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Survival in 21st Century: eagles and humans share much in common

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Back the 1960s when humans spread DDT onto the air, land and water, America's great symbol of freedom, the Bald Eagle, raced toward extinction. At the time, Rachel Carson wrote her brilliant book Silent Spring. Thankfully, our government formed the "Environmental Protection Agency" that outlawed the use of DDT in the United States.

Ironically, Chevron Corporation kept manufacturing it. They sold it overseas, where unwitting citizens of the world injected it, and still do in 2009, into their eco-systems with devastating results. Over all, humans manufacture over 82,000 chemicals that they inject into the natural world with little understanding of long term consequences. Additionally, Mother Nature cannot break them down naturally--thus those chemicals affect every living cell on this planet that comes into contact with them.

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In this ongoing series of interviews with Dr. Jack Alpert, we hope to bring you greater understanding of what humans, plants and animals face in the 21st century. Visit www.skil.org.

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"What can eagle survival strategies tell us about our own?" asked Alpert. "Eagles have survived for 100s of thousands of years simply by letting natural selection make each successive generation stronger. The strongest eagles protect territory from other eagles and this allows them to reproduce while lesser eagles do not. The richness of food of available territory limits the number of eagles."

Alpert added, "Humans have more complex survival strategies and population controls."

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1) While eagles are hunter and gatherers and live at subsistence, humans have social operations that provide well-being above subsistence.

2) Fossil energy, and resources not allocated or allocated to other species within the territory, combined with technology allows greater population and even greater well-being above subsistence than could exist without them.

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Frosty Wooldridge Bio: Frosty Wooldridge possesses a unique view of the world, cultures and families in that he has bicycled around the globe 100,000 miles, on six continents and six times across the United States in the past 30 years. His books (more...)
 

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