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Today: Thu, April 24 2014  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
 Environment
16 April 2014
 
 
Cut back on eating baked beans to reduce smelly emissions
by Matt Chorley
 sub-topic» General

A study this week recommended eating baked beans every day, to help significantly reduce cholesterol and lower the risk of heart diseases.

Wind and bloating were among the side effects of those eating the daily portion, although this subsided after a while, said lead researcher Dr John Sievenpiper from St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto.

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31 December 2013
 
 
Evaluating Controversial Claims
by David Friedman
 sub-topic» General

The clearest case is the population hysteria of the 1960's. Paul Ehrlich's Population Bomb, published in 1968, confidently predicted mass famine in the third world over the next decade, with hundred of millions of people starving to death. Not only did it not happen, the real world moved in the opposite direction, with calorie consumption per capita in the third world going up, not down. That is very strong evidence that Ehrlich can not be trusted. It is somewhat weaker evidence that the movement of which he was part, whose members generally took him and his arguments seriously, can not be trusted.

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17 December 2013
 
 
Our Fragile Planet
by Walter E. Williams
 sub-topic» General

Let's examine a few statements reflecting a vision thought to be beyond question. "The world that we live in is beautiful but fragile." "The 3rd rock from the sun is a fragile oasis." Here are a couple of Earth Day quotes: "Remember that Earth needs to be saved every single day." "Remember the importance of taking care of our planet. It's the only home we have!" Such statements, along with apocalyptic predictions, are stock in trade for environmental extremists and non-extremists alike. Worse yet is the fact that this fragile-earth indoctrination is fed to our youth from kindergarten through college. Let's examine just how fragile the earth is.

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23 September 2013
 
 
Bob Carter says the real environmental crisis is one of public perception
by Australian Conservative
 sub-topic» General

The net result, policy result, is not just undesirable. It’s not just expensive and it’s not just socially regressive—acting on the poorest people in our society by increasing the fundamental costs of energy and everything else—it is actually evil. The definition of “insane” is “out of the rational mind”. It is also insane. There is no scientific substantive evidence that dangerous global warming is happening or will happen.

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28 July 2013
 
 
The Greens Can't Defy Gravity. They're Finished
by Tim Montgomerie
 sub-topic» General

The writing may have been on the wall in 2009, but the green movement has soldiered on. Theirs, they believed, was a moral mission of such importance that nothing would or should get in their way. Whatever the economic, social or political price they were determined to succeed. The doubts of sceptics like me could always be ignored, but when the politicians who once championed green politics are in retreat it is perhaps time for even ecological diehards to get real.

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17 May 2013
 
 
'Mad Alex' Salmond lied to me about wind farm and I'm going to sue!
by Donald Trump
 sub-topic» General

If it were to be built close to land, it would interfere with shipping lanes, Mr Salmond said, and it would also interfere with military radar installations. No windfarms will be built there, he said.

My company continued to invest in the resort in good faith. It wasn’t until August 2009 that Mr Salmond began to show his true mindset. My son, Donald Trump Jr, and George got a call from the First Minister’s special adviser, Geoff Aberdein, lamenting the ‘terrible criticism’ over the release of al-Megrahi.

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25 March 2013
 
 
We create resources by inventing the technology that does so
by Tim Worstall
 sub-topic» General

One of the things that is so difficult to get over to the "Arrrgh! We're running out of everything!" crowd is that we humans actually create resources by inventing the technology that does that creation. I've blathered about this with respect to minerals here often enough. Today's example is fresh water.

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13 March 2013
 
 
Ten good reasons not to worry about polar bears
by Susan J. Crockford
 sub-topic» General

These are all good reasons to feel good about the current status of the polar bear. It is plain to see that these ice-dwelling bears are not currently threatened with extinction due to declining sea ice, despite the hue and cry from activist scientists and environmental organizations. Indeed, because the polar bear is doing so well, those who would like to see polar bears listed as “threatened” depend entirely upon dramatic declines in sea ice prophesied to occur decades from now to make their case.

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10 March 2013
 
 
Signs of the Times: New York Times Kills Green Blog
by Alan Caruba
 sub-topic» General

Who is really saving the world and our fellow humans? The skeptics. The scientists and others who have debunked the lies and exposed the agenda of the environmentalists. The Green Blog is dead. It is a victory for all of us.

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16 February 2013
 
 
Recycling con: Millions of tons end up in landfall as officials admit success is exaggerated
by Steve Doughty
 sub-topic» General

The news confirms the fears of many householders – forced to comply with fortnightly collection rules and bin police regulations – that the painstaking recycling process ends when the dustmen have finished their round.

