December 23rd, 2004
China Demosntrates its High-Temperature Reactor, Sept. 30
China hosted 60 atomic energy experts from 30 countries at a demonstration of the safety of ist new high-temperature gas-cooled reactor, which was designed by Tsinghua University in Beijing. The nuclear experts watched as the reactor cooled down on is own after its control rods were wirthdrawn. The HTGR was connected to the power grid in 2003, and a larger 160-MW HTGR is expected to como on line in 2010.
Germany Faces an Era of Black-Outs, Without New Nuclear Plants
Unless there are massive investments in power production and power grids, and a return to nuclear technologies, Germany will face an era of black-outs. This was the main conclusion of a press conference by the federal association of German electrical engineering sector, ZVEI, in Mannheim in September. ZVEI board member Joachim Schneider noted, that since the liberalization of the German energy sector in 1998, investments into power plants have crashed by 45%, and investments into power grids by 30%. The mounting investment backlog is all the more dangerous because rising numbers of intrinsically unreliable windmills require ever more traditional power capacities to be held in reserve. The liberalization has also led to a sharp rise in the power trade, which put an additional burden to power grids. Much of the grid infrastructure is now more than 50 years old and has to be replaced soon.
100 Nuclear Power Stations - or 100,000 Windmills for Hydrogen?
A report on the Arithmetic of Renewable Energy, by researchers at Warwick Univeristy in England, calculated that if Britain were to switch from petroleum to hydrogen fuel for motor vehicles, it would have to build 100 nuclear power plants or 100,000 wind turbines to produce the hydrogen. As reported in the London Guardian, Oct. 7, the researchers themselves were startled by their own study results. "The enormity of the green challenge is not understood," said energy consultant Jim Oswald. The 100,000 windmills would cover a land mass the size of Wales, if onshore, or would form a six-mile-deep strip circling the coast of the British Isles, the Warwick study said.
U.S. AID Quibbles About DDT, While Millions Die of Malaria
Anne Peterson, the physician who is assitant administrator of the Bureau for Global Health of the U.S. Agency for International Development, testified before the House International Relations Committee, Sept. 14, that "Contrary to popular belief, U.S. AID does not ban the use of DDT in its malaria control programs." But the rest of her remarks made it clear why "popular belief" is that DDT is banned by the U.S. agency.
The USAID, she said, has judged it "more cost-effective and appropriate to put U.S. government funds into another malaria control activities." The prevention activity of choice is "Insecticide Treated nets," which she notes are used by only 2 percent of African children. It is any wonder that malaria incidence has increased during the USAID "partnered" Roll-Back-Malaria campaign? Malaria is the third largest killer disease, but it is more common than AIDS and TB; 500 million personas annually are afflicted with acure malaria, and one child dies of malaria every 30 seconds in Africa alone.
September 21st, 2004
Cancer Rates Drop Sharply for Residents in Radioactive Buildings
About 10,000 people who lived in highly radioactive Taiwan apartment buildings for 9 to 20 years have cancer rates that are a fraction (about 3 percent) of the cancer death rates in the general population. The recycled steel used in constructing about 180 buildings in 1983 was accidentally contaminated with discarded cobalt-60 sources, which was not discovered until 1992.
An article in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Spring 2004), reports on an extensive study of the affected population by a team led by W.I: Chen, head of the Radiation Protection Department of Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).
Although many residents had received high total doses of radiation, “medical examinations did not reveal the presence of any harmful radiation sickness syndromes,” Dr. Chen et al., wrote. Further, no chromosomal aberrations were detected in blood analysis. In fact, the article stated, “The overall conclusion of the AEC is that chromosome aberration studies indicated that groups that received higher doses seemed to have lower levels of chromosome aberrations.”
The article concluded: “The observation that cancer mortality rate of the exposed population is only about 3 percent of the cancer mortality rate of the general public… is particularly striking, and consistent with the radiation hormesis model. This assessment suggests that chronic irradiation may be a very effective prophylaxis against cancer.”
The authors noted that their findings are a great departure from those expected by the current radiation protection standards, which are based on the Linear No-Threshold model, and they recommended a “reevaluation of these standards…”
The authors suggested that the long term exposure to radiation at a dose rate of about 5 rem (50 mSv) per year “greatly reduces cancer mortality…” and ask medical scientists and organizations to “seriously asses this and other current evidence” showing hormesis.
The official statistics from the Taiwanese government are these:
(Published in 21st Century Science & Technology, Summer 2004) NATURAL, PREDICTED, AND OBSERVED
RESULTS FROM 8,000 APARTMENT RESIDENTS
Natural (expected) cancer deaths: 186
ICRP model predicted cancer deaths: 242
Observed cancer deaths: 5
Natural (expected) congenital malformations: 46
ICRP model predicted congenital malfformations: 67
Observed congenital malformations: 3
May 10th, 2004
MoveOn.org dubs The Day After Tomorrow “the movie the White House doesn’t want you to see.” But former Vice President Al Gore does. He told reporters Tuesday during a MoveOn.org-sponsored teleconference he hopes the disaster flick’s Memorial Day release provides "a rare opportunity to have a national conversation about what truly should be seen as a global climate emergency."March 1st, 2004
I’ve been reminded that the movie’s “imbecile-caliber science” (thank you Gregg Easterbrook, for that characterization) comes from The Coming Global Superstorm a book co-authored by Art Bell and Whitley Streiber. Our predecessor World Climate Report reviewed it in January 2000 under the headline “The Global Stupidstorm.”
The Society of Environmental Journalists tells its membership, “Spin-doctors on all sides of the climate policy debate have already begun surfing the tidal surge of publicity, offering to help unwitting reporters, like Rumplestiltskin did, to spin the story into gold. Our advice: ignore them.” That sounds like a good idea because we know of at least one organization that advises its members, “It might be a good time to take the initiative and tell your community about your utility’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through tree-planting, energy conservation, and other means, and certainly to be prepared for questions from the news media.” At the risk of contributing to a buzz that might drown out the Brood X cicadas beginning to emerge here on the East Coast, we direct your attention to our original review available at http://www.co2andclimate.org/climate/previous_issues/vol5/v5n10/hot.htm. (14-may-2004)
15 Million Ethiopians at Risk of Malaria: Bring Back DDT!February 1st, 2004
The United Nations News Service reported Oct. 22nd, 2003, that "As many as 15 million Ethiopians face the threat of dying from malaria before the end of this year," and said that the UN Nation Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World health organization (WHO) hada called for more funds for malaria drugs.
