Monthly Archives: October 2006

World’s Ten Worst-Case Pollution Sites Named

By David L. Brown A report from an American environmental charity, The Blacksmith Institute, has identified the ten most polluted places on Earth. Most are in third world countries, with Russia being the notable exception, and are largely related to … Continue reading

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U.S. Population Reaches a New Milestone

By David L. Brown It’s official. According to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau the population of the United States passed the 300 million mark sometime this morning. That leaves America, as the world’s third most populous, far behind the … Continue reading

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Somalia’s Second Law Tsunami

by Val Germann The recent dust-up over the toxic waste ship Probo Koala has brought to public attention other startling events that are unfortunate harbingers of a world to come.  The Second Law effects accruing to the annual global consumption of 400 quadrillion Btu of energy are getting harder and … Continue reading

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Turning Up the Heat in the Northeast

By David L. Brown There is more evidence of climate change, this time from an authoritative study released this week by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The subject of their report, “Climate Change in the U.S. Northeast,” is the result … Continue reading

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The Smell of a World that’s been Burned

by Val Germann The title above comes from a Jimi Hendrix (that’s right!) lyric of 40 years ago, about a time-traveling visitor to Earth.  The lines below have stuck with me from the moment I first heard them in the … Continue reading

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Water Shortages Threaten World with Famine

By David L. Brown Who will feed the growing populations of the world’s third world countries in the coming years? Yes, the threat of famine has been dismissed repeatedly ever since Paul Ehrlich and others raised a warning in the … Continue reading

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