With soaring food prices devouring ever-increasing amounts of consumers’ disposable income, the nation’s infatuation with biofuels, particularly corn-based ethanol, is rapidly going sour.
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Purchasers of hybrid vehicles, which are subsidized by the federal government and championed by environmental activists as a way to reduce gasoline consumption, are trading in their vehicles because of health fears concerning electromagnetic fields created by the hybrid batteries.
Peanut allergies, which affect 3 million U.S. residents and kill approximately 150 U.S. residents every year, may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to biotechnology.
Writing in the May 3 issue of the British medical journal The Lancet, Duke University researcher Wesley Burks reports scientists are working on ways to genetically modify peanuts to strip them of their allergen properties.
Exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) is an unpleasant experience for many nonsmokers, and for decades was considered a nuisance. But the idea that it might actually cause disease in nonsmokers has been around only since the 1970s.
Recent surveys show more than 80 percent of Americans now believe secondhand smoke is harmful to nonsmokers.
A new study in the peer-reviewed PLoS Biology, a journal of the Public Library of Science, has disproven sensationalist media reports of global warming causing a mass die-off of tropical frogs.
The study by a team of scientists specializing in zoology and animal health reported, “analyses found no evidence to support the hypothesis that climate change has been driving outbreaks of amphibian chytridiomycosis.”
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have each released new reports showing global warming legislation would inflict serious economic punishment on American consumers.
Moreover, the economic consequences of carbon dioxide caps would be even worse than CBO and EPA predict. Each agency assumed carbon dioxide reductions would be achieved through an immediate and comprehensive expansion of nuclear power production, instead of far more expensive wind and solar power. In the real world, no such expansion of nuclear power production is likely to occur.
Al Gore, one of the world’s leading proponents of the theory that global warming is an imminent crisis, missed a deadline to meet a global warming challenge issued by a leading expert in forecasting.
Scott Armstrong, a professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, issued the challenge to the former vice president in June 2007. Gore initially indicated interest in the challenge, but later expressed some concerns.
Armstrong said he could forecast global temperature change over the next 10 years more accurately than any climate model Gore might nominate.
Armstrong’s forecast was to be that the global mean temperature would not change over the 10 years. His forecast is based on the so-called “naive model” that has been shown by prior research to be appropriate for complex situations with high uncertainty.
Armstrong proposed each man would put $10,000 into a charitable trust fund, and the one with the most accurate forecast would designate a recipient.