Tuesday 26 September 2006

Weeds 'R' us

French environmentalists were fighting the government over Nettles last week (see here), while I was reading The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan. This made me wonder whether weeds and pests could be considered as a very peculiar variety of domesticated species.


Sunday 3 September 2006

Is Diamond's worldview sustainable?

Ten years after "Guns, Germs and Steel" new pieces of evidence have shown up that challenge Jared Diamond's popular explanations of the downfall of native american empires, and the fate of Easter Island.


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