Monthly Archives: June 2009

Could Quiet Sun Help Offset Global Warming?

By David L. Brown What is wrong with this picture? It is our Sun, as photographed a few days  ago. And what is wrong is that it shows no sign of sunspots, none at all. And that is a cause … Continue reading

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Ug99 Wheat Disease Is ‘Quite the Deal’

By David L. Brown The wheat fungus known as Ug99 continues to threaten the world’s “Staff of Life” and could destroy up to four-fifths of the world’s wheat crop, according to this article on the Ottawa Citizen online site. The … Continue reading

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No End In Sight for Oil Price Troubles

By David L. Brown Just after I wrote the previous post about the up-and-down cycle of the petroleum markets, and their joined-at-the-hip effects on world economies, I saw the following news report on FoxNews.com. It makes an appropriate addendum to … Continue reading

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Stuck on the Cycle of Energy Supply & Demand

By David L. Brown Oil prices are climbing once again, accompanied by gloating predictions by oil ministers of $250 per barrel prices in the not far off future. What are we to make of this? Well, as I have written … Continue reading

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Money Won’t Solve Looming Famine

By David L. Brown The steady increase in hunger continues to haunt the third world, but it seems that the press and world “leaders” have trouble figuring out what the cause of spreading famine might be. News reports now say … Continue reading

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