Friday, January 12, 2018

Defending Biodiversity - new book

A challenging but powerful new book.


"Imagine that you are an environmentalist who passionately believes that it is wrong to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. How do you convince someone that a decision to drill is wrong? Debates about the environment and how humans ought to treat it have gone on for decades, yet arguments in favor of preserving biodiversity often lack empirical substance or are philosophically naïve, making them far less effective than they could be. This book critically examines arguments that are commonly offered in support of biodiversity conservation. The authors adopt a skeptical viewpoint to thoroughly test the strength of each argument and, by demonstrating how scientific evidence can be integrated with philosophical reasoning, they help environmentalists to better engage with public debate and judiciously inform public policy. " (from )

Friday, December 29, 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

plastics in the ocean: what and how

LCDR Eric Johnson, NOAA Corps. (Wikimedia Commons)

To try to understand all of the information about harmful amounts of plastics in the global water system, it's helpful to have some basic facts.

 Plastic and how it affects our oceans (ABC News)

OCEAN PLASTICS POLLUTION - A Global Tragedy for Our Oceans and Sea Life - 

Center for Biological Diversity

Microplastic in the Ocean
Scitable - A Collaborative Space for Education

Monday, December 25, 2017

gratitude (more than we thought)

David Steindl-Rast,at age 91, teaches us that gratitude is something more than appreciation: it is profoundly more.

"The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful."

Friday, December 22, 2017

more evidence of the link between climate change and dangerous weather events

It has long since become an urgent matter for us to respond to climate change. Here is even more evidence of the link between climate change and dangerous weather events.

"The 'extreme magnitude' of three 2016 weather events 'would not have been possible without human-caused climate change,' an American Meteorological Society report says, for the first time finding a causal relationship."

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

EarthEd (State of the World) - Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet

News from The Earthwatch Institute -

Watch the video linked below, for presentation from the EarthEd Symposium:

"Earth education is traditionally confined to specific topics: ecoliteracy, outdoor education, environmental science. But in the coming century, on track to be the warmest in human history, every aspect of human life will be affected by our changing planet. Emerging diseases, food shortages, drought, and waterlogged cities are just some of the unprecedented challenges that today’s students will face. How do we prepare 9.5 billion people for life in the Anthropocene, to thrive in this uncharted and more chaotic future?"