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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 quarter’s review is by HUPC Coordinator Dick Carter.

Orion. January/February 2008. If Nature Had Rights. Cormac Cullinan.
Not the best essay, but it provides enough background to show the profound changes we must engage in our culture if we are ever to recognize the proper value of wild nature. When will we truly advocate for a wild critter, for our soil or our atmosphere-- or do we really want to?

High Country News. 4 February 2008. Unnatural Preservation. Martin Smith and Fiona Gow.
In a time of profound change resulting from global warming is it enough to simply let nature take its course and watch species become extinct, marginalized or move on and on into the proverbial sunset. To say the least, this is a complex issue, with many arguing since there is nothing that can be done it is simply best to to protect as much as we can and let natural systems operate. The question is then are natural systems, indeed, natural, given the undeniable and monstrous footprint of human tinkering with the most fundamental of components of living cycles?

SCIENCE. 1 February 2008. The Big Thaw Reaches Mongolia’s North.
Wherever one goes the reach of global warming is right there. And it interacts in dramatic fashion the further north and up you go. There is simply no more room for life displaced to squeeze
itself into. And the impacts are even further enhanced by changing cultural demographics.

Science News. 26 January 2008. Eco-footprints of rich dwarf poor nations’ debt.
Okay, so who is really surprised by the fact that the wealthy nations, led by you-know-who, leave “supersized bootprints of ecological damage on poor countries...”?

Mother Jones. January/February 2008. The Last Empire. Jacques Leslie.
I write this on a day in mid-February when little Cache Valley’s air is about as bad as the air ever gets in Los Angeles, yet we more and more insist on SUVs, snowmobiles and incessant growth as an indication of things getting better. At the same time we all know that the lives we live depend upon somebody paying the price (see above article.) And now the so- called second tier nations like China have decided our bankrupt standards might as well be emulated. This is a good article.

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