Thoreau is one of technological innovation's most famous critics. But there’s a different side to Thoreau’s relationship with technology that says a lot about our own continuing struggle to strike the right balance between individual serenity and an interconnected planet.
If war is a way of teaching Americans geography, then environmental disasters such as the BP oil spill seem to be the primary way that Americans learn about ecology.
Rick Bass again assumes the role of America’s 21st-century Thoreau.
Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton says natural sounds are disappearing.