The BBC has built an impressive dynasty in the world of nature documentaries. One of the great examples is the 2009 production of Yellowstone, Battle for LIfe. I review this extraordinary nature documentary, currently airing on Netflix, and provide it with an enthusiastic thumbs up. Almost as good as the real thing!
On a typical summer night in Galway, celebratory crowds splinter into factions, as roving bands of ne’er-do-wells leave in their wake an unsightly slipstream of rubbish. Seemingly every day through the summer I confronted this depressing specter of litter, strewn across the city. For this post, I wallowed in the trash heap, foraging for causes and possible solutions to Ireland’s litter problems.
Treats of Climate Change seem far too nebulous and distant to inspire social and political change. But exploding oil platforms and coal mines provide poignant reminders, unfolding in real time in HD on flat screen televisions, of the very real consequences of our fossil fuel addiction and the urgent need for action.
After a short walk down a favorite old recreational path, surveying a once familiar landscape, I’m confronted by the devastation caused by the Pine Bark beetle and ponder the ramifications of this infestation that has spread across some 40 million acres of forestland in the American Western and British Columbia.
Nature is more than just an occasional playground. It is place that nourishes and sustains us on so many levels. Breath deep fresh air. Take a long cold drink of clean water. Take nothing for granted.
The good news is a wolf was found in Eagle County, CO. The bad news: she was dead. Considering that wolves were exterminated from the Colorado wild lands for more than seventy years, such news bodes well for the eventual recovery of wolf popoulations in the American West.
Selected quotes from news stories pertaining to issues of Environmental Conservation
David Foster is very much a scientist with a mission: to change perspectives on how we manage our vital forests. His work was recently highlighted in the The Green Issue of the New York Times Magazine (April 19, 2009).