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We are not running out of food, water, land, and China will not bring on a world food crisis. The solution to overpopulation is more, not less technology and prosperity. The poor are starving because they are poor, not because the rich are consuming what is rightfully theirs. It is nuts to say that the overpopulation problem isn't underdeveloped nations that are starving, but developed nations that are pumping CO2 into the atmosphere.
Arthur Hu 7/1/97
Some good places to start
from JSOOD@aol.com Here are a few websites dedicated to fighting
environmental scares and other kinds of junk science. They contain
information on what the real research shows, the politics of global
warming, and many other science topics.
Julian Simon is the Doomslayer than Won the Bet with the Ehrlichs
Wired Issue 5.02 - Febrary 1997 The Doomslayer The environment is
going to hell, and human life is doomed to only get worse, right?
Wrong. Conventional wisdom, meet Julian Simon, the Doomslayer.
Conventional PC wisdom is that primitive man was in harmony
with his environment. Others see that early man caused just
as much extinction as was even more prone to genocide than
modern technological man.
NATIVE AMERICANS ARRIVE DURING NORTH AM EXTINCTIONS AUSTRALIAN
ABORIGINES INNOCENT OR GUILTY OF GENOCIDE, EXTINCTIONS?
SteveSlr@aol.com Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 15:59:06 EDT To:
steve sailer: Next door is the George C. Page museum, which displays
an extraordinary range of Ice Age mega-fauna skeletons dugs up from
the Tarpits: elephants, camels, horses, sabre-toothed tigers, etc.
According to the timeline on the wall of the museum, they all went
extinct almost exactly when the first Indians showed up. But, of
course, that might have just been a coincidence, the Museum reassures
us -- maybe they went extinct because of, uh, climate change.
PETER MACKAY Campbell Australia: More species were driven to
extinction under the custodianship of the original inhabitants of
this land than have vanished since the arrival of Europeans. The same
can be said of New Zealand, where Europeans have exterminated seven
species, compared to the Maori’s 34. The Aborigines were so
destructive they altered the entire climate of this continent,
driving entire ecosystems into oblivion... were constantly at war
with each other, and the only reason that they didn't commit genocide
on the Tasmanian Aborigines who had once occupied the entire
continent is that their Stone Age technology did not allow them to
cross Bass Strait to get at the survivors.
GREEN IS BIG BUSINESS
\priv\96\16\greeelit.txt Mar 17, 1996 Title: Green Establishment
thriving in Washington Washington's "Green Elite" Prepares for More
Environmental Battles By Bonner R. Cohen ) Earth Times News Service
Just to cite a few examples, revenues for the Environmental Defense
Fund were 22.3 million (1993); National Wildlife Federation, $101.3
million (1994); Natural Resources Defense Fund $26.3 million, the
Nature Conservancy, $307.5 million (1994); Sierra Club, $43 million
(1994); Wilderness Society, $15.7 million (1994); and Greenpeace,
$37.8 million (1993) Leaders are paid over $200,000 a year.
DIRTY STUFF DOWN, CO2 AND METHANE UP Technology Review July 1997
"Trends: World History on Ice" by Steve Nadis
\clip\97\16\greenlan.txt "Concentrations of key pollutants (including
lead) reaching Greenland have actually declined since the passage of
the U.S. Clean Air Act in 1970 and the subsequent clamp-down on
emissions. Still, over the 100,000-plus years these ice cores span,
levels of carbon dioxide and methane, both greenhouse gases, have
never been higher than they are today, says Martin Wahlen, a
physicist at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and the magnitude
of this human-induced change is truly remarkable. With respect to
carbon dioxide and methane concentrations, he says, "humanity has
brought about a change of roughly the same magnitude as that which
naturally occurs between glacial and interglacial periods." Whereas
this natural shift took place over the course of tens of thousands of
years, however, the human-induced change occurred within only the
past few centuries."
corppoll.txt San Jose Mercury News DATE: Wednesday, July 27, 1994
PAGE: 7D AREA FIRMS CUT BACK*POLLUTION* AS MANUFACTURERS REDUCE TOXIC
EMISSIONS, MAKING GAINS GETS HARDER, STUDY SAYS. Silicon Valley's
largest manufacturers have gone from producing almost 75 percent of
reported*pollution*in the county to 22 percent from 1987 to 1993,
according to a study released Tuesday by the Santa Clara County
Manufacturers Group. from 1992 to 1993, the companies
reduced*pollution*by 14 percent
\priv\95\17\urbpoll.txt San Jose Mercury News September 20, 1994
PAGE: 4F WORLD'S URBAN POPULATION SOARING HAZARDS: WORLD BANK WARNS
OF HEALTH CRISIS IF THE GROWTH OF CITIES IS UNCHECKED.
\priv\95\17\asiaair.txt ASIAN PROGRESS: THIRD WORLD TO WORST OF
WORLDS SJM March 6, 1994 p. 25A In Jakarta, *pollution*has already
reached the point where commuters waiting for buses cover their mouths
and noses with washcloths or newspapers.
\priv\95\17\toxicdn.txt FEWER TOXICS RELEASED INTO ENVIRONMENT SJM
April 19, 1994 p. 8A - 58 percent went into the*air,*the report said.
