Jack Dini

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:

Questionable Funding For Environmental Groups And What They Do With It

Aug 9, 2018 — Jack Dini

Questionable Funding For Environmental Groups
Many corporations provide funding to environmental groups and the level of funding has been growing. As Steve Goreham says, “We’re talking big dollars here. Corporate funding of environmental groups amounts to hundreds of million of dollars per year. In 2007, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Coca-Cola announced a multi-year partnership worth over $20 million to WWF. Home improvement retailer Lowe’s contributes more than $1 million each year to The Nature Conservancy for conservation projects in North America. In 2013, Wells Fargo bank provided $21.8 million in grants to nearly 500 environmental nonprofits. The Nature Conservancy received millions in contributions from oil giant BP. Boeing, Chevron, Clorox, ExxonMobil, Monsanto, Shell, Starbucks, and Walmart are just a few of the global corporations partnering with environmental groups. Saving the world has become big business for environmental NGOs, courtesy of contributions from corporate partners.” 1

Southwest Pacific Islands Defying Sea Rise Alarmists

Jul 30, 2018 — Jack Dini

Southwest Pacific Islands Defying Sea Rise Alarmists
Despite a rapid local sea level rise nearly 3 times the global mean (1.8 mm/yr), 15 of 28 studied atoll islands in the southwest Pacific increased in shoreline area during 2005 to 2015,  according to a new study. For the 3 islands that experienced extreme shoreline erosion, with one atoll island even ‘disappearing’, a category 5 cyclone was identified as the most likely casual factor. Consequently, the authors concluded that ‘the dramatic impacts of climate change felt on coastlines and people across the Pacific are still anecdotal.’ 1

Russian and Chinese Close Ties to US Environmental Groups

Jul 26, 2018 — Jack Dini

Russian and Chinese Close Ties to US Environmental Groups
Two of the world’s biggest polluters are China and Russia. You would think that US environmental groups would be major critics of these countries, yet the reality is some take money from entities controlled by these governments and disseminate their propaganda.  1

High-level Russian oil and political interests fund and support American environmental groups which then launch attacks on the US natural gas and oil industry. These attacks lead to new regulations and restrictions on American oil, which then reduces the amount of international competition for Russian products.

It Isn’t As Bad As You Think

Jul 2, 2018 — Jack Dini

It Isn't As Bad As You Think, America
“When asked simple questions about global trends—what percentage of the world’s population lives in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school—we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, investment bankers, and Nobel laureates,” says Hans Rosling . In his book, Factfulness, he claims our problem is that we know what we don’t know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases. 1

It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better shape than we might think. That doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threatens us most.

China and Scientific Scandals

Jun 26, 2018 — Jack Dini

China and Scientific Scandals
China has more laboratory scientists than any other country, outspends the entire European Union on research and development, and produces more scientific articles than any other nation except the United States. But in its rush to dominance, China has stood out in another, less boastful way. (1)

A recent string of high-profile scandals over questionable or discredited research has driven home the point for China that to become a scientific superpower, it must first overcome a festering problem of scientific fraud.

Are Solar Roadways Roads to Nowhere?

Jun 14, 2018 — Jack Dini

Are Solar Roadways Roads to Nowhere?
Solar Roadways incorporated is a start-up company in Sandpoint, Idaho aiming to develop solar powered road panels to form a highway that provides energy. The plan is to replace the repaving of a road with some sort of processing that will leave it in a condition to accept hexagonal solar panels and their associated wiring and networking needs. 1

Some folks criticize the scheme since panels on roads wouldn’t be tilted to follow the sun, which makes them inefficient, would often be covered by cars during periods when the sun is out, and wouldn’t be capable of serving as a road for long.

