Monthly Archives: April 2007

Australian Climate Disaster Looms Closer

by Val Germann It wasn’t big news here in the U.S., the reports late last week that Australia’s Prime Minister had broached the possibility of cutting off the water allotments for nearly half of Australia’s farmers. No, that story was … Continue reading

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Trees … To Be or Not to Be

By David L. Brown The growing concern about “global warming,” that misleading terminology used to define the climate change that is taking place on the Earth, has yielded a number of proposals to help mitigate the rise of greenhouse gases … Continue reading

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Why Your Grocery Bills are Going to Soar

By David L. Brown Are you just getting used to paying up to three dollars a gallon or more for gasoline? Well, hold on to your wallet because food prices are about to take off too — and it’s no … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture Issues, Economics, Essays and Opinion | 8 Comments

Where Have the Bees and Butterflies Gone?

By David L. Brown When I was a child in post-World War II America we had no videogames or even television, and like many others at that time I collected butterflies. Many times I would go forth with my net … Continue reading

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Net Energy an Increasing Problem with Oil

by Val Germann The Oil Drum website has taken up the net energy problem with a vengeance this week, getting my attention with some very dramatic information in this area. This problem has been reported on before here at Star … Continue reading

Posted in Age of Oil, Resource Depletion | 10 Comments

Is Chance Improving for Climate Change Action?

By David L. Brown Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision confirming that greenhouse gases (GHG), and in particular carbon dioxide emissions, are covered under the Clean Air Act could be a watershed event. If nothing else, it provides a clear view of … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rules EPA Can Regulate GHG

By David L. Brown The Supreme Court today ruled 5-4 that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles, and ordered the EPA to reconsider its policies on that issue. The majority opinion … Continue reading

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Climate Devil in IPCC Details

by Val Germann As has been reported here on Star Phoenix Base, the recent IPCC climate report was significantly watered down due to political considerations and the fact that every participating nation had to sign it. However, the follow-on and … Continue reading

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