A High Uintas Bookshelf
In this column well list 2-4 interesting articles, books or the like that have caught our attention. They arent necessarily recent or recently read-- sort of a random compilation. Within a year, hopefully, well have an established and detailed reading list. It wont be complete without your additions. Please send suggestions and a descriptive sentence or two.Six Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them. Mark Jerome Walters. Island Press. 2003.
A concise, easy to read and distinct bit of "ecological journalism." Walters does a remarkable job of pulling biology and natural history together to show just how tightly woven our impacts to this planet are tied to our health. He focuses on Mad Cow Disease, HIV/AIDS, Salmonella DT104, Lyme Disease, Hantavirus, West Nile Virus, SARS and beyond. We continue to modify and destroy ecosystems and turn our heads to the profound issues of human induced climate changes at a peril that literally threatens our health. While we continue to believe that we can master microbes, prions and a whole host of little tiny critters with new disease treatments, the real issue will be whether we can achieve the "ecological wholeness upon which our health often depends."
When the Trees Say Nothing. Writings on Nature. Thomas Merton. Kathleen Deignan, Editor. Drawings by John Giuliani. Sorin Books. 2003