From quotes

THOSE IN HARM’S WAY

— “the border wall won’t be effective at stopping people seeking a better life from getting to this country, but it will destroy habitat and divide wildlife populations. building a wall across the entirety of the border would cause massive damage to one of the most biologically diverse regions in north america. the sections of border wall that have already been built have had a range of negative effects on wildlife, including direct destruction of thousands of acres of habitat, indirect impacts from noise and light pollution, and division of cross-border wildlife populations” press release : trump’s border wall threatens 93…

TAKING REFUGE

— “this is a global challenge that can only be tackled through collective, international action.” read article : illegal wildlife trade threatens species at unesco sites

US MILITARY PRESENCE IN OKINAWA

— in 1493, christopher columbus reported seeing “mermaids” off the coast of haiti, but noted that they were “not as pretty as they are depicted, for somehow in the face they look like men.” the explorer’s diary entry is now thought to have described the manatee read article : sirens of the sea: can ancient myths protect the original mermaid from extinction?

IVORY BURNING

— “at that rate, depending on the temperature and duration of the fire, and the size of the ivory pieces, it could take months to burn one ton of ivory.” read article: destroying elephant ivory stockpiles  more: state mulls burning ivory at its disposal

DESEGREGATING WILDERNESS, JOURDAN KEITH

— while the lack of access to wild places is beginning to be recognized as an issue of inequity, the absence of more than just a shadow of wilderness in and around urban places is not. at the signing of the civil rights act, president johnson said, “freedom would be secure only if each generation fought to renew and enlarge its meaning.” i think the same is true for wilderness. read article: desegregating wilderness more: the urban wilderness project

SAVAGE AND CIVILIZED

— “What we really want is grace” E O Wilson in Wall Street Journal — “I was doing the year of wandering”  E O Wilson in Harvard Gazette   Q: What is your philosophy of writing? Do you have writing habits? Q: What was it about entomology that attracted you? Q: What is most exciting about your field right now? http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303626804579506012946655636?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303626804579506012946655636.html ‘Search until you find a passion and go all out to excel in its expression’

DEFINITION OF WILDERNESS

(…) A WILDERNESS IS IN CONTRAST WITH THOSE AREAS WHERE MAN AND HIS OWN WORKS DOMINATE THE LANDSCAPE, IS HEREBY RECOGNIZED AS AN AREA WHERE THE EARTH AND ITS COMMUNITY OF LIFE ARE UNTRAMMELED BY MAN, WHERE MAN HIMSELF IS A VISITOR WHO DOES NOT REMAIN. AN AREA OF WILDERNESS IS FURTHER DEFINED TO MEAN IN THIS ACT AN AREA OF UNDEVELOPED FEDERAL LAND RETAINING ITS PRIMEVAL CHARACTER AND INFLUENCE, WITHOUT PERMANENT IMPROVEMENTS OR HUMAN HABITATION, WHICH IS PROTECTED AND MANAGED SO AS TO PRESERVE ITS NATURAL CONDITIONS AND WHICH (1) GENERALLY APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED PRIMARILY BY THE…