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  • The “Green Pope” and a Human Ecology

    04/22/2014 1:27:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 22, 2013 | William L. Patenaude
    It’s a joy to happen upon an old friend, to again hear his style of speaking and his way of engaging the world. When the old friend is Benedict XVI, however, things quickly move beyond the sentimental. So it goes with The Garden of God: Toward a Human Ecology (The Catholic University of America Press, 2014), a helpful compilation of Benedict XVI’s many, many statements about preserving life on earth. Given that discussions of ecology polarize a great many along worldly ideological fault lines, one of the benefits of The Garden of God lies in remembering how Benedict XVI,...
  • Earth Day and the False Prophecies of Ecological Apocalypse

    04/23/2012 2:11:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | April 21, 2012 | John Barnes
    Earth Day is a good time to look back and reflect upon the more dire predictions regarding the environment and life on earth. Here are some from 1970, Earth Day’s inaugural year.“…civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” -Biologist George Wald, Harvard University, April 19, 1970. By 1995, “…somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.” -Sen. Gaylord Nelson, quoting Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, Look magazine, April 1970. Because of increased dust, cloud cover and water vapor “…the planet will cool, the...
  • Ruth Patrick, ecology pioneer, dies at 105

    09/23/2013 8:08:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 23, 2013 | Julie Zauzmer
    Ruth Patrick, whose studies of freshwater ecology in the 1930s helped galvanize the later environmental movement and whose success in a profession dominated by men charted a course for other female scientists, died Sept. 23 at a retirement community in Lafayette Hill, Pa. She was 105.
  • Eight-Foot Crocodile Found Under Bed

    09/18/2013 7:17:19 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 21 replies
    Good Morning America- Yahoo news ^ | 09-18-2013 | Author Unknown
    A man in Zimbabwe got the surprise of his life when he discovered an eight-foot crocodile lying under his bed. Guy Whittall slept through the night at a Humani lodge, where he also works, without any idea what was lying beneath him. It was only after he got out of bed to eat breakfast and heard the screams of a housekeeper that he saw the crocodile.
  • Fascist Ecology: The "Green Wing" of the Nazi Party and its Historical Antecedents

    06/10/2013 11:13:22 AM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 5 replies
    Spunk.org ^ | 2012 | Peter Staudenmaier
    ...it is easy to overlook the fact that there are still virulent strains of fascism in our political culture which, however marginal, demand our attention. One of the least recognized or understood of these strains is the phenomenon one might call "actually existing ecofascism," that is, the preoccupation of authentically fascist movements with environmentalist concerns. In order to grasp the peculiar intensity and endurance of this affiliation, we would do well to examine more closely its most notorious historical incarnation, the so-called "green wing" of German National Socialism. Despite an extensive documentary record, the subject remains an elusive one, underappreciated...
  • Ernst Haeckel, Father of Fascism and Environmentalism

    06/09/2013 6:06:04 PM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 19 replies
    Environmentalism is Fascism ^ | 2012 | William Walter Kay
    Professor Gasman’s "Haeckel’s Monism and the Birth of Fascist Ideology" provides insights into the coherent fascist intellectual doctrine that, by 1920, was embraced by a wide swath of European academics and artists. Defining features of this cohort were: They referred to themselves as: ecologists, naturalists and socio-biologists. They were pseudo-scientists bent on subverting real science. Their mantras were: natural, holistic, and organic. Their Religion of Nature was basically a revival of Pantheism. They worshipped Earth as a divine living organism. Human achievements were disparaged as scant and fleeting compared to Nature’s glory. They desired scientist-led governance. Scientists probed Nature’s divine...
  • What Earth Day and Gay Marriage Have in Common...

    (They)… changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.(Romans 1:25)The apostle Paul described the degeneration of Ancient society in a way that is prophetic of what we see happening in the decay of our own formerly Judeo Christian world. The downward trajectory goes like this, * The refusal to acknowledge God as creator…(Secularism) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is...
  • Could Wood Feed the World?

