Author Archives: Val

About Val

I am a long-time teacher of science and astronomy with a strong interest in resource conservation and the environment.

Financial Meltdown Mirrored at North Pole

by Val Germann The world’s financial markets and “The Top of the World” are exhibiting a frightening similarity as winter ends: both are melting down.   In a few days the G-20 nations will sit down for a talk as the … Continue reading

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Latest G8 “Summit” Was No Such Thing

by Val Germann The very word, “summit” is so evocative, a leftover from the Cold War era when the leaders of the U.S. and USSR could “go to the mountain” and settle the world’s problems in a day, or so … Continue reading

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Report from the Ethanol Front in Missouri

by Val Germann Yesterday I made my way to an annual family reunion in north-central Missouri, crossing the Missouri River twice in so doing. Below is the way it looked late yesterday morning at Waverly, about 70 miles downstream from … Continue reading

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Rome Food Summit a Total Waste of Time

by Val Germann An article from The Financial Times this evening tells the sorry tale, that the Rome food summit was a very bad joke on the whole world and a complete waste of everyone’s time. The most relevant quote … Continue reading

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Big Dry to Keep Hammering World Food

by Val Germann An article today in The Brisbane TIMES illustrates the continuing climate disaster unfolding right in front of our eyes. The truly devastating lede reads thusly: There is no end in sight to the drought afflicting the Murray-Darling … Continue reading

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The Future is Now for Haiti

by Val Germann An article today on the Inter Press website highlights the rapidly deteriorating conditions in Haiti, the world’s poster child for overpopulation, bad government and poor living conditions. Let us take a brief look at what it’s like … Continue reading

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Malthus Alive and Well in 2008

by Val Germann The headlines are screaming today: “Food Crisis,” and the news around the world is of riots and disorder due to the rapidly rising prices of the staple grains that keep most of humanity alive. From THE INDEPENDENT … 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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Malthusian Forces Gather World Wide

by Val Germann Yes, it’s true. The ghost of Malthus, once thought banished forever, is once again haunting planet Earth. No, you haven’t yet seen his name in the popular prints (though the FINANCIAL TIMES did mention him last week) … Continue reading

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World Food Prices Headed Up for 2008

by Val Germann There seems little doubt that 2008 will be a year of sharply higher food costs world wide. Today’s BBC website contains an article reporting that wheat futures have just cracked the $10.00 level and are certain to … Continue reading

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