Do I keep doing this to myself?
This week, the Trust for Public Land donated nearly 6,000 acres of stunning coastal landscape in Santa Cruz County, California, that will now be managed by the BLM for public recreation and preservation of natural resources. Known as Coast Dairies land, the donation completes a long-term effort by partners and local communities to provide a natural landscape that can be experienced and enjoyed as public lands.
BLM lands will connect the Coast Dairies shoreline beach, recently donated to California State Parks, to the Santa Cruz Mountains east of Highway 1. The landscape includes stunning coastal terraces, rolling pastoral grasslands, oak woodlands and redwood forest. Come #DiscoverTheCoast.
Photos by Jim Pickering, BLM
Signs we need to improve the amount (and quality) of science coverage in media:
- In a March 2011 survey, two-thirds of Americans couldn’t name a single living scientist
- From 2007-2010, science/technology/environmental topics accounted for only 3% of all news stories (and only 2% in 2011).
- Though 87% of scientists support the idea, only 32% of the U.S. public believes in natural selection playing a role in evolution
- While 97% of scientists agree, only 41% of the U.S. public believes that climate change is caused by human activities.
Louise Lief, on why this matters:
If people do not know scientists or understand how they work, it follows that they are unlikely to make informed choices on public policy issues or support basic scientific research to address vital issues like climate change and conservation.
More about Louise’s project to improve science in journalism here.
Unsung heroes like this makes us believe there’s good in the world. Watch the full touching Thai life insurance commercial here.