    04/16/2013 6:08:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 15 April 2013 | Charles Q. Choi
    Enlarge Image Future food? Cellulose from switchgrass and other nonfood plants might be converted into edible starch to feed the hungry. Credit: Peggy Greb/ARS/USDA The main ingredient of wood, cellulose, is one of the most abundant organic compounds on Earth and a dream source of renewable fuel. Now, bioengineers suggest that it could feed the hungry as well. In a new study, researchers have found a way to turn cellulose into starch, the most common carbohydrate in the human diet. Ethanol is today's most common biofuel used to power vehicles. It's typically made using sugars from crop plants such...
  • Green Anti-Humanism

    02/25/2013 5:07:36 PM PST · by jmcenanly · 3 replies
    National review Online ^ | FEBRUARY 21, 2013 4:00 A.M. | Robert Zubrin
    On February 11, 2013, the Denver Post ran a guest commentary of great clinical interest. In the piece in question, Colorado State University philosophy professor Philip Cafaro advanced the argument that immigration needs to be sharply cut, because otherwise people from Third World nations will come to the United States and become prosperous, thereby adding to global warming. “And make no mistake: Immigrants are not coming to the United States to remain poor,” warns the philosopher. “Those hundreds of millions of new citizens will want to live as well and consume energy at the same rates as other Americans. ....
  • Obama's push to implement 'Eco-Tyranny'

    04/17/2012 9:04:47 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    WND.com ^ | April 16, 2012 | Kevin DeAnna
    Meteorologist Brian Sussman blows whistle on president's scheme The environmentalist movement isn’t about protecting the environment at all, according to meteorologist-turned-journalist Brian Sussman. It’s about destroying private property, controlling behavior, and expanding government – and the Obama administration has a secret plan to further all of it, he says. Sussman is now blowing the whistle on the real nature of environmentalism in his explosive brand-new book, “Eco-Tyranny.” He reveals secret memos from inside Obama’s Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, outlining a covert plan “to pursue a program of land consolidation” for the federal government to secure tens of millions...
  • Olympic missile defences (located at a cafe) under threat from the Corky-Fruited Water Dropwort

    03/10/2012 5:32:56 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 18 replies
    DailyMail.uk ^ | 10 March 2012 | By Glen Owen
    Plans to use surface-to-air missiles to protect the skies over London during the Olympics could be thwarted – because they will disturb the habitat of a rare wild flower.
  • Charities and other false prophets

    01/13/2012 10:47:16 PM PST · by Impala64ssa
    Toronto Sun ^ | 1/13/12 | Charles Adler
    There was a time when being a charity meant doing something real, something tangible. Operating a soup kitchen. Providing medical help to those in need overseas. Helping orphans here in Canada. Providing valuable goods or services. That’s real charity work. No longer. Now it appears that hyper-political lobbying can count as charitable work too. Yes, you can be a full-time whiner, and that counts as charity work! There’s actually a veritable industry of these professional moaners, these full-time nit-pickers. The green fundamentalists are perhaps just the most vocal example of this phenomenon. There’s no shortage of radical greens getting generous...
  • The Myth of Pristine Nature - A review of Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World

    08/19/2011 6:01:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Reason ^ | August 16, 2011 | Ronald Bailey
    “Nature is almost everywhere. But wherever it is, there is one thing nature is not: pristine,” writes science journalist Emma Marris in her engaging new book Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World. She adds, “We must temper our romantic notion of untrammeled wilderness and find room next to it for the more nuanced notion of a global, half-wild rambunctious garden, tended by us.” Marris’ message will discomfort both environmental activists and most ecologists who are in thrall to the damaging cult of pristine wilderness and the false ideology of the balance of nature. But it should encourage and...
  • The Green Nazis

    04/22/2011 7:10:43 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 22, 2011 | Mark Musser
    One of the most intriguing facts of the Nazi Party membership rolls is how many of its adherents belonged to what today would be considered the green movement. Even many ‘greens' who were not Nazi Party members, like Leni Riefenstahl (1902-2003), the infamous propaganda filmmaker for the Third Reich, became caught up in the new movement. Nazi biologist Walther Schoenichen asserted that National Socialism was the political fulfillment of more 100 years of German Romanticism. With its strong emphasis upon celebrating the authenticity of the German folk people (das volk) indigenously rooted in the natural landscape of their homeland in...
  • Human Achievement Hour 2011

    03/26/2011 8:22:38 AM PDT · by all the best · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | March 26, 2011
    Human Achievement Hour 2011 (Competitive Enterprise Institute) http://cei.org/hah2011 Earth Hour's soft fascism http://www.financialpost.com/analysis/columnists/story.html?id=08eddc35-41ce-... Making light of the phony Earth Hour http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2011/03/24/17739806.html Resident shines his discontent on Earth Hour http://www.yorkregion.com/news/article/971930--resident-shines-his-discontent...
  • New scientific field will study ecological importance of sounds

