Jack Dini

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Jack Dini is author of Challenging Environmental Mythology. He has also written for American Council on Science and Health, Environment & Climate News, and Hawaii Reporter.

Most Recent Articles by Jack Dini:

Questioning Carbon Accounting For Lakes And Rivers

May 24, 2017 — Jack Dini

People are willing to set up a two trillion dollar global market to read carbon, but their carbon models are so primitive that giant ‘oops’ moments are now happening on a regular basis reports Joanne Nova. 1

A Yale-led study in 2015 estimated that there are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth, about seven and a half times more than some previous estimates. Previously, the only global estimate was just over 400 billion trees worldwide, or about 61 trees for every person on Earth. The Yale study used a combination of appaoiches to reveal that there are 3 trillion trees—roughly 422 trees per person. 2

Productive Energy Workers Are In Coal And Natural Gas, Not Solar

May 17, 2017 — Jack Dini

Last year, the solar industry employed more Americans (373,807) than coal (160,119), while wind power topped 100,000 jobs.

However, by reporting that the solar industry employs lots of Americans, more than twice as many as the number of coal miners and utility workers at electric power plants using coal, is only telling a small part of of the story reports Mark Perry. 1

To start, despite a huge workforce of almost 400,000 solar workers, that sector produced an insignificant share, less than 1 percent of the electric power generated in the United States last year.

Eat Fruits and Vegetables—Don’t Believe The Scaremongers

May 11, 2017 — Jack Dini

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help lower calorie intake, reduce risks for heart disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes, and protect against certain cancers.

With all these benefits, why do some consumers choose to avoid produce? Approximately three-quarters of people in the US don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.

Keith Ayoob notes that a lot of factors could explain the shortfall, including fear. Media stories about topics such as GMOs and pesticides may convince some consumers that it’s not safe to eat certain fruits and vegetables. There’s no question that negative news about produce can affect consumer choices. One survey found that among low-income shoppers, those who heard messages about pesticide residue on produce were less likely to purchase any type of fruits and vegetables. 1

Too Many Elephants at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park

Apr 22, 2017 — Jack Dini

Elephant numbers across Africa have been declining rapidly under the onslaught of ivory poachers. However, one national park faces an entirely different problem. Hwange’s elephant population just keeps growing. But what, on the face of it, might appear to be good news has become an equally serious problem, one that is more a threat to the elephants long-term survival than ivory poaching. Quite simply, Hwange has too many elephants reports Martin Dunn. 1

Zimbabwe’s Hwange National park is a six thousand square mile area founded in the 1920s as a hunting preserve. Right at the start waterholes were dug and pumps were installed to increase big game.

Save Cormorants- Kill Eagles—A Double Standard

Apr 17, 2017 — Jack Dini

The new eastern span of the bridge which crosses the San Francisco Bay between Yerba Buena Island and Emeryville was officially opened in September 2013.

As crews demolished the 10,000 foot long steel previous structure where birds roosted, they had to navigate around broadly interpreted state and federal environmental laws designed to protect the feathered critters.

To provide homes for the estimated 1,600 double crested cormorants that nested annually on the old span, 2-1/2 foot wide stainless steel nesting platforms were built at a cost of $709,000.

Asian Air Pollution Is Our Pollution

Apr 14, 2017 — Jack Dini

Air pollution from China, India and several other Asian countries has wafted across the Pacific Ocean over the past 25 years, increasing levels of smog in the western US according to recent research. 1

Smog, also know as ground level ozone, is harmful to human health because it can exacerbate asthma attacks and cause difficulty breathing. It also harms sensitive trees and crops.

Since 2000 smog forming emissions have decreased by approximately 50 percent in the US due to Clean Act Air enforcement, pollution controls on large emitters and regulations on cars and trucks.

Listeria Pathogen Can Be Fatal

Apr 10, 2017 — Jack Dini

Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can cause a potentially fatal disease in people with vulnerable immune systems. Listeria infection is the third leading cause of death from food poisoning in the United States. About 1,600 people get sick from Listeria each year and about 260 die. 1

A number of food borne outbreaks in recent years have been attributed to Listeria. In 2016, a total of 358 frozen food products were recalled amid a Listeria outbreak that hit at least three states. 2

In 2011 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 146 people in 28 states were infected, 30 people died, and one person miscarried from cantaloupes contaminated with Listeria. It was the deadliest food borne illness outbreak in over 25 years. FDA officials concluded that new processing equipment and the decision to use a packing and washing technology involving non-chlorinated water were two probable causes of the outbreak. 3

