Reflections in the wake of Earth Day 2012.
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At the beginning of the 20th century, harvesting was limited. Professional biologists were hired by the state in the 1940s and the generational recovery effort began to take off. Citizens groups with several thousand members helped to reduce poaching with round-the-clock patrols and habitat restoration in the Lake Winnebago-Wolf River System.
From a total spawning population of 11,500 adults in the 1970s, recovery efforts yielded 9,000 adult females and 27,000 adult males by 2000. Sound science, reasonable regulation, and community support provided the winning formula for this success story.
One does not fish sturgeon. One spears sturgeon. The 2012 season came to an end in February. It was a big success at least on Lake Winnebago. Ten thousand sturgeon licenses are sold each season.
There were so many people on the ice during a recent tournament on the lake (the “Battle on Bago” contest) that 36 cars fell through the ice, a foot thick, mostly in shallow water. No one was hurt and all cars were towed out of the water.
Sometimes the relationship between man and nature is a complicated thing, fraught with difficulties. After all, human beings are not bound by the laws of thermodynamics or even evolution. They are very much free agents.
The online environmental news service, Greenwire, carried a story last year regarding the Swedish guy who wanted to build a nuclear reactor in his apartment. This is probably not a good way to reduce your carbon footprint.
An inspection by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority found radioactive material including small amounts of Americium-241, which is not supposed to be removed from smoke detectors. Do not try this at home.
Whatever our limitations, human beings are the only game in town when it comes to saving nature. I will give Professor Botkin the last word this Earth Day.
“Nature in the twenty-first century will be a nature that we make; the question is the degree to which this molding will be intentional or unintentional, desirable or undesirable.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online