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The Passenger Pigeon, A Requiem

For the Birds, Homepage, News on December 21st, 2014 No Comments

By Carl Safina September 1, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of what had been the most abundant bird in the Americas, and likely the world. By 1850, the Passenger Pigeon was still the most abundant bird in the Americas. Around that same time, a long-distance migrant bird called the Eskimo Curlew was […]

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Tribute: Peter Matthiessen

News on December 16th, 2014 No Comments

Originally published in Audubon Magazine, June-August 2014. By Carl Safina If Miles Davis suddenly walked into a small cocktail party, what could a young trumpet player possibly say to him? What could I, a greenhorn writer, say to Peter Matthiessen? It was 1998. I was in my early forties, and had just published my first […]


This planet comes with limits

About, FRACKING, News on July 10th, 2014 2 Comments

Previously posted on When I was in my 20s, a girlfriend surprised me by saying that we didn’t have to worry about overpopulation because technology would make sure we always had what everyone needed. Of course, economists have been saying this for decades. And of course, billions of people today don’t have what they […]

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Carl Safina Named A Finalist For 2014 Indianapolis Prize

News on April 8th, 2014 2 Comments

Carl Safina, Ph.D., is one of six exceptional conservationists advancing as a finalist for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. Selected from a group of 39 nominees, Safina is in the running for $250,000 along with Joel Berger, Ph.D.; Gerardo Ceballos, Ph.D.; Carl Jones, Ph.D.; Russell A. Mittermeier, Ph.D.; and […]

Killing swans is a bad idea

For the Birds, Mute Swans, News on March 5th, 2014 1 Comment

Originally posted on Feb 21, 2014 I was driving my daughter to her boyfriend’s house. About 20 mute swans were floating in the shallows near the shore of Conscience Bay in the Long Island Sound. I wondered whether, in all good conscience, I should ruin my daughter’s swan swoon. “Take a good look at […]

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Killing deer to make our lives easier?

Deer, News on February 26th, 2014 2 Comments

Previously  posted on CNN 2/13/2014: The Internet has erupted with outrage over the Copenhagen’s Zoo’s killing of a healthy young giraffe deemed surplus. Zoos are wholly artificial situations and their animals depend utterly on humans to decide their lives and their fate. That’s obvious. Less obvious is that “wild” animals the world over now […]

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Safe After Sandy

Climate Change, News on November 18th, 2012 3 Comments

Our lights are on, and with them the oil burner. And I have a full tank of gas. I mean no disrespect to the people who have lost and suffered so much in this storm when I say, for us there was something nice about having no electricity for a few days. About cutting wood […]


Thirty-Year Plan, a New Book from Orion

Climate Change, News on August 29th, 2012 No Comments

On the occasion of its thirtieth anniversary, Orion asked thirty writers and thinkers to name one thing we will increasingly need over the next thirty years if humans are going to find a way to live happily, sustainably, redeemably on earth. Carl contributed an essay on energy future. He wrote, “Big Energy has left us […]

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In Praise of Inefficiency By Carl Safina

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, News, Uncategorized on February 27th, 2012 1 Comment

This blog originally appeared in Huffington Post on 2/21/12: A recent announcement about a giant new fishing boat boasted that its automation would be capable of baiting and setting 17,000 hooks per day I put the announcement on my Facebook page, adding a disparaging, “We need this?” [] Although dozens of people agreed with […]

Lingering Doubts About Obama’s Keystone Pipeline Decision by Carl Safina

News on January 30th, 2012 1 Comment

When President Obama decided not to let the Keystone oil pipeline proceed, I sent a message of thanks to the White House. And I sent Bill McKibben, with whom it’s been my honor to have an occasional email correspondence, a message of exuberant congratulations. Obama’sNo was the right answer. But I think he was given […]