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David Quammen
Science journalist
Motivating Issue

Conservation of all species, not just humans. The loss of biological diversity is one of the worst impacts we are having on our planet.

Why I Belong To MEIC

MEIC is very good at seeing what’s coming over the horizon. They led on our subdivision and streambed laws, for which I’m very grateful every time I see an unspoiled view.

What I Want To Pass On

If you feel discouraged, that’s okay. It’s good to see the world clearly if that leads to action. Nothing is more important than conservation activism.

Member since Member since 1980
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Number of crude oil trains through county increases

Western News LogoBetween 12 and 16 trains traveled through Lincoln County, each carrying more than 100 cars of Bakken crude oil, during a one-week span in early June, according to a weekly train-tracking document from BNSF Railway. <READ MORE>

Posted on July 29th, 2014

Guest opinion: Climate change is scientific reality

Billings GazetteAs scientists who have lived and worked in Montana, we understand the scientific principles demonstrating that human activity is rapidly changing our climate. That is why we joined over 100 other scientists across Montana in sending a letter to our top elected officials calling on them to support policies that reduce carbon pollution ... <READ MORE>

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Posted on July 24th, 2014

Hundreds comment on Black Butte mine proposal

Bozeman Daily chronicleFor a relatively small project, a mining company’s proposal to dig a few test wells generated a significant number of public comments.  <READ MORE>

Posted on July 23rd, 2014

All Things Are Connected: Montana’s Terrible Air Quality, Canadian Fires, and Climate Change

By Anne Hedges

Scanned by: Retouched by: DT-MAQC'd by: DT-MALooking out my window I am troubled that Helena’s normally lovely blue skies resemble pea soup and the light filtering through the haze casts an eerie pall. It’s even more troubling that the air in China is even worse. It seems unconscionable that coal companies want to dig up Montana so they can make money selling coal to China where it will be burned, forcing people there to live with choking air quality that is even worse that what we are experiencing in Montana this week. The out-of-sight out-of-mind nature of that proposal is morally indefensible.

Why does Helena’s air resemble China’s on a good day? It might be hard to believe, but over 1,000 miles away, “tornadoes of fire” in Canada’s Northwest Territories are sending up smoke plumes so huge that they are being carried far south to the not-so-big-sky-state.

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Posted on July 18th, 2014