Not mentioned is the fact that both these organizations oppose the use of the insecticide DDT, which has been proven to stop the spread of malaria, simply by sprying a small amount on the inside walls of dwellings. (For more about how DDT stops malaria, searchthis website for the many articles on the issue, starting with the Chemicals & Pesticides page
FAEC regrets to announce the sudden death of John Daly, climatologist from Australia and permanent collaborator with this website, occured on January 28th, 2004. He created and mantained Still Waiting for Greenhouse, perhaps the most influential website exposing the immoral fraud of "global warming" being committed by the IPCC and other members of the "greenhouse industry".
We'll miss him extraordinarily, and we think the empty place he leaves will be hard to fill again, because people as skilled, intelligent, clever, honest, ethical, and brave as John is hard to find.
Dr. Dietrich E. KOELLE Letter
Criticizes Stephen Schneider
January 22, 2004
Prof. Stephen H. Schneider
Center for Environmental Science and Policy
Dear Prof. Schneider,
I read your book review in NATURE (15.1.04) and found your side remarks on [IPCC] skeptics most interesting. It is news to me that skepticism can be ideological; in fact it is more a proof of intelligence and common sense. Ideological are people who are obsessed by a specific idea and ignore the facts that do not support their beliefs ( ... the facts must be wrong!)
Pointing to uncertainties has nothing to do with polemics. Polemics come from people who do not have scientific arguments (facts, data) but must resort instead to ad hominem attacks on people with different views.
I have been observing the climatology scene for more than 20 years (independent from any related industry) and I am impressed of the poor style which has been introduced by key IPCC representatives against skeptics of the anthropogenic warming theory. Mainstream science or majority decisions are no means for defining the real truth in science.
There are many open issues: One is Michael Mann's Hockeystick chart which is in contrast to all other historic temperature reconstructions that show clearly the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age temperature extremes. Those have been proven in meantime by numerous proxy data also in South America, China and Australia.
The other example are the global temperature ground data and the difference with the satellite measurements. The latter are in agreement with the sounding balloon data and have been audited, not so the ground data which have a more or less large upward trend by urbanization effects and environmental changes over time.
I would have expected you to exhibit a more objective style in the climate debate instead of supporting discrimination of your colleagues who have different views.
Truth by Assertion:
Letter submitted to Wall Street Journal by Prof. David Douglass
Antonio Regalado reported (WSJ Dec 17) on a recent Statement, Human Impacts on Climate Change, issued by the Council of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). While his report, Panel Shifts Stance on Global Warming, is accurate, the Statement does not necessarily represent the views of the 41,000 members of the AGU.
The AGU Council consists of 28 people, most without any expertise in climate science, who speak only for themselves. The Statement was prepared without fanfare by a small panel and approved during a large meeting of the AGU in San Francisco. It was announced the following week at a Washington press conference, with no prior opportunity for the other 40, 972 members of AGU to see and comment on it.
The essence of the Statement can be characterized by the sentence: "... carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases will cause global surface climate to be [substantially] warmer." The rest of the Statement asserts that this is true - but this is only a Hypothesis that must be tested against observations. The Statement goes on to say that the climate system is difficult to predict, yet computer models predict quite a list of catastrophes. These predictions are offered as evidence to support the Hypothesis. However, this is not evidence. These are only a manifestation of and an extension of the Hypothesis. A consensus of the 41,000 AGU membership implied or even honestly obtained is also not evidence.
What is the evidence that the Hypothesis is correct? The Statement only offers this: "... no single threshold level of greenhouse gases [exists]... at which the beginning of dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system can be defined. Some impacts have already occurred..." What are these impacts? They offer neither examples of impacts nor any other evidence to support the Hypothesis.
Have the models been successful in predicting anything? They, of course, predict substantial global warming. This is not surprising given the expressed belief of some of the model builders in the global warming Hypothesis and the many parameters in the model that need to be introduced. However, the models also predict unambiguously that the atmosphere is warming faster than the surface of the earth; but all the available observational data unambiguously shows the opposite!
Truth in science is always determined from observational facts. One finds the truth by making a hypothesis and comparing observations with the hypothesis. It is absolutely essential that one should be neutral and not fall in love with the hypothesis. If the facts are contrary to any predictions, then the hypothesis is wrong no matter how appealing. Truth by Assertion is not science.
David Douglass, AGU member
Dept of Physics
University of Rochester
Rochester NY 14627
January 16th, 2004
GORE TO WARN OF 'GLOBAL WARMING' ON
NEW YORK CITY'S COLDEST DAY IN DECADES!
In what political watchers are calling possibly the biggest gaffe in years, former Vice President Al Gore is set to give a speech tomorrow on the perils of global warming -- on what is expected to be the coldest day in New England in nearly half a century!
Against the advice of senior advisers, Gore is planning to appear at the historic Beacon Theatre in Manhattan on Thursday to issue an indictment of the Bush administration's "inaction on global warming."
Gore will make the warming case on a day forecasters are predicting the coldest temps in Boston since 1957, with wind chills in parts of New England plunging to 100 degrees below zero!
Even though forecasters predict Thursday night will bring the coldest temperature reading in New York City in more than 10 years [1 degree above zero], sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT that Gore is determined to deliver the speech -- hoping to make the case how "Global warming" is actually the cause of the record cold snap!
"The extreme conditions are actually the end result of the planet warming," Gore has told advisers, sources say, in explaining his motivations. "The Bush policies are leading to weather extremes."
Sources would not say whether the speech is to be given outdoors.
Arctic Temps Leave Eastern U.S. Colder Than Iceland
By Nichola Groom
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bone-chilling arctic winds swept through the eastern United States on Friday and set record low temperatures that closed schools in Boston and canceled flights in New York. Social workers and police took homeless people to shelters and utilities were stretched to the limit, asking customers to conserve energy, as temperatures in the region were well below those in Winnipeg, Canada, and Reykjavik, Iceland.
