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Bounty of the Sea: More Plastic Than Fish?

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum, in a report called The New Plastics Economy  (which looks at the amount of plastic that ends up in the sea) claims there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. “If we continue dumping plastic in the sea at the present rate, […]

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Exterminate All Insects?

By Daniel Brouse Are pesticides exterminating all the insects? Recent studies show a decline of 80% across all species of insects. There could many causes contributing to the rapid decline including changes in land use and global warming; however, the biggest concern is pesticides. Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. […]

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Protectionism: The Costs and Benefits of Trade Wars

by Daniel Brouse Protectionism is the theory or practice of shielding a country’s domestic industries from foreign competition by restricting imports. There are no known benefits to protectionism. The costs of protectionism include being financially destructive, negatively impacting health and wellness, as well as, causing death. (also see: Trade War! What Is It Good For?) […]

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Trade War! What Is It Good For?

By Daniel Brouse International Economics 101 What do you think of when you hear the term “trade war”? The costs and benefits to society are very similar to traditional warfare. 1) Financial Cost. A war is expensive. In a trade war, huge tariffs are placed on the purchase of imports. A tariff is a sales […]

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The Demise Of The USA: Will China Takeover?

By Daniel Brouse UNITED STATES — President Trump has done more to damage the environment in his first days of office than any President in history. He has pledged to withdraw from the Paris treaty. The Paris Treaty was the most extensive agreement to address climate change and the first time China and India joined-in. […]

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Losing 10 Billion Trees Per Year

Part of the study Foliage Spoilage & the Trees’ Canopy Collapse Thomas Crowther is a Yale Climate & Energy Institute postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) and led a study and census of the world’s trees (2015). The study determined there are 3 trillion trees on Earth; however, the […]

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Trump to Trash the Environment

by Daniel Brouse United States of America — The world watches in dismay as Donald Trump appoints Myron Ebell, a professional climate change denier, to head his EPA transition team. During his campaign, Trump said that climate change is a hoax. Slate magazine reports, “Trump had tweeted in 2012 that global warming “was created by […]

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Living Planet Report: the Decline of Wildlife

The World Wildlife Fund Reports — Global wildlife could plunge to a 67 per cent level of decline in just the fifty-year period ending this decade as a result of human activities, according to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2016. The report shows how people are overpowering the planet for the first time in Earth’s history […]

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20 Dead in Pygmy Caterpillar Tax Protests

20 people are dead in the Congo after Pygmies and Bantu ethnic groups clashed over a new caterpillar collection tax. Caterpillars are a food staple of the hunter-gatherer people. A local official said the civil war was cause by a disagreement over the harvest of the insects. “The attacks since Sunday left four (Bantu) Lubas […]

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Cows Expel Gas So They Don’t Explode

by Daniel Brouse CALIFORNIA — “Quite frankly, we want them to expel gas so they don’t explode,” said Anja Raudabaugh, chief executive of Western United Dairymen. The California dairy industry is fighting back against proposed regulations to curb greenhouse gas emitted by belching and farting cows. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, and the California […]

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