Tow-headed Thomas Wolff, a first-grader on a field trip from Stratfield School in Fairfield, Connecticut, was the first to spot the Canadian goose family, which was busy improving the view at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s six-acre Birdcraft Sanctuary.
Antarctica is widely referred to as the last wilderness area on Earth, and with good reason. It is our highest, driest, coldest, windiest and most remote place. Visitors, explorers and scientists alike all testify to its devastating beauty. The vast majority of its great frozen expanse remains largely unspoiled, the way it has been for […]
People With Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Are Becoming the New Homeless Though it’s only recently begun to make headlines, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is not new: People have been reporting the symptoms of it on an increasing arc for the last 50 years, as our society has become more and more synthetic. Between 1940 and 1980, […]
This just in from the Cato Institute: Renewable energy is "expensive, environmentally counterproductive and unsustainable." Cato President Robert L. Bradley says that electricity from renewable energy plants "is, on average, twice as expensive as electricity from the most economical fossil-fuel alternative." There’s a reason for that, and Cato-an influential conservative think-tank-should take some of the blame.
The planet has been blessed with more freshwater than we could ever possibly need. But because this abundant resource is distributed unevenly on the planet, we are starting to run up against the limits of available freshwater in many parts of the globe.
Wise Use Groups Want to Tame the Land. Conservationists Want to Turn it Over to Wildlife. Could They Ever Agree on an Ambitious Wildlife Corridor Called Y2Y? Driving through the fertile basin of Montana's Paradise Valley, wildlife seems secondary to development and politics along the two-lane highway headed toward Yellowstone National Park. Signs to “Elect […]
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service oversees 538 national wildlife refuges. Most refuges are concentrated along major bird migration corridors and serve as vital sanctuaries for millions of migratory birds. Environmentalists worry that modern threats—such as mechanized resource extraction, overuse from recreation, water contamination and shortages, the invasion of non-native species and rising temperatures from global warming—are too much for the system to handle.
Playing Ecological Roulette with Mother Nature’s Designs We are in the midst of a great historic transition into the Biotech Age. The ability to isolate, identify and recombine genes is making the gene pool available, for the first time, as the primary raw resource for future economic activity on Earth. After thousands of years of […]
In 1992, when he was 11 years old, Damion Heersink of the southeastern Alabama town of Dothan attended a Boy Scout campout, and unwittingly ate a quarter-sized piece of uncooked hamburger. It’s certainly not unusual for kids to eat hamburgers: