“Ten Billion” is poppycock and balderdash!

Two new books, Ten Billion, by Stephen Emmot, and Population: Ten Billion, by Dan Dorley, claim too many people will bring on disaster. They claim humanity will be doomed by the combination of overpopulation, climate change and species loss.... Oddly, this claim has new proponents just as the world’s birth rate has reached an all time low. Births per woman in the poor countries have fallen from 6.2 at the end of World War II to about 2.6 today. The First World is already well below replacement, with birth rates still falling. The UN projections indicate only 6.2 billion people on the planet in 2100!

By |2013-07-18T16:17:23-04:00July 18th, 2013|CFACT Insights|3 Comments

Rio wrapup: People matter (but not to the UN?)

The Rio+20 World Environmental Conference has come and gone. The “Plus 20” comes from the fact that it took place twenty years after the first such conference, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. Between these dates, I was a delegate at the 2002 world environment conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ever since 1992 I have watched the eco-evolution taking place. There is a good side and a bad side. The good side is that general world environmental awareness has been enhanced. That is definitely good. But there is still so much to be done, especially in poor countries where [...]

By |2012-09-16T22:32:15-04:00June 29th, 2012|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Rio wrapup: People matter (but not to the UN?)

Surviving the next African megadrought

Africa is suffering serious drought again—in both the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya) and in West Africa’s Mali. How bad is the drought likely to get? Three years ago, the New York Times reported a study of the lakebed sediments in Ghana’s Lake Bosumtwi. Lead author Tim Shanahan of the University of Texas said Africa gets serious drought every 30 to 65 years—but “changing Atlantic sea-surface temperatures” are capable of triggering “much longer and more severe future droughts.” The Bosumtwi mud revealed a West African megadrought during the Little Ice Age that lasted from 1400 to 1750! The trunks [...]

By |2012-09-16T22:32:42-04:00March 12th, 2012|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Surviving the next African megadrought

Deep Green Resistance: Occupy (and more) till civilization falls

By Duggan Flanakin (reviewer)The central theme of Deep Green Resistance, written by Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen (author of Endgame), is simple. To save the planet, its wildlife and some of its people, the enlightened few must rise up in resistance – not to reform, but rather to totally tear down the corporate capitalist economic system, and even civilization itself as we know it.   Jensen presents his thesis in the book's preface. "The dominant culture – civilization – is killing the planet, and it is long past time for those of us who care about life on earth to [...]

By |2012-09-16T22:32:44-04:00December 27th, 2011|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Deep Green Resistance: Occupy (and more) till civilization falls

Dog lovers and baby killers

By Cyril BoynesA couple months ago, when its dog-sledding business lost customers, a Canadian company had a hundred of its dogs killed. The incident “shocked” and “angered” people. The employee who shot the dogs said he suffered “post traumatic stress” from killing them and wants compensation.Animal activists used the incident in campaigns against dog sled rides. “I don’t think society is willing to accept that animals should be killed just because they are surplus or don’t suit the purpose they were born for,” said one. “The magnitude of this atrocity is so shocking – our heads are reeling,” another said.Huskies are [...]

By |2011-04-12T00:00:00-04:00April 12th, 2011|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Dog lovers and baby killers

Is the world food chain stretched to the limit?

CHURCHVILLE, VA—The cable network MSNBC is warning that the world food chain “has been stretched to the limit” by rising world demand and a series of crop failures in several countries. The TV network’s warning is premature. The U.S., in fact, could ease the current global food price spike with one administrative action—limiting the amount of U.S. corn that gets turned into corn ethanol. Recently, about one-third of America’s huge corn crop has been diverted from food and feed into an ultra-costly auto fuel that gives consumers poorer mileage even as it drives up their food costs.  The corn ethanol diversion [...]

By |2011-01-19T10:59:32-04:00January 19th, 2011|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Is the world food chain stretched to the limit?

Driving US families into fuel poverty

By Niger Innis, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and Amy FrederickThe Obama Administration still hasn't gotten the message voters sent Washington on November 2.The lame duck session and 111th Congress finally ended, without the White House getting key items on its wish list. So now, the Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department intend to impose costly, job-killing, economy-strangling new rules for power plants and refineries, and implement more land-grabs that will lock up additional millions of acres and more billions of dollars of American energy.Their goal is to end the hydrocarbon and nuclear era in America, and force us to convert to “renewable” [...]

By |2011-01-07T11:43:07-04:00January 7th, 2011|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Driving US families into fuel poverty

India and the next green revolution

Until recent decades, India was famous for its famines, not its computer industry. India’s dense population and erratic monsoon rainfall put it constantly at food risk—with a crop failure about every seven years. Two crop failures in a row often meant famine and sometimes there were three bad years in a row. During the Great Famine of 1876–78, five million Indians starved and another 6–10 million died of related dysentery, cholera, and opportunistic fevers.  When Britain ruled India (from the mid-1700s to 1947) the Brits were regularly blamed for India’s famine death tolls. However, India’s population in the late 1800s was [...]

By |2010-12-27T00:00:00-04:00December 27th, 2010|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on India and the next green revolution

Seeing the face of energy poverty, up-close, in Cancun

On one side of this tropical strip, UN delegates, media, and observers shuttle between luxurious hotels, posh restaurants, a white sandy beach with turquoise water, and a modern convention center where they spend their time bemoaning man-made climate change and planning the energy future for the rest of the globe. One the other side of the Cancun "Hotel Zoneria," just 10 or 15 kilometers from downtown, live countless numbers of Mexican families without electricity, running water, or any of the other modern conveniences we in the developed world take for granted everyday.

By |2013-12-12T16:39:50-04:00December 8th, 2010|CFACT Insights, Conferences|Comments Off on Seeing the face of energy poverty, up-close, in Cancun