Remaking Nature

Carl Zimmer has a provocative story in Yale 360 that questions some conventional wisdom on exotic species. Alan Burdick’s terrific 2005 book tread similar ground.

As I see it, anything that enlarges our understanding of nature and our role in shaping it (as urban ecology has done in recent years), is a good thing.

Category: exotic species, nature, urban ecology

Bad Bots

I always find it odd when bloggers complain about getting too many comments from readers who disagree with them. Most writers looking to tell a story or communicate a message want to reach as large an audience as possible. So I don’t get Chris Mooney here:

Hmm, have we got any denier bots here? I’m always amazed at how many “skeptics” show up for every GW post at this blog.

Bad bots! Leave Chris is peace.

Category: climate bloggers, climate change, skeptics

Surviving the Future

I have a deeply cynical side but I’m also an optimist by nature. Ms. Collide-a-scape is the fretter in the family. Several months ago, we finally got around to watching the dystopian documentary that made quite a splash in 2009, which NPR accurately characterized:

So this is how the world ends: Not with an action-movie bang, but with a guy sitting in a darkened room, chain-smoking and warning that “things are falling apart.”

Ms. Scape found the movie plausible enough to be sufficiently haunted by it. I, on the other hand, found the chain-smoking guy to be too preposterous to take seriously. After all, remember the last chain-smoking guy who got us all paranoid:

So I’m happy to report that Ms. Scape’s despair has now been tempered after watching this documentary on CNBC last night that was originally released in the Fall.

Category: collapse