*Air*release of toxics was down 9.4 percent from 1991, largely because
of declines in the release of solvents, ammonia and chlorine, the
d:\priv\95\17\bettair.txt S.J. SKIES CLEARLY IMPROVE IN*AIR*QUALITY
FROM '84-'93 SJM December 30, 1994
\priv\95\17\qualair.txt Quality of Air is Good Enough
Federal Agency Expected to Give OK SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
December 5, 1994
\priv\95\17\badair.txt TOO MUCH HAIR SPRAY CAUSES A BAD*AIR*DAY SJM
August 18, 1994 In the Bay Area, cars are the biggest contributor to
smog, producing more than 170 tons of pollutants daily. Aerosol
products such as hair spray produce about 27 tons, and lawn mowers and
other gasoline-powered equipment contribute about 11 tons
\priv\95\17\parkair.txt *AIR*STUDY FINDS GAINS IN WEST, LOSSES IN
EAST SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS DATE: Saturday, May 28, 1994 A 10-year
study of smog in national parks has found that*air*quality is
improving in Western states but continuing to deteriorate in the East
despite tougher laws aimed at halting*air*pollution.*
\priv\95\17\millair.txt SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS April 30, 1994 STUDY
SAYS MILLIONS LIVE WHERE*AIR*IS POLLUTED
zip36\clip\99\17\ammon.txt SCIENCE-WEEK August 20, 1999 -- Vol. 3
Number 34 1. ON AMMONIA AND THE POPULATION EXPLOSION "The synthesis
of ammonia from its elements, however, is critical: the world's
population could not have grown from 1.6 billion in 1900 to the 6
billion of today without the Haber-Bosch process. "
Poop and methane will destroy the environment??
FARM ANIMALS IN US GENERATE 6X MANURE AS HUMANS
Seattle Times Tuesday, December 17, 2002
The big beef: Why feedlots are a concern By Mike Swift The Hartford
Courant Beef, dairy, swine and poultry operations generate nearly 300
billion pounds of manure in the United States a year, roughly six
times the waste generated by humans. [that's a lot of pickup
20% OF GREENHOUSE METHANE PRODUCED BY BARNYARD ANIMALS.
Bovine belching beefing up greenhouse-gas emissions Gary Polakovic Los
Angeles Times (Seattle Times 6/2/2003) Cattle account for about 20% of
methane pollutants, about 100 million tons annually. 1.3B in the
world, double 30 yrs ago, also 1.1B sheep and goats. In the US, there
are 2 animals for every 5 people. EPA estimate 25% of nation's methane
from livestock. Methane accounts for 20% of planetary warming. Feed
investigated for lowering emissions.
zip37\clip\99\18\chinpark.txt Seattle Times Aug 28, 1999 China's
animal parks are beastly and brutal Frank Lanfitt Baltimore Sun
Shenzen China: $2 to toss baby ducks to the crocodiles, hunt tethered
bunnies with arrows, $180 to watch big cats tear a calf apart
http://walden.mo.net/~usher/chendu.htm Animal Abuse at a Chinese
Theme Park As published in Mainstream Magazine E-published with the
kind permission of the Animal Protective Institute By Keith Lyons
\priv\95\17\antienv.txt - "ignorance is strength" how conservative
politicians and corporations discourage research into the
CAR TRANSPORTATION MOSTLY PAID BY PRIVATE CITIZENS "Study: Use fees
could ease gridlock" Seattle Times Aug 17, 1998 p. b1 Peyton
Whitely. 25% of Puget Sound region's personal income to
transportation. Mostly paid by private citizens, only 8% by
government, 29% private business. Puget Sound Regional Council. Of
$21 billion, 10.4 goes to private vehicles, 1.5 to operating them,
parking 1, accidents 1.1.
\priv\95\05\eleccar.txt - lead battery cars may be an environmental hazard.
TODAYS BIG CARS MORE EFFICIENT THAN OLD SMALL CARS
Car and Driver Dec 1998 The Survivor. Compare today's largest
Chrysler car Concorde with smallest of 1978, Horizon. Concorde is 4
feet longer, weighs 1000 lb more, 27% more people space, 90% more
trunk, 0-60 3.1 seconds quicker than 4 sp manual 4cyl with auto v6,
gets 2 mpg more on epa combined, 28.2 vs 26.2
Environmentalists often justify radical sterilization steps to reduce
\clip\96\04\chinbcon.txt Date: Fri, 6 Sep 1996 22:47:56 -0400
Birth-Control Policy Isn't Political Persecution, Court Says By BOB
EGELKO Associated Press Writer "authorities ordered an abortion, and
destroyed their home when the couple instead fled to another village,
the court said. When they returned, all three children, including the
newborn son, were barred from attending school, and Chen was ordered
sterilized because Sun was too ill for surgery."
