Saturday 14 December 2019

Recent Reading Online No.13

River Spey, December 13

Here's what I've enjoyed reading online recently.

Let Loose The Lynx!
We should reintroduce the lynx, says science writer Tom Chivers, and "if lynx work out, wolves. And then, maybe, if wolves work out, one day we could be really brave, and reintroduce bears."

L2H day 0-1: full moon in Aries
First of Carrot Quin's accounts of a hike from the lowest point in the contiguous USA in Death Valley to the highest, Mount Whitney. A walk I did in reverse a few years ago.

The Wisdom of Bears and the Perfidy of Bureaucracy
Review of an interesting-sounding book on bears, One of Us by Barrie K. Gilbert, by bear biologist Stephen F. Stringham.

What can Scotland learn from Australia's national parks?
Thoughts from Nick Kempe of Parkswatch Scotland on what can be learned from Australia.

A pillaged ecology in the Scottish Highlands: 'I am angry beyond words'
Alex Roddie receives an email from an environmental consultant about the "habitat degradation that is leading to vast negative changes in ecosystems, biodiversity loss on an indefinable scale."

Grouse moors, tracks and the protection of peat bogs - Banchor again!
Back in Scotland Nick Kempe considers grouse moors and bulldozed tracks, with one of the latter in the Monadhliath as an example.

The future of skiing in the Alps? Rainer Pfluger and Ali Knappe, Innsbruck
Rosie Watson talks about sustainable skiing with two outdoor activists in the Alps.

Refilling the Carbon Sink
Sharon Levy looks at the restoration of Scotland's bogs. Lovely photos by Peter Cairns.

Escape Back to Reality. Is the outdoor community hostile to minorities?
Controversial and thought-provoking opinion from Andy Kirkpatrick.

The race to lay claim on the Bering Strait as Arctic ice retreats 
On a journey through the Northwest Passage Kieran Mulvaney looks at the history of this much sought after passage and the competition for it now climate change has made it more accessible.


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