modern environmental movement

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.

World’s Wilderness Disappearing

Another Dispatch from a Vanishing Realm

“In Canada and Alaska there are still large expanses of virgin country, where nameless men by nameless rivers wander, and in strange valleys die strange deaths alone.”

           - Aldo Leopold, “Wilderness,” from A Sand County Almanac, 1949 (Oxford University Press)

Once-Wild West Disappearing Under Development

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

Remembering Douglas Rainsford Tompkins, 1943-2015

Global Conservation Cause Loses a Giant to South American Kayaking Accident

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.

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.

Book Review: ‘Presidents and the American Environment’ by CAPS Board Member Otis Graham

For about a dozen years during my ongoing three-decade career as an environmental planner and wildlife biologist, I consulted extensively for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. I assisted the Service in preparing comprehensive conservation plans (CCPs) and habitat management plans (HMPs) on about 50 national wildlife refuges (NWRs) around the country, reaching from the Caribbean to Alaska.

Lucky guy! I got to visit, explore and help develop long-term plans to manage and protect some pretty special places, all characterized by their abundance and diversity of wild living things.

William R. Catton, Jr.: An Appreciation

Several weeks ago I learned that William R. Catton, Jr., author of the landmark book, Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change, had passed away in January at the age of 88 in Washington State, days shy of his 89th birthday.

Dr. Catton was a professor emeritus of sociology at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. This unassuming, polite gentleman and U.S. Navy veteran (1943-1946) was not all that well-known among most environmentalists, population activists or immigration campaigners.

Get the New Edition of Man Swarm by CAPS Advisory Board Member Dave Foreman with Laura Carroll

Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild WorldIn 2011, visionary arch-conservationist and CAPS advisory board member Dave Foreman came out with a new book entitled Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife. As the arresting, politically incorrect title suggests, Man Swarm was a hard-hitting polemic, but not an angry one.

Lester Brown Steps Down

Founder of Worldwatch Institute and Earth Policy Institute set to retire in June at 81

The Earth Policy Institute (EPI) has announced that its founder and president Lester R. Brown will retire in June 2015. Thus will come to a close his remarkable career – spanning more than half a century – as a leading environmental analyst and thinker.