Mark A. Bonta

Cultural geographer and educator Mark A. Bonta covers ecology, democracy, local self-reliance and community-based solutions to global problems.

Australia’s firefighters have a lot to learn from Aboriginal people

By Mark A. Bonta / January 24, 2020 / 0 Comments

In southern, temperate Australia, this year’s fire season has been one of the worst in living memory — but in much of the country’s tropical north, it is nothing out of the ordinary.  This is no accident, experts say — it’s partly due to the predominance of Aboriginal people in the north, and whites in the […]

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Climate hero or #metoo heel?

By Mark A. Bonta / January 22, 2020 / 0 Comments

George Luber, a prominent climate scientist who works for the federal government, claims the Trump administration is out to get him.  He’s a leading figure in efforts to show how climate change is linked to human health.  But former co-workers have a different explanation: Luber is, they claim, a horrible, sexist boss.  According to a […]

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So you want to discover (and protect) new bird species? Here’s how to get it done.

By Mark A. Bonta / January 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

The recent discovery of a “lost world” in the Wallacea region of Indonesia has stunned scientists and conservationists.  In the dense mountain rain forests of three remote Indonesian islands, five unknown bird species — and as many subspecies — have remained hidden until now.  The Peleng Fantail, Taliabu Grasshopper-Warbler, and other newly described birds were introduced to […]

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Wyoming’s wildlife wars are going to keep getting worse

By Mark A. Bonta / January 17, 2020 / 0 Comments

The latest battle for the soul of the West is really an ongoing set of skirmishes, pitting grizzly bears, mountain lions and bighorn sheep against a rancher and his livestock.  Stuck in the middle are the federal and state government agencies charged with protecting public lands, native animal species — and also private-property rights.   Territorial […]

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This new feminist anthem is bringing an anti-rape message around the world

By Mark A. Bonta / January 16, 2020 / 0 Comments

The song became a viral phenomenon that has circled the globe — from Chile to Turkey, from Mexico to New York City.  It’s far from a bit of pop confection, however: “The Rapist in Your Path” is a full-throated cri de couer that names the state, the police, and the man on the street as […]

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How a painful father/daughter conflict upended decades of Republican electoral strategy

By Mark A. Bonta / January 15, 2020 / 0 Comments

The future of the American electoral system may pivot on the fraught relationship between a right-wing father and his radical daughter.  Stephanie Hofeller became famous last year after discovering a trove of files on her late father’s hard drives detailing his activism in right-wing gerrymandering and efforts to influence the U.S. Census.  Thomas Hofeller, a […]

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