    03/01/2011 2:41:13 PM PST · by decimon · 15 replies
    Purdue University ^ | March 1, 2011 | Brian Wallheimer
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue University researcher is leading an effort to create a new scientific field that will use sound as a way to understand the ecological characteristics of a landscape and to reconnect people with the importance of natural sounds. Soundscape ecology, as it's being called, will focus on what sounds can tell people about an area. Bryan Pijanowski, an associate professor of forestry and natural resources and lead author of a paper outlining the field in the journal BioScience, said natural sound could be used like a canary in a coal mine. Sound could be a...
  • Queer Ecology @ The MLA

    02/01/2011 6:08:14 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 1, 2011 | Allie Winegar Duzett
    A panel on “Queer Ecology” was featured at the 2011 Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA). Four panelists provided their insights on the relationship between “queers” and the environment, coming to sometimes contradictory conclusions. In her lecture “Green Angels in America: Aesthetics of Equity,” Katie J. Hogan of Carlow University argued for “environmental justice,” and used as her vehicle the controversial play Angels in America. Hogan argued that Angels in America is a “contribution to this queer environmental effort” because it “links beauty, environment, and social justice” with an “esthetic of equity.” She argued that “minorities have the...
  • Microbiology: The new germ theory

    11/24/2010 9:21:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies · 3+ views
    Nature News ^ | 24 November 2010 | Lizzie Buchen
    What can microbiologists who study human bowels learn from those who study the bowels of Earth? Jillian Banfield trades in hell holes. In September, she could be found wading through the dark, hot, sulphurous innards of Richmond Mine at Iron Mountain, California, where blue stalactites ooze the most acidic water ever discovered, with a pH of −3.6. A year before that, she was pumping up a toxic soup of uranium, arsenic, molybdenum and other metals from underneath a decommissioned nuclear-processing site in Rifle, Colorado. From both sites she took samples back to her lab at the University of California, Berkeley,...
  • Hitler’s Millennial Apocalyptic Reich:The Biological -Ecological Fundamentalism of Nazi Germany

    09/06/2010 5:28:37 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 7 replies
    The Ignorant Fisherman ^ | Sept 4, 2010 | The Ignorant Fisherman
    .Not surprisingly, vegetarians and environmentalists have largely downplayed the historical record of Nazi Germany’s green streak. Some have been quick to point out that Hitler apparently cheated on occasion with ham, sausage, and seafood dishes. Hitler was also inconsistent with regard to environmental preservationist values and practices, largely because of the need to place Germany on an all out war footing throughout the 1930’s in a vast economy busting arms buildup. Hitler was also a fond of grand building projects National Socialism style and was planning on exploiting the natural resources in the East as much as possible to win...
  • Spain's electric car sales off target

    08/11/2010 6:39:35 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | August 10, 2010 | Staff
    Spain's plans to have 2,000 electric cars on the road by the end of 2010 have been dealt a blow as figures showed just 16 have been sold. The government-backed REVE electric car and wind power project said 15 cars had been sold so far this year, in addition to one last year.
  • The Bottom Line Problem With the Carbon Tax

    07/28/2010 4:25:28 PM PDT · by bsaunders · 3 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | July 28.2010 | B. Saunders
    There are a number of things that are simply wrong about the carbon tax. Yesterday we had an article titled Hot Enough For You Yet? giving some overview of general reasons the carbon tax is bad for America. Today we will get into some particular examples where the carbon tax is just plain wrong. The first example will demonstrate how the carbon tax discriminates against small local companies. For our example, we have two companies that make, what else, widgets. The first company, let’s call it Wally’s Old Style Widgets in central Alabama, makes approximately 25,000 widgets per year using...
  • 30 International Offers Of Oil Spill Support Obama Has Thrown Out The Window

    06/22/2010 3:21:20 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 22,.2010
    Nothing brings people together like a disaster, right? Wrong. America has turned down help from around 30 countries and international organizations. Obama has dismissed miracle cures from Croatia, barges from Sweden, and containment boom from various obscure allies, according to the State Department [pdf]. He's definitely not accepting chemical dispersants from the country that started this whole mess, England. Click here to see the offers Obama refused .
  • Going on Vacation to Venezuela? What Could Go Wrong?

