Author: Mark D. Kaufman

Mark Kaufman, a bona fide Los Angelino, studied neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego and is terrified of earthquakes. A true respect for the natural world led him to become a ranger and educator for the National Park Service. This experience was rife with close encounters with fat brown bears and steaming volcanoes. When not using writing to provoke others on topics of planetary science, Mark uses his drum set to provoke his neighbors. You can follow Mark on Twitter here.

Wolves are targets in the Endangered Species Act “modernization”

Wolves are targets in the Endangered Species Act “modernization”

Congress considers updating the law, a move some think will defang it

By Mark D. Kaufman | Posted May 3, 2017

The Ice Age that never happened

The Ice Age that never happened

Global cooling forecasts from the 1970s don’t discredit today’s climate science

By Mark D. Kaufman | Posted April 27, 2017

Making marijuana green again

Making marijuana green again

Indoor pot farms gulp an astounding amount of energy, motivating growers to move outside

By Mark D. Kaufman | Posted February 27, 2017

The end of biomedical research on U.S. chimps may imperil their wild brethren

The end of biomedical research on U.S. chimps may imperil their wild brethren

Chimpanzee research was once done for the benefit of humans. Now, some researchers think it’s essential for saving the great apes.

By Mark D. Kaufman | Posted February 17, 2017

Becoming earthquake country

Becoming earthquake country

Oklahoma’s seismic surge is unprecedented. It can be explained, but not by hydraulic fracturing — at least not directly

By Mark D. Kaufman | Posted January 20, 2017

What? Hearing loss on a noisy planet

What? Hearing loss on a noisy planet

Anyone can experience noise-induced hearing loss — here’s what you need to know

By Mark D. Kaufman | Posted January 9, 2017

Hot pavement, cool ideas

Hot pavement, cool ideas

Finding alternatives to sweltering asphalt is harder than it looks

By Mark D. Kaufman | Posted November 28, 2016

Blowing tourists away?

Blowing tourists away?

The suggestion that wind turbines discourage tourism is almost certainly wrong

By Mark D. Kaufman | Posted November 4, 2016

Unfazed by radiation

Unfazed by radiation

NASA takes it seriously but Elon Musk is undaunted

By Mark D. Kaufman | Posted October 21, 2016