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Ian Rose

Ian Rose

Ian Rose is a freelance science and nature writer living in Oregon, focused on climate and wildlife issues in the American West. His writing has appeared in Hakai Magazine, The Scientist and Earth Island Journal, and he tweets, far too often, @ianrosewrites.

Factory chimneys pumping out pollution in the Ruhr, Germany, 1970

A Precautionary Tale

West Germany’s “do no harm” approach to environmental protection—which became known as the precautionary principle—was revolutionary in its time.
Das Vogelkonzert (The Bird Concert) by Jan Brueghel the Younger, c. 1640-1645

Every Good Bird Does Fine

Is birdsong music, speech, or something else altogether? The question has raged for millennia, drawing in everyone from St. Augustine to Virginia Woolf.