    06/16/2010 6:08:08 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 10 replies · 825+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 16,2010 | Dan Miller
    You will discover new ways to conserve water and electricity, the supplies of which a thoughtful and ever compassionate government has wisely limited by allowing the infrastructure to deteriorate naturally. Venezuela was once a beautiful but generally laid-back and therefore often relaxing tourist destination. My wife and I spent well over a year there off and on between 1996 and 2001. We enjoyed it so much that we thought of settling there permanently, probably up in the Andes not far from the university city of Merida. Although much of Venezuela’s beauty remains, many things are different. What follows will, I...
  • (What Happens When) BP Spills Coffee

    06/15/2010 10:52:29 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 9 replies · 285+ views
    YouTube ^ | June 09, 2010 | UCBComedy.Com
    What happens when the best and brightest encounter the unexpected. Little off-color language at the end. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AAa0gd7ClM
  • Carbon, Cults, and Control Freaks

    06/14/2010 7:24:20 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 3 replies · 327+ views
    The Atlas Society - The Center for Objectivism ^ | June 13, 2010 | Edward Hudgins
    A scramble by Democrats on Capitol Hill to prevent a particular vote on a particular bill highlights for us two of the most pernicious threats to our liberties. Here’s the story. In 2009 the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency classified carbon dioxide gas—what you exhale from your lungs and what all plants breathe in—as a dangerous pollutant that the federal government can regulate. This means the EPA can regulate automobiles, manufacturing facilities, and pretty much every activity necessary for the support of human life. But under the Congressional Review Act, passed as part of the Republicans’ Contract for America in...
  • Washington Post : In gulf oil spill's long reach, ecological damage could last decades

    06/05/2010 8:40:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 480+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 06/05/2010 | Joel Achenbach and David Brown
    Snorkeling along a coral reef near Veracruz, Mexico, in 2002, Texas biologist Wes Tunnell spotted what looked like a ledge of rock covered in sand, shells, algae and hermit crabs. He knew, from years of research at the reef, that it probably wasn't a rock at all. He stabbed it with his diving knife. His blade pulled up gunk. "Sure enough, it was tar from the Ixtoc spill," Tunnell said. Twenty-three years earlier, in 1979, an oil well named Ixtoc I had a blowout in 150 feet of water in the southern Gulf of Mexico. The Mexican national oil company...
  • Louisiana deserves answers, Mr. President: An editorial

    06/04/2010 5:47:47 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 3 replies · 509+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | June 4, 2010
    As you visit us today for the third time since the Deepwater Horizon started gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the people of Louisiana have questions that must be answered. We're already reeling from the loss of thousands of fishing industry jobs. We now could see an estimated 20,000 oil-services jobs vanish due to your six-month federal moratorium on deepwater exploratory drilling. That could do even greater damage to the economy than the well-chronicled fishing industry losses. Louisianians understand the imperative for improved safety on drilling rigs. The carelessness that caused the disaster, the fumbling response by industry...
  • BP offers academics $500M to study oil spill’s effects (Mississippi)

    05/29/2010 1:34:37 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 25 replies · 533+ views
    Sun Herald ^ | May 29, 2010 | By DONNA MELTON
    STENNIS SPACE CENTER — It could take years — and millions of dollars — before the full impact of the BP oil spill on the Gulf Coast is uncovered, a Hancock County scientist said. Michael Carron, director of the Northern Gulf Institute at Stennis Space Center, met Wednesday with representatives from Mississippi and Florida institutions of higher learning for a one-day briefing with the House and Senate in Washington. They discussed the oil spill and what resources and funding Gulf states universities will need to research its economic, social and environmental impact.
  • Matthews: Obama Needs to 'Nationalize' Oil Industry! (and execute BP Executives)

    05/18/2010 4:15:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies · 1,154+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | May 17, 2010 | Geoffrey Dickens
    Last week an agitated Chris Matthews tried to hold Dick Cheney accountable for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and this week Matthews is demanding action from President Obama, as the Hardball host pushed the President to nationalize the oil industry to solve the problem. On Monday's Hardball a visibly angry Matthews demanded Obama go after BP: "Why doesn't the President go in there, nationalize an industry and get the job done for the people?" and pointed out that in China they would have a much harsher response to BP: "They execute people for this. Major industrial leaders...
  • Report: Gas set off blast (BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico)

