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Earth on Edge of Losing its Coral Reefs?

The warming seas are cooking the coral (well actually, bleaching it)

Fish Depletion Signals the Reality of Limits

If human population keeps growing, will we humans – or at least many of us – run out of food? No way, insist the cornucopians, a school of thinkers who seem to believe that no limits need apply to human numbers and ambitions. No matter how much we grow, they maintain, there will always be food for everyone because we are a highly ingenious species, and we will always figure out some way to provide for ourselves.

Solitude Sought in Nature Threatened by Overpopulation and Overcrowding

Sierra Club 1981 BulletinYears before I became persona non grata in the Sierra Club for my criticism of its leadership’s refusal to acknowledge i

Grading the ProPublica Series ‘Killing the Colorado’ on its Population Coverage

Not as Bad as Most, Not as Good as It Could and Should Be

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again till we’re blue in the face: the news media as a whole get a failing grade in their coverage of population and the environment. A big fat “F.” If reporters were in journalism school taking a class on “thorough environmental reporting” they would almost all flunk it.

Mother Nature Drugged with Our Pharmaceuticals

In 1996, pharmacologist and wildlife toxicologist Theo Colborn, Ph.D. (1927-2014) published her landmark book, Our Stolen Future, coauthored with Dianne Dumanoski and John Peterson Myers. It alerted Americans and the world to the increasingly widespread, subtle environmental threat posed by endocrine disrupting chemicals that mimic the female hormone estrogen.

Pollution Defiles Air Quality in California’s National Parks

I was so excited to be making my first-ever camping trip to Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. My wife and I would inhale pure mountain air, scented with sequoias and Jeffrey pines. We would revel in the soaring granite spears and peaks, crenellated ridges and gleaming snowfields of the Sierra Nevada, all bathed in ethereal splendor, John Muir’s beloved “Range of Light.”

Give Pause to Consider All Wildlife on World Lion Day

Walter Palmer poses next to Cecil the LionSince the story broke of Walter Palmer, who lured Cecil the lion out of a protected park in Zimbabwe, shot him with an arrow and, after a grueling 40 hours for Cecil, finally killed this rare and magnificent animal, one wonders.

Fabled Joshua Tree May Disappear from National Park Named for It

Drought, Climate Change Take Their Toll

Up in Montana, the glaciers are melting rapidly in Glacier National Park due to a warming climate. Scientists have predicted that they will have vanished entirely within several decades.

Genetically Modified Organisms: Unleashing 21st Century Frankenstein on the Natural World

In the 20st century, the human multitude rearranged rivers, deserts, rainforests and the oceans to suit its voracious appetite for dominance over the Natural World and to feed itself.

Scientists Issue Humanity Another Warning…Yet Again

Human domination of the biosphere likened to rapid discharge of a battery

With ever greater frequency it seems, reputable scientists are sounding the alarm that industrial human civilization is overpowering the Earth – or more properly the biosphere – and in so doing, risking its own well-being and maybe even its very survival.

If they are right, man’s much vaunted “conquest of nature” may prove to be a short-lived Pyrrhic victory indeed.

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