SEPTEMBER 2016

DENYING DENIERS


Climate change deniers often buttress their basic argument against climate change science by claiming that an increase in atmospheric CO2 will make Earth greener. Their reasoning revolves around the fact that plants "breathe" in CO2 and "breathe" out oxygen. In addition, the deniers theorize that more plants will remove more CO2, and pollution. This will, according to this hypothesis, reduce the effects of the existing amound, and projected growth, in these gases. In this view, the more greenhouse gases we release into the atmosphere the better. ... MORE ...


AUGUST 2016

THE HIGH COSTS OF BEING ENERGY POOR


It's not hard to make a case for the fact that environmental problems impact poor populations more that affluent communities. The common practice of siting industrial facilities near communities of color produces higher rates of pollution-induced cancers and other illnesses in the poor neighborhoods. Anyone who believes that the situation in Flint, Michigan involving lead in drinking water supplies would have been better handles in a more affluent community is just not paying attention. Observers have long commented, and decried, urban "food deserts." This term refers to the practice of major food chains supplying inferior grades of produce and other foodstuffs to outlets in poor communities. Bad food equals bad health, a situation made worse by the fact that these foodstuffs are often doused with pesticides and may be close to being unfit for sale by the time they hit the market shelves. ... MORE ...

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