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On Turtle Independence Day, No Fireworks, but Lots of Love

On the 4th of July, the annual Turtle Independence Day will be celebrated at Hawaii’s Mauna Lani Resort, a tradition that began 28 years ago. The Hawaiian green sea turtle, or honu, has been around the islands for centuries, possibly as long as 200 million years, and is revered. In Chinese mythology, the sea turtle represents wisdom, and in Hawaii, according to lore, it guided the first voyagers to the islands.

A Meditation on Ecological Sustainability

The Radiant Optimism of Sustainability Sutra, by Roy Morrison

Roy Morrison is a visionary. He is also a long-time New England-based energy consultant and author who wrote the first law in the U.S. for municipal aggregation for retail electricity competition, an emerging tool which can be used by communities to encourage the development of renewable energy as well as to keep electric rates down.

Nature’s Peace, Quiet Shattered by Noise

Some years ago, when I lived in New Mexico, I had the privilege of backpacking in the Gila Wilderness of the Gila National Forest in the southwestern part of the state. The Gila is America’s first official Wilderness Area, established in 1924 at the urging of Aldo Leopold, co-founder of the Wilderness Society, “father” of modern wildlife management, and the author of the beloved conservation classic, A Sand County Almanac.

In An Otherwise Divisive Election Year, Last November American Voters United to Approve more than $6 Billion for Local Parks, Natural Areas

And Californians Did Their Part

Today is Endangered Species Day

Let’s Not Forget the Main Driver of Species Disappearance: Too Many Humans


One of the most flagrant and far-reaching impacts of human overpopulation is the overexploitation, displacement and elimination of the other creatures that have been our companions on Planet Earth since our distant ancestors first walked upright.

Overpopulation Overpowers Ocean

Two-thirds of once-vast sea now stressed by exponentially increasing human activity

Countries with Largest Ecological Footprints all Have Large Populations

The Oakland-based Global Footprint Network – a nonprofit that calculates the demands of human economies on ecosystems – has released the ecological footprints of almost 150 countries in the 2017 edition of the National Footprint Accounts.

Finally, California’s Brutal Drought is Over

What Next?

At long last, a winter of record-breaking rainstorms and Sierra Nevada snowstorms has vanquished California’s record-breaking drought. It took record precipitation to break the back of record dryness.

But two things remain certain: California will experience another drought in all too few years’ time, and incessant population growth in the state ensures that the next drought will mess with even more lives than this last one did.

California’s Crappy Air Quality

Population Overwhelms Pollution Control

USA Today reports that six of the top ten cities with the most polluted air in America are all located in just one state. Take a guess as to which.

Western Consumption is Deadly

Boosted by Immigration-Driven Population Growth, our Gluttony is Linked to Thousands of Deaths Worldwide

One of the topics addressed in a 2016 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on U.S. immigration rates prepared by Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR), about which I wrote here for CAPS, is “International Ecological Impacts of U.S. Immigration Policies.”

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