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Science Explained

Graham H Pyke

Bee Foraging

Bee Foraging

What really is science, and the process whereby science is produced? Answering this question is fundamental to understanding and appreciating how science is incorporated into our lives.

Its consideration is also essential to evaluating criticisms that have been made, especially recently, with regard to both science and scientists. I here attempt to answer this question. Read the rest of this entry

‘Two very different population books’ – By Paul R. Ehrlich

Paul R. Ehrlich

blog postIf you’re lucky enough to grow old, you have the privilege of being commented on by historians.  That happened to me recently with the publication of “The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth’s Future” by Yale historian Paul Sabin. Read the rest of this entry

Resources: Rare Minerals Vs Biodiversity

Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich

Wildebeest crossing the Mara River in Tanzania.  Photo by Paul R. Ehrlich

Wildebeest crossing the Mara River in Tanzania. Photo by Paul R. Ehrlich

The Ok Tedi copper and gold mine dumped 80,000 tons of tailings – containing copper, zinc, cadmium, and lead directly into the Ok Tedi and Fly rivers (Papua New Guinea’s second largest river system). Read the rest of this entry

Truly sustainable bioenergy in East Africa?

Written By:

Thomas Buchholz – Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont, USA
Peik Stenlund – Co-Founder Pamoja Cleantech AB, Stockholm, Sweden and Kampala, Uganda
Stephen Christensen – Chalmers University, Göteborg, Sweden
Léonore Joërg – Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nantes, France

A gasifier in rural Uganda providing basic electricity services.

A gasifier in rural Uganda providing basic electricity services.

95% of the people in rural areas in East Africa have no access to electricity. Read the rest of this entry

POPULATION AND “NATURAL” DISASTERS

Paul R. Ehrlich

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Courtesy of CNN – Tananun, Philippines, November 2013.

 Think of all the “natural disasters” with which we’re afflicted: tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, storm surges, hurricanes, cyclones, and so on.  And note that the impacts of such events are almost always worse if the human population affected is large.  Typhoon Haiyan’s severity in 2013 was likely population related because the huge population of Homo sapiens is heating the planet and increasing the odds that typhoons will be more severe.  Read the rest of this entry

GEOENGINEERING: AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS GONE

Paul R. Ehrlich and Andrew Beattie

Paul Ehrlich 13As it has become more and more evident that humanity is not going to rapidly stop burning fossil fuels, some very worried scientists have increasingly turned their thoughts to reduce global warming.  Read the rest of this entry

YASUNI DRILLING: ETHICAL FAILURE AND GROSS STUPIDITY

Paul R. Ehrlich

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When a large oil deposit – almost a billion barrels — was discovered under Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park in the Amazon, it seemed to foretell yet another disaster for Earth’s disappearing plants and animals.  Read the rest of this entry

The Bugs in Our Lives

Andrew Beattie and Paul R. Ehrlich

 BeeThe idea that each and every one of us is daily indebted to millions of tiny species such as bacteria, fungi, algae, worms and insects, though true, is a hard sell.

Before you leave the house in the morning, the air you breathe, the coffee you drink and the toast you munch are there courtesy of three tiny organisms and the communities of which they are part: Read the rest of this entry

‘Dear grandchildren, I can only say sorry’ – A great Climate Change article by Ross Gittens

A great article by Australian political and economic journalist and author, Ross Gittens who discusses the issues with Australia’s political stance in addressing environmental issues.

Illustration by Kerrie Leishman

Click here for the full story

Balancing Birth and their Death – The Demographic Transition Theory

Paul R. Ehrlich

ehrlichWhen considering UN demographic statistics, there are several things one must keep in mind.  One is the so-called “demographic transition theory,” which is often cited by the uninitiated as a reason not to be concerned about the size of the human population.  Read the rest of this entry

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