(Authored By Jim Vanne)
Farley Mowat, the noted Canadian leftist and Greenpeace activist, wrote in his book West Viking (written while we were still in the global cooling scare) that there were probably at least dwarf forests growing in Greenland # when the Vikings arrived in 985 AD and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History reports “… Erik the Red discovered two areas of southwest Greenland which were suitable for farming, with grasslands and small stands of alder and birch.” # You will note that it is too cold today for any type of forests to grow in Greenland, and there is zero ability to farm. Mowat also reported the Arctic pack ice was much less in that Viking discovery era than today. Dr. Fred Singer writes that when the Vikings first settled Greenland, they grew vegetables, and it was warm enough to allow the population to grow to 3,000 people # and by 1100 AD the place was thriving enough that they had their own bishop and twelve churches.# Nature reported in a 2010 article that clamshell studies also confirm Norse records.# Meanwhile, the (Read More....)
When it comes to the sustainable management of the world’s golf courses, irrigation has always been a hot-potato issue. To help clarify the issues surrounding this controversy, researchers from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands recently published the results of a 25-year study that analyzed the way one of Spain’s oldest golf courses uses reclaimed water for irrigation. The researchers concluded that the course’s plants are overwatered by an astonishing 83 percent.
"Excessive amounts of water are used...this cannot be justified from any perspective," according to lead author Maria del Pino Palacios Diaz of the university’s Department of Animal Pathology, Animal Production and Food Science and Technology.
Although the cost of water in the area is considered exorbitant, local golf courses continue to use more water than necessary. Overwatering the plants by such a high percentage helps to keep substances from building up in the soil, but raises the chance that the water in the aquifer beneath the area will be (Read More....)
Investors looking for the next big thing after a hydrocarbon economy have a panoply of options, from solar to wind, as well as biofuels.
In terms of quickly ramping up production biofuels clearly win the race, but navigating the PR fluff and reality is not a simple thing.
The three main contenders for investor dollars are algae, jatropha and camelina. All have strengths and weaknesses, leaving investors to choose amongst them. Stripped of PR flummery, the only issue is where and when production can begin on a viable commercial scale. Investors who unravel the complexities of biofuel production and have cast-iron stomachs stand to profit, but biofuel production in the U.S, while having major players like Goldman Sachs and the Carlyle Group, are moving their chess pieces around a board already gamed by the major players.
While everyone agrees that biofuels are the future, investment is lagging.
But the interest is there. Fuel and oil comprise 25 percent of civilian airlines' operating costs. When the price of jet fuel rises one cent, it increases the global cost of aviation $195 million.
Camelina as an (Read More....)
What in the world is going on over in Japan? The Japan nuclear crisis seems to get worse with each passing day. Right now environmental activists all over the world are beginning to have grave concerns about the lasting damage to the environment that is going to be caused by all of this radiation. Sadly, this crisis has already become worse than Chernobyl. Chernobyl was a nightmare, but it only burned for 10 days. The authorities in Japan are telling us that the nuclear crisis at Fukushima could go on for "weeks" or "months". There is no telling just how many millions of people will have serious health problems as a result of all this. Meanwhile, many environmentalists are seriously proposing that we should build more nuclear plants as a way to "save the environment". It is as if people simply cannot learn.
Now the Japanese authorities are telling us that 11,500 tons of "moderately radioactive" water is going to be purposely released into the (Read More....)
Lab tests have confirmed that water throughout the Gulf of Mexico is now very highly toxic. A couple of "independent journalists" were able to obtain water samples from the Gulf and send them out to a scientific laboratory for testing. The samples sent in were from along the shore in Louisiana and also from 20 miles out. The results were absolutely shocking. The tests found concentrations of propylene glycol at between 360 and 440 parts per million. Needless to say, that is extremely alarming. Propylene glycol at just 25 parts per million will kill most fish. So what in the world is going to happen to fish that encounter this kind of toxic soup? It is going to be a complete and total nightmare for them. So where is all of this propylene glycol coming from? Well, propylene glycol is one of the key ingredients found in the various Corexit brand dispersants that BP has been using in the Gulf of Mexico. Up to this point, BP has dumped over a million gallons of such dispersants into the Gulf. So instead of (Read More....)
In an amazing development, all media have been banned from Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup sites. Yes, you read that correctly. All media have been banned. In yet another sign of just how far free speech rights in the United States have fallen, "National Incident Commander" Thad Allen has banned all media access to oil clean up sites in or around the Gulf of Mexico. Instead of devoting all of their energy to trying to save the environment in the Gulf of Mexico, BP and the U.S. government seem absolutely obsessed from keeping people away from seeing what is really going on. It is now a class B felony that carries a fine of up to $40,000 for any media representative to come within the 65 foot "exclusion zone" that has been established. That means that all members of the media - print, television, radio and bloggers - are banned (Read More....)
Instead of being obsessed with trying to save the environment of the Gulf of Mexico, BP seems obsessed with trying to cover their rear ends and with limiting their legal liability. The truth is that instead of conducting an open, honest and transparent cleanup operation, BP has been intimidating reporters, lying to the public and abusing those who are trying to help. Not only that, but BP has now even gone so far as to hire professional mercenaries to protect their interests in the Gulf region. No wonder the American people are rapidly turning against BP. This has got to be one of the greatest public relations disasters in U.S. history. Of course it is already the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Unprecedented numbers of dolphins, sharks, turtles, fish and other sea creatures (Read More....)
More than a month after it began, oil continues to gush rapidly into the Gulf of Mexico from a damaged BP oil well. The environmental damage from this oil spill is going to be absolutely unprecedented in U.S. history. In fact, it is now becoming apparent that the region surrounding the Gulf of Mexico may not recover from this environmental horror in our lifetimes. Yes, that is how bad it really is. The facts about this oil spill that you are about to read below are absolutely going to stun you. But the links are all there so you can go check out the information for yourself. As Americans, we like to talk a good game about how we want to save the environment, but the truth is that we are doing more to harm the environment than anyone else. It is time to take responsibility for our actions, because the earth is going to become one gigantic trash heap if we are not careful.
The following are 10 shocking facts about the unprecedented environmental horror in the Gulf of Mexico that you may not know....
#1) Prominent oceanographers (Read More....)