Tuesday, January 2, 2018

What I learned today from Carol, the Forest Service retiree, and what I thought

We tack pheromone tags to certain trees in our National Forests in order to trick a type of invasive beetle into thinking that other beetles have already taken up residence in said trees, thus likely sparing them from a damaging (in fact, fatal) infestation. Hindsight also tells us that had we stewarded the climate better in the first place such bio-chemistry shenanigans may have proven less necessary.

Two simultaneous thoughts occur to me: (1) Our human capacity to create and solve problems both astounds and alarms. (2) Might there be a pheromone flavor that would inoculate middle-school students from bullies?

2 comments:

  1. "Might there be a pheromone flavor that would inoculate middle-school students from bullies?" I wish there were! When they find it, I hope they put it in the paint, carpet and HVAC!

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