Archive for the ‘Society’ Category

Worse, Worst and Worsest News About Global Warming

by Mark Kneubuhl – (December 3, 2012)  In Al Gore’s 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, climate change scenarios seemed to be about as bad as one could imagine.  But shortly after its publication, science tempered Gore’s worst case scenario... Read more

Goodbye Walter Cronkite, Hello PBS

Compiled by Mark Kneubuhl – (September 18, 2012) During the mid to late 20th Century millions of American families sat down every evening to get their news from the likes of Walter Cronkite, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather and Tom... Read more

The First Stewards

Compiled by Newsbyrd – (July 27, 2012) The declaration was made in 1997 at the North American Indigenous People Summit on Biological Diversity and Ethics: “We wish to add our voices to ongoing global discussions regarding the protection of... Read more

Lethal Sounds

Posted 2008, NRDC Whales and other marine mammals rely on their hearing for life’s most basic functions, such as orientation and communication. Sound is how they find food, find friends, find a mate, and find their way through the... Read more

How F#%@in’ Stupid Are Politicians, Anyway?

Rather disjointed op-ed by Mark Kneubuhl – (July 18, 2012)  Hard to say. If you ask those of the opposing party, they’d point their innocent fingers across the aisle and say, “look over there.” So, if you ask all... Read more

Are Nuclear Powered Space Heaters a Good Idea?

By Mark Kneubuhl From a practical standpoint, probably not. Although possible to build a rather bulky version with today’s technology, a prototype would cost millions, with the first off-the-line models costing tens of thousands. The plug-in garden variety space... Read more

Coral Bleaching, El Nino and the ICRS 2012

Compiled by Newsbyrd Staff – (July 11, 2012) This week about 2,000 scientists from 80 countries have gathered at the Cairns Convention Center in Australia to attend the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2012). The four-year event acts... Read more

Conservation: What is it and how does it impact rainforests?

By Marie Brown Conservation is one of the primary buzzwords in the environmental movement. However, what does conservation really mean in the sense of environmental protection? In short, conservation means the human inclination to defend any or all individual species, habitats,... Read more

You Don’t Have To Be Labeled “Boring” By Being Green

Compiled by Newsbyrd Staff – (First published March 15, 2012) The experts are always telling us what we need to do to be “greener.” We at Newsbyrd are as green as anyone, but what’s so fun about using the... Read more

Global Warming: A Hot and Cold Topic

Compiled by Newsbyrd Staff – (June 30, 2012)  Hardly more than a decade ago, one could find healthy debate -on both sides, concerning man-made global warming.  Even science had questions about the link between humans and long-term rising temperatures. ... Read more