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Poisoning Ourselves

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, it was noticed that there were cuts in the budget to the Environmental Protection Agency.  The rationale was that we needed to shift more funds to the global and perpetual war on terror.   At the time, I said that “the terrorists” won’t have to bother…

Roundup-Resistant Weeds

Here at ScienceBlogs, we’ve regularly posted about the thorny issue of antibiotic overuse, and the subsequent antibiotic resistance.  This is a good example of evolution in action; it’s also a good reason why we need to study and understand evolution.   But antibiotic resistance is not the only such example.  The same principle applies to…

Tech Tip #6

Forget to water your tomato plants?  Try using ollas (pronounced oy-ya).  Olla is Spanish for pot, as in clay pot.   What you do is to get unglazed clay pots, bury them near the plants, and put water in them.  The water leaks out very slowly, because the unglazed clay is permeable.  This creates a…

America missed her chance to elect a sane pro-environmental candidate in 2000.  Or rather, the Supreme Court missed its chance.  Whatever.  The critical point is that environmentalism cannot be understood as an isolated issue.  Pro-environmental thinking must pervade everything we do from now on. That is not to say that it is the only issue.…

Stop the Catalogs

The environmental consequences of shopping catalogs have been well documented.  For example, over eight million tons of trees are consumed each year in the production of paper catalogs. Now there is a website where you can go to opt out of them: catalogchoice.org. (Note the .org, not .com) They’ve been up for about a month,…

True Cost of Alternative Energy

People who advocate alternative energy (i.e. not oil or natural gas) often fail to appreciate the true cost of developing the necessary technology.  Courtesy of Cryptogon, I now present a chart that illustrates these true costs, in proper perspective. As you can see, development of alternative fuels costs almost nothing, compared to fighting a war…

Global Warming Hoax?

I found this at John Fleck’s Inkstain, but others are writing about it, too.  Some think it is a hoax perpetrated to promote anthropogenic global warming denialism; others think it is an attempt to discredit the denialists.   I was all excited at the prospect that humans aren’t causing global warming after all, that it’s…

A Reassuring Lie

This cartoon is by Clay Bennett, the editorial cartoonist for the Christian Science Monitor. I guess that is one way to get re-elected.  Tell people what they want to hear.

WMD Found

…11 miles from Denver, in a wildlife refuge, forcing the cancellation of a number of public events. This refers to a placed called the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, near Commerce City, Colorado.  Their website now states, simply: Wildlife Refuge Temporarily Closed Public visitation to the Refuge has been temporarily suspended due to a…

Blazing Stupidity

I don’t think I am being unduly harsh in saying that this was an incredibly stupid thing to do: U.S. Forest Service investigators were on campus last week to question Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members about an Oct. 11 incident at the Lower Gallinas Campground in which a tree was cut down and burned along…