Category Archives: Politics

Autumnal reflections on the bounty of Nature

Tweet Right, I promised something about pumpkin pie, or at least some fare less likely to produce indigestion than the end of the world as we know it (although the conversation during the Thanksgiving holiday with the extended family did, … Continue reading

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A poisoned fruit from the tree of knowledge

Tweet Life sure seems hard these days.  Yes, I know, in the material sense it could hardly be better for Americans like me, and it’s obscene to complain when so many people worldwide are barely surviving.  The hardness comes instead … Continue reading

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The future of coastal Virginia, and other trivia

Tweet Yesterday, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its Fourth, and most authoritative, Synthesis Report on the scientific consensus on global climate change and strategies for mitigating its impacts. The 23-page summary is well worth reading, particularly for the … Continue reading

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Climate change: the Virginia angle

Tweet The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is basking in the glory of sharing the Nobel Prize with Al Gore for their “efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations … Continue reading

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Economic growth is the opiate of the people

Tweet Karl Marx thought it was religion, and there is indeed a compelling case to be made there.  But then, modern economics has many of the trappings of a religion.  It is assuredly faith-based, and its tenets also appear largely … Continue reading

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Global poverty is solvable – just watch this

Tweet Fascinating editorial in this week’s issue of Nature arguing that “Many ‘developing’ countries are much more developed than some people think. Their rapid progress should inspire scientists and their institutions to do more to confront global poverty.” The immensity … Continue reading

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America the Green (some restrictions may apply)

Tweet Forbes magazine has just released its survey of the “greenest state in the land of the free” (to borrow from the old Davy Crockett TV show theme).  Forbes ranked each state in six equally weighted categories: carbon footprint, air … Continue reading

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Planet in Peril

Tweet That’s the name of a new documentary on the state of the Earth to air this coming Tuesday and Wednesday nights (23 and 24 October) on CNN.  Normally, I shy away from anything that might be considered advertising.  But … Continue reading

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Newt Gingrich and Terry Maple: Natural Patriots

Tweet Yes, that Newt Gingrich. I admit this is hard for me, as a lifelong Democrat. But bear with me.   In our better moments, we all like to talk about finding common ground and fostering bipartisanship and all that … Continue reading

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One way to pay for conservation

Tweet Significant news on the US legislative front (from the Ecological Society of America’s press release): “The House cleared a bill on October 10 that would let foreign nations pay off some of their debt by protecting coral reefs and … Continue reading

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