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January 27, 2010 03:02 ET

Special Report: Environmental Ethics in Humanity Today -- Addresses Important Issues Related to Deep Ecology and Environmental Ethics in a New Special Report

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - January 27, 2010) - Environmental ethics dictate that we can no longer take our world -- and our place in it -- for granted, and in an attempt to reorient human thinking, philosophies such as deep ecology have evolved. Unfortunately, humans have come to dominate the planet as no other species does, often getting in the way of nature itself. In a new special report titled, "Environmental Ethics" addresses important issues related to deep ecology and environmental ethics and also includes biographies of early environmental ethics pioneers and an interview with a marine biologist to further discuss the topic.

The science and environment report discusses deep ecology which is a holistic view that relates to humans being an integral part of Earth's fragile environment. Included in the report are biographies on early environmental ethics pioneer Rachel Carson, whose book, "Silent Spring," was instrumental in raising awareness of our effect on the environment, human responsibility for environmental and conservation efforts, paving the way for various ecological movements, including deep ecology. It also includes Fritz Haber, inventor of the synthetic nitrogen fertilizer that feeds the world but takes a toll on our land, conservation, water systems and health. Paul Müller is another pioneer, which is the Nobel laureate whose discovery that DDT was an effective pesticide -- then considered to be safe for the environment, humans and animals -- was hailed as "one of the great scientific discoveries of World War II" but is now banned from general use.

Also in this report, Eric Montie, a specialist in marine sensory biology, speaks with contributor Lindsay Keefer about chemicals such as DDT and their effect on mammals of the deep. Ecology advocate Paul Ehrlich speaks with science and environment editor Dan Cloer about pushing nature beyond sustainable limits and the need to reduce our reliance on pesticides (like Müller's) and synthetic fertilizers (like Haber's). Ehrlich discusses the ethics of population control as well as environmental ethics. He also voices his hopes for a cultural evolution in the way we approach outdated agricultural and conservation paradigms.

Reflecting Ehrlich's concerns about the effects of synthetic fertilizers on the environment, human population growth, and pesticide use, the special report includes an article by Cloer, who explores our "cosmic and ecological obliviousness, the infinite world of mind and imagination gravitationally anchored to a small rock in a tiny outpost in the vastness of space" in his article, "A New Earth." He calls for an improved environmental ethic and describes some of the more moderate tenets of deep ecology: "We often [have] little regard for the intricate fabric of details -- the ants, the ozone, the sun, the atoms -- that taken together make life on Earth possible."

But the deep ecology movement does not usually take into account a higher being and religious movements sometimes fail to take human responsibility for the environment into account. In contrast, publisher David Hulme, in his article, "Is God Green?" takes preservation of the environment, human environmental ethics and land conservation out of the political realm. This article, part of's special report, explains that there are religious precepts contained in the Bible that require "conservation, care for the environment, love of land, balance, harmony and personal growth." These precepts suggest a need for a new appreciation of ancient frameworks on which to develop an approach toward the natural world based on love and concern, respect and care, nurturing and keeping the earth.

For the full special report and for more about deep ecology and environmental ethics read, "Environmental Ethics" at

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