Monthly Archives: March 2008

A Flat Earth Encore: Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

By David L. Brown I had some fun yesterday writing about people who believe in a flat Earth and how their ideas compare with climate change deniers. As I reread my essay this morning I was reminded of the fact … Continue reading

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Navigating the Flat Earth of Climate Denial

By David L. Brown Al Gore, in an interview with CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl scheduled to air today on 60 Minutes, has compared climate deniers with people who believe the Apollo Moon landings were staged on a Hollywood set and … Continue reading

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Climate Change Deniers Fiddle as Rome Burns

By David L. Brown There has been a lot of scuttlebutt lately about how global warming isn’t real, climate change isn’t happening, that it is a “plot” by left-wing loonies, etc. So the news today from Antarctica that a huge … Continue reading

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More Evidence of Looming Food Crisis

By David L. Brown We have written extensively about the looming specter of famine, and today an article by the Associated Press brings us up to date on what they term a “perfect storm” of factors that are pushing food … Continue reading

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Solving That Emissions Problem

by Val Germann Those ever-resourceful Japanese have finally figured out how to fix the world’s emissions problem. Yes, it’s true, and it was pretty easy to do, too, their “solution” featuring just about zero cost. The quote below, from an … Continue reading

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Memories of Diesel Days Gone By

By David L. Brown Yesterday I filled the tank of my Jeep Liberty and paid $3.199 for regular gas here in New Mexico. Always alert to the trends, I checked the price of other fuels and was amused to see … Continue reading

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Ugly Times Ahead as Death Spores Spread

By David L. Brown Back in August, 2006 I wrote about the danger posed by an emerging plant disease called Ug99. This virulent form of wheat rust appeared in 1999 in Uganda from where it has slowly spread into Kenya … Continue reading

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Why Can’t the Chinese Be More Like Us?

By David L. Brown The current issue of The Economist has a cover story about China’s insatiable and growing thirst for natural resources. The cover itself bears the title “The New Colonialists,” and features this picture (which I have cropped … Continue reading

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The EU’s “Ambitious Plan” on Climate Change

By David L. Brown It’s reported as positive news, but I have to wonder. According to this report on the BBC News online website, European leaders “have agreed to finish talks by the end of the year on an ambitious … Continue reading

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The Epic Battle Between Red and Blue

By David L. Brown There is a fascinating graphic in the issue of Science magazine that arrived in my mailbox today (subscription required). It is a computer generated chart presented as an example of a means of tracking the effects … Continue reading

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