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by Bellmeadow, Deep Green Resistance Member Recently I heard news that our county (Douglas) was getting one of the nation’s biggest malls. The news simultaneously sunk my heart and angered me. Why the hell do we need another mall? To consume the world? Then my mind raced to the location of the mall, and the …
Tanzanian Villagers Fear Lion ‘Revenge’
The killing of six lions near northern Tanzania’s Olasiti village has residents living in fear of “revenge” attacks by the predators.
Let's hope the stop killing lions.
Online class explores hunting and role in conservation
GR: Like many of us, Leopold grew more protective of wildlife as he aged. He proposed the "land ethic” not long before his death. He concluded that Earth ecosystem stability requires that we treat animals as our equals, not our resources. This course description suggests the course content will focus on ideas that Leopold left behind as he saw nature succumbing to relentless pressure of the exploding human population. Please convince me it isn't so.
By Aaron Blake. "It's also not just Republicans.
"Eight in 10 Americans believe science has made life better for most people, but they still don't trust scientists — and/or aren't aware of their consensus — on many of the most important science-related issues of the day.
"And that goes for far more than just climate change. And it includes plenty of Democrats too.
"A new Pew study comparing the attitudes of scientists and the public shows wide gaps between the two when it comes to climate, food that uses genetically modified organisms and pesticides, research using animals, and also the threat posed by the fast-growing world population."
GR: School-aged children and adults often hear conflicting views on important issues. Young people I know often ask my opinion on interesting ideas or arguments they've heard. Often, I find the arguments are obvious fallacies. There are many ways to argue for unsound conclusions, even that science itself is faulty or dangerous.
A fallacious argument in logic or rhetoric is one that is invalid. Wikipedia defines more than 100 fallacies that people often use to make unsound arguments. Some of the fallacies are difficult to spot without prior knowledge. Learning to recognize the long lists of fallacies takes time and that's why I suggest schoolwork.
Schools should include middle-grade units and high-school courses on fallacy and debate. Otherwise, choosing what to believe is like choosing foods without taste buds.
Former reality-show skipper Chris Fischer has revolutionized shark science—with a daring system for catching the beasts alive and a radical new research-funding model. During an expedition off the coast of Chile that was interrupted by an undersea earthquake, we ask: Is this guy the next Cousteau or a corporate-sponsored hype machine?
WASHINGTON — Replacing fossil fuels with biofuels produced by plant growth will not reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to affect climate change without using some of the land needed to grow food, a new report concludes. “Avoiding Bioenergy Competition for Food Crops and Land,” released Thursday by the World Resources