Pedestrians bustled on New York streets bundled up from head to toe as arctic winds of up to 21 mph (32 kph) made exposed skin feel painfully cold and whipped up icy snow that fell here in recent days. "Everyone told us it would be around 30 to 40 degrees but this is ridiculous. We have never experienced anything like this," said Tamara Neema, a tourist from California visiting New York's Times Square.
In Central Park, the temperature overnight fell to 1 degree Fahrenheit (minus 17º C), matching a record low set in 1893 and caused parts of the Hudson River to freeze over. The city provided shelter for 8,731 men and women Thursday night and sent outreach teams into the streets to bring people in from the cold.
At LaGuardia Airport in Queens, icy runways led to delays and several flight cancellations, while field trips and after-school activities were canceled at New York City public schools. By early morning on Friday, the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development had received 1,700 complaints about inadequate heating, already above the daily winter average of 1,500 complaints. Electricity companies reported that energy usage in New York reached record highs on Thursday and said they expected a record again on Friday.
In Boston, the mercury hit 7 below zero Fahrenheit (minus 21 C), eclipsing the previous daily low of minus 5 set in 1920, according to the National Weather Service. "This is pretty much the coldest day in Boston since it went to seven below zero on Christmas Day 1980," said Alan Dunham, NWS meteorologist in Taunton, Massachusetts.
Public schools in the New England city closed because of the cold. Providence, Rhode Island, Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Worcester, Massachusetts were among the other northeastern cities that saw record low temperatures on Friday.
Exposure to the extreme cold lead to at least one death in the region as New Hampshire authorities confirmed that a hiker in the state's White Mountain National Forest, Kenneth Holmes, 37, of Athol, Massachusetts, died from hypothermia. Temperatures plunged to as low as minus 44 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 42 C) on Wednesday, the day Holmes disappeared.
At least four additional weather-related deaths were reported in the Detroit area, where 10 inches (25 cm) of snow fell on Wednesday. All involved heart attacks or strokes, according to the police and local hospitals.
December, 28th, 2003 The next El Niño – July, 2006
- Dr. Theodor Landscheidt has now extended his solar analysis to forecast the next occurrences of El Niño and La Niña. According to the model, La Niña will emerge around April 2005, lasting about a year.
El Niño should emerge around July 2006 and last at least until May 2007, with a probability of 80%. There is a 20% probability of a release El Niño around April 2007 lasting until January 2008. See the full analysis by Dr. Landscheidt here
April 27th, 2003
Study shows year 2001 only slightly warmer than average:
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Jan. 10 (UniSci) - The 2001 calendar year was slightly warmer than "average," according to global climate data gathered by instruments aboard NOAA satellites. More.
Adult Amazon trees gain mass, puzzle scientists:
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (National Geographic) - Research has shown that mature forest trees in the Amazon have gained in size over the last 20 years, but scientists aren't sure what's causing it. Nor do they know what affect it might have on global warming, although tropical forests in the Amazon are an important component in the global climate and water cycle. More.
Arctic keeps its cool, making winter mild:
CHICAGO, Dec. 13 (Sun-Times) - Move over, El Nino and La Nina. Make room for a new phrase in the weather lexicon: Arctic Oscillation. That's the phenomenon responsible for the unseasonably warm, near-record-breaking unsnowy weather the Chicago area has been enjoying. More.
Scientists unsure of absorption:
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 13 (Associated Press) - Scientists are uncertain how much of the carbon dioxide given off naturally each year within the North American ecosystem is reabsorbed by that system, complicating calculations of the net effect of human activities on emissions of the greenhouse gas. More.
GCC report details Kyoto Protocol impacts
This report summarizes the major findings from four recent studies of the economic impact of greenhouse gas emissions limitations if the Kyoto Protocol were legally binding on the United States. The analysis by the GCC Economics Committee focuses on Employment, Economic Activity, Carbon Prices and Permit Trading, Energy Prices, Energy Demand, and the Electricity Sector. Read report (requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader).
February 27th, 2003
Aussies becoming a lighter shade of green?: "In the past decade Australians have become less concerned about the environment with the most significant decline in concern being among young people." (Feb/24/03)
CO2-chomping tree touted as greenhouse gas fighter: (BBC) - A Brazilian botanist has shown that the jatoba tree doubles its photosynthesis rate in higher concentrations of CO2. Researchers speculate it offers a mechanism for controlling "greenhouse gases." (Feb/24/03)
Underground storage of CO2 explored: (ENS) - Sequestration -- storing CO2 in reservoirs in the Earth -- is an idea being considered as a way to control emissions. But scientists are questioning its feasibility and consequences. (Feb/17/03)
Bad economy causes drop in greenhouse gases?: (Houston Chronicle) - "A poor economy and high electricity costs in the West have produced an unusual environmental bonus, the government says: In 2001, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases declined for the first time in a decade." (Feb/18/03)
Pushing the limits of wind power: (The Age) - An Australian project to harness the ferocious Antarctic winds is using modified off-the-shelf technology to run at extreme speeds and temperatures. The first turbine is now online. (Feb/19/03)
7 states to bring global warming lawsuit against U.S.: (Boston Globe) - Seven state attorneys general, all Democrats, have announced they'll file a "global warming" lawsuit to force the government into regulating CO2 emissions. The suit is based on the argument that the EPA is "violating the Clean Air Act in not addressing the climate issue." (Feb/21/03)
Technically unsound: (Tech Central Station) - by Hans H.J. Labohm. "Are the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] scenarios based on science? And is the science really settled? Well ... eh .... not exactly." (Feb/24/03)
Who genetically modified my cheese?: (Health Facts and Fears) - by Todd Seavey - "Rolling green hills, hobbits ... and now genetically-modified cows, gently mooing and making cheese. How mad the frenzied anti-biotech protesters of Europe and the U.S. (setting labs on fire and shouting their "Frankenfood" slogans) must look from sleepy New Zealand. (Feb/13/03)
Greenpeace's deadly monkey-wrench: (Consumer Freedom) - "[O]pinion makers ha[ve] also attacked Greenpeace for using scare tactics to keep starving Africans away from ... biotech food aid. ... Executive Director John Passacantando defends his group's actions, saying: 'There are many organizations out there that value credibility, but I want Greenpeace first and foremost to be a credible threat.'" (Feb/24/03)
Kucinich leading opponent of biotechnology: (Consumer Freedom) - "It seems possible that Kucinich has been consuming 'a weird commercial potion' of one kind or anther. That's as good an explanation as any for this Luddite's ravings." (Feb/18/03)
Power for the sun: (Tech Central Station) - by Larry Weitzman - "[H]ydrogen enthusiasts are confident that it can be a replacement energy source for petroleum based gasoline. But to do so, it must overcome some substantial hurdles." (Feb/20/03)
Who is paying the Rolling Stones, asks David Wojickhttp://www.sepp.org/weekwas/2003/Jan18.htm
According to The Washington Post, the Rolling Stones are tossing a free concert to "raise awareness about global warming." Global warming, of course, is code for the purported catastrophic, human-induced interference with the earth's climate as a direct result of our "over consumption" and the widespread use of energy (fossil fuels). The venue is Los Angeles, that global epicenter of leading a measured existence. After some deep consciousness-raising, Mick and The Boys have decided to tout a theory that many highly credentialed academics have called into doubt.
