Tag Archives: adaptation

Cancer, the ultimate renegade?

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” Walt Kelly, Pogo comics I have been writing about resistance to toxic chemicals. And though I have plenty of posts on other stuff, I have shied away from cancer, even though one of the biggest problems with treating cancer is resistance. Yet it is difficult to […]

Life Changing Chemicals

Reposted from Whole Terrain with permission; and from Island Press Field Notes We are a chemically-addicted society. I am not talking caffeine, alcohol, or painkillers–although there is plenty of that–but chemicals designed to kill. Of the nearly 37 million pounds of antibiotics used in the United States each year, some 7 million pounds are ingested […]

Evolution is just warming up

There are many ways we influence evolution in contemporary time, or in our lifetime. While I have been focused on how we influence the process by way of the chemicals we use, life evolves in response to fishing, hunting, driving, and now there is evidence that life is evolving in response to climate change. No […]

Grizzlies of Glacier or, A Walk in the Park

(Cross posted from Island Press Field Notes) (Not exactly toxic stuff, and only a little evolution!)   We trail a band of French women. We are on our way to Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park and they are making a racket, singing loudly. Though we revel in Nature’s music—a bird call, the rush of […]

Rapid evolution, not all that bad?

In case you missed it, there’s some positive news on the rapid evolution front. We all know that HIV the virus that causes AIDS is a master of evolution. Rapidly evolving in response to both drugs and the human immune response. Yet after battling it out over several decades at the cost of too many human lives, […]

Unnatural Selection Reviewed in Publishers Weekly, National Nurse, LA Review of Books

Here are a few reviews of the new book, Unnatural Selection: Publishers Weekly: The power of evolution, toxicologist Monosson (Evolution in a Toxic World) demonstrates, is quite amazing: when strong selective pressure is coupled with short generation times, significant changes in populations can occur over very brief intervals…..more here National Nurse Magazine: This fascinating and thought-provoking book […]

Life in the Wake of Nuclear Disaster

(Cross posted from Island Press Field Notes.) Chernobyl’s explosion in 1986 was the largest nuclear accident ever. In terms of radiation release, it exceeded Hiroshima by a long shot. And although the hulking ruin continues to threaten today, still hot under its cement and lead cap, nature is reclaiming what was once hers—before humans stripped […]