MOST DIESEL BUSES ARE ACTUALLY DIRTIER THAN CARS
"Bus-ted: Think you're being clean by taking Metro? Maybe you should
drive an SUV instead" Mark D Fefer Seattle Weekly May 28, 2003
According to numbers from the Environmental Protection Agency and the
Union of Concerned Scientists (an environmental advocacy group based
in Cambridge, Mass.), a modern diesel transit bus puts out over half a
ton of smog-creating chemicals every year. Mile for mile, the bus
pollutes nearly 60 times more than a new passenger car like a Ford
Taurus or a Nissan Sentra. Even if all 32 passengers on the MAN bus
got out and drove 32 new Ford Explorers around the clock all year,
they still wouldn't come close to polluting that much. (the
equivalent of 135 Ford Explorers)
CHINA EXCEEDS US
Waiting for a Miracle: The climate debate at the G8
Siddharth Srivastava | 03 Jul 2008
...India’s contribution is far below the major emitters, the US and
China. The federal government has been quoting global carbon emission
figures over the last century, in which US leads, followed by the EU
and China. India accounts for only 2 % of the total emissions.
.. in the next 50 years, 70 % of emissions are projected from emerging
and developing economies. Experts at the Netherlands Environmental
Assessment Agency said that China's carbon emissions are soaring past
US’, having risen by 8 % in 2007, a figure that accounted for
two-third of the year's total increase in global carbon dioxide
overtakes US as world's biggest CO2 emitterJohn Vidal and David Adam
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday June 19 2007 according to the Netherlands
Environmental Assessment Agency, soaring demand for coal to generate
electricity and a surge in cement production have helped to push
China's recorded emissions for 2006 beyond those from the US already.
It says China produced 6,200m tonnes of CO2 last year, compared with
5,800m tonnes from the US. Britain produced about 600m tonnes. Per
head of population, China's pollution remains relatively low - about a
quarter of that in the US and half that of the UK.
\doc\95\14\globcap.txt - global resources per capita
\priv\95\10\ehrlich.txt - definition of Ehrlich's carrying capacity
CIVIL ACTION BASED ON FAULTY SCIENCE \doc\web\99\01\chemhunt.txt Dec 7,
1998 An Uncivil Axing of Reality by Michael Fumento "A Civil Action,"
is based on Jonathan Harr's book of the same title which has been on
the New York Times best-seller list for over two years. It tells of
attorney Jan Schlichtmann and his small law firm "seeking justice"
for eight Woburn, Mass. families who lost members seven children and
one adult--to leukemia. After an expensive and inconclusive trial in
1986, Grace settled for $8 million.
DDT, Red Dye #2, Love Canal, Cell Phone
scares January 1998 Talking Points on the Economy, Environment
#35 and #36, published by The National Center for Public Policy
Traffic: Deal with it Seattle Times Sept 22, 2002
Poll of 500 residents by Elway Research:
average commute 14 miles
from to home
33% 30% 0-15 min
34% 32% 16-30 min
26% 27% 31-60 min
6% 10% 1 hr / more
Median looks like about 20 min.
75% drive alone
10% car or van pool
MOST BIG CITY COMMUTES CLOSE TO 1/2 HOUR
F100796-4 "Car-pooling is down, driving is up, study says"
Seattle Times Aug 16, 1996 p. A5
Study: Eno Transportion Foundation
Longest commute Times
31 New York City
30 Washington DC
28 Los Angeles
44% of commutes within suburbs
12% are city to suburb commutes
50% of commutes in suburbs
41% of jobs in suburbs
Car Pools 13%/1990 20%/1980
Pub Trans 5% 6%
Walk 4% 6%
DriveAlone 73% 64%
\priv\96\04\sfcomm.txt - SF Bay and LA average 24 min commute
Microsoft Seattle area commuting survey:
On Corporate Campus
Drove alone 77
Over half commute closer than 5 or 6 miles Microsoft Micronews May 19,
Rocky Mountain Institute on saving
(http://www.rmi.org/hebs/heb7/heb7.html) Saving Energy with your
- Computer: Turn off the computer when it will be idle for two hours
or more, or at least overnight. A typical computer will cost appx.
$105/year in electricity costs if left on all the time. Turning it
off at night will reduce this cost to about $36/year.
- Monitor: Turn off your monitor whenever it will be idle for 15
minutes or more.
Win95: start / settings / display / screen saver / [x] low power standby 15 min
- Printers: Printers with brief warm-up times (less than 1 minute)
should be turned off when idle for 15 minutes or more. Printers with
longer warm-up times should be turned off if idle for a minimum of 1
to 3 hours.
\doc\96\01\envitry.txt "Could try harder" Economist Oct 21, 1995 p.
32 f012396 US pollution abatement and control expenditure, 1987 $b
has increased from 40b in 1972 to 80 billion in 1993 between business
and government, according to the Bureau to Economic analysis
DDT BAN SAVES BIRDS, KILLS 3RD WORLD BABIES?
zip36\clip\99\17\ddt.txt New York Times August 28, 1999 DDT, Target
of Global Ban, Has Defenders in Malaria Experts By SHERYL GAY
STOLBERG "Now the United Nations is drafting a treaty that may lead
to a worldwide ban on DDT. ...drawing opposition from an unlikely
quarter: public health professionals, who say DDT is necessary to
stop the spread of malaria, a disease that kills as many as 2.7
million people each year, mostly children in undeveloped countries. "
ENVIRONMENTAL DDT MAY NOT BE HARMFUL
zip36\clip\99\17\ddtstud.txt New York Times August 4, 1999 Study
Inconclusive on Chemicals' Effects By GINA KOLATA "While high
concentrations of such compounds, like the hormone
diethylstilbesterol and the pesticide DDT, can be harmful to health,
the panel wrote, "the extent of harm caused by exposure to these
compounds in concentrations that are common in the environment is
1972 COMPUTER PREDICTIONS: "LIMITS TO GROWTH" ABSOLUTELY WRONG
\clip\97\30\limits.txt AP 27-Dec-1997 11:07 EST REF5190 By CHARLES J.
