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July 12, 2013
"Nature is far more imaginative than we are," Stamatios Krimigis, the eminent Johns Hopkins physicist, said when readings from the Voyager spacecraft failed to match expectations for what it would find at the far edge of the solar system. That kind of
humility in the face of data is tough for today's environmentalists, who have staked so much on their own models, predictions and certitudes.
It's a pity. The world needs a credible environmental movement. Conservation matters. So does the quality of water and air. In China and Russia today environmentalists have mounted the most effective (and often the most courageous) critique of the toxic
combination of coercive states and corrupt businesses. In the developed world, urban life has been massively improved thanks to a keener environmental awareness.
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