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11 January 2013
 
 
Lecture to Oxford Farming Conference, 3 January 2013 - Part 3
by Mark Lynas
 sub-topic» General

But most important of all, farmers should be free to choose what kind of technologies they want to adopt. If you think the old ways are the best, that’s fine. You have that right.

What you don’t have the right to do is to stand in the way of others who hope and strive for ways of doing things differently, and hopefully better. Farmers who understand the pressures of a growing population and a warming world. Who understand that yields per hectare are the most important environmental metric. And who understand that technology never stops developing, and that even the fridge and the humble potato were new and scary once.

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10 January 2013
 
 
Lecture to Oxford Farming Conference, 3 January 2013 - Part 2
by Mark Lynas
 sub-topic» General

So how much land worldwide was spared in the process thanks to these dramatic yield improvements, for which chemical inputs played a crucial role? The answer is 3 billion hectares, or the equivalent of two South Americas. There would have been no Amazon rainforest left today without this improvement in yields. Nor would there be any tigers in India or orang utans in Indonesia. That is why I don’t know why so many of those opposing the use of technology in agriculture call themselves environmentalists.

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09 January 2013
 
 
Lecture to Oxford Farming Conference, 3 January 2013 - Part 1
by Mark Lynas
 sub-topic» General

I want to start with some apologies. For the record, here and upfront, I apologise for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonising an important technological option which can be used to benefit the environment.

As an environmentalist, and someone who believes that everyone in this world has a right to a healthy and nutritious diet of their choosing, I could not have chosen a more counter-productive path. I now regret it completely.

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01 November 2012
 
 
Get orf our land! (or how my village blew away a 140ft turbine)
by James Delingpole
 sub-topic» General

How to win against so mighty a foe? Simple. You have to call on the same reserves of courage, ingenuity, determination and raw cunning that in the past helped us see off the Spanish Armada, Napoleon’s navy and Hitler’s Luftwaffe. I’m not exaggerating. Truly, the Blitz spirit is alive and well in your nearest anti-wind-farm campaign group.

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16 October 2012
 
 
The Green Fail
by Master of Engineering Degrees
 sub-topic» General

Take a look at green alternatives from the other side: the downside. Are these growing pains, or signs of a failing movement?

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01 October 2012
 
 
The End of International Environmentalism
Green ideology crashes and burns at the Rio +20 Earth Summit
by Ronald Bailey
 sub-topic» General

Two decades on, what was once the "most powerful political ideal" on the international scene crashed and burned at Rio +20. The failure of environmentalism as an ideology was inevitable, since it has so badly misconstrued the causes of many of the problems it claims to address. It will be interesting to see in which direction those cherishing a permanent animus against democratic capitalism will now go.

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08 July 2012
 
 
We are the Scottish Climate and Energy Forum
by www.scef.org.uk
 sub-topic» General

Scotland was literally and physically made by our climate: The ice ages formed our valleys; our cuisine of porridge from oats is because our climate doesn't suit wheat, and it was the colder climate of the 1690s & famine that followed, that led to our loss of our independence. According to historians up to a quarter of Scots died in just a few years. Imagine if it happened today: whole villages forced to beg on the streets in places like Edinburgh; parents having to choose which children to feed. Which of your children would you choose to die?

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02 July 2012
 
 
Dodging another UN bullet
'The Future We Want' offered sustained power and money grabs in name of sustainability
by Paul Driessen and Duggan Flanakin
 sub-topic» General

To oversee this unprecedented wealth transfer to UN bureaucrats and NGO activists, The Future We Want architects sought to establish “an intergovernmental process” to assess financial needs, consider the effectiveness, consistency and “synergies” of existing instruments and frameworks, evaluate additional initiatives, and prepare reports on financing strategies. This grand scheme would be implemented by an intergovernmental committee of 30 “experts,” who will be accountable to – no one, actually, except perhaps the Secretary General of the esteemed United Nations.

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29 June 2012
 
 
Taxpayer-funded environmentalism
by The TaxPayers' Alliance
 sub-topic» General

New TPA research out this week exposed how taxpayers’ money is squandered on EU grants to environmentalist campaigns. Taxpayers pay twice: once for the grants handed out and then again with the higher prices that result when environmentalist groups successfully lobby for new taxes and regulations. It isn’t right for politicians and bureaucrats to use their access to taxpayers’ money to support groups pushing their ideological agendas at our expense.

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19 June 2012
 
 
U.N. Climate Organization Wants Immunities against Charges of Conflivt of Interest, Exceeding Mandate, Among Others
by George Russell
 sub-topic» General

The organization responsible for managing a global cap-and-trade system worth billions of dollars for carbon emissions projects around the world is trying to get sweeping legal immunities for its actions, even as it plans to expand its activities dramatically in the wake of the United Nations’ Rio + 20 summit on sustainable development, which starts June 20.