A Thirdhand Smoke Screen Of Fear

Jun 11, 2018 — Jack Dini

A Thirdhand Smoke Screen Of Fear
Nowadays, some folks are raising alarm about third hand smoke—residual chemicals, essentially particulate matter, left on indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke. The claim is that residues from smoking can be absorbed through the skin, ingested and inhaled months and even years after the smoke has dissipated. The alarmists say that just because you’re in a non-smoking environment, it doesn’t mean you aren’t exposed to harmful tobacco products. 1

Major Cutbacks in Solar Industry in Germany and Elsewhere

May 11, 2018 — Jack Dini

Major Cutbacks in Solar Industry in Germany and ElsewhereGermany is the poster child for the global warming movement. However, after the government decided to reduce subsidies to the solar industry in 2012, the industry nose-dived. By this year, virtually every major German solar producer had gone under as new capacity declined by 90 percent and new investment by 92 percent. Some 80,000 workers, 70 percent of the solar workforce, lost their jobs. Solar power’s marker share is shrinking and solar panels, having outlived their usefulness, are being retired without being replaced reports Lawrence Solomon. 1

Chemical In Our Bodies And Food

May 3, 2018 — Jack Dini

Chemical In Our Bodies And Food
We are routinely warned by earnest websites, advertisements, and well-meaning popular articles about ‘nasty’ chemicals lurking in our homes and kitchens. Many tout the benefits of switching to a ‘chemical-free lifestyle.’ 1 However, there is no way to get away from chemicals since everything we eat is made of chemicals. There simply is no such thing as a ‘chemical-free lifestyle.’

Yet, surprisingly, the greatest number of carcinogens facing human cells do not come from outside the body, but are the normal by-products of human metabolism. 2

Coal is King in India and Elsewhere

Apr 23, 2018 — Jack Dini

India is going to use coal as its backbone energy for the next thirty years, is buying coal mines all around the world, and will double production by 2020 to a massive 1,500 million tons per annum. 1

At present the country accounts for eight percent of the world’s total coal consumption. About two-thirds of India’s electricity generation comes from coal.

Polar Bears Doing Well Say The Natives

Apr 18, 2018 — Jack Dini

Polar Bears Doing Well Say The Natives
Grim predictions of the imminent demise of polar bears have been touted since at least 2001.

Yet tales of doom and gloom about polar bears reflect what some people think might happen in the future, not what is happening right now. Currently, polar bears are doing just fine despite the low summer sea ice coverage they’ve experienced since 2007. In other words, there has been no global population decline as predicted: officially the numbers were 22,000-31,000 (or 26,500 average) in 2015 but about 28,500 when estimates published since then are included. 1

High Electricity Cost From Wind and Solar

Apr 2, 2018 — Jack Dini

High Electricity Cost From Wind and Solar
Some European countries, particularly Germany and Denmark, have invested heavily in electricity generation from solar and wind sources with the result that the cost of electricity has increased substantially. 1

Wind energy is ‘free’ but countries with the most wind power are also the most likely to get to the top of the Prize Pool for exorbitant electricity prizes. It’s not even close. South Australian households pay the highest power prices in the world at 47.13 cents per kilowatt hour, more than Germany, Denmark, and Italy, countries also noted for high ‘free’ wind energy concentration reports Joanne Nova. The US pays 15.75 cents per kilowatt hour. 2

Adélie and Emperor Penguins Doing Fine In New Locations

Mar 25, 2018 — Jack Dini

Adélie and Emperor Penguins Doing Fine In New Locations
Biologists studying animal life on Antarctica believed that a particular species of penguin was in peril, undergoing precipitous population decline since the 1970s. However, new findings show a massive discovery of the black-and-white seabirds—mainly because researchers missed looking on one group of islands on the tip of the continental peninsula. 1

Researchers discovered more than 750,000 nesting pairs of the Adélie penguin—or more than 1.5 million in all—on the Danger Islands archipelago, which consists of nine, small masses spanning 35 kilometers on Antarctica’s northern tip, facing South America. 2

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Pollution

Mar 14, 2018 — Jack Dini

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Pollution
Many folks worldwide live in constant fear of chemicals. High up on the list are volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as hydrocarbons, which vaporize easily. VOCs come from gasoline combustion and from evaporation of liquid fuels, solvents, and organic chemicals such as those in some paints, cleaners, nail polish remover, soaps, pesticides, and even we humans.

