Many traditional news outlets have reduced the amount of science-based reporting included in their coverage. Fortunately, social media, blogs, and certain websites fill some of the need.
Here, I will introduce a few compelling articles and their links. Most of this material presented today and in future posts is written for knowledgeable non-scientists. You won’t need a PhD to parse through scientific papers.
Here we go.
The website, brainpickings.com is one of my favorites online reads. Recently, Maria Popova offered a brief sketch of Rachel Carson’s life and contributions. Carson was the marine biologist and author who exposed the dangers of DDT. As impressive as this accomplishment is, her life’s work reached much further. Check out the link here: https://www.brainpickings.org/2021/06/07/rachel-carson-the-edge-of-the-sea/ And read some of Carson’s writings.
At the website lithub.com, Nick McDonell documented his conversation with ecologist and writer Carl Safina. The article is entitled What the Animal World Can Teach Us About Human Nature. Safina proposes the concept of cultural inheritances in three representative species, sperm whales, scarlet macaws, and chimpanzees.
After reading the article, you’ll want to read Safina’s book, Becoming Wild, if you haven’t already read it.
Reach the article here: https://lithub.com/what-the-animal-world-can-teach-us-about-human-nature/
The New York Times is one of the newspapers that continues to produce outstanding nature-themed reporting. The article entitled Bruce Is a Parrot With a Broken Beak. So He Invented a Tool, both entertains and exemplifies excellent storytelling. You can’t help but smile as you read this one.