Environment

Like Fewer Wildifires In The US? Thank Europeans

Before the arrival of European immigrants to the western United States, up to 12 percent of it would burn each year. Somehow, even though science is well aware of that fact, political media today claim that wildfires are unprecedented and we are doomed.  A ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 30 2018 - 11:53am

Global Warming May Be Damaging Sperm

A new study in Nature Communications suggests that climate change could pose a threat to male fertility by increasing the number and severity of heat waves which damage sperm. The authors contend that climate change is already having an impact on species p ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 13 2018 - 5:01am

Why Activists Changed Their Tunes On Dams And Reservoirs

Dams keep the boom and bust of flooding from being too severe, they prevent water shortages, they make human existence better. But they clearly change nature. Why is a human building a dam unnatural but a beaver building a dam natural? Only an environmenta ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Nov 14 2018 - 8:01am

What The IPCC Scientists Really Said- NOT 'All Going To Die'- Key Points, Press Conference And Some Highlights From The Report

Many journalists have penned exaggerated, click baity but inaccurate articles about the IPCC report on climate change. One of the worst is the one published in the NY Times. It doesn’t have that many out and out mistakes, but it is a highly respected sour ...

Article - Robert Walker - Nov 27 2018 - 9:22pm

Opening The Refrigerator Door Is Not Making Your Milk Spoil Quicker

Two weeks after people were sickened by E. coli on romaine lettuce, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control told the entire country to throw theirs out, which alarmed people for little reason and cost farmers hundreds of millions of dollars. People shouldn� ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Nov 26 2018 - 12:01pm

Plastic Is Here To Stay – An Environmentalist And An Archaeologist Discuss What Happens Next

This is an article from Head to Head, a series in which academics from different disciplines chew over current debates. Let us know what else you’d like covered – all questions are welcome.. Sharon George: Plastics are ingrained in our everyday lives. Sin ...

Article - The Conversation - Nov 30 2018 - 4:01pm

No Need To Worry About ‘Great Dying’- About Permian Extinction 262 Million Years Ago

This is running as a scary story in the news today. I’m asked if it means we are all going to die. No, it does not. That was a 10 °C rise and we are headed towards 3.6 °C at maximum with the Paris pledges already. With the Paris agreement if they continue ...

Article - Robert Walker - Dec 7 2018 - 7:44pm

Fact Or Fiction? Rollback Of Obama WOTUS Regulations Will Endanger Our Water Supply

If you are reading media claims about President Trump and the Waters of the United States, they are using terms like "unprecedented" and "sabotage" regarding rollback of some 2015 Obama restrictions that environmentalists had lobbied fo ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Dec 11 2018 - 12:51pm

Heard Of This Small But Hugely Carbon Negative Country? Suriname In Amazonian Rain Forest- From Today's Talanoa Story Dialogs

This may be a welcome change from the climate change discussion which got a bit heated over the weekend. The Talanoa climate change story telling dialogs. They have been going on all day, in seven simultaneous sessions, today, 11th December 2018. The stor ...

Article - Robert Walker - Aug 22 2019 - 3:05pm

Statistic Of The Year: 90.5 Percent Of Plastic Has Never Been Recycled

This year, I served on the judging panel for The Royal Statistical Society’s International Statistic of the Year. On Dec. 18, we announced the winner: 90.5 percent, the amount of plastic that has never been recycled. Okay – but why is that such a big deal ...

Article - The Conversation - Dec 18 2018 - 2:49pm