HANLEY AP Special Correspondent The future quietly laid out there one
winter's day in 1972, by an international team of researchers, was
just as frightening. Mankind was headed for a breakdown, an
"uncontrollable decline" in population and production, unless it
stopped breeding and consuming at such exponential rates, their book
\priv\95\17\chinpoll.txt BOSTON GLOBE January 2, 1995 PAGE: 47 WITH
CHINA'S 'MIRACLE'*POLLUTION*SURGESChina and Asia have increasing
pollution ''In China, coal accounts for 76 percent of our energy
@@Ehrlich Paul and Ann "POPULATION BOMB"
Popular doomsday authors, but doomsday never came, and won't, but
they keep on publishing and saying they've been right all along. Now
they say THEY are the establishment, and the environmental moderates
are the radicals.
1976: SIX BILLION TOTALLY IMPOSSIBLE 1998: 6B BETTER FED THAN EVER
From \doc\web\98\07\foodpop.wk1 Feeding the Planet National
Geographic Oct 1998 T.R. Reid Paul Ehrlich 25 yrs ago when the
population was 3.5 billion wrote that it was the limit, in 1976,
feeding six billion people is totally impossible in practice
12/97 Fumento shoots down Erhrlich Inc
http://www.theatlantic.com/atlantic/issues/97dec/enviro.htm No Middle
Way on the Evironment The authors, environmental scientists, warn
that in the debate between "cornucopians" and informed prophets of
the dangers posed by overconsumption, splitting the difference won't
work -- and that the cornucopians are wrong by Paul R. Ehrlich,
Gretchen C. Daily, Scott C. Daily, Norman Myers, and James Salzman
"Another Sure Bet on Earth Day" Julian L. Simon Wall Street Journal
April 22, 1997 F042397 ed. Ehrlich lost his bet that materials will
become more expensive and scarce. He changed the challenge by
measuring CO2 production and such, but these are not direct measure
of well being, and they have not been linked directly to any harmful
NOW THE "POPULATION BOMB" EHRLICHS ARE ON THE DEFENSIVE AGAINST
"ACTIVISTS" The authors of the Population Bomb have been predicting
doom since the 1960, problem is, nothing like mass starvation or
killing of the environment has happened. Food is cheaper, the air and
water is cleaner, and there is no sign of population bumping against
fixed limits. Now they're the establishment, and it's "activists" who
are rocking the boat by saying there isn't any justification for
\clip\97\01\ehrlich\ehrlich.htm Technology Review January 1997
Ehrlichs' Fables By Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich Paul R.
Ehrlich, author of several books including The Population Bomb, is
Bing professor of population studies, and Anne H. Ehrlich is senior
research associate, in the Department of Biological Sciences at
Stanford University. This article is adapted from their recent work
Betrayal of Science and Reason, published by Island Press/Shearwater
- Common wisdom is that we are rapidly depleting natural
resources. In fact, we are finding more energy than we use, and the
most favored forms of energy for replacing fossil fuels are the most
expensive, solar and thermal
POWER EXCHANGE PRICES, NOT LACK OF POWER CAUSE OF 2000 CRISIS
z47\clip\2001\01\calfmelt.txt WSJ January 10, 2001 Business World
Misreading The California Meltdown By HOLMAN W. JENKINS JR.
Suppliers were refusing to do business with the state's near-bankrupt
utilities, fearing they wouldn't get paid. The state's big three face
peak demand of around 32,000 megawatts this time of year, while
generating capacity tied to the system is 45,000 megawatts.
GREEN ENERGY HELPED CAUSE ENERGY CRISIS OF 2000
\clip\97\08\farmland.txt AP 20-Mar-1997 10:00 EST REF5449 Farm Group
Warns of Land Loss " American Farmland Trust projected in a
"worst-case scenario" today that with the U.S. population expected to
jump 50 percent by 2050 and high-quality farmland projected to shrink
13 percent, the nation could become a net food importer within 60
years. " By JOHN D. McCLAIN Associated Press Writer
Time Dec 1998
Irrigated Farmland increased by 6 times since 1900
1900 100 million acres
1998 600 million
Workforce in farming
France 50% 6%
US 42% 3%
Italy 59% 9%
Portugal 65% 15%
World forestland acres
1900 15 billion
1998 8 billion
Population up by 3.68 but land up by 6 times
1900 1.6 billion
1998 5.9 billion
The Seattle Times Company Sunday, July 13, 1997 McDermott drafting
bill to regulate fertilizers
Seattle Times Fear in The Fields Series
\clip\96\04\fishtrou.txt Date: Thu, 5 Sep 1996 11:19:11 -0400 From:
NewsHound@sjmercury.com (NewsHound) World is literally fishing in
troubled waters BY RAY MOSELEY Chicago Tribune
\priv\96b\05\netban.txt Florida bans net fishing, many leave
the business, but others say it was neccesary.
