court took an important step in December to hold the state's agencies accountable for transitioning away from fossil fuels as it affirmed the...
California climate lawsuits: different strategies, same goal
By Dana Drugmand When the counties of Marin and San Mateo, along with the City of Imperial Beach, filed lawsuits against more than three dozen fossil fuel companies over the...
Through HeatSmart Great Barrington offering affordable green energy home heating options
Great Barrington - As winter and its freezing temperatures set in, town residents have a unique opportunity to engage in a home heating program that is both cheaper and...
Trade group gears up to discredit climate liability movement
By Dana Drugmand In response to a growing wave of climate change lawsuits and legal investigations attempting to hold fossil fuel corporations accountable for climate...
Judges question Trump administration attempt to derail youth climate case
By Dana Drugmand In deciding whether the landmark youth-led climate change lawsuit Juliana v.
PCBs, fracked gas pipelines endanger human and planetary health, warns author activist
Lenox - The slow struggle to remove PCBs from the Housatonic River is an ongoing saga that started decades ago, while the fight against fracked gas pipelines in Western...
Ecologist Sandra Steingraber to speak on fracked gas, PCBs, and our health Saturday in Lenox
Lenox -- Acclaimed author, biologist, cancer survivor, and environmental activist Sandra Steingraber is slated to speak on environmental toxins and human health this Saturday,...
Class action lawsuit acuses utilities Eversource, Avangrid of bilking customers out of $3.6 billion
Eversource Boston - A new lawsuit brought on behalf of all electric ratepayers in New England targets two of the largest investor owned utilities (IOUs) in the region for...
Evidence backs fossil fuel companies' climate liability, study says
By Dana Drugmand Research has boosted the concepts of climate liability and corporate accountability in recent years from pie-in-the-sky theories to plausible underpinnings for...
Water protector Winona LaDuke speaks on 'cannibal economics,' courage and fighting pipelines
Dana Drugmand Great Barrington - Take a stand for the land, and be a water protector. That was the main message that Winona LaDuke and other guest speakers conveyed during the...
Massachusetts Youth Call on Governor Baker to Protect Their Future, Ban New Fossil Fuel...
BOSTON - While world leaders meet in Bonn, Germany for the next round of UN climate talks (COP 23), Massachusetts climate activists are demanding that Governor Charlie Baker...
How will Puerto Rico, drowning in debt, pay to rebuild?
By Dana Drugmand One month after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico-the worst storm to hit the island in more than 80 years-human suffering continues amid a deepening debt...

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