Somebody is paying really big bucks for this concert. I wonder who? In any case it might at least get some folks to think. Who am I kidding?
And here is the answer:
Free Stones Concert Will Highlight Global Warming
LOS ANGELES, California, December 23, 2002 (ENS) - The Rolling Stones will perform a special free concert to raise awareness about global warming on February 6, 2003 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is partnering with the Rolling Stones to stage the landmark event, hoping to turn up the heat on the Bush administration's inaction regarding global warming. The partners also want to spotlight opportunities that exist right now to start addressing the problem.
"If you're a planet, too hot is bad. (Drought, disease, floods, heat waves.) But when it comes to turning up the heat to solve the urgent problem of global warming, there's no such thing as too hot," states the NRDC on its website. "That's why NRDC and the Rolling Stones are staging a free concert to raise awareness about global warming and spotlight existing opportunities to fix the problem. Then, with the flame of public attention burning, we can all turn up the heat on U.S. leaders (guess which country's the biggest global warming polluter?) to put solutions in place."
A private donor will be absorbing all expenses for the free concert. The NRDC will also have a limited number of tickets as part of their fund raising efforts.
The goal of the event is to encourage the public to learn more about global warming. The NRDC says that global warming is the toughest environmental challenge the world ever faced, threatening the health of people, wildlife and economies around the globe.
"The Rolling Stones' commitment will help build unprecedented support for NRDC efforts to fight global warming," said NRDC president John Adams. "The Rolling Stones deserve a standing ovation for putting the environment on center stage."
SEPP Comment: "Against stupidity the very Gods themselves contend in vain."
January 27th, 2003
Thorium reactors in the future?
Uranium is still plentiful and cheap, but with the expected growth in nuclear power our present "once-through" use of U will soon raise its price. The use of U and Pu from US and Russian weapons will delay this price rise, as will the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel now in storage at reactor sites. But there is great enthusiasm for using plentiful thorium and converting it through breeders into fissionable U-233 (which yields no plutonium). Read about it in a study by Prof Michael Higatsberger of the Univ of Vienna, former head of nuclear research for the govt of Austria.
November, 27th, 2002
Wireless energy transmission a possibility?: (Environment News Service) - Wireless energy transmission could be part of a clean, abundant energy future, according to the Millennium Project. One idea is to use burnoff from oil rigs to produce electricity, which is then beamed by satellite to receivers, and then reconverted back to electricity. (11/19/02)
Free-market environmental books released: (PERC/CEI) - PERC and CEI have initiated a new series of books for young people called "Critical Thinking about Environmental Issues." The first three books are "Endangered Species," "Global Warming," and "Pesticides." (11/21/02)
Tougher GM rice developed: (BBC) - By adding sugar genes to rice plants, scientists have created a new strain of rice that is much hardier under a variety of environmental conditions. The chemical composition of the rice grains is unchanged. (11/26/02)
Arsenic field kits lead to mislabeled wells, mass poisonings in India: (ENS) - Faulty field tests for arsenic have led to inaccurate labeling of wells across India and Bangladesh. As a result, many are drinking tainted water, while clean water is unused. (11/25/02)
Hydrogen or hot air?: (CEI) - by Christopher C. Horner, "Man is the world's most resourceful creature, and we will exit the fossil fuel age not because we ran out of fossil fuels any more than we left the Stone Age for want of stones. Yet, we must be resourceful enough to overcome our inherent susceptibility to calamitous claims as we seek to improve the lot of humanity through ensuring more energy, not less." (11/12/02)
Spiritual vehicles: (Reason) - by Jacob Sullum, "Getting people out of SUVs and into lighter vehicles means some of them will die in crashes they otherwise might have survived. What would Jesus say about that?" (11/22/02)
Response to '60 Minutes' on PCBs: (American Council on Science and Health) - by Elizabeth M. Whelan - Whelan responds to a "60 Minutes" segment which aired on November 10, 2002 citing public health risks of environmental exposure to PCBs. She says that the segment "was completely lacking in scientific merit." (11/20/02)
Ethical poverty: (Reason) - by Ronald Bailey, "Judging from history, it's a good bet that humanity's growing knowledge commons, including the moral progress humanity has made over the millennia, will ameliorate and solve any problems that arise in the environmental commons." (11/20/02)
The more things change, the more milkophobia stays the same: (HealthFactsAndFears.com) - by Ruth Kava, "America's food supply is among the safest and most abundant in the world, thanks in part to a variety of technologies used to safeguard it. Nonetheless, in the last decade or so there has been an increasingly vocal minority that claims our foods are simply not as healthful or nutritious as they used to be. One of their targets is milk." (11/25/02)
Grim greens -- and greenbacks: (Competitive Enterprise Institute) - by Hugo Gurdon, "The greens have done a brilliant public relations job, setting the political agenda, monopolizing egalitarian rhetoric and generally giving the false impression that they're sticking up for the little guy. But radical environmentalism is not David in a David-and-Goliath fight against evil, polluting Big Business." (11/22/02)
The shrinking Green vote: (PRI): by Steven Hayward - "Public opinion surveys reveal a cognitive dissonance about the environment. Huge majorities tell pollsters that the environment is a 'very important' issue, but people usually say nearly every issue -- crime, education, taxes -- is 'very important.' But in open-ended surveys usually less than five percent say it is the most important or decisive issue for determining their vote." (11/20/02)
The knowledge problem: Lynne Kiesling - Kiesling is economic director at Reason Foundation and mostly covers energy and electricity issues in her blog. (11/12/02)
November, 21st, 2002
Inhofe to chair important environmental committee: (Environment News Service, Nov. 14, 2002) - OK Senator Jim Inhofe will be the new chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, which reviews almost all major legislation concerning conservation and environmental enforcement. He's on record as advocating a limited role for the EPA.