\priv\95\17\fewfish.txt San Jose Mercury News DATE: Monday, March
7, 1994 PAGE: 10A FISH DISAPPEARING FROM U.S. WATERS SHARP DECLINE IN
COMMERCIAL AREAS THREATENS INDUSTRIES, COMMUNITIES Government
officials say most of the major commercial fishing areas in this
country outside Alaska are in trouble, and worldwide, 13 of the 17
principal fishing zones are depleted or in steep decline.
Catastrophic declines\priv\95\15\nofish.txt - running out of fishing capacity
z48\clip\2001\03\flour.txt Fluoride Accumulations Killing Fish, Pine
Trees, And Poisoning Environment By Gary Ghioto Arizona Daily Sun
Staff Reporter http://www.azdailysun.com 3-20-1 researchers have
begun to explore links between fluoride buildup and environmental
problems as diverse as delayed salmon migration, ponderosa pine
needle discoloration and lead ingestion by children.
\clip\96\02\forsfarm.txt CNN Web Site Study: Poor farmers could
destroy half of tropical forests August 4, 1996 Web posted at: 3:00
p.m. EDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly half of the world's remaining
tropical forests could be lost, mostly because of poor farmers who
are forced to use slash-and-burn agriculture to feed their families,
a new study warns.
The problem is not a world shortage of food - the developed world can
grow far more than it can sell. The problem is that some people don't
grow enough food for their own use, and they don't have anything else
of value to trade for the food everybody else has plenty of.
From \doc\web\98\07\foodpop.wk1 Feeding the Planet National
Geographic Oct 1998 T.R. Reid
Paul Ehrlich 25 yrs ago when the population was 3.5 billion
wrote that it was the limit, in 1976, feeding six
billion people is totally impossible in practice
But In 1999, he pop will be six billion feed
better than ever before
World food calories per person per day
UN predicts will continue to grow through 2010
Over past 40 years price of
wheat down by 61 percent
corn down by 58 percent
World pop chronically undernourished <2,200 cal / day
World Grain Harvests
Cereal Grain Production per capita
Ranked by 1995
1970 1995 2020 Index
Australia 1466 2200 2500 1.05
USA 1533 2101 2694 1.00
Europe 505 793 911 -2.65
Asia 442 583 582 -3.60
Former USSR 948 517 928 -4.06
Latin America 485 515 588 -4.08
WAsiaNAfrica 396 399 429 -5.27
SubSahAfrica 126 157 164 -13.38
The reason Africans starve is not because the planet is
is overpopulated, its because they don't grow any food!
SubSaharan Africa produces 1/13th the amount of food per person as
US or Australia
International Food Policy Research Institute
90% of food comes from land
80% of food comes from grain
Sakata family - 3% in Canada, <2% in US grow food
3,500 acres puts out 20 million lbs of onions, 15
million lbs of cabbage, 25 million lbs of corn.
They use 2 $160,000 corn pullers
Agriculture accounts for 70-80% of all water use
Annual withdrawal of fresh water in gallons per capita
N/C America 338400
S America 89900
The developed world grows more food because it uses more water
African farm feeds only self plus $225 per year
LAND MUST RETURN TO PEASANTS EVEN THOUGHT THEY'LL STARVE
For Zimbabwe's White Farmers, Time to Move On
New York Times, 8.4.2002
By RACHEL L. SWARNS
Here in this hungry land, where the United Nations says six
million people - half the population - are threatened by
famine, the government of President Robert Mugabe has
ordered thousands of the country's most productive farmers
to stop farming.
Tuesday, July 1, 1997 Wasted food could feed millions by Curt
Anderson Associated Press WASHINGTON - More than one-fourth of the
food produced in the United States spoils, is tossed out unused or
goes uneaten on the plate, the government said today.
"State Department: New 'Green Revolution' needed" Nearly 1 billion go
hungry because of declining food reserves and increasing population
says Undersecretary of state Timothy Wirth, blames China importing
WORLD FOOD - GROWTH EXCEPT IN AFRICA
\DOC\96\07\GETHUNGR.TXT "Getting Hungrier" Economist Sept 7, 1996
Food production is on the increase everywhere in the world except in
Africa, where starvation is the most prevalent.
Food production per person, 1961 = 100
Asia (developing) 170
Latin Am / Carib 106
Sub-Sah Africa 90
US: PRODUCE RADIOS OR SOMETHING FOR TRADE OR STARVE
\clip\96\08\worlfood.txt The Seattle Times Company Nov. 18, 1996
Hungry nations lose at summit Poor countries told to feed their own
by Josh Friedman Newsday
ROME - It's each nation for itself.
\clip\96\03\chinrice.txt Date: Wed, 28 Aug 1996 12:02:24 -0400 From:
NewsHound@sjmercury.com (NewsHound) All the rice in China isn't
enough BY CARL HARTMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON -- All the rice in
China isn't enough any more, says the Agriculture Department. The
Chinese must look elsewhere to get enough of the staple to meet their
\priv\96b\08\worlfood.txt Date: Mon, 15 Jul 1996 13:27:33 -0400 The
Outlook -- Global Food Supplies: Tighter but Adequate Via AP By G.
