Monthly Archives: January 2007

When the Pot Begins to Boil

By David L. Brown Val Germann asks (in the previous post) the question, How high can carbon dioxide go? Good question, and he outlines the problem very well. However, there is an upper limit on this problem, and we may … Continue reading

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The CO2 Problem: How Bad Can It Get?

by Val Germann The looming arrival of the 2007 IPCC report on Climage Change has focused this writer’s attention again on a very worrisome issue: How high can atmospheric CO2 concentrations go?  To get a handle on this, take a look at the … Continue reading

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Climate Change: U.S. Insurers Won’t Wait

by Val Germann There is one U.S. business group that has treated climate change quite seriously: the insurance business.  That industry has taken some very expensive baths over the last fifteen years or so, starting with the massive fires in the … Continue reading

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Upcoming IPCC Report: Who Will Listen?

By David L. Brown My co-author Val Germann in a posting here yesterday discusses possibilities concerning the upcoming report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). We await the new report with great interest. The last one was serious … Continue reading

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A Review of Lester Brown’s “Plan B 2.0”

BOOK REVIEW Plan B 2.0, Rescuing a Planet under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble, by Lester R. Brown; W. W. Norton and Company, 2006; paperback, $16.95. By David L. Brown In the Autumn of 2003, the eminent authority on … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: A Slight Whiff of Apocalypse

by Val Germann It won’t be long now, about three weeks, before the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issues it’s next report. This group has for years been a favorite “bete noire” of the energy industry, especially after the … Continue reading

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Ethanol Mania Threatens World Food Security

By David L. Brown We almost hate to keep beating the same old horse by devoting so many of our postings to the issue of turning grain into ethanol — but this runaway investment bubble is becoming a major threat … Continue reading

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ExxonMobil’s Great Global Warming Coverup

By David L. Brown According to a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, oil giant ExxonMobil has invested millions in a deliberate program aimed at casting doubt on the reality of global warming and with the goal of preventing … Continue reading

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