    05/08/2010 12:56:32 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 23 replies · 920+ views
    Sun Herald ^ | May 7, 2010 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ and HARRY R. WEBER
    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO — The deadly blowout of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was triggered by a bubble of methane gas that escaped from the well and shot up the drill column . . .
  • 13-Year-Old Prodigy Cries Discrimination After University Denied Him Ecology Class

    03/13/2010 9:14:31 AM PST · by camerakid400 · 44 replies · 1,611+ views
    ABC News ^ | march 12, 10 | Emily Friedman
    He may be young but Colin Carlson said he is no stranger to discrimination. Carlson, a gifted child, was at age 12 turned away from his dream school, Connecticut College, amid concerns that he was too young for a dormitory, even though he agreed to live off campus with his mother. Now, more than a year later, 13-year-old Carlson said he has faced trouble again at the University of Connecticut, where he maintains a 3.9 GPA as a double-degree candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology, and in environmental studies. The university barred his entry into an African field ecology class...
  • U.S. city considers surrender to 'green police'

    02/14/2010 7:12:18 PM PST · by Commonsensecommonman · 63 replies · 1,438+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | Drew Zahn
    What would life in an American city look like if it required its residents go green to combat climate change? Would it be all trees and gardens and bicycles, or would it look more like oppression under Big Brother's green thumb? Cambridge, Mass., home of Harvard University, may be giving the country a glimpse of the answer. Last May, the city officially adopted an order recognizing that there is a climate emergency; but after nearly a year, officials discovered the city's carbon footprint was nonetheless growing worse. Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons, therefore, brought together nearly 100 activists and concerned citizens...
  • Vatican calls 'Avatar' bland (a spiritual dud)

    01/11/2010 9:56:29 AM PST · by NYer · 22 replies · 781+ views
    Telegraph ^ | January 11, 2010 | Nick Squires
    The futuristic 3-D adventure, directed by James Cameron, has received scathing reviews from Vatican Radio as well as the Holy See's official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.The epic movie, which will be released in Italy this week, has received generally favourable reviews in the United States and Britain, amazing critics and cinemagoers with its technical mastery and blend of real-life actors and animation. It takes place in 2154 on the planet Pandora, light years away from Earth, where humans have established an environmentally-destructive mining colony.But the record budget had failed to impress the Catholic Church hierarchy in Rome."It has a great deal...
  • Technological Morality (The top ten bioethics stories of the decade)

    01/10/2010 2:03:32 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 275+ views
    CERC ^ | January 10, 2010 | WESLEY J. SMITH
    This isn't an idle exercise. Bioethics matters. The field exerts tremendous influence over the most important questions of public policy and moral values: How should we treat the most vulnerable and dependent among us? What makes us human? Indeed, is it even morally relevant that one is human? Trends in bioethics, thus, illuminate where we are as a society and the nature of the culture we are creating for our progeny. 10: The ascendance of an anti-human environmentalism.Deep ecology, the most radical expression of environmentalism, maintains that human beings are the world's enemy -- the AIDS of the Earth, as...
  • Collection Preview: H&M Romantic Garden Collection (Dress well and save the environment)

    01/09/2010 3:07:01 PM PST · by Mister Ghost · 2 replies · 624+ views
    The Fashion Time Magazine ^ | Jan 7th, 2010 | The Fashion Time Magazine
    This spring, Swedish high street chain H&M will be delivering an eco-friendly collection full of flirty dresses, skirts and colorful tops – all in romantic floral patterns. All the pieces in the collection are made from organic and recycled materials, which means while buying from the collection, you’ll be helping to save the environment.
  • Pope does not belong to church of Al Gore, Italian analyst writes

    12/16/2009 1:09:41 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 406+ views
    cna ^ | December 16, 2009
    Pope Benedict XVI Rome, Italy, Dec 16, 2009 / 02:18 pm (CNA).- “The Pope denounces the ecological crisis but does not belong to the church of Al Gore," wrote Giuliano Ferrara, director of Italian daily Il Foglio, in his editorial column after reading Benedict XVI's message for the World Day of Peace.  Ferrara described the papal message as being "of great culture" in its reminder that man must be valued above all other living things.The Pontiff's message underscores the threats to the environment and the necessity of taking decisive action to find long-term, inter-generational solutions to the crises of today. ...
  • Don't Drink the Water

    12/14/2009 6:50:07 AM PST · by Stoutcat · 9 replies · 1,074+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 12-14-09 | Stoutcat
    People who use bottled water as a fashion or life-style statement, or who think bottled water is better or safer than tap water, should take a look at this.
  • ELCA Council Approves Charter, Hears Secretary's Report, Elects Leaders