Here are a number of everyday emitters of VOCs:

Raw Drinks and Food

Mar 8, 2018 — Jack Dini

Raw Drinks and Food
Raw Milk

There are many reasons why some people think about drinking raw milk, which is milk that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful germs. Some people want to eat less processed food. Others have heard that raw milk contains more of certain nutrients than pasteurized milk, or that it can prevent or even solve various health problems. Still others think buying raw milk is one way to support local farmers and sustainable agriculture. 1

Tuvalu is Rising, Not Shrinking

Feb 16, 2018 — Jack Dini

Tuvalu is Rising, Not Shrinking
Tuvalu, the poster child for sea level rise, is not shrinking but rather is actually growing!

Tuvalu’s prime minister has said that Tuvalu was ‘the world’s first victim of climate change,’ and that ‘the greenhouse effect and sea level rise threaten the very heart of our existence.’ 1

How wrong he was!

Health Aspects of Alcohol

Feb 14, 2018 — Jack Dini

Health Aspects of Alcohol
There are a lot of mixed messages about alcohol. On the one hand, moderate amounts have been linked to health benefits. On the other hand, it is addictive and highly toxic when we drink too much of it.

The truth is that the health effects of alcohol are actually quite complex. They vary between individuals and depend on the amount consumed and the type of alcoholic beverage. 1

Whiskey’s Complex Chemistry

Feb 4, 2018 — Jack Dini

Whiskey's Complex Chemistry
Whiskeys contain hundreds of compounds, including fatty acids, esters, alcohols and aldehydes, in a wide range of concentrations. The most important flavors in a whiskey come from the raw materials, the distillation process, and the maturation. 1

Chemist Thomas Collins and his team have identified about 4,000 unique compounds in 70 American whiskeys. 2

Whiskeys come in different variants (scotch, bourbon, rye, and so on) but are all essentially produced with just three simple ingredients; water, grain, and yeast. As part of the process, distillate is transferred into charred oak barrels for aging, where flavors such as vanilla, coconut and butterscotch are extracted into the whiskey. 3

Germany’ Failing Energy Policy

Jan 4, 2018 — Jack Dini

Germany' Failing Energy Policy
Germans like to think of themselves as the most environmentally friendly people on earth. They see their sophisticated recycling programs, their love of forests, and, most recently the country’s drive to replace both nuclear and coal-fired power production with renewable sources—the so-called Energiewende,—or ‘energy turn’ as evidence of their strong environmental consciousness, especially compared to top polluters like the United States and China. 1

Notes Pierre Gosselin, “Sometimes you have to wonder which is the biggest fraud: Germany’s claim that its cars are clean, or its claim of being a leader in climate protection. Both, it turns out, are very fake and even downright frauds. While German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German activists like going around and scolding Donald Trump for his ‘irresponsible’ stance on ‘greenhouse ’ gas emissions, it is coming to light that Germany’s climate posturing is indeed a total swindle.”2

Concerns About Algae

Dec 29, 2017 — Jack Dini

Concerns About Algae
Algae is sickening people, killing animals and hammering the economy.  The scourge is escalating from occasional nuisance to severe, widespread hazard, overwhelming government efforts to curb a leading cause: fertilizer runoff from farms. 1

Pungent, sometimes toxic blobs are fouling waterways from the Great Lakes to Chesapeake Bay, from the Snake River in Idaho to New York’s Finger Lakes and reservoirs in California’s Central Valley. Tourism and recreation have suffered. An international water skiing festival in Milwaukee was canceled in August; scores of swimming areas were closed nationwide.