By BROOK KANSIER
By BROOK KANSIER
A war has broken out over academic emails — a war seemingly between academic freedom and the public's right to know. The smoking emails have prompted scandals galore, and produced stories. The issue got an airing in a plenary session October 9, 2015, at SEJ's Annual Conference. The WatchDog has details.
"Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love"
By Elizabeth Johnson
Bloomsbury Continuum, $32.95
Reviewed by CHRISTINE HEINRICHS
For those seeking spiritual direction about nature, Elizabeth Johnson offers a path with “Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love.”
The growing number of threats and assaults against employees of federal land agencies in the West is certainly the public's business. But efforts to document it by High Country News using the Freedom of Information Act have been thwarted by the Bureau of Land Management's central FOIA office. Veteran journalist Ray Ring tells the sad tale in HCN.
"Peril in the Ponds: Deformed Frogs, Politics, and a Biologist’s Quest"
By Judy Helgen
University of Massachusetts Press, $24.95
Reviewer: KAREN SCHAEFER
In mid-August of 1995, at a small farmhouse pond near St. Paul, Minn., Judy Helgen dipped her hand into a bucket of frogs captured by local students.
As she grasped a squirmy amphibian, her stomach churned.
Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project
By Bruce I. Bustard
D Giles Ltd., $35
Reviewed by ROGER ARCHIBALD
During its infancy in the 1970s, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency embarked on a campaign to document the state of America’s environment through photographs,to create a visual baseline against which all future environmental changes could be compared.
NASA researchers have found the 104 selected lakes are warming by an average of 0.81 degrees Fahrenheit each decade (with some lakes increasing by up to 1.8 degrees F), and the temperature increase tends to be larger as you work toward the North Pole.
While not a stand-alone climate change-fighting measure, converting roofs and pavements in tropical and temperate cities of one million or more people to light-colored materials would provide the equivalent one-time benefit of eliminating two years' worth of global CO2 emissions, or eliminating the emissions of 300 million vehicles for 20 years.