Environmentalists Continue to Ignore Overpopulation

Why are environmental groups so afraid to talk about the direct link between rising population and environmental problems? And not just American environmentalists, but those in the United Kingdom and elsewhere as well?

Concerned Maui Residents Join Together to Save Species, Beaches

On Maui’s southern coast, tourist foot traffic and development have gradually increased dune erosion and left the Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus) without places to burrow. Although the Shearwater is not officially labeled endangered, biologists consider the species at risk.

Rewilding Institute Founder Speaks About the Crowding Out of Wild Things

As part of the CAPS Open Dialogue Program, renowned environmentalist Dave Foreman spoke recently in Santa Barbara and at the Urban Studies Department at CalState Northridge.

A Diminished World of our Own Making

According to English ecologist and Guardian columnist George Monbiot, ongoing paleontological research is demonstrating ever more conclusively that the stunning rise of man has been accompanied by an equally stunning fall of gigantic creatures – the megafauna. There never was any “state of grace,” he suggests; man was always a “destroyer of worlds.”

The Sky Could Fall if We Let it

Doomsayers usually don’t get much press in America. We’re an optimistic country, and we tend to dismiss doomsters as Chicken Littles in search of a falling sky. Most of us take it for granted that nothing really bad could ever happen here, even if the country did suffer through the Civil War and the Great Depression.

Homage to Iconic Conservationist David Brower Omits Population

David Brower

David Brower

Major League Player Crusades for Environmental Awareness

Chris Dickerson Swings in a Pirates GameUsually, baseball spring training stories focus on prospects and veterans’ batting, pitching and fielding skills. Local beat writers always predict that for the upcoming season, everything will be better this year than last.

Today is World Water Day

As I begin Day 6 of suffering through some miserable spring cold-sinus-head thing that’s got me headache-y, ache-y overall and feverish – and am working to form some relevant thoughts connecting World Water Day to what we do here at CAPS – I can’t help thinking how many of us in the Western World take water for granted.

The California Rains Didn’t End the Drought

Earth movers push mudslide off Southern California roadsThe recent deluge of rain in California caused considerable inconvenience, including threats of flash floods and mudslides which made it necessary for people to evacuate their homes. Nevertheless, probably more than a few Californians welcomed the downpour, seeing it as the end of one of the worst droughts in the state’s recorded history.

National Security on a Crowded, Troubled Planet

In recent years, U.S. military leaders have become increasingly worried about the menacing implications for our national security due to deteriorating environmental and demographic conditions globally.

Not known as your garden-variety tree huggers or “the-sky-is-falling!” Chicken Little types (at least when it comes to the environment), generals and admirals stress that it is their duty to be well-informed about the underlying phenomena that can drive threats to their forces and to the American public they have sworn to protect and serve.