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17 June 2012
 
 
Commonsense wisdom from African farmers
They know "sustainable development" really means sustained poverty and malnutrition
by Kelvin Kemm
 sub-topic» General

If you want to learn what farmers think (and need), talk to African farmers – not to bureaucrats, environmental activists or politicos at the Rio+20 United Nations summit in Rio de Janeiro. You’ll get very different, far more honest and thoughtful perspectives.

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16 June 2012
 
 
The future we dread
Marked-up draft of the Rio+20 agenda reveals shocking "sustainability" wish list
by Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow
 sub-topic» General

The NGOs would place both nature and man in jeopardy, since they call for curbs on “any technologies that might imply a serious risk for the environment or human society, including in particular synthetic biology, geo-engineering, genetic modification, nuclear energy and nanotechnology,” Rothbard observed.

They would curtail the very technologies that allow us to provide for people’s needs in the most efficient, least intrusive manner. Few policies are more counterproductive than forcing people to grow low yield crops that are susceptible to insects and drought, or to rely on inefficient energy technologies, he said.

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20 May 2012
 
 
Using Earth's Blessings To Better Mankind and Planet
by David Legates
 sub-topic» General

I fail to understand how anyone thinking rationally can argue that poverty and economic hardship will enhance environmental stewardship, or that the planet is more important than the people who live on it.

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24 April 2012
 
 
Overthrowing Environmentalism
by Alan Caruba
 sub-topic» General

The lies required to maintain environmentalism and its vast matrix of laws and regulations are being publicly rejected and a recent example is a letter sent to NASA administrator by fifty present and former astronauts, scientists, and engineers who work for NASA is a seminal moment, not unlike Martin Luther’s 95 theses nailed to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg.

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21 March 2012
 
 
In praise of petroleum
by Donald J. Boudreaux
 sub-topic» General

This fact is why photos of oil-covered wildlife are dangerous: They make us aware of petroleum's risks while we remain oblivious to petroleum's benefits.

In the real world petroleum is an astonishingly beneficial, versatile and inexpensive resource. In the fantasy world of too many people, however, petroleum is a vile substance that does little beyond enriching a few sheiks and billionaires while it kills both the planet and humanity.

But in fact our world is incalculably better and even cleaner because of petroleum -- which is why it is especially regrettable that newspaper pictures of the likes of plastic wrap and asphalt would not grab readers' attention with anywhere near the impact of pictures of oil-covered animals.

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18 February 2012
 
 
First They Came For My Toilet Paper
by Matt Patterson
 sub-topic» General

Now, the Greenies will undoubtedly say that the tiger—when it attacks a human—is just behaving naturally. Well, that pretty much sums up my relationship with toilet paper—just doing what comes naturally. Using technology to improve my health and well-being—that’s how humans roll, baby.

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28 December 2011
 
 
Nothing is Sustainable
by Willis Eschenbach
 sub-topic» General

Socially sustainable? Culturally sustainable? We don’t even know if what we currently do is culturally or socially sustainable. How can we guess if some development is culturally sustainable?

I swear, sometimes I think people have totally lost the plot. This is mental onanism of the highest order, to sit around and debate if something is “culturally sustainable”. Like I said … let’s get back to feeding the kids. Once that’s done, we can debate if the way we fed them is culturally sustainable.

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01 December 2011
 
 
How going green goes against the environment
by Garry Reed
 sub-topic» General

City-dwelling green voters will be happy with their cleaner air, unmindful that the pollution has simply been shifted into other people's backyards out in Flyover Country, along with all those additional strip mines and hazardous waste dumps.

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27 November 2011
 
 
Private property is the solution
by Tim Worstall
 sub-topic» General

On the Maryland side, only the "hunting" of wild stock was allowed, on the Virginia the leasing of seabed and planting then harvesting.

It shouldn't come as much of a surprise to find out that Virginia produces vast numbers of fat oysters and has similarly vast numbers still in the water. Maryland has been pretty much fished out.

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01 October 2011
 
 
EPA Rules... and how they don't follow their own
by Willis Eschenbach
 sub-topic» General

Now, in any well run organization, this official finding by the Inspector General of flagrant flouting of the scientific requirements would call for an immediate do-over … but this is not a well run organization, it is the US Government, sub-species EPA.

So what did the EPA bureaucrats do in response to the IG’s Report?

Well, they promised that they would never, never ever do such a thing again, cross their heart they won’t.

