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Cats Are Ruthless Killers. Should They Be Killed?

Cats Are Ruthless Killers. Should They Be Killed?

On islands, cats are the primary cause for at least 14% of bird, mammal, and reptile extinctions and the principal threat to almost 8% of critically endangered animals.

January 29, 2013 — Hannah Waters
Age of Miracles: What If Climate Change Were Sped Up?

Age of Miracles: What If Climate Change Were Sped Up?

Sometimes it frustrates me that we feel the effects of climate change so slowly, if at all.It's not that I'm an apocalypse-monger, dreaming of mass hysteria induced by floods and droughts, shortages of food and fuel.

January 25, 2013 — Hannah Waters
City Trees Grow Faster, But Seedlings Struggle to Take Root

City Trees Grow Faster, But Seedlings Struggle to Take Root

Despite their name, Western red cedars (Thuja plicata) aren't true cedars--they're in the cypress family. Photo: Evan Leeson Urban areas are growing in size--and with them, the number of trees influenced by city life.

January 14, 2013 — Hannah Waters
Don't Talk About Your New Year's Resolutions

Don't Talk About Your New Year's Resolutions

This statue at Notre-Dame de la Garde says "shush!" As I read the funny pages this morning in the paper, I noticed a running joke: no one keeps their New Year's resolutions.

December 30, 2012 — Hannah Waters
A Natural History of Mistletoe

A Natural History of Mistletoe

Mistletoe is frequently spotted hanging above lovers' heads in terrible holiday specials--but only during one month of the year. That makes it easy to forget that more than 1,300 species hang in forests year-round, parasitizing thousands of tree species around the world.

December 21, 2012 — Hannah Waters
Cigarette Butts in Nests Deter Bird Parasites

Cigarette Butts in Nests Deter Bird Parasites

The sight of cigarette butts delicately woven into birds' nests sparks an array of reactions, from relief that birds are adapting to urban environments to disgust at the display of human disregard for wildlife.

December 4, 2012 — Hannah Waters
The Best Things I've Read All Week (8 Jan 2012)

The Best Things I've Read All Week (8 Jan 2012)

Here are the best things I've read all week. The pieces are not necessarily news and could be decades old, and they're probably longform writing but not always.

January 8, 2012 — Hannah Waters
Botanists finally ditch Latin and paper, enter 21st century

Botanists finally ditch Latin and paper, enter 21st century

While some schoolchildren daydream about crushes during class, delicately inscribing their names in paper margins, others instead yearn to one day discover and name their own species for the cute boy at the corner desk.

December 28, 2011 — Hannah Waters

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