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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

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

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