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Raped Environment Led Polluters On, Defense Attorneys Argue | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"While, obviously, it is extremely unfortunate that this forest was raped, it should have known better than to show off its lush greenery and tall, strong trees in the presence of my client if it didn't want anything to happen," said lead defense attorney Dennis Schickle, speaking before a courtroom packed with members of the media. "It's only natural for any red-blooded American developer to get ideas in its head when it's presented with that kind of untouched beauty."
humor  nature  ecology  rape 
september 2012 by keithly
The Trials of Bidder 70 |
Before the Tar Sands protests and before Occupy Wall Street, a young activist named Tim DeChristopher disrupted a federal oil- and gas-lease auction. The act made him a martyr for a newly radicalized environmental movement—and landed him in prison. This is his story.
environmentalism  ecology  politics  activism 
november 2011 by keithly
Volunteers Wage War on 'Invasives': It's a Scary Time to Be a Weed -
Volunteers are reclaiming public parks and carving out nature trails in spaces overrun by innocent-sounding plants like Tree of Heaven, multiflora rose and purple loosestrife. Gardeners call these "invasives," and the volunteer armies aim to clear them out. Most of the weeds are non-natives and may have entered the U.S. as a seed, tucked inadvertently into cargo, or as a pretty garden addition—and have since made a mess. "When I was a kid, you could see straight through any woods. Today, you can't. It's just blocked" with weeds, says Marc Imlay, a retired biologist who volunteers from five to 40 hours a week clearing invasives from parks in the Washington D.C. area.
Ecology  weeds  invasives 
september 2010 by keithly
Big Cats Obsess Over Calvin Klein's 'Obsession for Men' -
he results left barely a whiff of a doubt. Estée Lauder's Beautiful occupied the cheetahs on average for just two seconds. Revlon's Charlie managed 15.5 seconds. Nina Ricci's L'Air du Temps took it up to 10.4 minutes. But the musky Obsession for Men triumphed: 11.1 minutes. That's longer than the cats usually take to savor a meal.
Ecology  humor 
june 2010 by keithly
A Conversation with Stephen Toulmin
Toulmin: Thirty-five years. At that time, if you had said to Rachel Carson in her last years that by the mid 1990s no government in the world with any pretension to respectability would fail to have some kind of environmental protection agency, it would have appeared quite incredible to her.

This is a major change in the agenda of politics, and it's a change which moves precisely in the direction that represents a return from, shall we say, Descartes to Erasmus. I remain charmed by Erasmus's famous essay, In Praise of Folly, which is a prophylactic against the quest for certainty.
philosophy  culture  Ecology  politics  Wittgenstein 
december 2009 by keithly
Drake Law School - Buy Fresh Buy Local
Greater Des Moines Buy Fresh Buy Local is a network of local farms, food businesses, and consumers committed to increasing the production and sales of fresh, local foods in Central Iowa. Together we're growing the local food movement in Greater Des Moines.
Ecology  food  farming 
november 2009 by keithly
Midway - Message from the Gyre
These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.
photography  ecology  pollution 
october 2009 by keithly
Bur Oak Blog
Celebrating the nature of Iowa and the Midwest with words and images
books  Ecology  Iowa  prairie 
october 2009 by keithly
Jim Allison's Home Page
Hi! I'm a botanist (a biologist specializing in plant life) for the Georgia Natural Heritage Program, part of the Nongame & Natural Heritage Section of the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (U.S.A.).

But for the time being, at least, this site is not about Georgia but about the plant life of a single county in the middle of the neighboring state of Alabama.
Alabama  Ecology 
july 2009 by keithly
Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge
The Cahaba River itself stretches for almost 200 miles and is Alabama's longest free-flowing stream. The river currently supports 64 rare and imperiled plant and animal species, 13 of which are found nowhere else in the world. The river has more fish species at 131 than any other river it's size in North America. Over seven miles of the Cahaba lie within the approved acquisition boundary. The rolling uplands surrounding the river are forested with mountain longleaf and loblolly pines. Mixed upland hardwood species line ravines and the river's edge.
Our mission is, working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and
plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people
Ecology  travel  Alabama 
july 2009 by keithly
Cahaba River - Species Diversity

The Cahaba River is one of Alabama’s most spectacular rivers in terms of species diversity. Unfortunately the basin is also unique in the number of aquatic species that are imperiled or declining in number. The Cahaba River Watershed supports 69 rare and imperiled species including 10 fish and mussels listed as threatened and endangered. (TNC)
Ecology  travel  Alabama 
july 2009 by keithly
U-Haul SuperGraphics: Alabama
Imagine unknowingly approaching, by canoe, what is now known as one of the most significant, biologically important reservoirs in the United States. In 1992, a Georgia botanist named James Allison, under contract with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, organized a canoe trip in Bibb County, Alabama. Exploring the unexplored, Allison and three of his friends --Timothy Stevens, Jim and Debi Rodgers-- began their adventure along the Little Cahaba River. What they found during their exploration was truly a monumental biological discovery!
Ecology  travel  Alabama 
july 2009 by keithly
The Nature Conservancy in Alabama - Kathy Stiles Freeland Bibb County Glades Preserve
"A Botanical Wonder," our preserve in Bibb County is home to 61 rare plant species. The Little Cahaba River, which flows through the preserve, harbors dozens of rare aquatic creatures. The site also includes Brighthope Furnace, the earliest ironworks built in the State of Alabama. This breathtaking site is truly a "lost world" of species.
Ecology  travel  Alabama 
july 2009 by keithly
First Things - Blessed Are the Green of Heart
The principles are tiresomely belabored, but the specific policy recommendations don't follow straightforwardly from the principles. How do we get from "We must be good stewards of creation" to "Our church needs to invest in the Eden Conservancy Project"?

