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Old 02-04-2009, 11:18 PM   #1
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The trees are sick
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Issue date: 2/2/09 Section: News

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A University of Kansas paleontologist suggests we acknowledge a surprising field of study to help ease our global environmental pain - the humanities.

Dr. Leonard Krishtalka presented at the Rockhurst University "Visiting Scholar" lecture series last Tuesday.

His discussion, entitled "The Environmental Crisis: Grand Challenges and Big Ideas," raised a number of concerns including the imminent doom of millions of species of plants and animals, the ethics of bioengineering and inherent human tribalism.

"Who cares about exploration of species of life on Mars? We have species on Earth that need to be studied immediately," said Krishtalka.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:45 AM   #2
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QUOTED: "Who cares about exploration of species of life on Mars? We have species on Earth that need to be studied immediately," said Krishtalka. END QUUOTE.

Why not study both? Thousands of scientists are out of work.
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:53 AM   #3
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Why not study both? Thousands of scientists are out of work.
Indeed. There is so much to be learned on all the balls of rock orbiting our sun.
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:15 AM   #4
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they contain history - including ours.
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:01 PM   #5
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Why not study both? Thousands of scientists are out of work.
Our funds for research are not unlimited. We're going to have to prioritize until at such time as we have adequate funding.
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:24 AM   #6
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I'd be for both but if I had to choose one over the other I'd pick spending money on studying the species on earth.
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"Who cares about exploration of species of life on Mars? We have species on Earth that need to be studied immediately," said Krishtalka.
A similar thought comes to mind when ever they mention the possibility of cloning dinosaurs, mammoths and other extinct species. Why clone extinct species when we have ones alive now that are going extinct that need saving.
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A similar thought crossed my mind too.

CaptMicha, when you get time (ha) look up the book "The Biodiversity Crisis: Losing what counts". Amazon.com: The Biodiversity Crisis: Losing What Counts (American Museum of Natural History…
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:57 PM   #9
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That was supposed to be a url to the book. Ooopsie.
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Old 02-12-2009, 04:24 PM   #10
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Maybe we need a poster plant and author. Tallamy's book hasn't captured popular attention. Don't get me wrong; his book is superb. After Silent Spring, though, everyone began to connect DDT and raptor decline.
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