An artificial ivory scarcity: (Financial Times, Nov., 15, 2002) - by James Shikwati - "Although some conservation groups and Kenya's government say that legal trade in ivory encourages poaching ... it is actually [prohibition of ivory trade] that has done so" as it drives up the price of ivory. "The real problem is that poor Africans bear the brunt of damage by marauding elephants that trample crops and human beings."
Developing countries part ways with environmentalists: (National Center for Policy Analysis, Nov. 18, 2002) - by H. Sterling Burnett - "Leaders of developing nations wanting to achieve real economic progress are no longer buying the advice of environmentalists. ... At the recent United Nations Conference in New Delhi, India, environmentalists wanted developing countries to harangue the U.S. over its withdrawal from the Kyoto protocol. But Third World countries were having none of it."
Hotter and greener in 2004? : (Cato Institute. Nov. 14, 2002) - by Patrick J. Michaels - Michaels sees a political battle brewing over the environment with Al Gore playing a major role -- again.
Avoid environmental sensationalism: (Heartland Institute, Oct., 2002) - by Ben Lieberman - "One important lesson is to avoid environmental sensationalism. The Antarctic ozone hole, though real, has proven to be an exaggerated phenomenon. The frequently-repeated speculation about ozone depletion-induced increases in skin cancers, cataracts, and environmental damage has yet to be confirmed, even after decades of research."
Taking environmentalists seriously: (Cato Institute, Nov. 15, 2002) - by Jerry Taylor and Peter VanDoren - "[T]he decision framework employed by environmentalists would look absurd in any other policy context if it were stripped of its emotional baggage. To focus only on the benefits of action rather than on both the costs and benefits of action, as well as inaction, is logically indefensible whether we're talking about our war against terrorism or our war against pollution."
November, 14th, 2002
California's dreamin': by Patrick J. Michaels - "From the birthplace of fads, the place that prides itself on being 'the first' to do whatever, comes the first law to restrict emissions of carbon dioxide from cars to slow global warming." (07/15/02)
No Turkish water for Israel: by Zev Golan (Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies) "[I]f not for state monopolistic control, [Israeli] private businessmen would long ago have built huge desalination plants, water would be imported from Turkey by any businessman who thought he could make a profit, Israelis wouldn't be wondering how they are going to wash their cars next year, and a strong Western alliance would be dominating the Middle East." (07/07/02)
No evidence of cancer caused by Three Mile Island: (New Scientist) - There has been no statistically significant increase in deaths from cancer among residents near the site of America's worst nuclear accident, according to a 20-year follow-up study. (11/02/02)
What is sustainable development meant for?: (Lithuanian Free Market Institute) - by Guoda Steponaviciene - "The conceptual framework of sustainable development is not practical. The general objectives raised therein are plain and understandable but the methods of achieving them do not lead to the goal." (2002)
Taming the asbestos monster : (Heartland Institute) - by Matthew M. Swetonic - "The nation's courts are being flooded with lawsuits alleging health effects or the possibility of health effects from exposure to asbestos. Real victims of asbestosis ... mesotheliona and other asbestos-related cancers are being denied compensation while people who are unlikely to ever experience an asbestos- related disease receive million-dollar awards..." (11/05/02)
The global warming scapegoat : (International Policy Network) - by Robert C. Balling Jr. "Woven together with increased news coverage of disasters, and a public audience prone to pay attention to bad news, the models and empirical data are often manipulated to rally support for misguided policies that would have little impact on greenhouse gas concentrations, and whose climate impact would be undetectable for many decades to come." (10/29/02)
The dead hand: (TechCentralStation) - by Andrew Apel and C.S. Prakash Europe's food and agriculture policy dominates the policies of developing nations and it is turning into an economic and humanitarian disaster. The current humanitarian crisis in Africa only serves to highlight how damagingEuropean regulations truly are. (11/11/02)
November 5th, 2002
Vandals target SUVs in Virginia: (Washington Times) - A radical environmental group is believed to be responsible for a recent vandalism spree that has damaged more than 25 sport utility vehicles and construction sites in central Virginia, according to police. Earth Liberation Front, or ELF, is known nationwide for using destructive methods to draw attention to its political ideology. (11/04/02)
No food for you!: National Review Online by Frances B. Smith "Millions of starving people facing almost certain death are considered less real than a remote and unproven possibility of future harm. Precaution should mandate that we need to get rid of the precautionary principle." (11/01/02)
Scary vegetables and friendly vegetables: (HealthFactsAndFears.com) by Todd Seavey - "Opponents of biotech already have one strike against them in the psychological war: [T]he day will come when the dwindling ranks of anti-biotech protesters go to college campuses to drum up support and find that all the students they meet and try to recruit have been eating g.m. foods their entire lives without ill effect." (10/30/02)
Food stamp: (Reason) by Ronald Bailey - "Oregonians will vote on Ballot Measure 27, an initiative that would mandate labels on genetically engineered food sold in the Beaver state ... While one might be tempted to side with the organic Davids, it turns out that the corporate Goliaths are right on this one. Let's hope the majority of Oregonians see it that way on Election Day." (10/30/02)
The global warming scapegoat : (International Policy Network) by Robert C. Balling, Jr. - "Though climate crusaders during COP-8 in New Delhi are likely to argue otherwise, uncertainty and disagreement still characterize the climate change debate. Many scientists agree that current proposed policies would actually have little impact, even if the public believes otherwise." (10/31/02)
Oregon's con game: (Tech Central Station) by Jessica Melugin and Roger Bate - "Oregon's Measure 27 would require that food or drink sold in the state for humans and animals must be labeled if ingredients amounting to over 0.1% of the product have been genetically modified. The decision by the people of Oregon will send an important message to those facing starvation in Zambia and elsewhere." (11/04/02)
Extreme weather events perceived but not observed: (International Policy Network) - by Robert C. Balling Jr. - "Despite the UN's doomsday reports ... empirical evidence suggests little connection between climate change and natural catastrophes. While wider media coverage has made the average viewer far more aware of tornadoes, floods and hurricanes around the world, the perception of increased severe storm activity does not coincide with greater incidence." (10/28/02)
Cooler Heads Newsletter, Vol. VI, No. 22: (Competitive Enterprise Institute) by staff. In this issue: "COP-8 Declaration under Fire;" "What will Canada do next;" "Russia: Will it or won't it Ratify Kyoto?;" "New Mexico Jumps into Wind Power Project;" "Rises in Precipitation not due to Greenhouse Gases;" "Apparent increase in Antarctic Icebergs due to Better Detection."
