The Copenhagen Consensus has joined with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Warren Buffet to honor Norman Borlaug’s vision of high-yield farming over “sustainable agriculture” which threatens wildlife
by Dennis Avery
CHURCHVILLE, VA—Bjorn Lomborg and his Copenhagen Consensus have just joined one of the smallest clubs in today’s world: people who believe that high-yield farming is the path to a sustainable future for people and wildlife despite, and even because of, its pesticides, chemical fertilizers, irrigation dams, and blast-freezers.
Lomborg, famous for[...]
Five steps, reflected in the maps below, could be taken to help feed the large population predicted for 2050 as well as reduce the sizeable harm agriculture imposes
By Mark Fischetti
To feed the world’s growing and more affluent population, global agriculture will have to double its food production by 2050. More farming, however, usually means more environmental harm as a result of clearing land, burning fossil fuels, consuming water for irrigation and spreading fertilizer. Agriculture already imposes a greater burden on Earth than almost any other human activity, so simply doubling current[...]
by Eric Dennis
The most frustrating thing about being a scientist skeptical of catastrophic global warming is that the other side is continually distorting what I am skeptical of.
In his immodestly titled New York Review of Books article “Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong,” economist William Nordhaus presents six questions that the legitimacy of global warming skepticism allegedly rests on.
Is the planet in fact warming?
Are human influences an important contributor to warming?
Is carbon dioxide a pollutant?
Are we seeing a regime of fear for skeptical climate scientists?
Fire in the sky! This is an image sequence containing 70 lightning shots, taken at Ikaria island during a severe thunderstorm.
Canon EOS 550D, 16/6/2011 1:17 – 2:40, Shutter Speed 20 sec x 70 shots, Aperture Value 7.1, ISO 400, Lens Canon EF50mm f/1.8 II, Focal Length 50.0 mm
National Geographic, Mayo 2011
Jacques Cousteau llamó al Golfo de California “el acuario del mundo”.
Por Octavio Aburto y Enric Sala / Fotografías de Octavio Aburto
En ese mar en los últimos 15 años, no comprendíamos qué había impresionado tanto al famoso explorador francés. Sí, habíamos visto cachalotes, delfines, lobos marinos en abundancia, pero cuando nos sumergíamos con nuestros tanques de buceo no teníamos la impresión de estar dentro de ningún acuario. Las historias sobre enormes meros y tiburones nos parecían cuentos de hadas. Las descripciones de los antiguos bancos[...]