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I am an environmentalist. I place a strong value on clean air and water, diverse ecosystems and care for the wild places of the earth. But in the last few years I have realized there is a dark side to the movement.

It is very wealthy and often has goals that are indifferent to human suffering and needs. The environmental movement thrives on promoting fear of the future. This section is for posts that have made me think.

There are many types of environmentalism and some of them are pitted against each other. Example: Conservationists in Germany would like to protect storks and endangered birds against windfarms (which are killing them). Greens are tearing down nests (in some cases) so that there aren't barriers to windfarm construction and CO2 reduction. 18 spectacularly wrong predictions made around the time of first Earth Day in 1970, expect more this year | American Enterprise Institute. Tomorrow (Monday, April 22) is Earth Day 2019 and time for my annual Earth Day post on spectacularly wrong predictions around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970…..

In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled “Earth Day, Then and Now: The planet’s future has never looked better. Here’s why” to provide some historical perspective on the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. In that article, Bailey noted that around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, and in the years following, there was a “torrent of apocalyptic predictions” and many of those predictions were featured in his Reason article. Well, it’s now the 49th anniversary of Earth Day, and a good time to ask the question again that Bailey asked 19 years ago: How accurate were the predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970?

The answer: “The prophets of doom were not simply wrong, but spectacularly wrong,” according to Bailey. 1. Ensia | Vital reporting on our changing planet. The Risk-Monger’s Dirty Dozen – 12 highly toxic pesticides approved for use in organic farming. Originally published on November 12, 2015. See the French translation. It is commonly believed that organic farmers do not use pesticides and that organic food is therefore safer to consume than conventionally farmed fruit and vegetables. In a UK poll, 95% of the consumers bought organic food because they wanted to avoid consuming pesticides. This belief could not be further from the truth.

If a farmer has a pest, fungus or weed problem, he or she has to address it with a toxic agent or suffer the consequences. The condition for organic pesticides is that they must originally come from a natural source, but this does not imply that natural chemicals are any less deadly (Ebola is natural). Three big lies The fact that organic farmers use pesticides should not be a big deal. There are three big lies that the organic food lobbyists commit every moment of every day that indicate either a total brain-washed stupidity or a complete lack of integrity (… probably both). Methodology Like this: The world faces 'pollinator collapse'? How and why the media get the science wrong time and again. Published on July 31, 2019 Written by Jon Entine With neither the facts nor the science on their side, they’ve been doing a lot of table pounding lately. As I and others have detailed in the Genetic Literacy Project and as other news organizations such as the Washington Post and Slate have outlined, the pollinator-collapse narrative has been relentless and mostly wrong for more than seven years now.

It germinated with Colony Collapse Disorder that began in 2006 and lasted for a few years—a freaky die off of bees that killed almost a quarter of the US honey bee population, but its cause remains unknown. Versions of CCD have been occurring periodically for hundreds of years, according to entomologists. This was a worrisome event in part because it exacerbated a trend, first evidenced in the 1980s, when the Varroa destructor mite invaded the North American and European bee populations, seeding a corrosive health problem among the pollinators.

Rise of the Bee-pocalypse. For bee alarmists, Groundhog Day comes in June. Will activists finally admit their sins and break out of their pesticide-blaming time loop? Paul Driessen Did you think Goundhog Day only comes in February? For anti-insecticide zealots and others in the environmentalist movement who’ve been preoccupied for years with bees and “colony collapse disorder,” it actually comes every June. That’s when the Bee Informed Partnership – a University of Maryland-based project supported by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) – releases the results of its annual survey of honeybee colony losses and health. In Bill Murray’s 1993 “Groundhog Day” movie, cynical TV weatherman Phil Connors is condemned to relive the same day over and over in a little Pennsylvania town until he learns the right “life lessons.”

Last week’s BIP report predictably garnered the usual hyperventilating headlines, sounding almost as alarming as in recent years. Environmental worrywarts moved seamlessly into their annual spasm of anxiety and dire prognostication. Bottom line? The Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894. Why Renewables Can’t Save the Planet. When I was a boy, my parents would sometimes take my sister and me camping in the desert.

A lot of people think deserts are empty, but my parents taught us to see the wildlife all around us, including hawks, eagles, and tortoises. After college, I moved to California to work on environmental campaigns. I helped save the state’s last ancient redwood forest and blocked a proposed radioactive waste repository set for the desert. In 2002, shortly after I turned 30, I decided I wanted to dedicate myself to addressing climate change. I was worried that global warming would end up destroying many of the natural environments that people had worked so hard to protect.

I thought the solutions were pretty straightforward: solar panels on every roof, electric cars in every driveway, etc. The main obstacles, I believed, were political. Our efforts paid off in 2007 when then-presidential candidate Barack Obama embraced our vision. The first was around land use. Consider California. What is to be done? America Finally Admits Recycling Doesn’t Work. Life-Saving Golden Rice Finally Gets to Poor Farmers Despite Environmentalist Opposition.

