Environment

Scientists to Gore: “Cool the Hype”

By Marc Comtois | March 13, 2007 |

The NY Times reports: “I don’t want to pick on Al Gore,” Don J. Easterbrook, an emeritus professor of geology at Western Washington University, told hundreds of experts at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. “But there are a lot of inaccuracies in the statements we are seeing, and we have to…

Biofuel Pact = Latest Bush Conspiracy!!!!

By Marc Comtois | March 9, 2007 |

Well, silly me, here I thought that the Biofuel Pact that will be signed by President Bush and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva would be viewed as a good thing. Here’s what I thought would be the main storyline: President Bush sees the new agreement with Brazil on ethanol as a way to…

One Conservative’s Climate Change Confessional

By Marc Comtois | March 8, 2007 |

OK, prompted by some comments to my recent post on our frigid February and by a ProJo letter to the editor which asked: :Please provide the names of just two skeptics who work in the field of climate science and who have been published in respected peer-reviewed journals. Help me to escape the intellectual manacles…

“Weather story that’s not topping the news”

By Marc Comtois | March 7, 2007 |

After receiving our most recent gas bill from National Grid–and picking my wife up off of the floor–I thought back and realized that, “Gee, February was a pretty cold month.” Don Surber (Via Glenn Reynolds) calls this the “Weather story that’s not topping the news.” He links to several stories, here’s one example: It was…

Do Aldroids Dream of Inconvenient Hypocrisy?

By Marc Comtois | February 26, 2007 |

Ya know, do they really have to make it so easy? (via Instapundit): Last night, Al Gore’s global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy. Gore’s mansion, located in the posh Belle Meade area…

Our Warming Planet

By Marc Comtois | January 30, 2007 |

I’d heard of the Medieval Warm Period (for a good, sensible analysis, I’d recommend “The Global Warming Two-Step” by William Tucker), but the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum was a new one to me until I received an unbidden issue of Inside Smithsonian Research in the mail the other day. In it was an article on how…

State of Narragansett Bay

By Carroll Andrew Morse | October 25, 2006 | Comments Off on State of Narragansett Bay

A detailed but accessible summary of Save the Bay‘s assessment of how conditions in Narragansett Bay have improved and declined since the year 2000 is available from the StB website (h/t RightRI)…This edition shows that, despite considerable progress in some of the indicators, the Bay has declined slightly from an overall score of 4.5 in…

Senators Chafee and Reed Filibuster Defense Appropriations

By Carroll Andrew Morse | December 21, 2005 |

Ramesh Ponnuru at National Review Online is reporting that Senator Lincoln Chafee has joined with the Democrats (including Senator Jack Reed) to filibuster this year’s Defense Department appropriation until a provision allowing oil-drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is removed. By the way, to read a more sensible approach to energy policy, click here.…

Preparing for a Flu Outbreak III

By Carroll Andrew Morse | October 13, 2005 | Comments Off on Preparing for a Flu Outbreak III

Nick Schulz has an article up at TechCentralStation that answers the basic questions about what is required to mount a comprehensive response to an avian flu outbreak. As I suspected, there are several steps that can be taken to increase our ability to rapidly produce vaccines in an emergency.