PASCAL ZACHARY The Wall Street Journal SAN FRANCISCO (Wall Street
Journal) -- For doomsayers, recent headlines about food shortages
bring plenty of fodder for worry: Grain stocks are the lowest on
record; prices of food staples have soared; chaotic weather bedevils
farmers; and some big producers in years past, notably Russia, are
way down. Meanwhile, demand is rising steadily because of population
growth and the new prosperity in China and many other developing
\priv\96\17\PYONYANG.HTM Wall Street Journal May 31, 1996 Will Hunger
Bring Pyongyang to the Table? By BRIAN BRIDGES. The only place in
Asia where people are starving is North Korea, and it has everything
to do with a mismanaged centralized economy, and nothing to do with
>> \priv\95\19\chinfood.txt - China is using more food and can well
afford to import food, concluding that self-sufficiency is a waste of
time and resources. "Farmland may well prove to be an excellent
investment" Forbes Inc. 1995 Issue Date December 18, 1995
"The food crisis that isn't and the one that is" Ecnomist Nov 25,
1995 p. 41. Food stocks are down because of weather and collapse of
Russia. Brown says China importing will lead to world starvation, but
many economists dispute this. But low stocks may be due to success in
ending overproduction. The problem is not a global shortage, but
simple poverty. F120695
"Ethiopia: A Green Revolution" Economist Nov 25, 1995 p. 42 New
farming techniques can greatly increase African food productivity,
which no longer self-sufficient, and duplicate the miracle in Asia.
\priv\95\16\feedchin.txt Who Will Feed China: Wake-Up Call for a
Small Planet by Lester R. Brown (1) Stabilize population well below
the 1.66 billion now projected by continuing to press hard for the
one-child family. [this is already an intolerable violation of human
rights with no justification] (2) Sharply boost investment in the
agricultural infrastructure, including research that focuses on
specific national needs. [a waste of money, keep industrializing] (3)
Formulate a national strategy to protect cropland, including a shift
in emphasis from the automobile-centered transport system to one that
emphasizes a state-of-the-art rail passenger system coupled with
bicycles. [autos aren't important now anyway] (4) Embark on a national
program to boost the efficiency of water use. While these suggestions
are directed at China, they also apply to the rest of the world and
for the same reasons.
\priv\95\15\chinfood.htm - Averting a Global Food Crisis
Tech Review Nov/ Dec 95 - full text of Lester Brown article
\priv\95\14\globfam.txt - Causes of Global Famine, 16 OCTOBER 1995:
THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL ORGANIZATION (FAO) CELEBRATES IN QUEBEC CITY
ITS FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY. YET THE INNER CAUSES OF FAMINE REMAIN
CAREFULLY CONCEALED. - international market forces destroy
\priv\95\14\fullhous.txt - Worldwatch book "full house" says
that "food supply is the most immediate constraint on
the earth's population carrying capacity."
\priv\95\14\chinfood.txt - China on the verge of a food crisis because
of grain imports
\priv\95\14\foodsec.txt - "If the U.S. grain output that is produced
unsustainably is subtracted from total world output, the market
surpluses of the last decade or so disappear" Worldwatch Institute.
\priv\95\14\globfam.txt - Causes of Global Famine, 16 OCTOBER 1995:
THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL ORGANIZATION (FAO) CELEBRATES IN QUEBEC CITY
ITS FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY. YET THE INNER CAUSES OF FAMINE REMAIN
CAREFULLY CONCEALED. - international market forces destroy
\priv\95\13\grainout.txt WASHINGTON, Oct 11 (Reuter) - The U.S.
Agriculture Department pegged world wheat output at 529.77 million
tonnes in October down from September's 532.93 million estimate due to
smaller crops in Argentina, Australia, the European Union and
\priv\95\13\feedchin.txt - World Watch warns that Chinese appetite for
food imports will lead to world starvation.
\doc\95\11\eartstrv.txt - Economist "Will the Earth Starve" says no.
GARBAGE PRICING HAS LIMITED EFFECT ON AMOUNT AND RECYCLING "Garbage
in, garbage out", Economist June 7th, 1997 p. 80 Study shows that
pricing schemes have very little effect on reducing the weight of
garbage, or even the amount of garbage being recycled. Free is
probably too cheap, but simple pricing schemes don't have a big
FAST FOOD AND FOAM ONLY A TINY PART OF GARBAGE
\doc\96\07\landfill.txt Once and Future Landfills - William J
Raithe National Geographic May 1991
The Garbage Project, University of Arizona
0.25% Fast food packaging
0.9% Polystyrene foam
\doc\95\14\landfill.txt - Mount Trashmore in Michigan is an example
of a very successful landfill
z48\clip\2001\02\manfoot.txt The Telegraph [London] ISSUE 2094
Saturday 17 February 2001 How Man has left his mark on the Earth
David Derbyshire at the American Association in San Francisco
Atlas of Population and Environment
24% paved or plowed
the area used for growing crops has increased by nearly six times
since 1700, mostly at the expense of forest and woodlands. More than
half of the accessible freshwater is used, while people have
regulated the flow of two thirds of all rivers, it states.
