We’re about to pave a paradise to put in a railway parking lot. Journey with me in imagination to the last local home of the leopard and the langur and let me show you how much we stand to lo…
Heather E HeyingThe world is about to lose another piece of wild nature, literally paving paradise to put up a parking lot. Forests have commodity value, to be sure—the lumber, the land—but this does not mean that they are commodities. Wild nature is not fungible.
As she injects chaos into the 2020 Democratic primary by accusing her own party of “rigging” the election, an array of alt-right internet stars, white nationalists and Russians have praised her.
Heather E Heying@nytimes@TulsiGabbard They couldn’t even manage guilt-by-association. Gabbard isn’t purported to be friends with bogeymen in the article (except, as always, Assad). But the fact that People-We-Don’t-Approve-Of have words of praise for her, well, we all know what that means. 3/
Heather E HeyingThis should surprise nobody, but guess what predicts the survival of wild species? Wild spaces. We need to protect the wild lands we still have, make sure that we don’t lose protections already in place, and allow marginal areas to rewild.
Even common birds are in steep decline, spurring hunt for causes
Heather E HeyingOur Western forests are growing quiet, eerily so.
Birds are disappearing from North America. There are many causal factors, including habitat loss, and pesticides such as neonicotinoids, which disrupt diet and migration.
2020 is just around the corner. Speaking with people on the other side of the political divide may feel impossible. But it isn’t. Here are three videos each outlining a simple tip you can share as you engage online.
Heather E Heying“America has never been so connected, and divided.” Terrific short video from my friend @PeterBoghossian, who has co-authored with (my friend) @ConceptualJames the timely and important book, “How To Have Impossible Conversations.”
SEA LIFE London Aquarium says a young chick born at its centre will, for the first time, not be assigned a gender.
The four-month old Gentoo penguin chick will not be characterised as male or female or be given a gendered name in order to "raise...
Heather E HeyingA daft aquarium is raising a “genderless” gentoo penguin chick. Says a keeper: "[There are] small differences in terms of behavior based on whether they are male or female.”
Sex-based differences in behavior are literally what gender is.
The worst thing you can do to citizens of a democracy is silence them.
Heather E HeyingCensorship doesn’t change minds—at least, not in the way the censors want. Censorship entrenches opinions, hides beliefs and biases in deep recesses, where they can fester.
We change each other best through dialogue, not diktat.
Landmark movie in the film noir tradition, Roman Polanski's Chinatown stands as a true screen classic. Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off ...
Heather E HeyingWe need honest, investigative journalism not to show that lead faucets produce tainted water, but for: municipal cover-ups & decisions that serve the few over the many, graft, and ever more urgent and diabolical fights over water.
Chinatown, anyone? /end
New report points blames corrosion and warns that fixing lead poisoning nationwide will require more work than we hoped
Heather E HeyingIn Flint, a decision to switch the water supply in 2014, combined with a failure by officials to use corrosion control methods (widely used elsewhere, including Detroit) for the city’s old pipes, combined to create the lead-in-the-water disaster there. 9/
The fight against lead in water is a fight for our kids.
Heather E HeyingThere’s lead in the water in several U.S. cities.
What does this mean, though? Are there more situations like Flint, in which bad economic decisions caused cascading effects that poisoned an entire municipality? Or is something else going on? (1/12)
Heather E HeyingHave you kept quiet when you disagreed with someone? We all have. It's ever harder to engage honorably over complex ideas.
Consider having a difficult and civil conversation in the #ImpossibleConversations competition, in which I am honored to be a judge
Astronomers find an oven-hot exoplanet in a triple star system.
Heather E HeyingAn exoplanet with three stars and an 11-Earthday-long year. Completely awesome. Imagine when the suns rise and set relative to one another, how that affects the colors and level of the light on the planet’s surface.
But critics say the results are “barely statistically significant”
Heather E HeyingOopsie—yet another reductionist approach to modernity looks to be dangerous! Supplementing drinking water with fluoride isn’t simply positive (Hint: If it were, selection would likely have provided us greater access to / desire for fluoride in our diet.)