Category Archives: Politics

Congress: Leave no child inside!

Tweet Most of us of a certain age have fond memories of coming home from school and spending hours playing outside, hunting for frogs or lightning bugs or whatever, holding down the secret fort in the bushes, inventing games out … 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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Now accepting nominations: Natural Patriot of the Year!

Tweet Ladies and Gentlemen, The summer solstice is now behind us, meaning — paradoxically — that summer is here, and yet, that the days have begun their gradual decline.  But let’s not dwell on that now.  For those of us … 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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Economic Inequality Predicts Biodiversity Loss

Tweet [cross-posted at the Earth Forum]  Global threats to biodiversity are well documented and widely appreciated, yet the socioeconomic factors driving losses of biodiversity are still poorly understood. A potentially central factor in this equation is economic inequality, which has … Continue reading

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The real economy

Tweet Remember Enron?  Of course — who could forget?  The company that looked like it was on top of the world, growing and profiting like gangbusters — until the bottom fell out and thousands of employees and stockholders lost their shirts, … Continue reading

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Natural Patriotism gathers steam

Tweet Environmental Defense is drafting a Declaration of New Patriotism in anticipation of the 4th of July, 2007.  And you can contribute. This is something that the Natural Patriot can get fully behind.  It’s inspiring to see the idea of natural … Continue reading

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I’m pro-life and I vote! (but maybe not the way you think)

Tweet Jerry Falwell is gone, leaving a troubled legacy, and with him goes an era of monolithic fundamentalist influence on American politics.  The Reverend was a reliable foe of protecting the Creation. Just recently, he famously railed against the growing … Continue reading

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The real roots of terror?

Tweet Fundamentalist Christians appear to have a new ally in their crusade against the evil of evolution-based biological science: Fundamentalist Islam. It’s an interesting, albeit frustrating, exercise to read through this nonsense and attempt to decipher the convoluted logic behind … Continue reading

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Add one to the Endangered Species list: ecologists

Tweet It’s widely appreciated that the world’s biodiversity is in crisis — that many species are in danger of extinction.  How do we know this?  Because ecologists and other environmental field scientists have studied their abundance and sometimes obscure habits, … Continue reading

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