There’s always something fun brewing down at ye ol’ alma mater: Dear Dean Boor and Trustees of the University: As New York State organic farmers, we object to the presence of the “Alliance for Science” on the Cornell campus (http://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/). This advocacy group for the highly controversial agricultural genetic engineering industry, funded almost entirely by […]
Category Archive for 'Environment'
Many of us are very optimistic about the myriad ways that we may be able to store energy in the future. Why is this crucial? With sufficient energy storage capacity, not only can be be at much less risk when the whims of weather and natural disasters disrupt our production capabilities, but we will much […]
It has been said to me that nearly half of all substances are carcinogenic. Further, substances made by humans (chemists tell me) are not more carcinogenic than things that are “natural.” If you eat peanuts, or drink beer, or drink wine, you are exposing yourself to a very large amount of carcinogens – at least […]
The dark-colored peppered moth is on the verge of extinction. And it IS very likely because of human activity. Voila! Evidence that humans are bad for species and ecosystems! Might I urge everyone to just take a deep breath and to think harder when information is presented to you? It turns out that the dark […]
In Nordhaus’s Climate Casino (recommended), in describing the problem when market prices do not fully capture all resource costs: However, the unregulated invisible hand sets the prices incorrectly when there are important externalities. Therefore, governments must step in and regulate or tax activities with significant harmful externalities. Global warming is no different than other externalities; it requires […]
Posted in Environment on Jul 4th, 2016
We here at T.U.W. hope you are enjoying your celebration of the original Brexit. The following post is admittedly crude, and will be put into extreme amounts of detail should I ever get my global warming work done. But as you light off your sparklers, firecrackers, M-80s, cherry bombs, pineapples, roman candles and the like […]
I’m refurbishing my notes on various environmental topics and came across this page from the UK’s office of the World Wildlife Fund. Here is what they say about threats to the Amazon: More than half of the Amazon rainforest could be lost or severely damaged as early as 2030 if current trends in deforestation, droughts, […]
The hosts used at Catholic Mass, i.e. the Sacramental Bread, are made from wheat (and yeast, and water, and salt, and even some holy water!). Quiz question: What percentage of the acreage of wheat planted around the world for commercial/consumption purposes is GMO wheat? Answer here. Be nice to Mom today. And every day.
Not much to round-up today (well, actually, I am not in a position to round-up much), and some is sobering. Try this one: “We find that poor economic conditions do not drive participation in ISIS. ” Paper here. Read the abstract, intro and conclusion, you will be depressed. I think Trumpists will use this one fiercely […]
Readers, just reminding you that in 2016, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy of an automaker’s vehicle fleet of “cars” is supposed to be 36 miles per gallon (that was what I initially thought, but Wiki says it is FORTY ONE!). Question, how many cars on retailer floors even have this as part of their sticker? […]