Monthly Archives: May 2006

Nation’s Soils to Lose Big as Ethanol Ramps Up

by Val Germann This is the best time of year here in mid-Missouri, as a leisurely trip from Columbia up to Fayette will show. The countryside is pleasantly fresh and green everywhere and from the tops of the occasional ridge … Continue reading

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Avian Flu—One Step Nearer to Pandemic?

By David L. Brown Has the shoe dropped at last for avian flu? According to the World Health Organization, as reported by the Associated Press, a family in Indonesia may have passed bird flu directly between themselves rather than contracting … Continue reading

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Rapid CO2 Increase in the News Again

by Val Germann The current rapid increase in atmospheric CO2 is definitely most interesting, as we have been discussing here at Star Phoenix Base. Two recent articles, from the ScienceDaily and BBC websites, put two exclamation points behind the subject: … Continue reading

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Bad News on Ozone—But with a Positive Spin

By David L. Brown Everybody likes a good news-bad news story. Here is one that affects the entire planet—but it’s hard for Star Phoenix Base to see the “good” in the bad news that the ozone hole in the atmosphere … Continue reading

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Atmosphere Big Loser in New Petro Programs

by Val Germann The latest thing in petroleum production are programs such as the one up in Canada that uses natural gas to crack tar sands into heavy oil. As has been pointed out here at Star Phoenix Base, Alberta … Continue reading

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Is Islam a Religion, or a Cult?

The Islamic Threat to World Peace — Part I Author’s Note: Although our primary interests at Star Phoenix Base focus on the environmental threats to our planet, we cannot avoid the realization that human conflict is equally threatening to the … Continue reading

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Dry Israel a Leader in Water Conservation

By David L. Brown In the deserts of the world, water is of crucial importance. Few places are less blessed with an abundance of fresh water than the Middle East, and according to an article in today’s Jerusalem Post online … Continue reading

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Tragedy of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker

By David L. Brown Now you see it, now you don’t. New information suggests the Ivory Billed Woodpecker may be extinct after all. Here’s the lede of a story on CNN.com today: LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) — A search of … Continue reading

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Have Muslims Overstayed Europe’s Welcome?

By David L. Brown The attitudes of Europeans toward Muslims is changing, as Westerners become more aware of—and more concerned about—the long-term intentions of Islamic immigrants who are systematically reverse-colonizing White Europe. The so-called “Clash of Civilizations” (I will explain … Continue reading

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Our Energy Future: Peering into the Abyss

By David L. Brown Here is an excerpt from a speech by American Vice President Dick Cheney, as reported by BBC.com: The country must build new oil refineries, power plants and pipelines, find ways of reducing the impact of fossil … Continue reading

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