In the past scientists have warned that up to five per cent of species are at risk of dying-out as a result of climate change, deforestation and development.
But a new analysis by the University of New Zealand found that this figure was five times greater than reality because the number of animals living in the wild in the first place had been over estimated.Read more »
Wind farms can cause climate change, according to new research, that shows for the first time the new technology is already pushing up temperatures.Read more »
Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars...The question in the first raid seemed to be whether Gibson had been buying illegally harvested hardwoods from protected forests, such as the Madagascar ebony that makes for such lovely fretboards...The tangled intersection of international laws is enforced through a thicket of paperwork. Recent revisions to 1900's Lacey Act require that anyone crossing the U.S.Read more »
I heard some discussion on environmental issues with regard to property rights on the 17 Feb podcast. I would suggest looking into work done by the Property and Environemnt Research Center (www.perc.org). I would also suggest the book Free Market Environmentalism, by Terry Anderson and Donald Leal, which describes how markets and recognition of property rights protects the environment more efficiently than does government regulation.Read more »
It's a joke, but does this strike anyone else as a little scary?Read more »
Jeff Tucker on the insanity of 1.6 gallon toilets.Read more »
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