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
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.
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 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
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
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.
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
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
Once a year or so, journalists from major news outlets travel to the Marshall Islands, a remote chain of volcanic islands and coral atolls in the Pacific Ocean, to report in panicked tones that the island nation is vanishing because of climate change. Their dispatches are often filled with raw emotion and suggest that residents are fleeing atolls swiftly sinking into the sea. No doubt, residents are leaving the Marshall Islands, but it is not because of climate change, reports Bjorn Lomborg. 1
Since the 1960s a strange, pervasive fear has swept across the developed world, the illusion that there is a miasma of poison threatening to invade our bodies. It’s changed the food we eat, the air we breathe, the toys we give our children. 1
This strong fear of ‘chemicals’ often belies the evidence. Chemophobia, gnosphobia, and most recently chemonoia are terms that have been used to describe this irrational fear of chemicals in the environment: that no matter how tiny an exposure one faces, it is to be avoided at all costs.
A hundred years of cars, planes, wars, and five billion more polluting people, and there’s nothing to show for it. Old log books kept by Scott and Shackleton show that Antarctic sea ice hasn’t changed much since 1912 reports Joanne Nova. 1
Experts have been concerned that ice at the South Pole had declined significantly since the 1950s, which they feared was driven by man-made climate change. But new analysis suggests that conditions are now virtually identical to when the Terra Nova and Endurance sailed to the continent in the early 1900s, indicating that declines are part of a natural cycle and not the result of global warming. 2
Dozens of solar focused companies around the globe have disappeared through bankruptcy, insolvency, or just shutting their doors since 2009 when prices of solar panels plunged as competition from China increased.
In addition, other solar installations have not delivered their promised capacity or have experienced a variety of mishaps.
Solar Roadways Incorporated is a start-up company in Sandpoint, Idaho aiming to develop solar powered road panels to form a smart highway. (1)
The company is an internet phenomenon which raised over $2 million in crowd funding. They have an attractive marketing campaign and make compelling arguments for their technology. The project is based on PV modules made of cells and a cover glass about a centimeter thick. (2)
Hillary Clinton announced goals for increasing US reliance on renewable energy, pledging to have more than a billion solar panels installed nationwide within four years of taking office. She also pledged that the US would generate enough clean renewable energy to power every home in the country within 10 years of taking office. (1)
Stephen Moore calls this ‘one of her wackiest ideas.’ It would be one of the largest corporate welfare giveaways in American history. The Institute for Energy Research (IER) estimates that the cost of the plan will reach $205 billion. (2)
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