“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Monday, June 20, 2011

The State of the Ocean

...and talking of death, this report from the International Programme on the State of the Ocean is horrifying (PDF). It makes clear just how far in to the sixth mass extinction we are. The one that is a product of the Anthropocene, a geological period with a very precise boundary: 1945, when Little Boy exploded on Hiroshima, depositing a layer of radioactive materials around Earth.

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