September, 15th, 2002
An Ear to the Past
It is thought that El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) events were less frequent in a generally warmer Pacific basin during the mid-Holocene, but a lack of sea surface temperature (SST) data had made this assertion difficult to prove. Andrus et al. (p. 1508) studied sagittal otoliths (ear stones) from Peruvian sea catfish that lived in the shallow waters of coastal Peru approximately 6500 to 6000 years before the present. These ear structures precipitated aragonite (CaCO3), and their oxygen isotopic compositions provide a record of ocean temperature. These high-resolution (sub-seasonal) measurements show that the eastern Pacific was indeed warmer during that interval than it is today, and that seasonal SST variability was greater then at 9°S latitude than at 5°S.
Warmer, But Not All Over
Several global paleotemperature reconstructions show that the 20th century was clearly warmer than the previous three centuries, but more regional records are needed to determine how uniform this warming was and to allow climate models to be tested. Hendy et al. (p. 1511) present coral paleotemperature records from seven sites within the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, which give the surprising result that the tropical Western Pacific was not unusually warm in the 20th century compared to the last 420 years. They also find that salinity was higher there in the 18th century than in the 20th century, and that an abrupt freshening after 1870 AD occurred simultaneously throughout the Western Pacific. The authors suggest that these variations are best explained by a combination of advection and wind-induced evaporation caused by a strong latitudinal temperature gradient and intensified circulation. Also, the global glacial expansion of the Little Ice Age (roughly from 1400 to 1900) may have been due in part by greater poleward transport of water vapor from the tropical Pacific.
The Problematic Rise of Archean Oxygen
Catling et al. (Reports, 3 Aug. 2001, p. 839) offered an explanation for why Earth's atmospheric oxygen suddenly increased between 2.4 and 2.2 billion years ago (Ga), hundreds of millions of years after the onset of bacterial photosynthesis: In the early, reducing atmosphere, hydrogen from photosynthetic splitting of water was first incorporated into methane (CH4) as an intermediate product. Subsequent upper atmospheric photolytic decomposition of CH4 into carbon and hydrogen, they suggested, allowed hydrogen to escape to space, and the permanent loss of that reductant led, over time, to irreversible oxidation of Earth. Towe comments that "the fate of the photosynthetic free oxygen produced each year . . . presents a serious problem for this proposal": One result of the rapid buildup of such oxygen, he suggests, would be oxidation of the methane itself, reducing the rate of atmospheric methane accumulation and, thus, hydrogen escape. Catling et al. respond that "kinetic losses of O2 operated at a greater rate than [Towe] allows," sufficient to allow the buildup of CH4 that they envisage--and that such a buildup "may help explain several major issues in Earth history." The full text of these comments can be seen at www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/295/5559/1419a
September 7th, 2002
DANISH GOVERNMENT CANCELS WIND FARMS AS TOO COSTLY
The Danish government decided Jan. 24 to drop plans for installing three offshore wind power farms by 2008, which were to have a generating capacity of 450 megawatts, one fifth of Denmark's wind generating capacity. Industry and Economics Minister Bendt Bendtsen justified his decision by stating "We are very concerned about the costs for society and for Denmark's competitiveness if we continue to expand the use of green energy." Bendtsen told the Danish economic daily, Sorsen, that Denmark has already exceeded its political tárget of 20 percent of renewables in the energy supply by 2003. "Our figures show that we are now at 27 percent," he said. The last study of the European Commission on the subject was less optimistic, calculating 7.8 percent for that figure. Bendtsen said that the cancellation of the three wind power farms will save $21.3 million for consumers, who are now obliged to buy the renewable electricity at a high price. In a ministerial order issued Dec. 7, 2001, Bendtsen proposed a change in payment for wind energy, dropping payments to owners of wind turbines by almost 30 percent from 0.60 Danish kroner per kilowatt hour to 0.43/kwh.
KENYAN RESEARCHER SUCCESSFUL WITH NUTRITION TREATMENT FOR AIDS
Charles Mbakaya, a senior science researcher at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri), has successfully treated AIDS patients with a nutritional treatment, reports the East African Standard. Mbakaya began his nutritional research after reading a medical article a few years ago that compared the symptoms of AIDS to those of zinc deficiency, and noted the importance of zinc for the immune system. Mbakaya found a commercial dietary supplement high in zinc, and two years ago, assisted by Winfred Kisingu from Kemri and Dr. Patrick Orege from the National Aids Control Council, he began treating 44 people from the Association of People Living with AIDS. The results after two years show that the supplement, VIUSID, reduced the viral load in HIV positive individuals by more than 50 percent, and, in 19 percent of the patients, it reduced it to undetectable levels. Within three months of using the supplement, 80 per cent of the patients reported that signs and symptoms associated with HIV had resolved, and opportunistic infections had disappeared. Clinically, the VIUSID supplement, which is produced by a Spanish company, has no marked side effects.
COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST PETA WITH INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
The Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), asking that PETA's non-profit status be revoked for violations of tax laws and connections to unlawful activity. The 12-page complaint outlines PETA's illegal activities, including its support for the Animal Liberation Front and the North American Earth Liberation Front, both officially recognized as domestic terrorist groups; its advocacy of arson; and its assault on business executives. The Center's executive vice president Ron Arnold commented: "Tax exempt status is for charitable purposes. There's nothing charitable about encouraging arson." For more details, see www.cdfe.org.
OAU LAUNCHES THIRD NEW CAMPAIGN TO ERADICATE THE TSETSE FLY
The Organization of African Unity launched a new campaign to eliminate the African tsetse fly, a parasitic carrier of sleeping sickness. The fly now infests 37 sub-Saharan African nations, and as many of 500,000 people have sleeping sickness, which kills 80 percent of those infected. In some regions, sleeping sickness kills more people than any other disease, including AIDS. The disease also kills an estimated 3 million livestock animals per year, and prevents some of Africa's best land from being cultivated.
