Environment

Environmental Impact Quotient: Weaknesses And A Better Solution

I’ve always been interested in how changes in agricultural production practices impact the environment. In particular, I’ve followed the adoption of genetically modified (GM) crops since I was an undergraduate, and try to stay up to date on research relat ...

Article - Andrew R. Kniss - Jul 13 2015 - 11:59am

To Save Animals, Put More Humans On Birth Control

Conservationists tend to spend their time worrying about protecting forests, catching poachers or keeping carbon out of the atmosphere. But all these things (and more) are driven by humans. Given that it’s easier and cheaper to reduce the human birth rate ...

Article - The Conversation - Jul 16 2015 - 2:41pm

Neonicotinoids And The Beepocalypse That Never Was

Like the fictional parents in the edgy comedy show South Park who blame Canada for all of their woes, environmentalists often coalesce around ...

Article - Jon Entine - Jul 26 2015 - 5:38am

BP Oil Spill 5 Years Later: 10 Key Questions And Answers

On April 20, 2010, BP's Deepwater Horizon (DWH) drilling rig experienced a failure resulting in the discharge of gas and light sweet crude oil from a depth of approximately 5,000 feet. Discharge continued for 87 days until July 15, 2010, five years a ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 19 2015 - 8:00am

Miscanes: Genetically Modified Sugarcane Can Grow Farther North

U.S. farmers have long hoped to extend sugarcane's growing range northward from the Gulf coast because it substantially increase the land available for sugar and (for as long as subsidies last) biofuels. Several hybrid canes developed in the 1980s ha ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 4 2015 - 2:21pm

GMOs Have Formaldehyde? Bizarre Claim Challenged By Experts

Perhaps the most effective way to scare consumers and regulatory agencies alike is to suggest that a certain product contains a ‘dangerous’ chemical. Even more effective? Have a scientist with four degrees from MIT — but none in food science or genetics — ...

Article - Kavin Senapathy - Jul 30 2015 - 2:52pm

Building Blocks Of Life Found Among Organic Compounds On Comet 67P

Scientists analyzing the latest data from Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko have discovered molecules that can form sugars and amino acids, which are the building blocks of life as we know it. While this is a long, long way from finding life itself, the dat ...

Article - The Conversation - Jul 31 2015 - 7:00am

Clean Energy Can Now Leave Wacky Environmentalists Behind

It used to be that clean energy was something that environmental lobbyists pretended to care about, at least when it came to raising money.  Greenpeace, NRDC, you name it, they all put clean energy in their tool chest of ways to get their hundreds and hund ...

Article - Hank Campbell - May 16 2016 - 12:31pm

No One Talks About How Flowers Are Killing Bees

Among all the hype about bee deaths, there is an overwhelming amount of discussion about pesticides and blinders on about parasites and disease and even climate change, but one thing gets no mention at all: Flowers. But they are a grave danger to bees, acc ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 5 2015 - 3:00am

Global Warming Floods: Wealthy People Impacted Most

Today, many wealthy countries are able to mitigate, to some degree, their risk of delta flooding through vulnerability-reducing investments, but a new model suggests that this mitigation may not be sustainable in the long-term. Ultimately, wealthy countri ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 12 2015 - 9:21am