Leipsig Declaration Scientists say
they don't agree that global warming is real.
TEMP VARIATION IS CONSISTENT WITH PAST 3 100,000 YR OLD CYCLES
Hotting up in The Hague Nov 16th 2000 From The Economist print
edition Amid much fanfare, a UN summit on global warming is being
held in the Netherlands. Should anybody care? Chart shows that over
last 400,000 years, the temperature variation is consistent with the
past 3 high/lo cycles, but CO2 levels are much higher than past peaks.
FACT - OBSERVED TEMP CHANGE MUCH LOWER THAN PREDICTIONS
\clip\97\29\kyoto\kyoto.htm Kyoto Earth Summit Information Center
Since 1988, international forecasts of the threat posed by global warming
have been revised downward a number of times. Chart I shows warming
forecasts taken from the 1988 "World Conference on the Changing Atmosphere:
Implications for Global Security" conference in Toronto, Canada, the 1990
First Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) and the 1995 Second Assessment Report of the IPCC.
Year of Rate of
Forecast Warming Greenhouse Effect by 2030
0.8 C per
20 to 150 cm
0.3 C per
15 to 40 cm
1995 0.2 C per
5 to 35 cm
Source: Dr. Brian O'Brien, October 1997
Actual Temperature Increase/Decrease Since 1979
Ground Temperature Readings: 0.1° - 0.15 °C warming
Satellite and Weather Balloon Measurements: 0.04°C
cooling per decade
Source: "Is Earth's Temperature Up or Down or Both?" and "Global Climate
Monitoring: The Accuracy of Satellite Data," NASA's Marshall Space Flight
GLOBAL WARMING WOULD CAUSE SEA TO RISE SLOWER, NOT FASTER
\CLIP\97\27\ocean.txt The Sky Isn't Falling, and the Ocean Isn't
Rising By S. Fred Singer (Wall Street Journal, 10 Nov. 97) "Initial
estimates by the Environmental Protection Agency projected that a
doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide would cause sea levels to rise
by between 80 and 120 inches. By 1990 these estimates had been
reduced by 75%. In 1996 a United Nations science advisory panel
predicted a rise of only 15 to 22 inches by 2100-still based on shaky
assumptions."...climate specialists have constructed a corrected
"global" sea level record; it shows that sea levels have been rising
at the rate of about seven inches per century....Contrary to
activists' claims, what's clear is that global warming-if it takes
place-would slow any rise in sea levels.
Mobil WSJ ad 11/7/97 /images/972/112197/p06.gif Science: What We Know
and Don't Know Only 3%-4% of CO2 emmisions are from human activities,
96%-97% is from natural causes. F110797
Myths and Facts About Global Warming (Conservative)
Myth: Global Warming will cause increased storm intensity and frequency.
GLOBAL WARMING OR GLOBALONEY? Scientist in 70's said that earth would
suffer from global cooling, maybe he was right. Claims rising levels
of CO2 aren't from man, and are the triggers of ice ages based on
\clip\97\18\globcool.txt From: "Philip V. Brennan Jr."
THE GREENHOUSE DEFECT
filed at http://www.arthurhu.com/97/01/grendfct.txt
\doc\web\97\02\grendfct.txt THE GREENHOUSE DEFECT By John Guzzetta
The media has warned us that we are facing global cataclysm unless we
stop our gluttonous fuel consumption. However, the sources which pro-
ponents of this theory cite for information are some of the most
incredible ever seen in the field of "science."
\doc\97\01\grengas.txt The greenhouse gases. ( EPA Journal )
Since human activities first began significantly influencing the
atmosphere during the industrial revolution 200 years ago, sources and
emissions of Greenhouse gases have steadily increased. today, scientists
are especially concerned that recent increases in the amount of Greenhouse
gases in the atmosphere may cause global warming in the future, altering
the Earth's climate.
\priv\96B\05\GRENECON.HTM The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition
-- June 25, 1996 'Green Economist' Warns Growth May Be Overrated
z39\clipim\2000\01\12\growth.efx Rethinking Smart Growth Seattle Times
Jan 9, 2000 Thomas J DeLorenzo. Attempts to limit growth, sprawl,
save farmland, increase mass transit misguided. Buses use more fuel
per person, costs far more than cars. Nonfarm is only 3.6% of land,
3/4 of states have over 90% of land in farm use.
Religion Supports "Wise Use" of Natural Resources, not just green
RUNNING OUT OF OIL? NO WAY.
