Monthly Archives: June 2006

Biomass Madness About to Take Off in U.S.

by Val Germann As most Star Pheonix Base readers know, we have our doubts about the current “rush to fermentation” involved in U.S. corn-to-ethanol programs. Turning food into fuel seems like a bad idea to us, especially when fossil fuel … Continue reading

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Time to Pull the Plug on the Space Shuttle?

By David L. Brown If there were any doubts remaining about the troubles that have plagued the Space Shuttle program, this news report today from the Associated Press as reported on FoxNews.com should put them to rest: WASHINGTON — NASA’s … Continue reading

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Japan Jumping Big on Ethanol Bandwagon

by Val Germann Word came yesterday from the SPACEDAILY website that Japan would launch its own ethanol and biofuels project, a big one, as the quote below indicates: The Environment Ministry will launch a project to boost the production of … Continue reading

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An Arctic ‘Fortress of Solitude’…for Seeds

By David L. Brown Evidence continues to build that the Earth and humankind may be in for serious trouble. With widespread extinction of plant and animal species an on-going and accelerating reality, some scientists are taking steps to preserve what … Continue reading

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Irrational Fear of GM Crops as Famine Looms

By David L. Brown The uncontrolled growth of the world’s population lies at the heart of most of our environmental, social, health, agricultural, and political problems. Let’s see, did I leave anything out of that dogmatic statement? Well, sure, because … Continue reading

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Scene Set for Record Wildfires

By David L. Brown There is a long, hot summer ahead and the toll of wildfires in the West is sure to be a major disaster for many. Already, according to an AP report: Wildfires have burned more than 2.9 … Continue reading

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China Determined to do Everything Wong

by Val Germann It was this writer’s hope, years ago, that China would take a different path to industrialization than we did. I thought that, surely, they would not just repeat, willy-nilly, the mistakes of the past. How could they … Continue reading

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Making Waves on the Energy Scene

By David L. Brown Of the various renewable energy options that have been considered in recent decades, such as solar and wind power, one that has made the least progress has been wave energy. I remember in 1971 leafing through … Continue reading

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Melting Tundra Could Result in Environmental Disaster

By David L. Brown We have written here before about the dangers of melting tundra in the north polar regions, pointing out that these frozen lands hold sequestered CO2 and methane — potent greenhouse gases (GHG) that could boost global … Continue reading

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Second-Law Blowback Scorching Hong Kong

by Val Germann China’s booming ecomomy has meant an economic revival for Hong Kong, a city much damaged by the Asian implosion of the late 1990s. Today, by almost any measure, things are looking up for the former British colony. … Continue reading

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