NATURE'S COMPLEXITY CONFOUNDS REMEDIES

The biggest threat to Planet Earth may be people who think they're bigger than nature. Through science, people increasingly comprehend, even manipulate, some of nature's wondrous forces. But nature's vexing complexity always prevails. Few natural processes work in isolation. People nevertheless insist on assessing and dealing with natural problems one at a time. Late last month, two environmental developments, technically unrelated, showed how futile this approach can be.

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