Category Archives: Commentaries Essays

Cap and Trade for Babies?

By | October 21, 2009

An environmental writer mainstreams an idea floating around the green fringe — save the earth by population control and give carbon credits to one-child families. Are we threatened by the patter of little carbon footprints?

Fat Folks Beware!

By | September 17, 2009

In an article entitled "Population adiposity and climate change," which was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine write that "world-wide, over one billion adults are overweight and around 300 million are obese", which state of affairs, they suggest, "has serious implications for health,… Read More »

Global Warming Hotheads Freeze out Science’s Sceptics

By | September 17, 2009

GARTH Paltridge was a chief research scientist with the CSIRO’s division of atmospheric research before becoming the director of the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies and chief executive of the Antarctic Co-operative Research Centre. His latest skeptical contribution to the debate on the dangers of carbon dioxide is a book, endearingly titled The Climate Caper.  

Africa’s Real Climate Crisis

By | September 3, 2009

Life in Africa is often nasty, impoverished and short. AIDS kills 2.2 million Africans every year according to WHO (World Health Organization) reports. Lung infections cause 1.4 million deaths, malaria 1 million more, intestinal diseases 700,000. Diseases that could be prevented with simple vaccines kill an additional 600,000 annually, while war, malnutrition and life in filthy slums send… Read More »

A Climate Science Brief

By | August 31, 2009

The Earth has been warming not for 150 years but for 300. Bristlecone pines are unreliable sources of data on temperature because tree-ring width is influenced less by temperature than by rainfall and, more recently, by CO2 fertilization.