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We have been told, repeatedly, for two decades that climate change is happening, it is man-made and if we don’t change soon, consequences will be catastrophic (if it hasn’t already started). Evidence though shows 16 years of flat global mean temperature, and a failure in climate models whose predictions were deemed 95% certain. Still authorities are certain. The Risk-Monger begins a series of blogs on the commonality policy crisis with a simple question: How stupid are we?

Posted by David Zaruk

It is time for the European Environment Agency (EEA) to get serious and not let their activist dogma guide their publicly funded “research”. In their second version of Late Lessons from Early Warnings (Chapter 2), the EEA pretended to address the issue of precautionary false positives – where decisions taken for precautionary reasons have led… » read more

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The European Commission is proposing to ban certain pesticides under the precautionary principle without adequate consideration of available science or concern for the potential catastrophic consequences of their actions. Why would they do such a thing?

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The Risk-Monger tries to show how wind turbines are profane and vulgar, encouraging ecological exploitation in much the same way as a prostitute on a street corner affects our assessment of worth. Warning: Reading this blog might influence how you look at wind turbines in future.

Posted by David Zaruk

The European Environment Agency released the second tomb of Late Lessons from Early Warnings last week. It appears that this EU Agency is continuing its campaigning and activism for the precautionary principle as a means to attack European research and industry. What makes these relentless activists even more troubling is that, in Late Lessons II, they are pretending to be scientists.

Posted by David Zaruk

Mark Lynas, one of the principal strategists and drivers behind the environmental activism against GMOs, admitted that the anti-GMO campaigns he had led were not science-based, often anecdotal, and counter-productive. His recognition of the facts on GMOs, his regret for the anti-science tactics NGOs had used and his sincere apology exhibit an integrity rarely seen today.

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The decision passed at the UN COP-18 climate conference in Doha requiring developed nations to compensate developing countries for losses due to climate change has been hailed as a significant achievement. The Risk-Monger asks: How many millions will die from this ignorant decision?

Posted by David Zaruk

Would you take a risk with someone you did not trust? If you don’t trust your doctor, would you readily take the medication prescribed? If you don’t trust your girlfriend, would you marry her? If you don’t trust the food company (supply chain, retailer, restaurant …), would you happily eat the food? If you don’t… » read more

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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

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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

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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

Generation AIDS

At the time of my coming of age, those like me got hit with the AIDS crisis. This had a strong influence on how we look at the world, ourselves and each other. I am a member of Generation AIDS and as we are slowly taking over from the baby boomers as societal leaders, we need to consider how we had been influenced by the AIDS crisis, and how this is influencing the levers of power we are starting to pull.

Posted by David Zaruk