Ocean Acidification Exagerated Says Lead Expert

Institute of Marine Research, Marine Ecosystem Acoustics Disciplinary Group, Austevoll Research Station, 5392 Storebø, Norway

By Howard I Browman

“Below, I raise some of the aspects of OA research to which I contend an insufficient level of organized scepticism has been applied (in some cases, also to the articles in this theme issue). I arrived at that conclusion after reading hundreds of articles on OA (including, to be fair, some that also raise these issues) and overseeing the peer-review process for…




Bad Energy Policy Better Than No Energy Policy?

“I am in favour of a green agenda, but we can’t be religious about this. We need a new energy policy. We have to stop pretending, because we can’t sacrifice Europe’s industry for climate goals that are not realistic, and are not being enforced worldwide,” he told The Daily Telegraph during the Ambrosetti forum of global policy-makers at Lake Como


If Europe has a bad energy policy the US has no energy policy.



“Maybe we will luck through. But it’s worth pondering the words of James Schlesinger, ex-energy secretary and former boss at the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency.

When it comes to energy policy, Schlesinger says, “this country vacillates between panic and complacency.” Right now we’re in a period of complacency, but he warns that complacency, being unrealistic, merely helps pave the way for trouble down the road.”

Population Control, Eugenics and Climate Change An intertwined history

Thomas Malthus was related to Charles Darwin he said population was going to cause suffering. Paul Ehrlich had similar thoughts with Population Bomb book. James Lovelock and Gaia theory runs in same vein that says people are virus and bad. Medieval I enlightened thoughts.


The causes of land-use and land-cover change: moving beyond the myths
Eric F. LambinB.L. TurnerJianchu Xu

“Common understanding of the causes of land-use and land-cover change is dominated by simplifications which, in turn, underlie many environment-development policies. This article tracks some of the major myths on driving forces of land-cover change and proposes alternative pathways of change that are better supported by case study evidence. Cases reviewed support the conclusion that neither population nor poverty alone constitute the sole and major underlying causes of land-cover change worldwide. Rather, peoples’ responses to economic opportunities, as mediated by institutional factors, drive land-cover changes. Opportunities and constraints for new land uses are created by local as well as national markets and policies. Global forces become the main determinants of land-use change, as they amplify or attenuate local factors.”

Also early feminists were connected with eugenics. Both theories furthered by Svente Arrhenius and Francis Galton. Simple yet not-true when measured against reality. Michael Crichton was first to make this connection at least that I know of. His book State of Fear goes into detail. His last book or one of last…

office of inter-American affairs oiaa attracts limited scholarly coverage neo-colonialism alive and well

Nelson A. Rockefeller’s Of ce of Inter-American Affairs (1940–1946) and Record Group 229


By Gisela Cramer and Ursula Prutsch

“In comparative terms, the Office of Inter-American Affairs has attracted rather limited scholarly studies. It is, of course, a mandatory component of accounts of the Good Neighbor policy and inter-American relations during World War II; even so, rarely has the OIAA received more than a passing treatment.10 Those readers interested in the administrative and organizational history of the of ce will have to consult the of cial account published in 1947 as part of the Historical Reports on the War Administration.11 Thereafter, a handful of studies have focused squarely on the OIAA, mainly unpublished doctoral dissertations.12 A number of colorful biographies and autobiographies inform on the leadership provided by Rockefeller, his entourage of assistants and advisers, and their interactions with the upper echelons of the Roosevelt administration.13 Much less is known about the of ce’s activities and how these worked out on the ground. While it is well known, for instance, that the OIAA maintained large-scale health and sanitation programs in various parts of the region, very few researchers have taken a close look at these activities.14 Some aspects of the agency’s lm, radio, and press activities have come under closer scrutiny due to an upsurge of com- munications and lm studies published since the 1970s.15 More recently…” (Page. 789).

It is interesting that major media owners were in the OIAA and controlled programs in South and Central America.