The image above is part of the article at the NYT Dot Earth blog, this one entitled Yellowstone’s Departed: Bison Calves Head to Slaughter, a Long-Lost Hare. but let’s file this one under Who Died and Made Us God.
Its about the resurgence in the Yellowstone bison herds which is then thought to necessitate a cull (let’s just call the cull a kill) to keep some sort of balance and not annoy ranchers in the area who prefer animals with preordained lifespans. I’ve always found it absurd that a species is protected once it goes below a certain figure, then if it is not only successful in rebounding but actually thrives, it needs to be brought back down to a proper level. A proper level? What 1 per every billion people?
Can scientists dance? The answer is mostly NO. The winner of this little contest is endearing but for the most part we have to say Keep your day jobs….please!
Here are the first two paragraphs from a disturbing article entitled The world’s rubbish dump: a garbage tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan
A “plastic soup” of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said.
The vast expanse of debris – in effect the world’s largest rubbish dump – is held in place by swirling underwater currents. This drifting “soup” stretches from about 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.
And another article on the same for those who feel they are a little too upbeat today.
Let’s finish on an upbeat. This astounding image is by Nick Brandt at the Young Gallery site: go and browse.
And here is a photograph I keep going back to look at at Journey of the Mind’s Eye.