Monthly Archives: October 2012
Excerpts from ‘Sustainable Living – True Conservation’, and the role of human population levels in what ‘conservation’ really means
Lamenting the conflicting viewpoints associated with the management of wild elephant populations in South Africa, the author of “Sustainable Living – True Conservation’ summarizes the conflict primarily as being between animal rightists arguing in favor of protecting elephant populations within protected areas and wildlife managers arguing that they cannot do this to the detriment of the system as a whole for a variety of reasons. He concludes that “Both arguments are right, but both are totally missing the point. Rapidly declining biodiversity on a regional, national or international scale is not as a result of growing elephant populations, or any other animal population for that matter, but as a direct result of the exponential increase in the human population putting unprecedented strain on all the natural systems of our planet which directly influences the survival of all other species, including our own, but yet it goes unchecked and ignored as if it does not exist.” The author concludes his article with the following summary, which I think poses some of the ethical, moral, and functional dilemmas facing population control strategists.
Fox News Channel and the Wall Street Journal Opinion pages are overwhelmingly misleading when it comes to climate science. Not surprised? When Union of Concerned Scientists reviewed references to climate science in those two news outlets, they found it was even worse than they thought. The news was reported by Jean Sideris, the Outreach Coordinatorfor the UCS Climate & Energy Program.
UCS’s snapshot analysis shows that “over a six-month period at Fox News Channel, 93 percent of the references to climate science were misleading. In one year on the Wall Street Journal Opinion pages, 81 percent of the references were misleading.”
Such mis-information in the media is certainly not helpful. It adds to the uncertainty about proven, sound science concerning the state of our life-support system and what we are doing to it. We must have good information if we are properly to reverse the worst trends and improve the chances for human sustainability before it gets too late.
Last month, UCS released the findings of their snapshot analysis at a series of events held in New York City, “finishing the day by delivering nearly 20,000 comments from UCS supporters to the headquarters of News Corporation, which owns Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, asking them to stop failing science and improve how they represent climate science.”
UCS captured a video showing UCS climate scientist Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel correcting the climate science inaccuracies on a six-foot tall Wall Street Journal op-ed in Bryant Park. The video can be viewed here. It also shows Dr. Ekwurzel and other UCS staff being joined by dozens of UCS supporters who stamped the op-ed “Not Science” and filled out postcards to News Corp. More information about the UCS “Sound Science” program to improve science accuracy in the media and elsewhere can be found at this link.