World Scientists’ [Second] Warning To Humanity

In 1992 1,700 of the worlds scientists from 71 countries, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, issued a stark statement to the world known as the World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity wherein existing threats and their consequences to the earth’s biosphere were spelled out. It painted a bleak picture of the […]

Trump’s Pyrrhic Victory

I despise politics. Always have. Can’t stand talking about it. The power trips, the lies, the manipulation. But if you happen to be someone who cares when good things come under attack by those in public office you’ll sometimes find that you are forced to comment and take sides. And so I will. It didn’t […]

Of Drought and Rains and Climate Change

We on the west are having quite the winter this year. Torrential storms (accompanied by hurricane force winds) are soaking the state of California*, hopefully ending a punishing 5 year drought. I see though, in my perusing of various websites on the topic, that some are wasting no time in zealously claiming that these rains […]

The Demise of the Elephant

It’s a battle that has been raging for decades. Elephant (and rhino) poachers vs conservationists. Now a new study, [The Great Elephant Census], by 90 scientists has shown that the numbers of elephants left in 18 African countries have plummeted due to illegal poaching with 27,000, or 8%, killed every year. Some quotes from a […]

Space or Bust III

A Discover Magazine interview with Louis Friedman makes clear that those pinning their hopes and faith on space colonization for the future of humanity should the earth “fall” are dangerously barking up the wrong tree. Following are some snippets. “Louis Friedman has always balanced his optimistic vision for the future of human space exploration with […]

Primal Urges

Hmm. Someone has compiled a rather long list of prehistoric fiction novels (1,378 titles!). For you trivia buffs, before Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Rice Burroughs came along, there was James De Mille. His 1888 story, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder, is supposedly the oldest published dinosaur novel*. Anyway, I’m wondering if […]

A Tribute to Loren Eiseley

Though I’ve read the works of a number of naturalists, Loren Eiseley* is my favorite. The man was gifted with a way of writing that called out faintly from that dark immensity, the vast sweep of time. Like me, he was a walker, but his were through the long ages as a keen observer, a […]

Your Friend, The Bat

Great article from National Geographic about a very misunderstood, feared and attacked animal. This Book Drives a Wooden Stake Into The Mythology of Bats Some snippets: In my [world famous bat reseacher, Merlin Tuttle] entire 55-year long career studying bats, I have never been attacked by a one. I have never documented an aggressive bat […]

What A Shame

Florida Called Off Its Big Black-Bear Hunt After It Became a Black-Bear Massacre ….. “A combined mortality rate of 20% of the entire bear population has become Florida’s ghastly new definition of sustainability, while the human population of the state increases by more than the entire bear population every single week, a fact that human […]