Monthly Archives: August 2006

A Looming Threat to World Food Supply?

By David L. Brown What would happen if our world, supporting a bloated and still growing population on the slender legs of a few monocultural crops, should be faced with a pandemic? No, I’m not talking about avian flu or … Continue reading

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Ozone “Cure” Feeding Warming “Disease”

by Val Germann In 1989, most of the world’s nations signed on to the Montreal Protocol and agreed to phase out a class of chemicals called CFCs that were doing serious damage to the Earth’s protective ozone layer. What was … Continue reading

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French “End of Coal” Lasts Two Years

by Val Germann If ever there were a sign that we’re headed for an energy crunch of some kind it was the news that France, which in 2004 ended coal mining with a flourish, has decided to get back into … Continue reading

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Drought Threatens Areas of China

By David L. Brown The news from China, with a population of more than one billion and rising, is not good. Drought and other climate-related disasters are dogging the Middle Kingdom just when it needs to ramp up its agricultural … Continue reading

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Trickle of Climate Refugees Could Become Flood

By David L. Brown Climate refugees? There’s a phrase that is new to the world, but projected effects of ongoing climate change forecast that this category of displaced persons is bound to swell in numbers, possibly into the millions as … Continue reading

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New Popular Unit of Measurement Discovered

By David L. Brown We have written before about the strange way the popular press likes to invent new units of measurement when attempting to describe things scientific. For example, see my essay “Just How Big WAS That Bus, Anyway?” … Continue reading

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Solving the Carbon Problem — Burial At Sea?

By David L. Brown Surely one of the most important issues facing us today — and one of the least discussed in mainstream media and public forums — is the threat posed by rising amounts of CO2 and other greenhouse … Continue reading

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Problem with Pluto Proliferates New Planets!

by Val Germann As many of our readers know, a trend common in our school systems today is the idea that “everybody’s special” and there are no winners and losers. It seems as though this idea has percolated up to … Continue reading

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China’s Pollution Rising Amid Signs of Concern

By David L. Brown China’s pollution emissions have risen dramatically in the last year, a fact that is attributed to the huge Asian nation’s rapid industrialization. According to a news report today in the China Daily on-line edition, measurements of … Continue reading

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Planet Pluto on the Chopping Block

by Val Germann It’s refreshing to turn away from Global Warming and Climate Change to something truly trivial: the destruction of an entire planet! Yes, our beloved Planet Pluto, the only one named after a dog (or was it the … Continue reading

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