Defenders of Mexico’s Environment Chronicle Their Battles – August 3, 2018
Poet Homero Aridjis and Betty Ferber have spent a lifetime fighting to save endangered species and ecosystems in Latin America
In 1985, Mexico City was hit with some of the worst air pollution ever to choke a city. While the city receives plenty of sunlight, it is high in the mountains of central Mexico, surrounded by peaks that block the ability of winds to sweep away the air pollution. The ugly brown pall stayed for weeks.
photo by Pablo Leautaud
One of Mexico’s greatest living poets, Homero Aridjis, was horrified and decided… more
by: Mark J. Palmer
In Review: Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon
Instead of a “natural history” of the iconic polar bear, anthropologist, wilderness guide and author Michael Engelhard has written a cultural history, showing the evolution of the polar bear as an icon through the ages, meaning something different to different generations and cultures. This is a book about human perceptions, dreams and experiences of the polar bear more than about the Ursus maritimus itself.
Photo by Cheryl Strahl
With meticulous details and stories pulled from a… more
by: Mark J. Palmer
Will Japan Stop Whaling and Killing Dolphins in Time for the Tokyo Olympics? – September 13, 2016
The Olympics are all about cooperation and celebration, the slaughter of marine mammals are anything but.
Since the International Whaling Commission's moratorium on commercial whaling went into effect in 1986, Japan has repeatedly flaunted the will of the IWC by issuing hundreds of scientific permits to Japan whalers for "research whaling." The scam has been repeatedly denounced by the IWC, by other nations, and was deemed illegal by the World Court in The Hague. Much of the killing, in addition to violating the moratorium, was conducted in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, designated by the IWC as a protected zone for whales.
photo by Taymaz Valley/Flickr