"Many of the world's forests appear to be making a comeback, and some are more thickly forested now than they were nearly 200 years ago." this, according to the Environmental News Network, which reported on a National Academy of Sciences study which showed that the United States and China had the greatest gains in forests over the last 15 years. Indeed, researchers found that despite concerns about deforestation, timber-size trees increased over the past 15 years in 22 of the 50 countries with the most forests. Experts attribute this to increasing prosperity, since almost every country with per capita [...]
Advocates of green energy and green jobs claim their policies will create jobs, reduce pollution, and save the environment. Dr. Roger meiners, author of the false promise of green energy, disagrees, and has this to say:
The government has long sought to protect both public health and the environment, but what does it do when these two priorities seemingly conflict with one another? Well such was recently the case when the FDA was charged with removing the last remaining over-the-counter asthma inhaler.
You’ve heard of a kilowatt of electricity, but how about a negawatt? Well unless you’re from England you probably haven’t heard of a negawatt yet, but the concept of paying consumers to turn off their power switch is now a reality in Britain. As reported by Bloomberg News, England’s efforts to meet its growing demand for electricity with wind power is proving daunting, as wind energy is unreliable and creates a lot of problems for electric grid managers. To help them out, a curb in demand is being pursued by offering consumers an opportunity to earn an average of [...]
Not surprisingly, a number of environmentalists have recently attempted to link the tragic earthquake in Japan to, you guessed it, global warming. But Dr. Tom Borelli of the National Center for Public Policy Research isn't buying it, and has this to say: “Clearly global warming alarmists will exploit any natural disaster to promote their anti-fossil fuel agenda. The very idea that carbon dioxide – a trace atmospheric gas – and global temperatures could impact plate tectonic forces and cause an earthquake is absurd and is unsupported by any credible scientific study. Spreading such hype in the media without a [...]
The practice of trading carbon credits to lower greenhouse emissions has not yet taken hold in America. But in Europe, the practice has been widespread for nearly a decade, and is not without its troubles. Most recently comes news from Germany that investigators have uncovered a ploy being used by shady companies to lift 850 million euros from the carbon trading business. The criminal companies were found to have recycled carbon certificates in such a manner that they could rake in hundreds of millions, and then simply announce bankruptcy and disappear. Since organized crime is also implicated in Europe’s [...]
Looking for a high-paying career? Well how about becoming a climate scientist? According to an article in National Review entitled “All aboard the climate gravy train,” author Ian Murray explains that while global warming advocates like to portray climate scientists as poorly paid academics, immune to the influence of money, climate science has actually become one of the highest paid professions in America. He notes that while firefighters average about $21 per hour and university professors around $50, climate scientists average about $73 per hour, making it the third highest-paid public sector job, ranking even above judges. So apparently, [...]
Always trying to come up with new ways to stop the progress of safe, genetically modified foods, some environmentalists are now claiming that the pollen from such plants will “pollute” nearby organic fields. But according to expert Dennis Avery of the Hudson Institute, traces of biotech pollen have practically no effect whatsoever on nearby crops, and esteemed bodies like the National Academy of Sciences and British Royal Society all say there is no basis for regulating gene-spliced crops any differently from other crops. Since GM foods are already helping to conserve land, reduce chemical use, cut down on erosion, [...]
In another example of junk science run amok, environmental alarmists are demanding that New York City speed up its plan to remove light fixtures and electrical equipment from schools due to possible exposure to PCB chemicals.
In light of the nuclear crisis in Japan, should the world abandon nuclear power for safety reasons? Dr. Kelvin Kemm, a nuclear physicist, says no, and here explains why: “The Fukushima nuclear plants are forty years old and use an outdated boiling water reactor design. . ."
What could be better than a college community that produces all its own renewable energy, saves money, and even has surplus power to sell? Well such was the recent plan of the Los Angeles community college district. But according to the Los Angeles Times, this green energy plan proved to be wildly impractical, and ended up costing taxpayers nearly $10 million. For starters, green energy takes up lots of room, and the colleges would not have come close to meeting their energy needs even if solar panels and wind turbines were wedged into very available space. Since average winds [...]
While many people are suffering through hard times these days, the same can also be said for those in the animal kingdom – particularly frogs. According to New Scientist magazine, frogs are under attack from a worldwide fungus which causes chytrid disease – a deadly killer. However, researchers at James Madison University recently discovered that the frogs exposed to the deadly fungus can actually survive – if their bodies are coated with a bacterium called J. lividum. This bacteria produces an antibiotic that is used in antifungal drugs, and the scientists hope to bathe a number of webbed critters [...]
President Obama has made it a priority to promote green jobs over others and subsidize renewable energy. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, argues that this policy is misguided, and has this to say: “Research in Europe and America shows that so-called ‘green jobs’ stimulus spending by the government actually causes a loss of jobs in the overall economy. The policies also raise energy prices, hurting consumers at the pump and when they pay their utility bills. Rather than promoting these wasteful efforts that actually damage the U.S. economy, the president should be [...]
Holland has long been known for its tulips, wooden clogs and, of course, windmills. So it’s probably not surprising when the European Union moved to increase its use of renewable energy, Holland was among the first to jump on board the windmill bandwagon.
As everyone knows, the weather is becoming more extreme with increasing numbers of blizzards, hurricanes, droughts and other calamities caused by global warming, right? Well, while the media tends to hype these severe weather events as unusual and increasing in frequency, a new study by the Twentieth Century Reanalysis Project reveals otherwise. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, this project, which involved sophisticated supercomputers, created a dataset of global atmospheric conditions dating back to 1891. And what did they find? Well, contrary to what global warming proponents have been saying, they found absolutely no evidence of more extreme [...]