    11/19/2009 12:40:52 PM PST · by lightman · 10 replies · 524+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 19 November AD 2009 | John Brooks
    ELCA Council Approves Charter, Hears Secretary's Report, Elects Leaders 09-263-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) approved a charter for a comprehensive study of the ELCA and its future mission. A task force will conduct the study with the goal of bringing a report with recommendations to the 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Orlando. The council is the ELCA's board of directors and serves as the legislative authority of the church between churchwide assemblies. It met here Nov. 13-15. The project, "Living into the Future Together: Renewing the Ecology of the Evangelical...
  • (Global Warming Eco-Freaks) Freaked Out Over SuperFreakonomics

    10/27/2009 6:26:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies · 859+ views
    WSJ ^ | October 27, 2009 | Bret Stephens
    Freaked Out Over SuperFreakonomics Global warming might be solved with a helium balloon and a few miles of garden hose. By BRET STEPHENS Suppose for a minute—which is about 59 seconds too long, but that's for another column—that global warming poses an imminent threat to the survival of our species. Suppose, too, that the best solution involves a helium balloon, several miles of garden hose and a harmless stream of sulfur dioxide being pumped into the upper atmosphere, all at a cost of a single F-22 fighter jet. Good news, right? Maybe, but not if you're Al Gore or one...
  • Trail of the whale shark

    06/17/2009 1:34:34 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 11 replies · 1,167+ views
    Sun Herald ^ | June 17, 2009 | By KAREN NELSON
    OCEAN SPRINGS — Little is known about whale sharks or why they come to the northern part of the Gulf by the hundreds in June and July, within 30 miles of the Coast. But they do. And biologists from USM’s Gulf Coast Research Lab took what they do know about the giant, docile animals from the data they have collected and went whale shark hunting last week. They were successful beyond their wildest expectations, placing satellite tags on three and measuring and documenting several more. Shark biologist Eric Hoffmayer and research assistant Jennifer McKinney, along with a German videographer...
  • Deep Ecology

    06/13/2009 7:41:15 AM PDT · by Thebaddog · 6 replies · 435+ views
    Deep-eceology.org ^ | deep-ecology.org
    Deep ecology is the modern way of life, based on the shifting away from the reality exclusively in terms of human values and experiences established by environmental and green groups and movements. This way of life is noticeable by a new explanation of "self" which minimizes the importance of the reliance on reason as the best guide for beliefs and actions together between human organism and its environment. It then allows importance to be placed upon the basic values of other species, systems, and processes of nature. Deep ecology is often stated as "deep" because it poses the deeper questions...
  • Grey vs. Red in UK; Prince Charles Calls For Squirel Extermination

    06/04/2009 8:39:56 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 28 replies · 1,627+ views
    All Headline News ^ | June 4, 2009 | Staff Writer
    London, UK (BANG) - Britain's Prince Charles wants grey squirrels exterminated. The future king - a keen environmentalist - has claimed it is essential to eliminate the animal, introduced from North America in the 19th century, because of the threat they pose to native red squirrels. In a letter to the Country Land and Business Association, Charles - patron of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust said: "In order to be able to save the red squirrels and ensure their future in this country, it is absolutely crucial to eliminate the greys which, as you know, are an alien species to...
  • Why Freeing Willy Was the Wrong Thing To Do

    04/28/2009 3:39:15 PM PDT · by Baladas · 6 replies · 705+ views
    ABC NEWS ^ | April 28, 2009 | CATHERINE BRAHIC
    Willy was never really free. The killer whale star of the Hollywood movie Free Willy had to be cared for by humans even after he was released and he never successfully integrated with his wild kin. Researchers now say attempts to return him to the wild were misguided. We believe the best option for [Willy] was the open pen he had in Norway, with care from his trainers," says Malene Simon of the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, who participated in efforts to reintegrate the cetacean in the wild and is lead author of the study. "He could swim as...
  • Court Cancels Offshore Drilling Program

    04/19/2009 4:55:29 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies · 509+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 18 April 2009 | John Semmens
    The Washington Federal Appeals Court ruled that the Bush administration did not properly study the environmental impact of expanding oil and gas drilling off the Alaska coast and canceled the program aimed at finding new reserves. “The Bush Administration’s contention that the needs of humans outweigh the needs of aquatic life off the Alaskan coast is unsubstantiated,” wrote Judge Terra Greene for the court. “Up to this point, humans have thrived without accessing these oil resources. This presents a prima facie case that they will continue to do so without extracting the oil.” The court instructed the Interior Department to...
  • Sewer spill's trail led to environmental agency’s office (WA Dept. of Ecology)