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29 September 2011
 
 
Armed Troops Burn Down Homes, Kill Children to Evict Ugandans in Name of Global Warming
by Paul Joseph Watson
 sub-topic» General

But it’s not just biofuels, a product of global warming alarmism, that are unleashing a genocide against black people in poorer countries, it’s the whole anti-development mantra embraced by climate change activists that is being enforced by supranational organizations like the World Bank and the IMF in the name of reducing carbon dioxide, the evil life-giving gas that plants breathe and humans exhale.

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22 September 2011
 
 
Stamp out anti-science in UK science
by Christopher Monckton
 sub-topic» General

Science is worth fighting for. It helps us understand the world and ourselves better and will benefit all humanity.

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04 July 2011
 
 
The Purposeful Flooding of America's Heartland
by Joe Herring
 sub-topic» General

Perhaps the environmentalists of the Corps grew tired of waiting decades to realize their dream of a "restored Missouri River." Perhaps these elements heard the warnings and saw in them an opportunity to force an immediate re-naturalization of the river via epic flood. At present, that is impossible to know, but to needlessly imperil the property, businesses, and lives of millions of people constitutes criminal negligence. Given the statements of Corps personnel, and the clear evidence of their mismanagement, the possibility that there is specific intent behind their failure to act must be investigated without delay.

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01 July 2011
 
 
On the Finiteness of Resources
by Don Boudreaux
 sub-topic» General

What is and isn’t a resource is determined by human ingenuity. Likewise, human ingenuity determines how much “utility” – satisfaction; gratification; pleasure; relief-of-felt-uneasiness (call it what you will) – can be gotten at any moment in time from any given unit of physical stuff. As long as human ingenuiity is free to create, there is no necessary practical limit to the amount of any ‘natural’ resource that is available for humans to use productively.

Consider petroleum. Is its stock strictly limited? For a physicist the answer is yes. But not so for an economist, who asks different questions than does the physicist. The economist asks: “How available is this particular substance – petroleum – for the continuing satisfaction of human desires?”

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17 June 2011
 
 
Evolution, Religion and Mankind's Impact on Climate Change
by Szandor Blestman
 sub-topic» General

No, I do not kneel at the church of science just like I do not kneel at anyone’s altar. I do not blindly follow along with a crowd just because someone says something is true. I question everything, especially authority, and look into things on my own. I look into not only the science behind things, but the politics behind things and the wealth, power and control that can be derived from supporting certain agendas. It seems to me that big government and world government are quickly becoming like a modern version of “the church” as it existed and exerted its control through the dark ages. It seems that many scientists have become the new priest class and manmade climate change the new terrorizing threat of being damned to hell for all eternity.

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14 June 2011
 
 
Agenda 21: The UN 'Green' Plan to Destroy Your Property Rights
Now being implemented in cities throughout the world
by ISIL.org
 sub-topic» General

The underlying philosophy behind this global, Orwellian nightmare is "communitarianism," another name for communism. The Agenda 21 website specifically states that property is "too important" to be privately controlled, and big homes with big appliances are "unsustainable."

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09 June 2011
 
 
A Record to Celebrate!
by William Yeatman
 sub-topic» General

Poor people are getting less poor. To me, that’s a great thing. The warmer winters are merely a bonus.

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06 June 2011
 
 
Two Good Answers
by Smokey & Mr Lynn
 sub-topic» General

The free market has always proved that the Malthusians and the Luddites are wrong. Always. The direct result of a more prosperous world will be substantially less pollution. If the scales ever fall from your eyes you will see that warmth is better than cold, and rich countries are better for the planet than poor countries. Word up, my man. Planet Earth needs prosperity.

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26 May 2011
 
 
Apocalypse Later?
by Randy Fardal
 sub-topic» General

Dear grandchildren: Although the oceans have been rising by a foot or two per century since the most recent ice age ended, we leftists created taxes and regulations projected to reduce the rise from 18 inches to 17.9 inches over the 21st century. Of course, then another mini ice age struck the planet and the ocean levels actually fell, but at least our intentions were good. Turns out, climate change simply is caused by sunspots. Gosh, are we embarrassed!

By the way, don't forget to pay the bill for all of our pointless efforts: At last count, it was a little over 50 trillion dollars in deficit spending for windmills, luxury electric sports cars for leftist movie stars, lost economic productivity, and massive unemployment. Sorry about that.

But hey, it's not the end of the world.

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20 May 2011
 
 
Who We Are
by The Galileo Movement
 sub-topic» General

Galileo had the courage to stand apart from the mob of philosophers and scientific explorers who bowed to bullying from religious and Government authority. He was enslaved that we could be free. His greatest gift is beyond his science, it is our freedom. Although he suffered, ironically the world has come around to him.

That is now threatened as ideology seeks to replace science and control seeks to replace freedom.

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