my story about the destruction of Borneo’s rain forest, the oldest and most species-rich on earth, by the logging and palm-oil industries. Orangutans, Penan hunter-gatherers, many species that haven’t even been identified, are losing their lives and way of living.
The U.N.’s Food and Agricultural Organization says the net rate of global deforestation has slowed by more than 50% over the past 25 years. However, a Brazilian environmentalist tells me the deceleration of the deforestation of the Amazon numbers are cooked, and here’s a chronological map of the deforestation of Borneo. The devastation of the …Read More
good news for a change : the forests are returning, deforestation is peaking, the world is getting greener, climate change is being mitigated.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/…/we-ar…/article26147272/This is true of the dediduous hardwood forest of northeastern North America, which has been coming back since the car replaced the horse as the way to get around. After 1918 the internal …Read More
September 3, 2015, Smithsonian Magazine has published my piece on the white spirit bear of British Columbia, with magnificent photographs by Melissa Groo:
Hi everybody, we’ve been having a little trouble with our server, which was hacked. With great difficulty and the help of some brilliant techies in Bangalore, we managed to retrieve the Site and the original 2001-2010 version, which was redesigned by Justine Harare. But the server won’t allow me to attach a pdf to a …Read More
We live a couple of hundred feet from Montreal’s magnificent 494-acre Mount Royal Park, which was laid out by Frederick Law Olsmsted, who designed New York’s Central Park. A lot of the people on our street have beautiful gardens in their front yards. Our front yard, which is thirty feet by fifteen, has two box …Read More
excellent profile in the New Yorker by Elizabeth Kolbert of Christina Figueres, and discussion of the state of the effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions, and what might be accomplished at the Paris climate change conference in December. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/08/24/the-weight-of-the-world?mbid=nl_081915_Daily_Text&CNDID=12625990&spMailingID=7998996&spUserID=MTA3NzY2MjAxNTQwS0&spJobID=742351359&spReportId=NzQyMzUxMzU5S0
in the aftermath of Cecil the iconic lion’s gunning down by the American dentist in Zimbabwe, which has caused worldwide spontaneous revulsion and demand to stop the slaughter of Africa’s majestic wild animals so their heads can hang in trophy rooms in Texas, Mexico, Germany, etc. A great example of Malcolm Gladwell’s tipping point. Let …Read More
Hosannas to Pope Francis ! He is emerging as the greatest leader in the world. A genuine champion of the poor (why he chose Francis as his papal name) and big promotor of interfaith dialogue, his latest encyclical contains a brilliant concise statement of the environmental, political, economic and moral meltdown we’re undergoing. He gets …Read More