Monthly Archives: March 2007

Betting the Farm on Corn Ethanol

by Val Germann It’s late March, the time when the USDA announces the planting intentions of the nation’s millions of farmers. To no one’s surprise corn, still at selling at historically high prices, is the runaway winner for the 2007 … Continue reading

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Biofuel Craze May Ruin World’s Forests

by Val Germann Yes, it is now a “craze,” this rush toward “biofuels.”  It all sounds so good, at first glance, and terms like “clean diesel” seem like harbingers of a hydrocarbon promised land.  But as we have been writing … Continue reading

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Extinction Is Forever, So Give Knut a Chance

By David L. Brown A leading animal activist in Germany has called for the death of this cute little fellow in the Berlin Zoo: What capital crime was committed by this baby polar bear, fondly known to the public as … Continue reading

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Arctic Ice Now in Catastrophic Decline?

by Val Germann The bad news on climate is coming thick and fast these days, and nowhere is the news less good than from the Arctic. Further confirmation of this sad fact can be seen today on THE INDEPENDENT‘s website … Continue reading

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African Dust May Have Suppressed Hurricanes

By David L. Brown Last season was expected to be a big year for hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, but following the extremely stormy 2005 season the 2006 hurricane season came in like a lamb. Climatologists were puzzled. Climate change … Continue reading

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Analyst Confirms IPCC Report ‘Watered Down’

By David L. Brown When the summary of the forthcoming fourth report on global warming from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was released last month, we wrote that the true magnitude of the problem was understated by the … Continue reading

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Climate Change Effects Galloping Ahead

by Val Germann Evidence continues to accumulate that the effects of climate change are accelerating, especially in the far north. An article appearing today on the TERRADAILY website reports the rapid advance of spruce trees into what was formerly tundra. … Continue reading

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