Monthly Archives: October 2006

Facing Climate Change: Dithering, Denial & Delay

By David L. Brown A new report commissioned by the British government, the Stern Report, has added to the growing mountain of evidence that not only have humans created a looming threat of climate change, but that the costs will … Continue reading

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Malthus’s Classic “Essay on Population” Revisited

A RETRO REVIEW “An Essay on the Principle of Population,” by T. R. Malthus; originally published in 1798; Oxford World Classics edition, © 1993, revised edition 2004; 172 pgs., $9.95 By David L. Brown Anyone who is the least bit … Continue reading

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Are Investors Mixing Oil and Water?

By David L. Brown There has been a paradigm floating around for a long time that goes something like this: “Water will be the oil of the 21st century.” I don’t necessarily agree entirely with that; my bet is on … Continue reading

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The Financial Times and the Oily Straw Man

by Val Germann In a recent Star Phoenix Base article this writer commented on the phony argument used by an academic to discredit those of us concerned about world oil production.   The method in that case involved setting up a false premise (“the world … Continue reading

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Could Third World Be Winner in Biofuels Bubble?

By David L. Brown We have written much on Star Phoenix Base about the rapidly growing phenomenon of biofuels production, in which a growing proportion of agricultural crops are being turned into ethanol or biodiesel as alternatives to petroleum. The … Continue reading

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Humanity’s Heavy Footprint on Mother Earth

By David L. Brown Using United Nations statistics available back to 1961, a U.S. think tank called the Global Footprint Network (GFN) has calculated the impact of humanity on the resources of the Earth. Now each year the organization calculates … Continue reading

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A Coyote’s Lesson in What We Don’t Know

By David L. Brown We all know the story: A certain desert-dwelling canine has its eye on an indigenous bird and goes to all kinds of extremes in an attempt to catch the avian speedster. This is, of course, the … Continue reading

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World Oil Patch Problems Solved — Again

by Val Germann One of the chief tools of the propagandist is the “straw man” argument, one that sets up a false premise and then knocks it down, supposedly defeating the enemies of the propagandist, who are associated with the … Continue reading

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Making that pesky Ozone Hole go away

by Val Germann As many Star Phoenix Base readers know, the famous Ozone Hole has been on a back burner for some time now, the problem supposedly fixed by the Montreal protocol forbidding those bad “old” CFCs like Freon.  Not so … Continue reading

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Turning CO2 into Alternative Fuel?

By David L. Brown A company in Massachusetts, GreenFuel Technologies Corp., is developing a process through which CO2 generated in power plants can be captured and used to grow algae, which in turn can be processed into various forms of … Continue reading

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