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Rio+20 ended as promised: as a colossal failure. As I tell my Entrepreneurship students, you can learn a lot from your failures … unless, of course, you are the UN, and you believe that failure is part of a process upon which to build your next platform. Fascinating, really. Outside of the UN being our… » read more

Posted by David Zaruk

The coming Earth Summit in Rio will be planet friendly and humanity hostile. We will be enduring long tirades from bitter idealists about how humans pollute the planet, burn fossil fuels, litter plastics in the oceans, cut down forests indiscriminately and celebrate inequity and social injustice for profits and personal gain. With humanity being portrayed as truly awful, the Risk-Monger needs to ask: Can humans do anything right?

Posted by David Zaruk

The precautionary principle is pure poison to evidence-based policymaking and the recent scientific findings on bees (colony collapse disorder or CCD) have highlighted how irresponsible environmental activists who try to use precaution have been and why the EU should impose rules on how this environmentally disastrous principle should be used. A University of Sheffield team,… » read more

Posted by David Zaruk

Last week, 16 eminent scientists signed an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal that acknowledged that the climate models are badly erroneous, that the world has not warmed anywhere near the amount predicted over the last two decades and that “climate scientists” have exaggerated the relationship between climate change and CO2 levels. Conclusion: stop… » 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

This is electro-magnetic field week in the European Commission in Brussels. For risk analysts like the Risk-Monger, such a meeting of emotion-rich, evidence-poor debate on the science of EMFs is just like an early Christmas. I admire the Commission for relenting to these public consultations with people who so vehemently hate each other. I have… » read more

Posted by David Zaruk