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11 April 2018. The Connection Between Environment, Conflict and Security

There are two directions the connection between conflict and the environment can take that influence security.  The degradation of the environment can cause conflict and a reduction in security; or conflict can destroy the resources and services provided by the environment, which also compromises security. Conflict influences the environment by direct damage as well as...

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3 April 2018. Darwin, Guns and School Safety

Darwin firmly established that no species can survive if it does not ensure that its offspring reach reproductive adulthood. Where are the priorities of the richest nation on Earth when it comes to protecting its children? The assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King brought major firearms legislation within 5...

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2 April 2018. Why Business Should Support Regulation

“When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.” – Native American Saying, Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, 2009 Perhaps you have heard this warning. This principle of how greed in taking natural resources will leave us bankrupt of...

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20 March 2018. Join the Rising Tide Summit at AltaSea

There’s a big problem facing our planet today, and yet many aren’t talking about it. The beautiful little blue ball that we all live on is 71 percent ocean, but its dire state continues to be neglected by the majority of society. What is the world without its ocean? In a world of trouble. The...

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9 March 2018. Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Smaller-Scale Systems

Mark Twain said, “It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled.” Policy, politics and popular opinion sometimes have little relationship to scientific knowledge. Modern science has grown so sophisticated that it has become difficult for the public and apparently some government officials to understand. Without understanding, it should be...

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19 February 2018. Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Geothermal Power

I recently visited the small town in Oregon where I was born. December in Klamath Falls had left snow drifts up to the window sills. Strangely, the sidewalks were completely free of snow. Geothermal hot water was circulating under them as part of a $338 million stimulus for over 100 projects nationwide. The City Hall...

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12 February 2018. Straws Upon Request Makes Sense and Cents

New legislation (AB 1884) proposed by California Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon to decrease plastic pollution by requiring restaurants to offer plastic straws only upon request is facing pushback. And not from the restaurant industry that would save money. In a state that responded to drought by requiring restaurants to offer water only upon request,...

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7 February 2018. Slain Conservationist Remembered for Exposing Details of Ivory & Rhino Horn Trades

Esmond Bradley Martin was willing to risk it all for rhinos and elephants, working dangerous undercover operations that put him face-to-face with nefarious criminals, all for the chance to unearth clues about the demand for illicit ivory and rhino horn, which is fueling a growing poaching crisis in Africa. Oftentimes, it worked. Martin’s daring helped...

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25 January 2018. Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Wind Power

Wind and solar renewables do present a problem when the sun don’t shine and the wind don’t blow. So what? America still has existing sources to maintain the power flow while research and development solve the problem. Wind and solar are clean and infinitely renewable. Fossil fuels are not. That is the crux of today’s energy...

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9 January 2018. Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Solar Energy

The global energy economy is rapidly transitioning to sustainable energy and those that stand still will soon be left behind. Too much information about the cost of transitioning to a renewable energy economy is bunk. Most of these premeditated lies crafted to sway public opinion revolve around jobs and cost. It brings back images of tobacco...

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4 January 2018. And I Thought the EPA Was There to Protect Me…

I owe a debt of gratitude to my friend, investigative reporter Marcus Stern. Thanks to his recently published article on Weather.com, I believe I finally have the necessary insight into President Trump’s thought process when he selected such a person as Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Pruitt, a stalwart opponent...

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20 December 2017. Biodiversity in the Greater Mekong Region

According to the WWF,  115 new species discovered in the Greater Mekong region.  These include Three mammals, eleven amphibians, two fish, eleven reptiles and eighty-eight plants were discovered by scientists in 2016. Among the new species discovered include a snail-eating turtle which was found in a food market and a bat with a horseshoe-shaped face....

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