HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Duke ecologist's book offers hopeful view of Earth's plight

DURHAM, N.C. -- As described by ecologist Rob Jackson in his new book "The Earth Remains Forever," ours is a planet that is losing species at more than 100 times the average historical rate as reflected in the fossil record.

It is also a planet where the population of six billion humans increases by another billion about every 12 years; where farmers pour billions of pounds of pesticides into its soils each year; and that has, in the last three decades, lost a million and a half square miles of forest, the equivalent of all the forest lands in North America today.

As Jackson, an associate professor of biology at Duke University, lays out a stunning litany of facts about the damaging human impact on Earth, he also emphasizes the importance of preserving the natural world -- citing, for example, the fact that more than 40 percent of all pharmaceuticals are derived from "nature's medicine cabinet" (plants, animals and microbes).

Even as he uses stark facts to build a case for immediate action to remedy global environmental problems, Jackson has emerged from the experience of writing the book with hope that these problems can be solved.

"In some cases, my research for the book showed that some situations were not as desperate as I had thought previously," he said in an interview. "While we do have very serious ecological problems to solve, I don't believe that the 'catastrophization' of science is helpful."

Catastrophization, he explained, occurs when "people sometimes use bad environmental news to further an agenda, and even through I feel strongly about the importance of protecting the environment, it's a dangerous game to play. It results in genuinely bad news being swamped by 'pretend' bad news."

For that reason, said Jackson, he wrote "The Earth Remains Forever" (University of Texas Press) to offer the public an accessible, realistic source of information about global environmental problems and approaches to sol
'"/>

Contact: Dennis Meredith
dennis.meredith@duke.edu
919-681-8054
Duke University
17-Oct-2002


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Lake research offers clues to managing crayfish invasions
2. Comparing primate genomes offers insight into human evolution
3. Study of proteins offers insights into organization of biological networks
4. Susceptibility of mice to mousepox offers promise of smallpox protection
5. Botulinum toxin structure offers clues for vaccines/treatments
6. Discovery offers clues to origin of life
7. Guiding gas exploration: U-M research offers inexpensive tool
8. New approach offers potential drug-discovery shortcut
9. American Society of Plant Biologists offers developing nations free access to science journals
10. Study offers new model for breast cancer
11. Rutgers researcher offers a new perspective on human evolution

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Duke ecologist book offers hopeful view Earth plight

(Date:11/18/2014)...   News Highlights: ... The Partners Data Lake, an agile data and ... will allow researcher and clinicians to explore and ... lives of patients , The Partners Data ... the Partners system, breaking down physical barriers for ...
(Date:11/12/2014)... Nov. 12, 2014 Crossmatch™, a leading provider ... U.are.U ® fingerprint readers have been deployed throughout ... Central Mexico . The bakery chain implemented ... payroll issues caused by employees clocking in for each ... fingerprint readers, Montparnasse relied on paper timecards and a ...
(Date:11/7/2014)... , Nov. 7, 2014  In conjunction with the ... Police Departments, The Community Foundation of the Verdugos has ... DNA JUSTICE PROJECT," a $250,000 initiative to keep the ... phase. In its first six months of existence, the Lab ... evidence support for local law enforcement. "Because our ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Partners HealthCare and EMC Unite to Solve Health Care's Toughest Challenges Using Big Data 2Partners HealthCare and EMC Unite to Solve Health Care's Toughest Challenges Using Big Data 3Partners HealthCare and EMC Unite to Solve Health Care's Toughest Challenges Using Big Data 4Partners HealthCare and EMC Unite to Solve Health Care's Toughest Challenges Using Big Data 5Montparnasse Pasteleria Achieves Time and Attendance Transparency with Crossmatch U.are.U Fingerprint Readers 2Community Foundation Of The Verdugos Unveils Campaign To Fund Glendale-Burbank DNA Justice Project 2
(Date:11/26/2014)... PMG Research, Inc. announced today the formation of ... sites that provide clinical research services to pharmaceutical companies and ... its partnerships with large physician practices and integrated health systems. ... the Southeastern United States and spans over 60 physician practices. ... will be held by: Dr. Robert Holmes, MD, of PMG ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... 25, 2014 The Pittcon marketing department ... conference and exposition mobile app, Pittcon ... in the App Store for iOS and Android devices ... tool before, during and after the event. It acts ... exhibiting companies, technical sessions, Conferee Networking sessions and short ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... Texas (PRWEB) November 26, 2014 ... Industry is an in-depth research report on the ... the report introduces Palmitic Acid, basic information, including ... policy analysis, and news analysis, etc. , ... analyzes Palmitic Acid market in China ...
(Date:11/24/2014)... , Nov. 24, 2014  IGI Laboratories, Inc. ... based specialty generic pharmaceutical company, today announced it ... to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which ... 2014 to seven, with eighteen submissions now pending at ... President and CEO of the Company, commented, "Our team ...
Breaking Biology Technology:PMG Research Names Medical Advisory Board 2PMG Research Names Medical Advisory Board 3Pittcon Releases 2015 Mobile App 2Palmitic Acid Industry Global 2014 Analysis & 2020 Forecasts on Market data, Statics, Development Now at ReportsnReports.com 2Palmitic Acid Industry Global 2014 Analysis & 2020 Forecasts on Market data, Statics, Development Now at ReportsnReports.com 3IGI Laboratories, Inc. Announces ANDA Submission 2
Cached News: