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    This Is What Extinction Sounds Like

    By Dominique Mosbergen

    05/26/2016 11:20 pm ET | Updated May 27, 2016

    We are all witnesses to climate change’s devastating impact on our world. We just have to stop and listen.

    It was spring 2004. The air was cool and still, the encroaching dawn light outlined the horizon; and there, in the heart of California’s Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, was Bernie Krause busily setting up his microphone.

    The soundscape ecologist recorded the symphony of the forest’s sounds that day: the gurgle of the gushing stream; the melodic birdsong from sparrows and woodpeckers, robins and grosbeaks, towhees and wild turkeys. It was a rich and vibrant recording, a celebration of life and biodiversity.

    Krause returned last year to the same spot in Sugarloaf, located a short drive from his Glen Ellen home. The details of the recording session were the same: springtime in early dawn, a microphone and a tripod. But the habitat’s soundtrack had altered dramatically.

    “[It was the] first spring in my 77 years that was completely silent,” said Krause. “There were birds. But there was no birdsong whatsoever.” Even the surge of the stream could not be heard.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-krause-soundscape-ecology-extinction_us_5746a423e4b0dacf7ad3fe0a

    Hmm… remember the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson?

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  • Aldroud (355 posts)
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    1. Rachel Carson is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in Africa

    Unforgivable mishmash of pseudoscience, wishful thinking, and mis-applied actual science.

    • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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      3. thank you for that word from the sponsors…

      Despite my attempts at zombie-slaying, the myth that Rachel Carson advocated and caused a worldwide ban on DDT, leading to the deaths of millions, keeps being reanimated.

      I came across an example that is interesting mainly because of its provenenance. It’s by Henry I Miller of the Hoover Institute and Gregory Conko of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. CEI is hack central, so nothing it produces ought to surprise anyone. But Hoover boasts a Who’s Who of (what remains of) the right wing intellectual apparatus: Hnery Kissinger, Condi Rice, John Taylor and Harvey Mansfield, among many others. And Miller was apparently ” founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology”. So, the fact he can run this kind of thing is good evidence of total intellectual collapse on the right.

      The two main authorities cited by Miller and Conko in their critique of Carson are “San Jose State University entomologist J. Gordon Edwards” author of “The Lies of Rachel Carson” and “Professor Robert H. White-Stevens, an agriculturist and biology professor at Rutgers University”. Unfortunately, Miller and Conko don’t reveal that Edwards’ piece was published (like much of his work on environmental issues) in the LaRouchite journal “21st Century News”.

      And, while describing White-Stevens academic affiliation (dating to the 1950s as far as I can tell), they don’t inform readers of the more relevant fact that, when he offered a patronising critique of “Miss Carson’s ideas”, he was a spokesman for American Cyanamid.

      That’s right: as refutation of Rachel Carson in 2012, this Hoover Institute Fellow is offering the PR put by a pesticide company in the 1960s, along with a screed by a far-right loony…

      https://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2012/09/05/rachel-carsons-deadly-fantasies/#5674764d2484

       

    • TwilightSporkle (1777 posts)
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      4. Oh, please do explain for the home audience.

      What if I want to tell you to leave me and my beloved ones in peace

      But you only understand the language of the sword

      I let the blade do the talking

      So my tongue shall become iron

      And my words the mighty roar of war

    • Art from Ark (2333 posts)
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      6. What an incredibly misinformed statement

      That’s straight out of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

       

       

      The last time America was run like a business, we ended up with a Great Depression.
      • Aldroud (355 posts)
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        7. How many bald eagles is a human child worth?

        • Art from Ark (2333 posts)
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          8. Yet another ridiculous statement

          Perhaps you don’t know that long after DDT was banned in the US, (1972) it is still being sold to 3rd world countries.

          For example, it is still used for malaria control in some African countries.

          https://www.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products/ddt-brief-history-and-status

          The last time America was run like a business, we ended up with a Great Depression.
          • Aldroud (355 posts)
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            9. I"ve been to countries with out of control malaria

            They don’t use DDT, since they can’t buy DDT.

            • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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              12. name the countries with out of control malaria that can't buy ddt

              since you’ve been to these countries it should be easy

              • Aldroud (355 posts)
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                13. Somalia, Swaziland, Nigeria, CAR

                Wups, almist forgot. Afghanistan. People don’t realize malaria is a problem there.

    • hopemountain (1915 posts)
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      10. is this an opinion or

      or “fact” from “correct the record”….?

      excessive ddt toxicity and the resultant contaminated runoff and concentrations in the soil across the oxnard plain and other concentrated agricultural landscapes across california nearly wiped out all bird and sea life along the coast to the channel islands. to this day, children living in these areas are showing ddt in their blood.

      "economic and environmental justice is spiritual work." ~ tom b. k. goldtooth ....
  • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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    2. there were birds but no birdsong? i don't quite get it.

    • Art from Ark (2333 posts)
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      5. Probably flapping of wings

      and cawing rather than chirping, would be my guess

      The last time America was run like a business, we ended up with a Great Depression.
    • hopemountain (1915 posts)
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      11. once the mating season is done, the birds

      quiet down to brood.

      "economic and environmental justice is spiritual work." ~ tom b. k. goldtooth ....