Monthly Archives: October 2010

Recycling is Failure

While I mean this post’s headline to provoke, what I don’t mean by it is that any particular recycling program is a failure. I mean that whatever good is done by recycling household trash (or most other types of waste), it still … Continue reading

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Yellowstone and Conservation

Because Yellowstone is a national park, it’s possible to think of it as one place nature is safe. And it’s true that the park’s 2.2 million acres have never been the site of any mining or lumbering. Its absence of … Continue reading

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Stanley Diamond

I recently read In Search of the Primitive, anthropologist Stanley Diamond’s classic critique of civilization from the perspective of someone who studies existing tribal cultures. The book is comprised of essays Diamond wrote in the 1960s and ’70s. Just to make sure you … Continue reading

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Population

Mark Perna, a friend and reader o’ the blog, recently wrote to note that environmental discussions seldom address what he regards as the world’s single largest environmental problem: overpopulation. All other problems, he argues, derive from that one. He sent me … Continue reading

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