Category Archives: Books and media

In praise of maggots.

Tweet Now that’s what I’m talking about. The NYT has a great article about Doug Tallamy, a fellow ecologist at the University of Delaware who studies insects.  He and his wife are on a mission to reclaim their farm from aggressive … Continue reading

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What I did on my Christmas vacation

Tweet Well, it’s not over yet (thankfully), so this should really be in present tense. What is perhaps most important, to me, is what I didn’t do this year — which is stumble through the long, hectic, progression of travel, … Continue reading

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Planet in Peril

Tweet That’s the name of a new documentary on the state of the Earth to air this coming Tuesday and Wednesday nights (23 and 24 October) on CNN.  Normally, I shy away from anything that might be considered advertising.  But … Continue reading

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Newt Gingrich and Terry Maple: Natural Patriots

Tweet Yes, that Newt Gingrich. I admit this is hard for me, as a lifelong Democrat. But bear with me.   In our better moments, we all like to talk about finding common ground and fostering bipartisanship and all that … Continue reading

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Sowing the seeds of literacy for the new millennium

Tweet The latest issue of Seed magazine is a must read, announcing the winners of the 2nd Annual Seed Science Writing Contest, which addresses the question: “What does it mean to be scientifically literate in the 21st Century?”  Lest you think … Continue reading

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Richard Louv, Natural Patriot

Tweet During my idyllic vacation two weeks ago, I pulled out a book that had been sitting on my table for some time: Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods.  Based on the somewhat off-puttingly pedantic subtitle (“Saving our Children … Continue reading

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Proud Papa of a . . . crustacean!

Tweet At least it feels like I’ve had a baby (I can sense any mothers reading this rolling their eyes at the cluelessness of this analogy). Only the gestation time for this little bundle has been more than four years.  … Continue reading

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Another award for “Altered Oceans”

Tweet A few months ago the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting was awarded to Kenneth Weiss and Usha Lee McFarling of the Los Angeles Times for their excellent, and sobering, series on the deteriorating ocean environment, “Altered Oceans“.   If you haven’t … Continue reading

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Rachel Carson: Natural Patriot

Tweet [Part 1 in an occasional series on heroes of Natural Patriotism]  Rachel Carson was born a century ago on this day, 27 May 1907.  With her book, Silent Spring, and her courageous fight against indiscriminate broadcast of toxins into … Continue reading

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Earth Portal: coming soon to a computer near you

Tweet Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, and all the ships at sea: The official grand opening of the Earth Portal is coming this Thursday 27 April 2007:

The Earth Portal aspires to be an … Continue reading

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