These days, wildlife is thriving around the site of the nuclear reactor meltdown at Chernobyl in the Ukraine three decades ago. Biologists say the lack of people in the “Exclusion Zone” thirty kilometers around reactor has made it easier for the animals that did survive — and their progeny — to now flourish.
Beginning in 1998 with Song for the Blue Ocean, Carl Safina has written numerous books on the state of our oceans and the creatures that inhabit them. He is a recipient of the MacArthur “genius grant” among a host of awards and founder of the Safina Center, which fights for healthy oceans. Safina’s writing appears […]
In a few pockets of the world wolves have been carefully reintroduced and the effects are proving enchantingly dramatic. With surrounding trepidation they were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995. In the years that followed the effects of introducing a pre-existing apex predator have started to unveil. The beaver are being brought back to […]
There are a few theories as to how the wolf ended up in our living rooms. One is that 30,000 years ago human settlers stole wolf cubs. They then trained these cubs mainly to protect the settlement from predators, especially against the greatest predator of all, other humans. These cubs would also grow to hunt […]
Lloyd Self never expected to be working with wolves but at 5 a.m. every morning Self crawls out of bed and starts his laptop. He pulls up satellite-tracking data collected from the night before. Only a few days before I met him was his first time ever laying his hands on a computer. He was […]
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable “trophic cascade” occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do […]