Category Archives: Pollution

‘Red Tide’ Strikes Texas Coast

By David L. Brown “Red Tide.” It may sound like the title for the latest Tom Clancy novel, but it’s a very real phenomenon. I observed its effects today on the Texas Gulf Coast as evidenced by tens of thousands … Continue reading

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California Stays the Course on Green Energy

By David L. Brown Another example of the way in which energy moguls work to block development of sustainable, clean energy was the recent introduction of Prop. 23 in California. This proposition, which came to a vote on November 2, … Continue reading

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China, India Blow Copenhagen Out of the Water

By David L. Brown One of the most pleasing phrases in the human language (to the speaker, at least), is “I told you so.” Thus, my recent essay on why the upcoming Copenhagen meeting on climate change was unlikely to … Continue reading

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High Hopes for Copenhagen May Be Dashed

By David L. Brown Great hope is being placed on the upcoming conference on climate change, to take place December 7*-18 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The meeting has the acronym COP15, which indicates it is the 15th “Conference of Parties” in … Continue reading

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The Power of Economic Incentives

By David L. Brown How do¬† we go about reducing carbon emissions to prevent climate change from spiraling into a global catastrophe? One obvious answer is to slow down the go-go industrial economies that pour CO2 into the atmosphere. Not … Continue reading

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A New Era for Automobile Efficiency?

By David L. Brown The government today announced new fuel economy and pollution standards for automobiles and light trucks. This is excellent if somewhat tardy news, but should be viewed with some reservations. Let’s take a look. First, I note … Continue reading

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China Prepares for Olympic Disaster

By David L. Brown The 2008 Olympics are only two weeks away and China is still struggling with its horrendous smog problem. Many of the teams are staying away until the Games open, and it is for good reason that … 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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Smogfest In Store for 2008 Olympics

By David L. Brown We have written before about the rising problem of air pollution in China, raising concerns that the increasing smog problem in Beijing could threaten the success of next year’s Olympic Games. The point is well made … Continue reading

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Canada’s Tar Sands Oil: Environmental Disaster

by Val Germann As Star Phoenix Base readers know, Alberta has passed Texas as an oil-producing region and the North American petroleum pipelines are running north-to-south today instead of the other way around. Alberta is producing more than one million … Continue reading

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