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This is a selection of Rene’s writing. The newest articles appear at the top. She will be adding more, so keep checking back. 

 

FLORIDA OPENED A FAKE ALLIGATOR FARM TO CATCH POACHERS 

National Geographic, November 2017.

A multiyear undercover investigation snagged nine men who now stand accused of felonies ranging from poaching to racketeering. Photography by Kirsten Luce.

 

Did Monsanto Ignore Evidence Linking Its Weed Killer to Cancer?

The Nation, October 2017.

Attorneys and activists have accused Monsanto of manipulating the science around glyphosate’s health impacts—in essence, of following the playbook written by Big Tobacco.

 

TRUST YOUR GUT  

Prevention, August 2017.

The bacteria living there play a huge role in keeping us healthy—and may even harbor solutions for some of our most vexing illnesses.

 

INSIDE THE MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR WORLD OF EEL TRAFFICKING  

National Geographic, June 2017.

Agents with the U.S. government’s ‘Operation Broken Glass’ have nabbed more than a dozen men for smuggling valuable baby eels to Asia. Photography By Sarah Rice.

 

THE TRUTH ABOUT RECYCLING IN AMERICA 

Organic Life, April 2017.

After decades of growth, our recycling rate has stalled. Is single-stream recycling to blame?

 

THE RE-ANIMATORS

Popular Science, July 2016.

popscifinalHow Scientists Are Bringing People Back From The Dead. Pressing pause could mean the difference between life and death.

 

HOW TO KEEP HONEYBEES

Modern Farmer. Summer 2016. Cover Story.

honeybee-farme-datesJoin the backyard beekeeping revolution and keep pollinators buzzing. The payback’s pretty sweet.

 

YOU’RE NOT WARM UNTIL YOU’RE WARM AND DEAD

Outside, January 2016. Cover story.

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People coming back to life after being frozen stiff. Frogs that cryopreserve for winter and then reanimate. The emerging frontier of extreme cold is offering revolutionary new insights and therapies for everything from deadly exposure to peak athletic performance.

 

SUDDEN IMPACT

Audubon, Sept/Oct, 2015. Cover story.

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When birds and buildings collide, Minneapolis artist Miranda Brandon gives victims of bird strikes new life. Photography by Miranda Brandon.

 

HOW TO TURN YOUR DOG OFF

Nautilus, March 5, 2015.

5517_6c7cd904122e623ce625613d6af337c4Suspended animation is becoming a life-saving medical procedure.

 

MODERN ARK

Audubon, March-April, 2015.

Joel Sartore wants a close-up of every captive species on earth—as many as 12,000 animals—before it’s too late. Photography by Joel Sartore.

 

Q&A: MICHAEL POLLAN

Audubon, November-December, 2014.

Celebrated author Michael Pollan talks climate change, and how farming can help stop it.

Extra: How to Cook Like Michael PollanOnline.

 

AT THE CROSS ROADS

Mental_Floss, October 2014.

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The most high-tech advances in genetic research are happening in the most unexpected place—the heart of quiet Amish country.

 

THE BITTER TRUTH, Q&A WITH SPIRITS AUTHOR BRAD THOMAS PARSONS

 Modern Farmer, July 2014


THE NIGHT STALKERS

Audubon, May-June 2014.

Birds have birders who go birding. It only follows that moths should have moth-ers who go mothing. Photography by Jim des Rivieres.

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WELCOME TO THE BODY FARM

Mental Floss, March 2014.

body_farmBeyond the border of an ordinary parking lot lies the most cutting-edge graveyard in the world… and a hands-on lab for cops and forensic anthropologists. Photography by Graham Yelton.

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FOOD NETWORK

Audubon, July-August 2013.

w1_aud0713_jad52Creating a backyard habitat that attracts wildlife, especially birds, sounds like a good idea. But does it work? New research is providing proof that small habitats can make a big difference. Photography by David Liittschwager.

 

 

COLOR GUARD

Audubon, May-June 2013. Cover Story. 

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Decades after the roseate spoonbill staged a major comeback from plume hunting, one of the world’s most bizarre and beautiful birds is again sending warning signs about the state of the Everglades. Photography by John Huba.

 

SWEET SUCCESS

Audubon: March-April 2012.

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Drizzling your flapjacks with bona fide maple syrup tapped from   northern hardwood forests provides a mouthwatering breakfast—and a boon to birds. Photography by Ben Stechschulte.

 

THE WORLD OF TOMORROW

Audubon, September-October 2009. Cover Story.

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The days when buildings simply sat there sucking down vast amounts of energy are almost over. Today’s best houses, schools, restaurants, and arenas sip their megawatts, while catching rainwater, sparing resources, and preserving green space—without sacrificing style, or fun. 

 

CROSSROADS

Audubon, November-Eecember 2009.

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Walk in Jesus’ footsteps, explore the ruins at Masada, or take a dip in the Dead Sea, but don’t forget to look up. A half billion birds fly over Israel each year, making the Holy Land one of the world’s top birding destinations. Photography by Katherine Kiviat.

 

 BEST OF GREEN DESIGN

Popular Mechanics, October 2008.

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Your home may be your castle, but there’s no need for exorbitant utility bills to make it as pricey as the real thing. From windows that can insulate against Arctic temperatures to a machine that converts your garage into a biofuel pumping station, these pages showcase today’s most ingenious products for achieving energy and water efficiency.  

HAPPY MEALS

Audubon, March-April 2007.

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In a New York City suburb, a grand experiment in farming yields food that is grown locally on a small scale and free of toxins. The well-heeled diners flocking to the farm’s gourmet restaurant and the carefree children attending its camps may well be getting a taste of the future. Photography by Rob Howard.

THE ORIGINAL OZ

Audubon, July-August 2006.

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Scorching deserts filled with birdsong, a coast dotted with life-restoring aboriginal fires, rivers pulsing with crocodiles. At once the most dangerous and beautiful place on earth, australia’s northern territory is the true outback that legendary explorers couldn’t conquer. Photography by George Fetting.

PLAYING DEFENSE

Audubon, September-October 2006.

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Each year doe-eyed marauders lay waste to America’s backyards, devouring everything from flowers to vegetables and saplings. Here’s how to protect your precious plants. Photography by Rob Howard. 

ENERGY GUIDE: POWER TO THE PEOPLE

Audubon: September-October 2006

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How to fight global warming, lower your utility bills, and take a stand for a more sustainable future. Illustrations by Tomasz Walenta.