Category Archives: Environmental Activism

Sushi — Or Not Sushi? That Is the Question

By David L. Brown How can we tell when a species is endangered? One clue is when people are willing to pay an arm and a leg to eat the unfortunate few remaining members. Recently a 511 lb. northern bluefin … Continue reading

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“Climate Porn” Producers Put on Notice in UK

by Val Germann For many years this writer has been a member of a small group of academic types who meet on a semi-regular basis to have a refreshment or two and discuss the kinds of things that academic types … Continue reading

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Germany Reneges on Kyoto Emissions Pledge

By David L. Brown We have written recently about the fact that some Kyoto Treaty signators may be cheating on their reported emissions of greenhouse gas (GHG), bringing the entire program into doubt. Of particular concern is that sales of … Continue reading

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Second-Law Blowback Scorching Hong Kong

by Val Germann China’s booming ecomomy has meant an economic revival for Hong Kong, a city much damaged by the Asian implosion of the late 1990s. Today, by almost any measure, things are looking up for the former British colony. … Continue reading

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China’s “Miracle” Brings Second-Law Payback

by Val Germann The breakneck speed of China’s economic “development” is continuing to visit Second-Law effects on the Land of the Middle Kingdom. It’s enough to bring a crocodile tear to the eye of this child of the 1950’s, who … Continue reading

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An Agricultural Classic: Topsoil & Civilization

RETRO REVIEW Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of book reviews of previously published and out-of-print works of particular interest to Star Phoenix Base. These reviews will be filed under the appropriate subjects, and also in a … Continue reading

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The Ethanol Delusion: There Is No Free Lunch

By David L. Brown Star Phoenix Base has commented in depth on the fact that ethanol—whether made from corn, switchgrass, or another farm crop—is not a good answer to our nation’s oil dependence. There are many reasons for this, which … Continue reading

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Animal Rights Activists—Unhinged Threat to Science

By David L. Brown It seems that animal rights activists will go to any extreme to publicize their often bizarre demands. The destruction of important medical experiments that could save human lives. The “freeing” of domestic animals which are left … Continue reading

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Nuclear Power—An Opportunity Lost

By David L. Brown As the world nears a dangerous period when supplies of oil and gas appear to be peaking, many nations are taking a new look at nuclear power. In his 2006 State of the Union Address, President … Continue reading

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Winds of Change for Electricity Generation

By David L. Brown Development of wind generated electricity is picking up as the cost of gas and oil continue to remain at historically high levels. The Associated Press today reports on plans for a new wind farm in Texas. … Continue reading

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