If nature has rights, that means everything does, which devalues “rights” just as a wild inflation deflates the worth of currency.
Having ourselves turned into dirt — or worse — reflects at least an implied philosophical view that it doesn’t ultimately matter that we ever existed.
The NCSE is troubled, but this just sounds like solid science. I’m all for critical analysis of data, evaluating conclusions, and rigorous scientific inquiry.
If the current trend continues, “river rights” will exert a tremendously destructive force.
“Nylon-eating bacteria? What the heck?” you say. “Why does this matter?”