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Cancel Rio+20

The UN’s Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference is promising to be an entirely politicised, misguided event already hijacked by the eco-activists, certain to achieve nothing and cause great environmental destruction in the process. Cancel it!

Posted by David Zaruk

What is sustainability? We have a lot of lofty definitions, hyperbole and weighty normative responsibilities tied to this concept, but what does it mean? In honour of Rio+20, coming in June 2012, the Risk-Monger thought this word should be more deeply analysed. Some people might not be happy with his conclusions. Back in September, I… » read more

Posted by David Zaruk

Policymakers are developing a reflex to require that the research community determines the scientific consensus on certain issues, climate change and electro-magnetic fields being recent examples. Should we be surprised that scientists are rarely able to deliver a clear consensus or that they resent that their debates are interfered with? At the recent European Commission… » read more

Posted by David Zaruk

The world did not celebrate the arrival of the seven billionth member of humanity. Rather, it shuddered. Seven billion mouths to feed with an unsustainable agriculture. Seven billion polluters crowding into impoverished cities. Seven billion violators of the planet’s fragile biodiversity. Seven billion flames to heat the planet and emit carbon. A billion people ago,… » read more

Posted by David Zaruk

Green Indulgences

The plan is pretty simple. Forest product companies pay WWF undisclosed sums, memberships, donations and country fees to be part of a forest network. They buy the right to put a panda logo on the back of their loggers’ shirts. And then: Chop! Chop! Chop! To celebrate the 20th anniversary of WWF’s Global Forest and… » read more

Posted by David Zaruk

There has been an insidious shift recently in environmentalist thinking that is both clever and dangerous: that the planet (biodiversity) has rights that must be respected. Man’s actions that have an effect on the balance of nature are judged morally repugnant and that man living sustainably (without having an impact on the planet) is the… » read more

Posted by David Zaruk

DG Sanco’s promotion of organic living is a moral train wreck. It is reducing global food security and yields while encouraging price rises and child labour in developing countries. Worse, this moral self-satisfaction has limited basis in science and could increase health threats.

Posted by David Zaruk