May 2017

R. I. P. EPA

It is somewhat ironic that the demise of the Environmental Protection Agency should come at the hands of Donald Trump. Nominally a Republican, Trump has done his best in less than four months to undo an important government agency initially created by the Republican Party in 1970. Its original mandate included protecting our water and air from pollution and the resulting impacts on human health. It has since become responsible for a greatly enhanced mission. This mission has become international and more wide-ranging than originally conceived. MORE

March 2017

PLASTIC PLAGUE


How much plastic is in the ocean? What is its impact on the marine environment and the creatures that inhabit it? What can we do about it?

These are among the questions that have been raised by the environmental community for decades. The answers are staggering. According to the non-profit environmental group 5 Gyres " ...a 2017 study published by the United Nations Clean Seas Campaign estimated that there are 51 trillion microplastic particles in the ocean today - 500 times more than the number of stars in our galaxy." These microplastic particles are the result of the breakup of plastic products - everything from bazillions of plastic bottles, six pack rings, plastic bags, life rafts, light sticks packaging, fishing gear, etc. MORE

FEBRUARY 2017

PACE PICKS UP THE PACE


The Trump administration has clearly announced its opposition to a progressive environmental agenda. They have followed through on their campaign promises to divert and subvert the global campaign to make renewable energy a center piece of our campaigns to defeat global climate change. Among the first actions taken by the new administration was to compile lists of government workers who had been working on climate change in the federal government. In addition they issued an order to erase all climate change scientific data held by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others agencies as well. They nominated and confirmed a new EPA chief who is a litigious climate denier. Indeed, his experience with the EPA features years of suing the agency in an effort to weaken it. Finally, ... MORE

January 2017

EXTREME POLITICS BEDEVILS SCIENTISTS AND POLICYMAKERS



The environmental community has long been accustomed to working on long-term problems. We project decades into the future and investigate centuries back in history. Some global issues and impacts are under discussion by thousands of scientists from virtually every nation on this planet. The scientific consensus is strong, productive and professional. The scientific method is still the backbone of science and fuels the free and open interchange of data and ideas. It is responsible, in large part, for the implementation of effective global partnerships that are our best hope for survival in a rapidly degrading ecosphere.

Unfortunately, environmental advocates have recently been disappointed by many of the things that our new president and his minions have done in response to global environmental problems. Two recent actions illustrate ... MORE.
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