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About the author

I'm Sam Matey, an early career environmental scientist, climate journalist, and geospatial data analyst (i.e. digital mapmaker; here's my portfolio). I founded The Weekly Anthropocene in October 2017 because I believe the world needs a succinct, accessible rundown of environmental news. I recently completed a Master's in Advanced GIS Technologies from UCLA and previously graduated with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from the University of Southern Maine. You can reach me at and

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