Monthly Archives: July 2006

UK All-Time Heat Record Falls as Europe Swelters

by Val Germann Today in mid-Missouri the temperature is rising through the 90s and may hit 100 degrees F. this afternoon. This is hot, make no mistake, but not at all out of the ordinary for this part of the … Continue reading

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Time to Re-Think the Grid for CO2 Relief

by Val Germann Star Phoenix Base readers do not have to be reminded that the heat balance of the Earth is changing because of CO2 generation caused by human beings. Here in the United States, where one-fourth of the energy … Continue reading

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Can Alternative Fuels Replace Imported Oil?

By David L. Brown According to The Energy Blog, a story in yesterday’s New York Times reports that a strong national commitment to four alternative energy sources could eliminate imports of oil to the U.S. by the year 2030. The … Continue reading

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2006 Hottest Year on Record So Far

By David L. Brown According to a report posted yesterday on the blog Climate Ark, 2006 is shaping up to be the hottest year ever. According to the posting, the first six months of the year were the warmest in … Continue reading

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Revisiting a Classic: Ehrlich’s “Population Bomb”

RETRO REVIEW “The Population Bomb,” by Paul R. Ehrlich, ©1968, rev. 1971; reprint in library binding available from Buccaneer Books, Inc., 201 pgs. By David L. Brown This prescient book, issued nearly forty years ago, was a major turning point … Continue reading

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Higher Gas Prices: A Blessing to America

By David L. Brown The cost of gasoline here in America has been hovering around the three dollar mark for some time now, and despite warnings that such high prices would be an economic disaster, consumers seem to be getting … Continue reading

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Living, or Rather Dying, in Space

by Val Germann Four years ago the current commander of the International Space Station, Pavel Vinogradov, was here in Missouri and visited Morrison Observatory in Fayette. He gave a talk, through an interpreter, to a group of students and interested … Continue reading

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Will Fine Wines Fall Victim to Climate Change?

By David L. Brown Just a day or so ago we wrote about a study that demonstrated that global warming had extended the forest fire season in the American West by nearly two and a half months, resulting in more … Continue reading

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Hubbert’s Conventional Oil Peak: Here and Gone

by Val Germann In the mid-1990s this writer prepared a series of articles, on paper, in ink, for a local discussion group. My prediction was then that the world would never get to an annual average of 80 million barrels … Continue reading

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Ozone Increase Adding to Warming Woes

by Val Germann As Star Phoenix Base readers well know, U.S. agriculture is ramping up ethanol-from-corn production all over the Midwest, in part due to its pollution-reducing benefits. When blended with gasoline, ethanol can cut some of the tailpipe nastiness … Continue reading

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