Catherine GriffinWhen Catherine first scuba dived in the Gulf of Mexico's Flower Gardens amid sharks, rays, and other species of fish, she knew she was hooked on nature. A Texas native who is now an intern at Audubon, she received her M.S. at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in a magazine concentration. In addition to the environment, she is interested in photography, travel and backpacking.
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The cover of Jim Sterba's new book, Nature Wars. Crown Publishers, 368 pages, $26.
Whether it’s deer in the backyard or raccoons in the chimney, nature is making a comeback—in suburbia. In his new book, Nature Wars, reporter Jim Sterba explores how, ironically, many Americans are living closer to nature than ever before—and how ill-equipped we are to deal with it.!--/end tags-->
Maricela Flores stands in the tallgrass prairie with two others. Photo: Adrian Olivera
Tall, swaying grasses and bright sunflowers define the prairie, home to hundreds of kinds of birds and insects. For Maricela Flores (above), the draw of the tallgrass prairie is not one species or another but the ecosystem as a whole.!--/end tags-->
This year’s presidential campaigns are noticeably bereft of serious environmental discussion (see "The Big Crackup"). Instead of pushing green issues, the candidates have chosen to focus on other topics, such as the economy. If it were a typical campaign season, however, Americans might have expected the Democratic candidate to be championing eco-causes. However, both parties have had a hand in the environmental movement.
It’s official. We’re going to be seeing a lot more wildfires in the coming years, and they’re going to be a lot hotter. A study released last Wednesday concluded that the over-the-top fire season that we’ve seen this year may soon be the new normal.!--/end tags-->
Birds are singing a happy tune after a doleful disaster. Last Friday, Scotts Miracle-Gro, the company best known for greening lawns across America, was fined $12.5 million for violating the EPA’s pesticide laws: The company illegally applied insecticides to its wild bird food products—insecticides, it turns out, that are toxic to birds. It also falsified pesticide registration documents and distributed pesticides with misleading and unapproved labels.
Gulls have been known to eat everything from french fries to garbage. And now they’re chowing down on whales—while they’re still alive. This past week the Argentinean government unveiled its plan to shoot the birds as they feast on the whales that flock to South American waters.!--/end tags-->