Monthly Archives: September 2006

The “Cui Bono?” of Climate Change

by Val Germann As regular readers of Star Phoenix Base know, the evidence for rapid climate change is pouring in from all directions and the idea is “gaining traction” rapidly, along with calls for action from many elements of the … Continue reading

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New Study: Earth Warmest in 12,000 Years

By David L. Brown According to a report released yesterday by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the Earth has now become warmer than at any time since the end of the last Ice Age. Goddard, a part of NASA, … Continue reading

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Will Fewer Sunspots Mitigate Global Warming?

By David L. Brown The reality of global warming is becoming more and more widely accepted, and there is evidence of a desire to find an easy way out of the dilemma. One example is provided by an article in … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Ford’s Incoming CEO

TO: Mr. Allan Mulally, CEO-designate, Ford Motor Company FROM: David L. Brown SUBJECT: Your exciting new challenge. Dear Mr. Mulally: Congratulations on having been chosen as the new CEO of Ford Motor Company. Like Boeing, which you helped successfully guide … Continue reading

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Royal Society Puts Exxon-Mobil on Notice

by Val Germann At last an element of the scientific community is taking positive steps to mop up what can only be called the oil slick of misinformation being spread by many of the world’s major energy companies. The chief … Continue reading

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The Startling Irony of “Geoengineering”

by Val Germann As readers here at Star Phoenix Base well know, the last few months have seen an avalanche of information leading to the inescapable conclusion that the Earth’s climate is warming very rapidly indeed. To those of us … Continue reading

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What a Difference 36 Years Makes

By David L. Brown Browsing in my library today I put my hands on a book titled “Our Precarious Habitat,” by Melvin A. Benarde. The sub-title of this book, which was published in 1970 by W. W. Norton & Co., … Continue reading

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Meltdown of Arctic Ice Continues to Accelerate

By David L. Brown We have written before about the observed shrinking of the Arctic ice cap, and Star Phoenix Base has contended that the rate of disappearance is accelerating and threatens to become a runaway meltdown. Our reasoning for … Continue reading

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Worlds Collide in “The Land Down Under”

by Val Germann Al Gore’s recent trip to Australia highlighted the two ever-more-diverging worlds of the energy/climate debate. In one planetary system are those who hold that humanity’s dependence on fossil fuel is leading to gigantic problems with both our … Continue reading

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The Time to Act on Carbon Emissions is NOW

By David L. Brown The evidence has been growing, and is now nearly unassailable, that carbon emissions are causing global warming, and that the resulting climate change could create problems of epic proportions. As only one example, the once-frozen Arctic … Continue reading

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