Highlights from OnEarth Magazine’s Spring 2007 Issue

NRDC’s environmental magazine investigates conflicts of interest in U.S. Navy-funded ocean mammal research, introduces a new mass movement to combat global warming, and more.
NEW YORK (March 6, 2007) -- The spring issue of OnEarth, the award-winning environmental magazine of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), is now available online along with companion podcasts. Following are a few highlights from this issue. The entire magazine is available at www.onearth.org.
  • Deadly Sonar”: At a time when devastating noise from U.S. Navy sonar, commercial fleets, and oil and gas exploration increasingly causes massive, often fatal, injury to whales and other marine mammals, it is the navy itself that funds most of this country’s marine mammal research. As a result, scientific dissent is regularly squelched, while marine-mammal science as a whole suffers from what one leading scientist describes as a “massive and archetypal case of conflict of interest.”

  • Get Up! Stand Up!”: Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature, the first book on global warming intended for a general audience, argues passionately that a new mass movement is needed to halt global warming. His immediate goal: a geographically dispersed, nationwide demonstration on April 14th that will rival in size the largest environmental protests since the first Earth Day in the 1970s.

  • Book Review: As we approach the 100th birthday of Rachel Carson, whose book Silent Spring launched the modern environmental movement, it’s fair to ask: How much progress have we really made? Elizabeth Kolbert, whose book on global warming, Field Notes From a Catastrophe, grew from a series of New Yorker articles (as did Silent Spring), examines Carson’s legacy and considers a newly published collection of essays on Carson by Al Gore, E.O. Wilson, Peter Matthiessen, and others.