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April 23rd, 2010

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11:00 pm - Musings on Humans and the "Natural" world
Here's an pleasant antidote to stories of environmental gloom and doom, A brief description of 5 species that seem to have been saved from extinction. In all cases, humans were responsible for this near-extinction, but our own efforts also saved these species. Ultimately, we are living in the post-natural era, where it will increasingly be our job to manage the planet. We live in the Anthropocene era, and that needn't be a bad thing.

For example, this article on the beneficial environmental impact of whale dung, makes the idea of seeding the oceans with iron to reverse global warming seem perhaps more reasonable. However, regardless of whether that particular idea works or not, our role in the ecosystem needs to become larger if we want to keep everything working well. Here's an excellent article by an ecologist who supports this view and who also point out that humans have been having drastic affects upon the landscape for many thousands of years. For example, the mixed forest and meadow landscape of Pre-contact Oregon was not in any way "natural", it was something maintained by the native peoples for many centuries using controlled burns and similar methods - none of this is new. The affects we have is greater, but so is our ability to make deliberate large-scale choices. Here's an article by the same author about the idea of heavily networking the natural world, and here's an fascinating early example of a simple version of this being done in NYC, in the Bronx River. This is exactly the sort of environmentalism that I think is vital, both to our own survival and that of many other species.
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Date:April 24th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
I'm generally of the opinion that fully engineering one's habitat is a hallmark of an advanced species; we have a long way to go before that becomes a reality for humanity. Here's hoping we don't screw it up too badly learning how...

Also, I wouldn't normally do this, but seeing as you make your living as a writer, you might want to be more aware of this: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/affect-versus-effect.aspx
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Date:April 26th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
Neat stuff; thanks! I linked to this in my most recent linkety-linkety post.
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Date:June 7th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
Excellent reading material - thanks!

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