Summary: The story of lead in America is one of both good and bad news. Lead using industries poisoned us for profit longer after the danger was known. But eventually scientists got the news out and regulations reduced lead exposures (although they are still too high for too many). Let's learn from this history and … Continue reading Lessons learned from the lead poisoning of America
Summary: Despite predictions of certain environmental doom for 2017, Los Angeles has survived. While we celebrate, let's learn from these and 50 years of other confident predictions designed to frighten us into obedience. Let's learn from them. On 15 January 1971 Americans watched a TV show by a hot new director, the 24-year old Steven … Continue reading Celebrate Los Angeles’ survival, despite the predictions
Summary: Stratfor describes the next phase of China's expansion and its likely consequences. China's political and environmental problems are typical of what global growth will create during the next several decades. We must learn to manage this process better as we go from today's 7 billion people to the almost inevitable 10 billion by 2050. … Continue reading Stratfor describes a paradise lost to China’s ambition
Summary: A key piece of the doomsters' "world ending" story is that the leaders of China are fools, not seeing or acting to address their economic problems -- and especially the pollution produced by their decades of rapid growth. As this report by Stratfor shows, they're not fools -- and they are taking bold steps … Continue reading Stratfor gives us the good news: Red China Goes Green
Summary: We have been shaping Earth's biosphere for millennia, but increasing population and technology have exponentially increased our impacts. Research has begun to quantify our net impact and establish levels beyond which the damage becomes serious or terminal. Here's the latest study. This problem will grow worse as population and incomes grow during the next … Continue reading Warning! We’re depressing biodiveristy below safe levels.