IRRIGolden Rice which has been genetically engineered to have higher levels of the vitamin A precursor beta-carotene is finally about be to approved for planting by poor farmers in Bangladesh. This a big step toward improving the health of some of the poorest people on the planet. Vitamin A deficiency causes blindness in between 250,000 and 500,000 children each year, half of whom die within 12 months, according to the World Health Organization.

A study by German researchers in 2014 estimated that activist opposition to the deployment of Golden Rice has resulted in the loss of 1.4 million life-years in just India alone. Environmentalist ideologues have fought fiercely for two decades to prevent this crop from being offered to poor farmers in developing countries. Among other things, they hired thugs to rip up test fields of the grain at the International Rice Research Institute in the Phillippines. Shame, shame on the activists who so successfully delayed the deployment of golden rice. Nature Rebounds. What Happens Now That China Won't Take U.S. Recycling. The same thing is happening across the country. Broadway, Virginia, had a recycling program for 22 years, but recently suspended it after Waste Management told the town that prices would increase by 63 percent, and then stopped offering recycling pickup as a service.

“It almost feels illegal, to throw plastic bottles away,” the town manager, Kyle O’Brien, told me. Without a market for mixed paper, bales of the stuff started to pile up in Blaine County, Idaho; the county eventually stopped collecting it and took the 35 bales it had hoped to recycle to a landfill. The town of Fort Edward, New York, suspended its recycling program in July and admitted it had actually been taking recycling to an incinerator for months. Determined to hold out until the market turns around, the nonprofit Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful has collected 400,000 tons of plastic. But for now, it is piling the bales behind the facility where it collects plastic. Read: ‘We are all accumulating mountains of things’ How Our Clothing Poisons the Environment | The Walrus.

In 2001, the basement of Blair Jollimore’s family house in the suburbs outside Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, flooded with sewage. He called the septic company. “The guy showed up and he goes, ‘You have a lint problem,’” Jollimore remembers. In his septic tank, a layer of lint seven centimetres thick was floating on the water like a grey cloud. Jollimore, a mechanical engineer technologist who has worked in maintenance for an aircraft-engine manufacturer for thirty years, is no stranger to fixing things on his own. After a few failed attempts, he came up with the idea to modify a water-filter housing with a stainless-steel mesh screen. Not only did his filter work but neighbours, worried about similar issues, began asking him to install the device in their homes.

Microplastics are the hidden scourge of our waterways. “Plastics are here in chemical form forever,” says Ross. Jollimore’s Lint LUV-R could be a key weapon of defence against microfibres. Undercooked: An Expensive Push to Save Lives and Protect… For many decades, it was one of the globe’s most underappreciated health menaces: household pollution in developing countries, much of it smoke from cooking fires. The dangerous smoke — from wood, dung or charcoal fires used by 3 billion people in villages and slums across Africa, Central America and Asia — was estimated by health officials to shorten millions of lives every year.

The World Health Organization in 2004 labeled household pollution, “The Killer in the Kitchen.” Women and children nearest the hearth paid the greatest price. If the health costs were not ominous enough, many environmental advocates worried that what was known as “biomass” cooking also had potentially grave consequences for the planet’s climate. In 2010, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves was formed to help mount a sustained effort at tackling the threats posed by household pollution. The United Nations Foundation was a founding partner in the effort. Kirk R. A base of operations was offered by the U.N. Easter Island’s “ecological suicide” – myths and realities. The island’s demise was a human and Little Ice Age tragedy, not “ecological suicide” Guest essay Dennis Avery In a recent New York Times column, Nicholas Kristof misleads us about the awful history of Easter Island (2,300 miles west of Chile), whose vegetation disappeared in the cold drought of the Little Ice Age.

In doing so, he blinds modern society to the abrupt, icy climate challenge that lies in our own future. Kristof repeats the archaeological myth that Easter Island’s natives committed “ecological suicide,” by cutting down all their palm trees. They supposedly used the logs as rollers to move their famous huge statues. This myth disguises the impacts of the Little Ice Age on Easter, and ignores the inevitable reality that our coming generations could relatively soon face another icy age that will harshly test our technologies. Easter Islanders never cut their palm trees at all! The islanders wouldn’t have used palm logs for canoes in any case. Soil erosion? No fish to eat? Mr. Evidence Meltdown. The green movement has misled the world about the dangers of radiation. By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 5th April 2011 Over the past fortnight I’ve made a deeply troubling discovery.

