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Most Urgent Threats to Life on Earth Today

Global Warming Not Even in Top Five

Nowadays, to hear some lightweight, so-called environmentalists yammer and yack, the one and only environmental cause is their holy war against global warming, a.k.a. climate change.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard activists and the media treat climate interchangeably with environment, as if the natural environment consists of nothing but the climate, or as if manmade climate change was the only threat to the environment out there.

National Park Service Celebrates First Century

Today Marks the NPS Centennial, 1916 to 2016

Our Home in the Heavens

Every August, in its annual journey around the Sun, our Earth passes through a stream of debris known as the Perseid cloud, stretching along the orbit of the Comet Swift-Tuttle. This comet, first discovered in 1862 by American astronomers Lewis Swift and Horace Parnell Tuttle, orbits the sun once every 133 years. The Perseid cloud is made up of small particles expelled by the comet; the particles are tiny, about the size of a grain of sand.

August 8 is Earth Overshoot Day

Today, Monday, August 8, is Earth Overshoot Day. This is the estimated date – as determined annually by the Global Footprint Network (GFN) – when humankind’s aggregate demand for natural resources and ecological services in the current year exceeds what Earth is able to regenerate in one year.

California’s Amazing Trees

When it comes to trees, California is a land of superlatives. It has always struck me as incredible that this one state can boast that it has the world’s tallest tree, the world’s largest tree and the world’s oldest tree. When it comes to diverse natural endowments, California is truly the Golden State.

A Heartwarming Look at Californians’ Love Affair with Their Wildlife

Book Review of When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California
By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Today is World Population Day

As critical an issue as population growth is to the future of people and the planet, it is typically given short shrift by the press, politicians and pundits.

Only when we breach boundaries like “7 billion” (for the world) or “300 million” (United States) is there any self-reflection at all, and even then, most of it in the popular press amounts to little more than cheerleading for unsustainable, perpetual growth.

Booming Illegal Trade in Wildlife is Decimating World’s Biodiversity

Today is World Environment Day (WED), designated by the United Nations as a day to increase worldwide awareness of our environment and promote actions to protect and preserve it. Themed “Go Wild for Life,” WED this year highlights the rampant illegal trade in wildlife products that is “eroding Earth’s precious biodiversity, robbing us of our natural heritage and driving whole species to the brink of extinction.”

Once-Wild West Disappearing Under Development

But Shhh! Mustn’t Mention that Rampant Population Growth is a Major Reason Why

Acid Rain: Still with Us

With the start of the Industrial Revolution in the late 1700s, we began spewing billions of tons of smoke and noxious fumes into Earth’s biosphere annually, but few people understood the ramifications on their lives.

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