Monthly Archives: June 2006

To Save Energy … Turn Off the Lights!

By David L. Brown As anyone interested in astronomy is aware, much of our planet’s nighttime sky is lit up like a proverbial Christmas tree. Images from space reveal that blobs of glowing light cover vast areas of land like … Continue reading

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Greenland’s Glaciers in Exponential Melting?

by Val Germann The Wabash “Cannonball” train used to run through my hometown and as a little kid I would occasionally get to see it pass. The Cannonball did not slow down for our little burg and would blast through … Continue reading

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Experts Weigh In On Biomass Insanity

By David L. Brown My associate Val Germann and I have discussed the issues of ethanol and biofuels fairly often here on Star Phoenix Base. It is not necessarily that this subject is of unusual interest to us, but more … Continue reading

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Tasty, Mesquite-Flavored Ethanol on the Way

by Val Germann Yes, it’s true! Someday before too long a gas station near you may feature tasty, Texas-Mesquite ethanol. It’s an idea whose time has no doubt come, as a recent article on the TERRADAILY website indicates: The dense … Continue reading

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Scientific Gradualism Losing Warming War

by Val Germann Scientists are gradualists by temperment, believers in a “rule of law” creating a universe that is consistent across vast stretches of both time and space. Abrupt changes in natural systems upset this general theme and throw monkey … Continue reading

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Supreme Court to Hear Suit on CO2 Emissions

By David L. Brown In what could be a landmark case in environmental law, the Supreme Court today agreed to consider a suit asking for the U.S. government to recognize CO2 emissions as pollutants and to regulate them. The Bush … Continue reading

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Fertilizer + Rainforests = More Carbon Emissions

By David L. Brown What could nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer, drought in Africa’s Sahel region along the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, the Amazon Basin rainforest, and carbon emissions have in common? Well, quite a lot apparently and this … Continue reading

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The Kyoto Treaty: Scandal in the Making?

By David L. Brown The Kyoto treaty on greenhouse gas (GHG) emission has been touted as a brave step toward a reduction in global warming. But, according to an article in the 22 June 2006 issue of New Scientist magazine, … Continue reading

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Al Gore Film on Global Warming Is a Must-See

By David L. Brown This afternoon I attended a showing of the new film about global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth,” featuring Al Gore. It is an extremely effective film that takes on global warming with no holds barred. I recently … Continue reading

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NRC Committee: Global Warming Is Real

By David L. Brown It’s official. Global warming is real and human activity is a significant cause. That word comes today from the official scientific advisory agency of the United States government. In a report prepared at the request of … Continue reading

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