Etiqueta: Jaume Terradas


Still between the Tigris and the Euphrates

21 de August 2018Jaume Terradas

Second instalment about Mesopotamia. We are now situated throughout the 20th century, political and social changes caused massive forced migrations by people of the area and the uncontrolled exploitation of marshes populated by the Ma'dam tribe.


In the cradle of civilization

26 de June 2018Jaume Terradas

The Poem of Gilgamesh is the oldest known fiction text, and represents brilliantly the conflict between nomadic and agricultural and urban societies; between nature and city. A conflict that lasts from 5.000 years ago Mesopotamia to the current Iraq.


A melting world

31 de May 2018Jaume Terradas

The West world, with its desire for expansion and exploration of new and unknown territories, has deprived indigenous communities of their traditional methods of life and culture. The Arctic tribes have not either been an  exception.


If you don’t get the water, you won’t need it

1 de May 2018Jaume Terradas

Los Angeles and its great urban area (more than 18 million people) are in water suply problems since long time ago. At the begining of the 20th century, Owens Valley was drained among huge hiden economic interests that inspired the film Chinatown.


The Salton Sea

5 de April 2018Jaume Terradas

Jaume Terradas explains how an error in channeling the water of the Colorado River in California created a large artificial lake that, now, is endangered by the great water demand from the crop fields and nearby cities.


A feather for the hat, ma’am?

26 de February 2018Jaume Terradas

Birds for their feathers, but many other animals too, suffer the path to extinction because of human whims.


Why are there so many plants?

1 de December 2017Jaume Terradas

Which characteristics of the environment and living beings can explain the great diversity of plants and life in general on Earth?


The Deep Ecology

2 de October 2017Jaume Terradas

In this new post, Jaume Terradas explains the bases of Naess' Deep Ecology, its philosophical roots and the implications in the present society.


On paintings and books

3 de September 2017Jaume Terradas

Two paintings and one book that lead Jaume Terradas to think about how historical changes and human nature often don't coincide with art and with the preservation of the natural world.


Sustainability thinking

31 de July 2017Jaume Terradas

In this entry, Jaume Terradas reflects and recommends the book Ambient, Territori i Paisatge: Valors i Valoracions, by Ramon Folch and Josepa Bru.


The Roots of Heaven: Literature and Ecology

26 de June 2017Jaume Terradas

Environmentalsim and literature in a book, then filmed for the big screen, by Romain Gary.


Origins of terrestrial ecology in Catalonia

29 de May 2017Jaume Terradas

Jaume Terradas explains in this post how the discipline began in our country, and the capital role that some people played on it, such as Ramon Margalef and a group of young Catalan ecologists.


Geobotany and plant ecophysiology in Europe: some masters

4 de May 2017Jaume Terradas

A review about the history of the most outstanding authors in the fields of geobotany and ecophysiology.


Thinking on group selection

4 de April 2017Jaume Terradas

Darwin introduced the idea that selection might not only affect individuals but also other levels. This was a logical extension of his theory. 


A dangerous metabolism: future remedies against CO2 increase?

8 de February 2017Jaume Terradas

Geoengineering is a hope to slow down and reduce CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Technological innovations must help us to find solutions to this global problem.


Towards a general theory of evolution

10 de January 2017Jaume Terradas

Neo-Darwinism seems to be overcome, and there is already a need for a paradigm shift which reformulates and completes the Theory of Evolution.


Verum ipsum factum

9 de December 2016Jaume Terradas

We need to understand how things work, to know how to assemble and how to disassemble them. But we have reached a point of so much specialization and mechanization that too much often we can not understand how everything works, and even more, if we will be able to fix what we have broken.


In urbibus mundi

8 de November 2016Jaume Terradas

In this new post, Jaume Terradas thinks about what nature has meant for human since the dawn of our species, and how the accumulation of people in cities leads us to be away from nature.


Some updates

5 de October 2016Jaume Terradas

In this new article, Jaume Terrades presents new information and updates some of his posts that he has written in his section.


About sharks and humans

5 de September 2016Jaume Terradas

Jaume Terradas talks about the fight between humans and Evil, represented by the figures of the white whale, in Moby Dick, and the white shark in Jaws. However, it's possible that humans should think about if we are our own evil.


About books, science and bureaucracy

12 de May 2016Jaume Terradas

In this post-Sant Jordi commentary, I should like to refer to just a few books of great quality and interest on some perhaps less well-known traveler scientists.


Fifty years ago

14 de April 2016Jaume Terradas

In 1966, the USA’s President is Lyndon Johnson, in the USSR it is Brezhnev, in France de Gaulle, in India Indira Gandhi. There is an increasing US involvement in Vietnam’s war (and an increasing refuse of war inside the US). 


A century ago

16 de March 2016Jaume Terradas

Let's come back to 1916. The World War I is raging (Battle of Verdun and the Somme). Germany is in search of its ‘lebensraum’, an empire like that England and France already have. We recall the Great War today with the terrible images of Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, Monicelli’s The Great War, Losey’s King and country, Renoir’s La grande illusion, and many other films.



14 de January 2016Jaume Terradas

We cannot remain indifferent to the intriguing and risky world of possibilities that opens up as a result of biology merging with technology, evolution and culture, a combination that ultimately poses serious environmental problems.


Nothing can be understood without evolution…

4 de December 2015Jaume Terradas

This phrase is often repeated among biologists, but it is time for non-biologists to recognize the truth of this statement. In the opening session of this year's course at the Institute of Catalan Studies, Jordi Casanova explained that in the light of modern knowledge, we humans are animals, considering not only in our biology (an obvious fact) but also our behavior. Many studies, mostly on apes, have shown the existence of feelings such as jealousy, envy, a sense of for injustice, rebellion; to these I would add empathy, defense of hierarchy, and a wish power.


Natural communities

5 de November 2015Jaume Terradas

When I studied the subject of ecology at the University of Barcelona, about the years 1964-65 (fifty years ago!), Margalef was our teacher. Even though he was still not a university professor but the director of the Fisheries Research Institute of the CSIC (now Institute of Marine Sciences) where he concentrated his research. The ecology classes were at the building of the University Square, the practices at the Institute.


The man’s place in ecosystems

1 de October 2015CREAF

Ecologists have talked and written a lot about how human activities change ecosystems or living conditions, at the local or global scales. We also claim about the need to abolish the persistent gap between human society and Nature in thinking, because humans are a part of Nature. Yet, curiously, we have not much worked in clarifying what is our role or place in ecosystems.


Is environmental education working?

22 de July 2015Jaume Terradas

In the year 1970, an international meeting was held, organized by IUCN and UNESCO, on Environmental Education in the School Curriculum, at the Foresta Institute of Carson City, Nevada. One of the results of that meeting was the first largely accepted definition of environmental education, a concept born perhaps a couple of years before and mainly developed at the United Kingdom.

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