    04/10/2009 1:44:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 729+ views
    The Columbian ^ | April 9, 2009 | Erik Robinson
    The state Department of Ecology in 1996 officially declared Burnt Bridge Creek to be severely polluted with fecal coliform. The environmental regulators, it turns out, had unwittingly contributed to the problem. This week, Vancouver city workers made a startling discovery near the regional office shared by Ecology and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at 2108 Grand Blvd. At some point in the building's history, a sewer pipe that was supposed to be connected to the city's sanitary sewer main had been incorrectly connected to a stormwater line instead. "The only thing that's supposed to be in the stormwater...
  • Rise of sea levels is 'the greatest lie ever told'

    04/01/2009 10:10:16 AM PDT · by dvan · 17 replies · 923+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 3/28/2009 | Christopher Booker
    Rise of sea levels is 'the greatest lie ever told' The uncompromising verdict of Dr Mörner is that all this talk about the sea rising is nothing but a colossal scare story, writes Christopher Booker. If one thing more than any other is used to justify proposals that the world must spend tens of trillions of dollars on combating global warming, it is the belief that we face a disastrous rise in sea levels. The Antarctic and Greenland ice caps will melt, we are told, warming oceans will expand, and the result will be catastrophe.
  • (Vanity) The Endangered Specie Act, or, The Tax Footprint (Save the Greenbacks!)

    03/22/2009 8:59:48 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 7 replies · 652+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | March 22, 2009 | grey_whiskers
    There are two major initiatives currently being persued by the crop of liberals in power. One is the ongoing set of bailouts of various groups of voters, and financial institutions, being advocated by those officially in power in DC, and the other, the "green movement" being pushed by powerful special interests, with backing from DC (and the UN, and Brussels, and...). While I applaud their good intentions, and their skill in paving, I'm not particularly impressed with the destination. Let's take a brief look at each of these trends, and see if we can't come up with a counterproposal. First,...
  • Surveys of flora and fauna may be flawed - Bat study raises doubts over our understanding of...

    12/14/2008 11:45:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 713+ views
    Nature News ^ | 12 December 2008 | Matt Kaplan
    Bat study raises doubts over our understanding of Earth's ecosystems. One of the most common techniques for diagnosing the ecological health of a region may be painting an inaccurate picture of biodiversity, a study of the bats on the tiny volcanic island of Montserrat suggests.To understand an area's ecology, researchers are often asked by funding agencies to conduct a short survey, known as a rapid biodiversity assessment.Such surveys are convenient: they fit easily into the typical 3-5-year timescale of a PhD, match the length of time within which grant-giving agencies expect to see results, and are relatively quick to write...
  • Scientists Discuss Replicating Volcano’s Effect to Cool Climate

    12/01/2008 1:49:00 PM PST · by Zakeet · 52 replies · 1,836+ views
    CNS News ^ | December 1, 2008 | Sara Burrows
    Scientists discussed the merits and demerits of pumping sulfur into the Earth’s atmosphere as a temporary “fix” to global warming at a forum hosted in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 21 by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The idea is to artificially re-create the effects of volcanic eruptions to temporarily cool the planet. In 2006, Nobel Prize-winning chemist Paul Crutzen and National Center for Atmospheric Research Senior Scientist Tom Wigley suggested that “geo-engineering” might be used as a quick, but temporary, remedy for global warming. This idea was one of the issues discussed at the AMS forum. “In particular, Crutzen and...
  • Charter school stresses developing a moral compass

    11/24/2008 8:30:19 AM PST · by Sopater · 4 replies · 289+ views
    The Providence Journal ^ | Sunday, November 23, 2008 | Julia Steiny
    Kingstown, a group of kids insisted I see their “fairy-house village.” Together we trooped across the grassy field that doubles as the school’s auditorium and gym, to the edge of the woods. There, a darling neighborhood of small, fragile structures, made entirely of stems, bark and dried flowers, housed fairies. While one fairy nut chatted about the inhabitants, the other kids talked — over each other, of course — about the importance of using natural materials. They love making art out in the woods. “It’s the best art,” squealed one girl. All the kids I met that day are excited...