18 Spectacularly Wrong Predictions Made Around the Time of the First Earth Day In 1970. Expect More This Year. | Mark J. Perry
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.
A couple of years ago, after sending my five-year-old daughter off to school, she came home reciting the same cheerful environmental mantra I was taught in elementary school. "Reduce, reuse, recycle," she beamed, proud to show off a bit of rote learning.
Canada, following precedent set by the European Union, is poised to join a growing list of places where single-use plastic items have been banned. Though the government hasn't specified which items will actually be outlawed in 2021, according to The Guardian, "bottles, plastic bags, and straws" are being considered.
When the California Air Resources Board opens its new headquarters in two years in Riverside, it will be basking in the radiance of the "world's largest permanent collection of artworks addressing air quality and the effects of climate change." The cost: $2.42 million, funded by a public art alliance.
On Jan. 24, 2017, PBS aired a two-hour special on Rachel Carson, the mother of the environmental movement. Although the program crossed the line from biography to hagiography, in Carson's case, the unbridled praise was well deserved - with one exception. Rachel Carson was an American hero.
As you chomp away at a tuna salad sandwich on your lunch break, you're probably thinking about an upcoming work assignment or cleaning out your inbox. What's probably not crossing your mind is that your little supply of Albacore Tuna cans could be under threat. News from the world of fisheries is not all bad.
It's not surprising that many people are skeptical about "scientific" findings. A new study from Japan seems to show that neonicotinoid insecticides ("neonics"), used around the world to protect crops from insect infestations, are so destructive that even before they were on the market or ever used in farmers' fields, they were able to cause entire ecosystems to collapse.
Dear Greta Thunberg, Congratulations on making the cover of Time and being named "Person of the Year." That's quite an achievement for a person your age. Though I had followed you online by reading a few articles, the Time honor led me to look more deeply into your background.
Entitlement Liabilities Are a Graver Threat to the Next Generation of Americans Than Climate Change | John Phelan
By 2030, there will be only two workers supporting each retiree, compared to 42 in 1946. In other words, a working couple will have to support not only themselves and their family but also someone outside the family thanks to Social Security and Medicare.
The world's resources are finite in the same way that the number of piano keys is finite. The instrument has only 88 notes, but those can be played in an infinite variety of ways. The same applies to our planet.