Hannah Waters

Bird Journalist at Audubon

Climate change editor at Audubon. My writing on science, technology, and the environment has been published by Audubon, Smithsonian, Slate, Vice Motherboard, Nautilus, the Sweethome, and National Geographic. I see evolution everywhere.

Portfolio

Featured Stories

Where in the World Is the Anthropocene?
Some geologists believe we’ve entered a new era. Now they have to search for the rocks that prove it.
Why We Need a Strong EPA
If you're looking for an example of the way political debate warps reality, you couldn't do much better than the recent treatment of the Environmental Protection Agency. Some...
New Study Doubles the World's Number of Bird Species By Redefining 'Species'
If the story of the Biblical Flood took place today, and Noah were a modern taxonomist, the tale might have ended very differently. When instructed by God to load two of every...

Wildlife & Conservation

The World's Largest Marine Protected Area Is a Conservation Victory with Caveats
At the end of October, a room full of politicians, biologists, and conservationists in Australia erupted in applause. After five years of negotiations, 24 countries and the...
Darwin's Cage Match | Hakai Magazine
In the Australian outback, researchers are pitting small endangered marsupials against feral cats to see if they can force evolution's hand.
The Internet of Elephant Seals
Michael Fedak's favorite animal is the elephant seal, but not for the typical reasons. It's not their expressive faces or huge smiles that draw him in, nor their surprisingly...

Climate Change

Disappearing Ice Means New Ways of Life for Arctic Birds
It's that time of year again: crisp air, pumpkin lattes, sweaters, and, of course, our annual reminder that the world is gradually getting warmer. At the beginning of each fall,...
Bad News, People: 2016 Was Officially the Warmest Year on Record
We've done it again: For the third year in a row, we've pushed this pale blue dot that we call home past its previous temperature record. This morning, scientists from two...
The Best Defense Against Sea Level Rise Leaves Little Room for Birds
Karl Nordstrom has grown used to seeing a world invisible to everyone else. When he goes to the Jersey Shore and gazes upon an endless stretch of white sand, he doesn't see the...

Policy

Future Ice Melt Enough to List Species as Threatened Now
Currently, bearded seals in the Arctic are chasing the edge of the region's sea ice south as it refreezes after a long summer's melt. They must be happy to see its return, as...
The Gas Industry Leaks Enough Gas to Power Three Million Homes Each Year. Congress Is About to...
The gas industry has a dirty little secret: It's leaking everywhere. A series of recent studies agree that around five percent of the natural gas produced on federal and tribal...
The Nation's First State-wide Carbon Tax Was Defeated at the Polls This Week
On Tuesday, amid the hoopla of the presidential election, a ballot initiative to instate the first state-wide carbon tax in the country quietly failed. Initiative 732, better...

Life at the Extremes

The Robots That Dare to Explore Antarctica's Frozen Ocean
In 2008, Stacy Kim arrived in Antarctica to search for life in one of the most inaccessible places on the planet: under the continent's permanent ice shelves. The marine...
Life Finds a Way
How will Japan's new volcanic island turn green?
Microbes Buried Deep in Ocean Crust May Form World's Largest Ecosystem
If you were to hit the seafloor and continue to travel down, you'd run into an ecosystem unlike any other on earth. Beneath several hundred meters of seafloor sediment is the...

Art & Science

Check Out These Fantastic Photos of Birds in Urban Spaces
As a child, Sam Hobson didn't let his urban neighborhood of Bristol, UK prevent him from exploring nature. He'd spend his days prowling through his backyard and neighborhood...
What Drawings of Birds and Brillo Pads Tell Us About Ourselves
At first glance, still life may not seem like the most adventurous art form-it's largely fruit bowls and flowers, right? But the practice holds a secret: Given its preoccupation...
The Enchanting Sea Monsters on Medieval Maps
The sea has been the stage for monstrosities and strange tales since antiquity. And, why not? Unlike land, the ocean is constantly shifting and moving, with currents that could...

Service

The Best Hair Straightener
The GVP Digital's temperature range is as wide as the rest, and its plates are big enough to grab a strand of hair without being too big to maneuver. It heats up as quickly and...
Think You Have a Bird-Friendly Backyard? Think Again.
Last spring, Justine Kummer was loafing on her couch when she heard a loud bang on the window in front of her. Startled, she ran outside to investigate the noise, and her heart...
The Best Lotions for Most People
After 20 hours of research and testing 10 popular drugstore brands, our new pick is Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Simple ingredients like dimethicone, petrolatum, and...

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