As described in a Feb. 19 press release of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the campaign will introduce hundreds of thousands of sterile male flies into the breeding population of target regions. The flies are laboratory-bred, and made sterile by gamma irradiation, which impedes the fertility of the sperm but not their functioning. The sterile males mate, but the eggs produced in the female do not develop. The sterile insect technique, combined with the use of insecticide, was used succesfully to clear the island of Zanzibar of tsetse in 1997.
The current sleeping sickness epidemic began in the mid-170s, according to the World Health Organization, after systematic screening and treatment from 1940 to 1960 had almost eliminated the disease. The international reports do not mention either the conditionalities of the International Monetary Fund and other world agencies that forced budget cuts for health and development services, or the policy chnanges that stopped the use of DDT and other pesticides.
August 17th, 2002
Europeans blame America for flooding: (Washington Times) - Across Europe, leftist politicians and environmentalists are trying to link Europe's worst floods in decades to U.S. reluctance to endorse the Continent's approach to fighting global warming. (08/15/02)
Windmills create storm on Cape Cod: (Washington Post) - Environmentalists have long called for "renewable" sources of energy. But proposals for what could be the nation's first offshore wind farms are brewing a fierce debate over their potential impact on tourism, fisheries, safety and the environment. (08/20/02)
Opposition to nanotechnology: (New York Times) - Scientists see enormous potential benefits in the microscopic machines known as nanotechnology. But as the technology comes closer to becoming a reality, technophobes are stepping up their opposition. (free regisration required) (08/20/02)
Environmentalism's Woodstock: (Pacific Research Institute) - by Steven Hayward "These U.N. meetings are the Woodstock for NGOs, non-government organizations. These are better understood as the self-appointed pressure groups who purport to represent the public interest precisely because they never have to face voters." (08/14/02)
Four American eco-terrorists indicted in Oregon: (The National Center for Public Policy Research) - by Tom Randall - "Members of the Earth Liberation Front and all those who follow ELF's exhortations to bomb, burn and put American lives at risk, supposedly in the name of protecting the environment, are no different than those who attacked us on September 11." (08/16/02)
DDT for West Nile?: (The Washington Times) - by Steven Milloy - "West Nile virus has killed seven people in Louisiana this year, two in Mississippi and at least 145 people in six states have been infected. A 12-year old Wisconsin boy died last week of mosquito-borne encephalitis ... It's time to bring back the insecticide DDT." (08/16/02)
UN clouds the issue: (The Cato Institute) - by Patrick J. Michaels - "It's time for the UN to stop hyping pseudo-science in support of inefficient, dirty governments, and to get on with the future -- where free markets breed efficiency and environmental protection." (08/16/02)
Cluster bomb: (Reason) - by Ronald Bailey - "After an $8 million study, we now know who and what to blame for high rates of breast cancer on Long Island: nobody and nothing. Or, at least, not the usual suspects, chemical companies and their products." (08/14/02)
Does Nature Really Know Best?: An often-used term is "Mother Nature Knows Best", but this phrase is misleading. Nature has no safe or kind meaning. Nature is no benign; it operates under a harsh set of realities, such as eat or be eaten, the weak are the first to die, and high rates of reproduction are necessary for survival in areas of high death rates. (by Dr. William Hazeltine, entomologist.)
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Cancer Clusters: New York, New YorkMarch 2001: While years of news reports and Hollywood productions have led the public to believe that industrial pollution in the environment is causing local "cancer clusters," areas where cancer cases are thought to be more prevalent, there is no evidence of a link between so-called "clusters" and exposure to trace environmental chemicals.
From the "New Segregation" to Higher Costs: Environmental Policies Cost Minorities the Most: - Environmental regulations cost American households an average of $3,000 per year. Because of income differences, black households end up spending 12 percent of their incomes to comply with these regulations as opposed to only 7.1 percent for their white counterparts. Regulations necessary to comply with the United Nations' Kyoto global warming treaty, ardently sought by mainstream environmentalists, could raise energy costs by an estimated $1,740 per household. A study also found global warming regulations could put an estimated 864,000 African-Americans out of work.
Climate Science News:
(1) Sun's Magnetic Cycles Influence Earth's Climate: A study published in the June 10 issue of Earth and Planetary Science Letters, shows a clear link between changes in solar magnetism and the Earth's 100,000 year climate cycles.
(2) Conflicting Evidence on Global Glacier Trends: Much ado has been made about glacier retreat in the Himalaya and many have fingered rising temperatures as the culprit. But when Robert Balling, a climate scientist at Arizona State University, checked temperature trends in the Himalaya, he found that the temperature data from January 1876 to December 1998, available through the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, shows a statistically insignificant cooling of 0.04 degrees C for the region.
(3) Rain a Major Factor in Carbon Sinks: One of the major uncertainties that has plagued scientists is what happens to large amounts of the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. About 10 to 30 percent of all carbon dioxide emitted in the United States, for example, is being absorbed by the mainland's ecosystem and the amount is steadily increasing. At least one study has estimated that North America fully absorbs its carbon dioxide emissions.
(4) Pity Poor Tuvalu - It's Not Sinking: Tuvalu, the tiny island nation that has become the poster child of global warming catastrophe, has had its bluff called. The government of Tuvalu claims that its people, as well as peoples from other small island nations, are in danger of losing their homes due to rising sea levels cause by manmade global warming. See why it turned out to be a fraud.
Greener Than You Think!: In a massive, meticulously presented argument that extends over 500 pages, supported by nearly 3,000 footnotes and 182 tables and diagrams, Lomborg revisits a number of heartening breakthroughs in the recent life of the planet. Chief among these is the decline of poverty and starvation across the world. Starvation still exists, but there is less of it than ever, as our capacity to produce abundant quantities of food continues to improve. Likewise with other dire scenarios of resource depletion: We are emphatically not running out of energy and mineral resources, the population bomb is fizzling, and, far from killing us, pesticides and chemicals are improving longevity and the quality of life. Neither need we fear anything from the genetic modification of organisms.
