Here's a very interesting essay from Places @ The Design Observer Group on this topic: A Home Before the End of the World. The author, Adelheid Fischer, noticed some interesting errors ("eco-confabulations") in the description of the natural world in Michael Cunningham's A Home at the End of the World. (Armadillos and Joshua trees in Phoenix? Apparently not.) The essay asks the question: Do these mistakes matter? The author isn't concerned about these mistakes as a literary matter (that would have been my first thought). Rather, the concern is for the environment:
The least we can do — for the survival of the world and for the thriving of our own species — is to learn the real identities of the organisms that surround us.An interesting thought. Reactions?