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Category Archive for 'Environment'

I May Dim My Lights, a Little

As readers can tell, I’m basically withdrawn from my online presence, and hope to slowly extract myself entirely one day. We’ll see. In the meantime, I want to write something about Earth Hour. Yes, as you all know I find this to be silly symbolism, and it probably directly makes the environment a tiny bit […]

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NYS Parent Teachers association joins the ranks of the climate deniers. At the end of 2016, the NYS-PTA passed a resolution that aims to remove genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) foods from school cafeterias throughout the state. Resolutions adopted in November will: • Support mandatory labeling of GMO and GE foods. • Support regulations […]

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A very misunderstood idea is that “organic” foods are grown without pesticides. This is patently untrue. Organic foods are grown with “approved” pesticides – generally those that have a biological origin. Of course, this does not mean that these pesticides are worse, or better, than “unnaturally” produced chemical pesticides (aren’t biological pesticides also chemicals? Oh, […]

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If we truly wanted to reduce emissions from automobiles, and to save energy at the same time, we should hope to see a major swap. What would that be? Well, we would want to see all of the Toyota Priuses adorned with the following bumper sticker: Instead of the more typical ones you would find […]

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It seems to me that anti-GMO activists are open and proud discriminators on the basis of sex. Transgenic breeding techniques are targeted methods of introducing genes with particularly desirable characteristics into a plant or animal species. These very same characteristics have been for thousands of years, and can currently be, bred traditionally into plant and […]

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So, reusable shopping bags are becoming even costlier than I argued earlier: My local supermarket, which is nationally recognized as being both great at customer service and also great at appearing green to its customers, has finally recognized that customers who use reusable shopping bags impose costs on other people in line by making the […]

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Now, reporters don’t usually write their own headlines, but this is just out there: Here is the longer piece. The headline makes it appear that all 600,000 residents of Las Vegas are getting solar power. Of course, you have to read the fine print that tells us only all municipal facilities are using renewable energy. That’s a […]

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Crickets for Christmas

All I want for Christmas is to have laid out for me clearly, with demonstrative scientific and economic evidence, what the most serious damages global warming has caused so far. I’d much appreciate the wrapping paper on the present not include a litany of “coulds,” “possiblys,” “mights,” “maybes,” etc. As a reminder, over the course of […]

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As with just about every issue on Earth, most folks who are providing commentary on the Standing Rock Reservation protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline don’t have very much real information about the particular conflict. In order to have a reasoned and intelligent conversation about it, one would imagine wanting to learn more about the […]

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I would love to run a series of posts that simply ask readers to guess whether or not the information is from the Onion. Maybe this one is too obvious, but here goes. Suggestions for Eliminating Food “Waste” “Avoid impulse buying by only going to the grocery store for one ingredient at a time. Hire […]

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