The environmental movement progresses in fits and starts. We may win occasional battles, but I sometimes fear we are losing the war and our successes can feel like stopgaps until the next crisis. Are neonics that next crisis?
What is known is that catastrophic die-offs of dolphins and other marine mammals are occurring with greater frequency and virulence around the world. They are an indication that the oceans are in deep, deep trouble; perhaps greater trouble than we have imagined.
Some of you are no doubt scratching your heads, thinking: "There's gotta be an insecticide capable of offing these guys. Why can't the pointy-headed geniuses at the chemical companies make one?" As it turns out, they have.
The dispersants used to break up the oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill are indeed toxic, but no more so than the oil itself. They reduce the mechanism by which the oil suffocates or harms some wildlife.
From tobacco to acid rain to DDT to global warming, how has a small cabal of men come to justify their misrepresentation of scientific evidence? The personal attacks on colleagues, including vulnerable younger ones?