How can someone objectively believe that corporate funded research doesn’t bias scientific outcomes?
There’s just so much evidence that it does. This isn’t to say that every collaboration is biased, but we should presume that it’s more likely to exist than not.
Scientists Loved and Loathed by an Agrochemical Giant http://nyti.ms/2iOYpLm
We don’t need any more population in the world, certainly not in the US nor any other country.
The staff here has long believed that we should be incentivizing zero population growth, not feeding starving nations. We make to much food, and we waste too much food. We need to turn our focus to helping developing nations grow sustainably. Sometimes this will result in harsh policies, but we need to think in a more global manner than we currently do.
To that end, fighting the small battles isn’t going to change things much. We need to look at the big picture. Sure, animal trophy hunting isn’t helping endangered populations, but its not the real problem.
the single most important step in securing the future of the lion in Africa “is mobilizing massive support” for Africa’s parks and protected areas. That is, we should be lobbying the United Nations, the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development, the European Union, the International Development Bank and other international bodies to take on the park management shortfall, estimated at $700 million to $3 billion a year.
Our aid efforts should not go to food. The funding should support population stabilization and sustainable economic development. In short take the most valuable thing Africans have, their natural environment, preserve it and help them live off of it, but in harmony with it.
No reason not to adopt the same focus here. Preserve wilderness and live in harmony with it.
Angry Tweets Won’t Help African Lions http://nyti.ms/29h6iJp
The important part of the article is that they can do something in California to adjust and adapt.
What’s hard for Californians, Americans, and the world at large to accept is that there is a new normal and we can’t keep doing things the same old way.
Eliminating 150 year old water rights is a good start. Let farms compete as businesses with access to scarce resources.
A Wet Winter Won’t Save California http://nyti.ms/1LnFVN1
Economic studies show that most current methods of reducing elephant poaching are entirely ineffective. Destroying poached ivory seized by governments just isn’t working. The writer says evidence shows that the best methods of reducing and even eliminating animal poaching is to involve the local communities in the preservation of the spaces and animals, principally by return profits to the community.
Its refreshing to hear of environmental successes.
Its also nice to see that corporations can be induced to work for the greater good.
NYTimes: Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change
NobodyisFlyingthePlane. Right wing nuts from the West want their fires put out, but dont want to fund the federal government’s efforts to prevent forest fires. Worse, they declaim loudly that climate change is a hoax, merely smoke and mirrors.
Smoke and ashes out West.
NYTimes: Fools at the Fire