Daniel Shailer

Climate Reporter

United States

Daniel Shailer is freelance reporter covering climate and environment.

Previously he's worked as a correspondent with the Associated Press' Central and South America bureau in Mexico City, and with the Tucson Sentinel in southern Arizona, where he's covered everything from mining and waste to local politics and conservation.

Daniel has written narrative features, investigations and news articles with photo, audio and data.

His freelance reporting has appeared in the New Yorker, Scientific American, Inside Climate News, New Lines magazine, Atlas Obscura, Gothamist and Business Insider. He has written essays for the LA Review of Books and Literary Hub. His articles from the Associated Press have been syndicated by the Washington Post, ABC, Seattle Times, The Independent, and more.

Daniel's stories on water pollution in New York City won awards from the Overseas Press Club and Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. He was not Covering Climate Now's 2023 student journalist of the year, but at least he was shortlisted.

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The New Yorker
Tits Out Under the Verrazzano

Leslie Hamilton, an accountant, battled sea lice and rusting garbage barges as she became the first person on record to swim a lap around Staten Island since 1979.





Planet A Magazine
Kelp Me, Kelp You

As the corporate clamor for carbon-capturing crops grows louder, a Brooklyn kelp farm tries to find the balance between building community and cashing in.

New York Focus
'They Lied to All of Us': Ten Years After Hurricane Sandy,...

Staten Island residents who sold their homes to the state as part of one of the country's first major "managed retreats" were promised the land would be returned to nature. Instead, part of it is being turned into a soccer complex.

Columbia News Service
New Research Shows Cost of Flood-Risk Secrecy for New York Home Buyers

"It's shady. We had no idea." Thousands of New Yorkers move into flood-prone homes every year and (because of a decades old loophole) no one warns them. The loophole was nearly closed this year, till real estate lobbyists fought to keep it. Here's how.


Greenwashing a dump?: Los Reales 'Sustainability Campus' turns 2

Two years ago, the city's new "sustainability campus" promised to get Tucson waste-free by 2050. What's changed since then? The old landfill has a new sign out front and plenty of plans, some of which local advocates call greenwashing.


Adventure Uncovered
Paddling towards a new relationship with wildness

Elizabeth Jane-Burnet wrote that upturning earth is a way of listening to the ground speak. If that’s true, then for almost a century Arne Peninsula, on the south coast of Dorset, has been screaming. A kayak in search of wild-ness.

Varsity Online
The Murky Waters of Netflix's Seaspriacy

An in-depth review of the science and presentation of hit Netflix documentary, Seaspiracy. What does director Tabrizi get right and where does his sensationalism tell the wrong story? As public consumers, what can we take from the film into our daily lives and politics?

Sentient Media
The Future of Beavers Depends on Learning Lessons From the Past

In May 2019, the Eurasian beaver was officially declared a native species in Scotland. Since then, over 200 have been killed. What's more, each of those deaths was licensed by NatureScot, the official agency charged with " inspir[ing] everyone to care more" about Scottish wildlife.


Literary Hub
In Praise of the Greatest Book About Swimming Ever Written

I was introduced to Haunts of the Black Masseur in a Carnaby Street café. From octopus porn to the Victorian seaside, it is ceaselessly curious, kind and fluid. Last month marked it's 30th birthday: a strange, cult swim-y book by Charles Sprawson.

Dure Magazine
"Swimming is a part of who I am. I don't think I'll ever walk away"

Despite being the best ultra-marathon swimmer in the world, let alone her country, Swim Australia refuse to recognise her achievements: ostensibly because each record was 'not a race'. Swimming, Surviving DV and Media with the World's Greatest open water swimmer.

DanSwims (Personal Blog)
The Big Swim

"So Daniel, we've got a plan." Swimming the Channel: 15 hours, 60 kilometres and plenty of jellyfish.

Outdoor Swimmer Magazine
How has COVID-19 affected English Channel swims this year?

Channel swimmers are used to uncertainty but this year, more than ever, has frayed the patience of athletes and those helping them across alike. Daniel Shailer investigates how this unique community is adapting to unusual circumstances. With restrictions changing on a weekly basis, all that is certain is that any swimmers lucky enough to leave Dover this year will have plenty of stories to tell.

Varsity Online
The Varsity Channel Race and its legendary history

Since Captain Matthew Webb made the first crossing in 1875, the English Channel has been a personal testing ground for open-water swimmers around the world. Thought of as the 'Mount Everest' of endurance swimming, the idea of racing across might seem at best pointless and at worst dangerous: 21 miles of unpredictable tides, tankers and jellyfish.


Los Angeles Review of Books
"The Self Is a Collaborative Thing": A Conversation with David Baker

IF A WHALE falls in the ocean, does it make a sound? What parasites, abyssal crustaceans, and scavenger hagfish will come to call it home? Will marine particles aggregate on its body "like snow," forming "the merest blueprint of whale"?

Musical Opinion
La bohème

The sun is rising on Act IV of La bohème at the Colliseum. A set which has rotated through Parisian cafes and bohemian flats is now being silently, slowly shunted back to where it began by a troupe of stage-hands. ‘That looks difficult’ someone whispers. They’re not wrong. In a way, much of this production (the fifth English National Opera revival of Jonathan Miller’s original) looks more difficult than it needs too.

The Animal Kingdom at Hampstead Theatre

What happens if you put all the awkwardness, discomfort and pain of family therapy through the sausage grinder of a drawing-room drama? No punning repartee, shady affairs or mysterious characters appearing in the night - just difficult conversations, long pauses and jugs of tap water.

The New Voice
Osman Yousefzada's 'The Go-Between'

Yousefzada's memoir is a compelling story of fluid identity in modern Britain - a tale of constant personal reinvention and self-made success in one of the world's most competitive industries.