Bacteria Are Everywhere

Mar 24, 2017 — Jack Dini

Bacteria are tiny, one-celled organisms—generally 4/100,000 of an inch wide (1 micron) and somewhat longer in length. What bacteria lack in size, they make up in numbers. We can’t avoid them. The air around us is teeming with them. With every breath we take, we inhale thousands of bacteria, viruses and fungi. A teaspoon of productive soil generally contains between 100 million and 1 billion bacteria. That is as much mass as two cows per acre. 1

Green Lunacy—Wood Biomass

Mar 9, 2017 — Jack Dini

The use of wood for electricity generation and heat in modern technologies has grown rapidly in recent years. For its supporters, it represents a relatively cheap and flexible way of supplying renewable energy, with benefits to the global climate and to forest industries. To its critics, it can release more greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere than the fossil fuels it replaces, and threatens the maintenance of natural forests and the biodiversity that depends on them.  1

Wood pellets are claimed to be carbon-neutral partly because the forests from which they come are replanted. New trees would eventually absorb as much carbon as was emitted when mature trees were harvested and burned. However, this process could take centuries—too late to contribute to preventing climate change over coming decades.

Polar Bears Doing Quite Well

Mar 4, 2017 — Jack Dini

Scientists are increasingly realizing that polar bears are much more resilient to changing levels of sea ice than environmentalists previously believed as numerous populations are thriving. 1

As a result, scientists have been questioning alarmist as there are way more polar bears alive today than 40 years ago.

Predictions that bears would die due to a lack of sea ice have continuously not come to pass. Another new study, this time by Canadian researchers, showed the creatures possess higher resilience to changing levels of sea ice than previously believed. The scientists found ‘no evidence’ polar bears are currently threatened by global warming.

Corals: More Resilient Than Many Have Thought

Feb 25, 2017 — Jack Dini

Corals survived through four hundred million years of climate change. Yet these days, a lot of folks have predicted dire consequences for corals as a result of present climate change issues. Surprisingly, corals are showing they are much more tolerant to change than many have thought possible.

Claims that coral reefs are doomed because CO2 emissions are making the oceans more acidic have been exaggerated, a review of the science has found. An ‘inherent bias’ in scientific journals in favor of more calamitous predictions has excluded research showing that marine creatures are not damaged by ocean acidification, which is caused by the sea absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. 1

Green Energy Scandals Cost Taxpayers Billions

Feb 15, 2017 — Jack Dini

A comprehensive report by the non-government organization Carbon Market Watch concluded that large companies are making billions from emissions certificates while CO2 emissions aren’t improving at all. The study looked at the 20 strongest countries from 2008 to 2015. The figures show how easy it is to make money from pollution and just how much the lobby-watered down CO2 trading system has failed. 1

A botched green energy subsidy will cost UK taxpayers more than $1.4 billion, or more than 45 times its initial cost projection. The Renewable Heat Initiative (RHI) was initially projected to cost $30 million by requiring farmers and businesses in Northern Ireland to use green power. But a whistle blower claims they were able to manipulate the program to receive about $200 dollars in subsidies for every $120 they spent on green fuel. 2

Were World Leaders Duped Over Manipulated Global Warming Data?

Feb 9, 2017 — Jack Dini

The world’s leading source of climate data rushed to publish a landmark paper that exaggerated global warming and was timed to influence the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change reports David Rose. 1

A high-level whistle blower reported that America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published a sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders including Barack Obama and David Cameron at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015.

Herbal And Dietary Supplements—Buyer Beware

Jan 19, 2017 — Jack Dini

Americans spend more than $32 billion a year on more than 85,000 different combinations of vitamins, minerals, botanicals, amino acids, probiotics, and other supplement ingredients. 1

While it costs millions of dollars to develop and substantiate a pharmaceutical product, selling supplements requires no such investment. And new products are easily sold as supplements. The only common feature among them, as defined by the FDA, is that these are edible things not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure diseases. However, this is why people take them. 2

Bugs, Chemicals and Toxins in Food

Jan 12, 2017 — Jack Dini

Food is a common necessity in our everyday lives. We constantly have to make decisions about food for both ourselves and our families. There are some little known facts about food.

All foods contain chemicals. They also can contain bugs, bug parts and toxins.

Let’s start with bugs. We eat many bugs and bug parts without knowing it. Most foods have contaminants. Health inspectors know this and they even allow a set number of bugs, bug parts, and rodent contaminants in foods. These amounts are called DALs or Defect Food Action Levels.1