The anti-nuclear movement to which I once belonged has misled the world about the impacts of radiation on human health. The claims we have made are ungrounded in science, unsupportable when challenged and wildly wrong. I began to see the extent of the problem after a debate last week with Helen Caldicott(1). First she sent me nine documents: newspaper articles, press releases and an advertisement. I pressed her further and she gave me a series of answers that made my heart sink – in most cases they referred to publications which either had little or no scientific standing, which did not support her claims or which contradicted them. But it gets worse; much worse. Of the workers who tried to contain the emergency at Chernobyl, 134 suffered acute radiation syndrome; 28 died soon afterwards. 3. 5. The One-sided Worldview of Eco-Pessimists. This essay draws in part on the authors’ new book Population Bombed! Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change (Global Warming Policy Foundation, 2018).

The Pull of Environmental Narratives In his critique of Hans Rosling’s optimistic take on the human condition (which Rosling co-authored with son Ola and daughter-in-law Anna Rosling Rönnlund),1 Christian Berggren scolds the late professor of international health for ignoring negative trends and for dodging the “preconditions and ecological consequences of the current techno-economic regime” as well as the risks inherent to “continued global population growth.” As Berggren further argues in the longer paper on which his Quillette essay is based, the Roslings illustrate the philosopher Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s apocryphal statement that “You do not see with your eyes; you see with your interests.”

In this, he claims, the authors of Factfulness failed to present “the world and how it really is.” Model Tautologies. Vertical Farms: Thermodynamic Nonsense - Sustainable Dish. At the end of my Senior year in high school, conveniently around prom and graduation, I developed severe acne on my forehead and cheeks. It was unlike anything I had experienced before and did not know what measures to take. I visited a dermatologist but did not see the results that I was looking for. The topical lotions made my skin extremely dry and the acne was getting worse, not better. In addition to my acne, I was struggling to gain weight and improve my energy levels.

Being underweight most of my life, I had meet with a nutritionist several times who advised me to eat simple carbohydrates for energy and weight gain. I visited Diana Rodgers for the first time in late summer, before leaving for college. Within a month of beginning this new program, I had gained 12 pounds and my skin had begun to quickly return to a healthy state.

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The Breakthrough Institute - Reclaiming Environmentalism. We Will Make You Green. Green Tyranny: Exposing the Totalitarian Roots of the Climate Industrial Complex by Rupert Darwall Encounter Books, 2017, 352 pages, US$25.99 ____________________________________ Anyone remember the “acid rain and forest death” scare of the 1970s and 1980s? Rupert Darwall, in Green Tyranny, provides a reminder of this and much more while “exposing the totalitarian roots of the climate industrial complex”. Acid rain caused by sulphur emissions from coal-fuelled power stations was supposedly poisoning Scandinavian and northern American soil, lakes, fishes and forests.

Scandalously, the national science academies of the US, Canada, UK, Sweden and Norway said so loudly. Darwall is not a scientist or an academic but an investment banking and public policy wonk, with an after-hours specialty in the history of ideas. The book gains novelty and heft by focusing on how Sweden and Germany generated the global—or rather, the West’s—renewables transformation.

We did not sleepwalk into this. Environmentalist scare stories – Never mind! Burning Man and Green Homes: When Collectivist Dreams Collide With Reality. It'd be nice if good intentions and kind words were enough, but they aren't. In the economy, as in nature, there are certain laws you cannot break without suffering the consequences. And one of the great tragedies of the left is that beneath the pink-colored language, there hides a dangerous mix of arrogance and failure that affects mostly those who are more vulnerable and replicates—or even surpasses—the worst vices of the same consumerism it criticizes.

Here are a couple of fresh examples of what happens when the beautiful language of the left, filled with "solidarity" and hope, crash lands in the real world—where it doesn't matter how inclusive, diverse, or progressive the mentality may be—where people are still people and where nature imposes its will, refusing to mercifully alter its laws in order to protect "ecological" endeavors. The "Pants on Fire" of Burning Man A Moldy Home, Courtesy of Hollywood And the Make It Right Foundation? And for everyone else? Why Paul Ehrlich Matters. Ramming the ‘Great Food Transformation’ Down Our Throats.

Publications - Analysis of Greenpeace Business Model. The WWF: Thugs & Guns Against Pygmies. Happer’s detailed response to Karoly on climate change | The Best Schools. Is Global Warming Making Us Hungrier? by Bjørn Lomborg. Robust Science! More Than 30 Contradictory Pairs Of Peer-Reviewed Papers. How to make the world better. Really. With Dr. Bjorn Lomborg. Extinctions and Population Declines. The Breakthrough Institute - Welcome to the Narcisscene. Earth Hour: A Dissent. Canadians are realizing foreign groups sabotaged our energy economy — for no good reason. The Breakthrough Institute - A Locavore’s Dilemma. Latest study confirms an animal-free food system is not holistically sustainable. The Breakthrough Institute - The Future of Food. Our fertilizer is killing us. Here’s a fix.