When Poverty Prohibits Conservation

Overpopulation and greed are obvious stumbling blocks to conservation efforts, but in the poorest parts of the world conservation is a luxury that simply can't be afforded.

Why Are People Starving?

The reasons for the inequitable distribution of human nourishment, worldwide, are complex and hotly debated.

Malthus' Last Laugh

We're probably on our way to a population-related catastrophe, after all.

The Poor, Still With Us

The good news: We can grow a lot more food than we could in the old days. The bad news: We can't grow enough

The Limits of Conservation

But it’s not our nature to sit around complacently waiting for the asteroid, not while we have this miraculous opportunity to preserve and enhance our planet. Just as we once visualized the first irrigated field, invented the first wheel and dreamed of machines that fly, we can visualize the earth as a beautiful and productive garden where millions of species thrive. Then we can build it.

Birdwatchers, Noah and Other Remarkable Creatures

Humanity is truly remarkable. Maybe we should take a moment, now and then, to appreciate just how unusual we are. There's no other species, at least none that we know of, that even considers its impact on the environment.