World on fire

In Quotes on October 24, 2009 at 5:59 pm

South Sumatra (photo by F. Siegert)

South Sumatra

“…these days, the world itself is on fire; sometimes literally, like the conflagration of Indonesian wildfires consuming rain forest, sometimes with the slow and nearly invisible erosion of habitat that everywhere diminishes the fabric of functioning natural systems. More than once, talking with biologists who have discovered lost species, they’ve made the same analogy–that they felt they’d rescued something from the bonfire of global extinction.”  -S. Weidensaul, The Ghost with Trembling Wings


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