New issue of Minding Nature now available

Minding Nature has published a new issue. Minding Nature is the journal for the Center for Humans and Nature. Some interesting papers, see below:


By: Bruce Jennings

Our entire economic system is fundamentally dependent upon the functional integrity of natural and living systems that are losing patience with us. That is to say, these systems have a limited capac­ity to tolerate human extraction from them and excretion of waste products and by products into them, and human economic activity worldwide is colliding with those limits.

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By: Julianne Lutz Warren

October 29, 2012: This is the 83rd anniver­sary of Black Tuesday, the day that the stock market crashed in 1929, ushering in the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl years. As I awaited Hurricane Sandy, I walked Tess, my terrier, along the wall of Central Park near West 103rd Street, which was barricaded by city authori­ties to keep people safe from falling tree limbs.

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By: Qi Feng Lin
Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) was an Ameri­can conservationist, forester, and wildlife ecologist who was deeply concerned about the speed and impact of industrialization on the natural world and human-nature relationships. Since human agency in the modern world is so pro­foundly shaped by economics, Leopold knew he would eventually have to come to terms with the premises and consequences of economics in order to address modern environmental challenges. Read More »
By: Kathryn Papp and Janis Alcorn
What does the group of Wall Street trad­ers focused on banks of computer screens have in common with the wa­tershed communities of South Ameri­ca’s Gran Chaco, the second largest ecosystem on the continent; the priests of Bali, where some of the ear­liest evidence of irrigation used in rice cultivation is found; the Arctic Circle’s indigenous communities of herders and hunters; and National Heritage Areas? A great deal. Read More »
By: Laura Sewall
The fact that nature provides benefits and is healing to the human soul has never been a surprise to me. I grew up climbing trees, fishing, and mucking around in swamps. I was mostly on my own and happy to be outside, de­spite the dysfunction that blazed and simmered inside the family home. Read More »
By: Martha Twaddle
I recall a particular late morning in my garden, one of those late fall days when the sky is vivid blue and cloudless; the air holds the crispness of impending winter around the envelope of sunny warmth. The image still so vivid in my mind was a rose bud—still tight in its emergence with the petal tips deeply blushed with pink. With more warmth and sun, this bud was so full of potential to be a fragrant blos­som. Read More »
By: Emily Nguyen-Vo
The important attempt to broaden the scope of eth­ics to include nonhuman entities has been only partial­ly successful; this project requires more attention to cultural and social contexts and a stronger philosophi­cal rationale. Here, the concept of “place” can make a significant contribution. Read More »
By: Michael Gusmano
The world is growing older. During the past centu­ry, life expectancy has increased by nearly 30 years. By 2050, one-third of the world’s population is expected to be age 60 and over, and between 2000 and 2050, the percentage of people age 80 and over is projected to more than double.1 These changing demographics are predicted to create a “surge” in demand for long-term care. Read More »
By: CHN Staff
CHN BOOKSHELF – A regular feature calling attention to importantbooks and articles that CHN staff, board, and collaborating scholars are reading and recommend. Read More »
By: Anja Claus
More and more individuals and groups are questioning manifestations of the modernist para­digm—our economic structure, our urban and ru­ral planning strategies, and especially, our ethical sense. To these questions, I would add three more: How is it that we might re-envision the ways in which we inhabit our places, particularly the ways we inhabit our urban centers? Read More »

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