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A High Uintas Bookshelf

In this column we’ll list 2-4 interesting articles, books or the like that have caught our attention. They aren’t necessarily recent or recently read-- sort of a random compilation. Within a year, hopefully, we’ll have an established and detailed reading list. It won’t be complete without your additions. Please send suggestions and a descriptive sentence or two.

This month's reviews are by Dick Carter

Environmental Ethics. Winter 2003. "A Latter-Day Saint Environmental Ethic." Matthew Gowans and Philip Cafaro.
Few issues try friendships more than religious discussions. Add to that the inherent controversy surrounding environmental issues and one has instant confrontation. At least the Journal of Environmental Ethics is the safe place to combine the two discussions!

This article is well worth reviewing as it describes LDS theology as demanding a ìstrong environmental ethicî and wondering aloud as to why a strong stewardship/ environmental theological ethic is so easily passed over.

Nature. 8 January 2004. "Extinction risk from climate change." Thomas, Chris, et al.
In a typically detailed study, almost two dozen scientists paint a frightening picture of continued global warming, noting that of a sample of over a 1,000 terrestrial species from Mexico to Australia up to 35% could be "committed to extinction" by the year 2050. This is a loss that far exceeds what would be expected from simple habitat destruction.

Numerous factors affect these predictions, possibly making them optimistic(!) when one considers, for example, the effects of continued rapid habitat loss, thus altering dispersal patterns.

Preparing for Climate Change. Rocky Mountain/ Great Basin Regional Climate Change Assessment. A Report of the Rocky Mountain/Great Basin Regional Assessment Team for the U. S. Global Change Research Program. February 2003. Frederic Wagner, Editor and Principal Author.

An in-depth review of expected anthropogenic climate changes right where live. Nine chapters ranging from climate change scenarios, water resources, wildlife, agriculture, recreation and affects upon natural ecosystems. Compelling and wide-ranging.

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