"The Human Toxicity of Marijuana: Suicide and Schizophrenia - It was with grave concern that I learned that the suicide rate in Australia is now one of the highest. It was also with grave concern that I read a paper in the Drug and alcohol review 1994, by MacDonald J. Christie and Gregory B. Chesher, "The Human toxicity of marijuana : a critique of a review by Nahas and Latour" (pp. 209-216). Two statements by Christie and Chesher has compelled us to update out paper Suicide/ schizophrenia : consequences of acute and chronic cannabis use (Baker, 1988) presented to a number of committees in 1988, 1989 and 1990 with eighty-six references being cited and in the words of Dr J. McGrath, Director of Postgraduate Studies, Queensland Department of Health, "I agree with the main thrust of the paper, that cannabis can worsen schizophrenia." (Letter from Dr J. McGrath..., 1989).
All Eyes On Me: The piece concentrated on the question of how the data from air-bag "Event Data Recorders" or EDR's, can be stored and employed. Who owns the data? The owner of the vehicle? The government? Trial lawyers? The police? All current GM and Ford automobiles and trucks contain EDR's that capture a mass of vehicle data five seconds prior to a crash; speed, throttle settings, braking activity, cornering forces, etc. Other manufacturers are sure to follow, especially if government regulations mandate such devices in the name of safety. (And aren't all such regulations promulgated in the broad-brush panacea of "public safety"?)
The Collapse of Sound Science: By C.C. Kraemer April, 1st, 2002: News that an ice shelf collapsed in Antarctica in early March was an "aha" event for agenda-minded journalists and the environmental lobby. It was further evidence, they said, that man is destroying the Earth. With grand urgency it was reported that the Larsen B Ice Shelf left a "wakeup call" for man when it broke apart. Scientists, ABCnews.com said, were "still shaken" days later. They're now on an ice-shelf death watch, waiting for the next one to plummet into the frigid waters.
How shoddy science leads to useless alarms: EDINBURGH-- Last October, scientists at the Institute for Animal Health's Edinburgh branch were about to publish results suggesting that British sheep might have become infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or "mad cow disease," in the early 1990s. Finding BSE in sheep could raise the specter of an alarming new reservoir of infection for the human form of BSE, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which has already caused more than 100 deaths in the United Kingdom. But the authors pulled the paper at the last minute after an independent lab concluded that the brain extracts they had tested which the team believed were from sheep actually came from cattle. Full story at Science magazine: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/295/5556/792
21st Century Sience & Technology magazine website: Exciting and politically incorrect scientific articles on many subjects: environment, astronomy, mathematics, physics and chemistry, nuclear science, science history, politics, etc. A must link for anyone interested in the truth in science!
News Flash! We're In For 'NAS'ty Weather, by: Philip Stott, Emeritus Professor of Biogeography, University of London: A couple of days ago, the New York Times blared out in a dramatic headline that "Drastic Shifts in Climate Are Likely, Experts Warn." Read the stupid story!
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Social Issues Research Centre Bulletin: Latest developments in "Guidelines on Science and Health Communication" -- The Royal Society has now joined SIRC and the Royal Institution to produce a single set of guidelines on the reporing of science and health issues in the media. These replace the earlier SIRC/RI guidelines and the Royal Society's notes for journalists and editors.
Greens Launch an Anti-Lomborg Smear Campaign: Bjorn Lomborg, the author of the superb book The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World, just published by Cambridge University Press, has raised the ire of the environmental fundamentalists. Consequently, this former Greenpeace member is now suffering through a savage disinformation campaign orchestrated by some of the world's largest and most prominent environmentalist lobbying groups, including the World Wildlife Fund and the World Resources Institute.
A Survey Gives Unexpected Results: Greens are Losing Grounds Among Students: The extreme Greens are increasingly unrepresentative of the very constituency that should be their own. Where there is simple, straight, non-political, hard science teaching in schools and universities; where people are able to hear rational arguments rather than lies and distortions; and where a balanced attitude to real risk replaces a fearful attitude to virtual risk, then the seeds of extreme environmentalism fall on barren ground.
Green Insanity and Lies: On Monday of this week, media mogul and one of the biggest Green nutcases, Ted Turner, addressed the annual meeting of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. "It's time we started acting intelligently or we aren't even going to be here in a 100 years." The human race has been on Earth millions of years, but Ted Turner says we're doomed. Read about some examples of green insanity and lies recently exposed
Environmentalism: The Triumph of Politics: There's no doubt that the environment makes for good politics. Eight of ten Americans call themselves environmentalists. Overwhelming majorities say that gasoline should be less polluting, cars should be more efficient, trash should be recycled, and lifestyles should be changed. The problem, however, is that the environment has become a hostage to politics. Many environmental activists want more than a clean environment. Their commitment to conservation and political action is religious, and their goals are often far-reaching: to transform what they consider to be a sick, greedy, and wasteful consumer society. In short, we need to depoliticize the environment, making the issue one of balancing competing interest rather than imposing ideological or religious dogmas. If we succeed in doing so, we will end up with not only a cleaner society, but also a wealthier and freer one.
The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World. That the human race faces environmental problems is unquestionable. That environmental experts have regularly tried to scare us out of our wits with doomsday chants is also beyond dispute.
Fossil Fuels Are Not Fossils: A book review of astrophysicist Dr. Thomas Gold where he states his theory that the so called "fossil fuels" have an "abiogenic" origin, that is, they were not created by ancient decomposed jungles, but they are continuously being created in the upper mantle of the Earth. A revolutionary theory that can make a Copernican paradig-matic shift on present beliefs.
The Mediterranean Diet: Reflections on the benefits of the so called "Mediterranean Diet", that has moderate but constant consumption of red wine, olive oil, garlic and pasta. Amusing and enlightening.
Acid Rain: Facts on a quite misinformed issue. Excerpts from the Book by Dr. Dixie Lee Ray "Trashing the Planet".
Peta´s Push to Punish People:The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals(PETA), the nation's most notorious animal-rights group, has grown by leaps and bounds. With over 700,000 members, 120 employees, and a rich vein of celebrity supporters like Paul McCart-ney, actress Kim Bassinger and many others, PETA's 1999 budget was reported to be more than $16 million, $3 million over their previous fiscal year. Last year, PETA programs sponso-red by its education department reached 170,000 schoolteachers and enrolled more than 4 million students.