It seems to me that one way we get there is through deep and serious empirical study, so that we can determine with some reasonable degree of confidence whether the Eden Conservancy Project—and the general conservation strategy it represents—really is a good way for those of us who want to care for God's creation to invest our resources.

But, of course, any answer to such empirical questions will depend on how well we have formulated the questions—how well we understand our goals and desires, how well we understand our concepts of care and conservation. This is another way of saying that we also must get from general biblical principles or commandments to specific practices through theology.
books  christian  Ecology  theology 
july 2009 by keithly
Cypripedium -- Spangle Creek Labs
Cypripedium orchid species grown from seed. Artificially propagated lady's-slipper seedlings for wild gardens or woodlands.
cypripedium  orchid  Ecology  gardening  horticulture  plants  wildflowers 
april 2009 by keithly
Here’s how Texas solved the problem of highway litter. They did some research and found that the biggest culprits were 18- to 35-year-old males who drove pick-up trucks and liked sports and country music. The threat of penalty fines didn’t work; nor did appeals to the young men’s sensitive natures about the harm done to local wildlife. So the Department of Transportation ran an advertising campaign that recruited Texas’s sporting and country-music heroes, from Lance Armstrong and Chuck Norris to Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. One advert had Mike Scott, the Houston Astros pitcher, pick up some litter and—using his famed split-fingered technique—hurl it at a roadside trash can. Cue massive explosion, followed by the catchphrase, “Don’t mess with Texas”.
Ecology  sustainability  culture 
january 2009 by keithly
How do you illegally log a rainforest? With hackers
Brazil has turned to tech as a way to stem rampant logging in its Amazonian rainforests, but instead of logging less wood, "creative" logging companies simply hired hackers to make their permits look legal.
It's not as though these companies were in other way model corporate citizens; the hacker hirings appear to be part and parcel of their approach to business. Prosecutor Daniel Avelino said that "almost half of the companies involved in this scam have other lawsuits pending for environmental crimes or the use of slave labor, among other things."
technology  Ecology  logging 
december 2008 by keithly
"We're Doing God's Science" - OnEarth Magazine, from NRDC, Winter 2009
Houghton is emphatic that there can be no contradiction between his faith and his work as a scientist. He said, "More and more as I worked on the IPCC reports, I began to examine the consequences of what we in the developed world were doing, and I realized that global warming was something the rich were responsible for. The moral imperative to do something about it is very, very strong. The developed world has to take the first action in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. That part is inescapable."
Ecology  Christian 
december 2008 by keithly
Orion Magazine - nature / culture / place
Orion is a bimonthly, advertising-free magazine devoted to creating a stronger bond between people and nature.
Ecology  sustainability  culture 
december 2008 by keithly
Ecology and Society
A journal of integrative science for resilience and sustainability
Ecology  sustainability 
december 2008 by keithly
NPIN: Native Plant Database
The best United States wildflower database I know of. Links to information in other databases too.
Ecology  wildflowers  plants 
december 2008 by keithly
catapult magazine Practicing Resurrection at Russet House Farm
The farm itself, of course, is a model of sustainability. Run by solar and wind energy, it consumes no power from the Ontario Hydro grid. Wood stoves burn wood gathered locally for warmth in winter. The chicken coop and duck house are straw bale constructions and a small hut (the “Cob Cottage” where Brian does his writing) is made from straw and mud. The few head of cattle are Kerry cows—a rare breed from Ireland that is in danger of extinction. They have a giant, diverse vegetable garden, full of tomatoes, raspberries, onions, garlic, cucumbers, brussel sprouts and some long rows of potatoes (the latter of which will be sold to some high end Toronto restaurants who prefer organic vegetables).
ecology  culture  Christian  farming  community 
december 2008 by keithly
A ‘miracle tree’ that could feed sub-Saharan Africa |
Ounce for ounce, says Lamine Diakite, a Red Cross official from French Guinea in West Africa, moringa leaves contain more beta carotene than carrots, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more Vitamin C than oranges, and more potassium than bananas. Its protein content is comparable to that of milk and eggs, and its leaves are still available for harvest at the end of the dry season, when other food may be scarce. Malnourished children gained weight when put on a timely dietary supplement made from the leaves, Mr. Diakite says. He passed around pouches of the green, hennalike powder at a recent international summit in Boston.
ecology  food 
december 2008 by keithly
Hot Seats: Online Only Video: The New Yorker
How an illegally logged tree becomes a toilet seat at Wal-Mart.
ecology  economics 
december 2008 by keithly
Price, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
In 1947, two titans of 20th-century economic theory, Ludwig von Mises and Wilhelm Röpke, met in Röpke’s home of Geneva, Switzerland. During the war, the Genevan fathers coped with shortages by providing citizens with small garden allotments outside the city for growing vegtables. These citizen gardens became so popular with the people of Geneva that the practice was continued even after the war and the return to abundance. Röpke was particularly proud of these citizen farmers, and so he took Mises on a tour of the gardens. “A very inefficient way of producing foodstuffs!” Mises noted disapprovingly. “Perhaps so, but a very efficient way of producing human happiness” was Röpke’s rejoinder.
politics  ecology  economics 
october 2007 by keithly
Tree Trail
This site describes some rare tree species native to the eastern United States, and provides information about growing them on private property.
Ecology  horticulture 
august 2007 by keithly
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