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Indoor Cats and Wild Birds

Picture: Calliope the cat fiercely attacking her prey.

Recently there's been a lot in the news about the effect of outside cats on bird populations. The New York Times covered the issue last month. Even the sweetest cat can be a fierce hunter, and do serious damage to local bird populations.

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Personal Networks and Sustainability

At the (very fun) Texas Green Network event last week City of Austin Chief Sustainability Officer Lucia Athens told the crowd that that people don't make sustainable living decisions because they make sense, they save money or the are the right thing to do. They do them because their peers are doing them.

This is supported by this article, "The choices an individual makes about environmental issues are affected by family, friends and others in a person's social network. Michigan State University scientists are studying how to harness the power of social networks to better communicate sustainability science. 'Instead of trying to communicate with thousands of people, we can be more effective by using the structure of social networks to spread information,'

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