\clip\97\25\oil\b3551001.htm Business Week Nov 3, 1997 THE NEW
ECONOMICS OF OIL With technology dragging down the cost of finding
and producing the precious stuff, prices won't rise--even as demand
soars "In 1972, the Club of Rome said the world had only 20 to 31
years of known oil reserves. Yet today, measured reserves are higher
than ever. Indeed, the very notion of what oil reserves are is
changing. Rather than being a fixed number of barrels, the reserve is
seen as something that grows and grows as technology finds new
sources of oil and extracts more from existing fields." "Instead, the
inflation-adjusted price of oil has fallen by two-thirds from its
1980-81 peak. Oil is cheaper than bottled water"
OIL CONSUMPTION PER GNP DECLINING 80-96, BUT LEVELING OFF
\clip\97\02\oilburn.gif Business Week Feb 6, 1997 "Oil Burning Up"
Chart shows that oil consumption per GNP has declined from 1980 from
7 thousand BTUs per dollar down to about 5, but has stopped decline
due to demand for gas guzzlers and colder winter (Petroleum Institute)
WILL WE RUN OUT OF OIL
\clip\96\02\oilout.txt Argues oil production will peak and oil prices
will eventually go up in real terms (but they've always gone down!)
EUR oil reserves lie within the range of 1,800 to 2,200 billion
barrels. As of the end of 1995, the world had consumed about 765
\priv\96\17\OZONHOLE.HTM Seattle Times May 31, 1996 Hole in ozone
could be declining by Paul Recer. NOAA scientists say chemicals have
peaked or declined at ground level, so ozone hole could be closing in
10 years or so
\priv\95\17\ozone7.txt - Ozone depletion may be caused by something other than
man made gases RESEARCH MAY ALTER OZONE DEPLETION THEORY SJM 11/10/95
d:\priv\94\20\ozonisit.txt - ozone hole "proof"
Convention is that population is bad, and must be reduced. Yet
technology saves human lives, and the more people we add overall, the
richer not poorer most people get.
The population of China has doubled since the 50 years since
founding, yet incomes are much higher, not lower.
\priv\95\02\chinpop.txt - China one child unneccesary
Body Count Population and its enemies National Review October 25,
1999 p. 45 Stephen Moore (Cato) 6 Billion humans is too many, yet
birth rates are down and per capita food production and consumption
is highest ever, oil is cheapest substance on earth. Mao's
centralized planning resulted in starvation of 10s of millions of
peasants, agricultual output doubled in 10 years after private
ownership of land was established in 1980.
EARTHS POPULATION WILL BRING ANARCHY: BUT TO AFRICA, NOT GLOBE
Atlantic Magazine February 1994 The Coming Anarchy How scarcity,
crime, overpopulation, tribalism, and disease are rapidly destroying
the social fabric of our planet by Robert D. Kaplan
"Over the next fifty years the earth's population will soar from 5.5
billion to more than nine billion. Though optimists have hopes for
new resource technologies and free-market development in the global
village, they fail to note that, as the National Academy of Sciences
has pointed out, 95 percent of the population increase will be in the
poorest regions of the world, where governments now--just look at
Africa--show little ability to function, let alone to implement even
marginal improvements. an increasingly large number of people will be
stuck in history, living in shantytowns where attempts to rise above
poverty, cultural dysfunction, and ethnic strife will be doomed by a
lack of water to drink, soil to till, and space to survive in"
\clip\96\05\58bill.txt The Seattle Times Company Sept. 24, 1996
Science: 5.8 billion of us - and growing Changes in food and
medicine, life spans and social conditions alter dynamics of
population growth. Forced limits in China have led to abortions and
killing of girls. University of British Columbia scientists recently
calculated that Earth can support about 2 billion people at a North
American or Western European standard of living but others put the
limit at 14 billion if humans come first.
\priv\95\15\ipat.txt - I = P * A * T Impact = Population * Affluence *
\priv\95\13\indiapop.txt - India population increases
even as fertility declines because of
WOULD YOU RATHER LIVE IN A STATE THAT IS SHRINKING OR GROWING?
"When Companies Pull Up Stakes" Business Week Jan 13, 1997 p. 30
Georgia, Texas, Tennesee, Colorado register the biggest job gains,
while New York, California and Wash DC have lost the most jobs from
business relocation. Note that although New York and California are
losing jobs with lots of immigrants, it is because wages are TOO
HIGH, not because immigrants are lowering wages for natives.
BLAME MEDICINE AND TOO FEW DEATHS FOR DOUBLING OF US POPULATION
"The Impact of Better Medicine" Business Week Jan 13, 1997 p. 30
f010797-3 Kevin M. White and Samuel H. Preston of the University of
Pennsylvania computed that today's US population would be only half
its size, over 100 instead of 260 million if mortality had stayed at
1900 levels. If progress had stopped in 1950, the population would
only be 6% smaller.
MORE FOOD FROM LESS LAND, FEWER FARMERS Overpopulation Fears Fading
Fast Dire Consequences Fall Under Weight Of Free Markets Date
:11/26/1999 Author : Daniel J. Murphy Investor's Business Daily
z38\clip\99\21\popmark.txt Yet concern about overpopulation endures
as one of the 20th century’s most dangerous myths. It’s also one that
continues to wreak horrific consequences.From 1980 to 1996, this
country’s nearly billion acres of farmland shrank 6.8%. During a
similar 15-year period, though, total U.S. farm output for livestock
and crops grew 24.8%. For crops alone, 9.4% less land yielded 29.2%
Pro Life Activist position - population kooks have it all wrong.
c:\clip\97\12\prolife.txt Anti-Life Philosophy. "We must cut out the
cancer of population growth. Coercion? Perhaps, but coercion in a
good cause [population control] ... We must be relentless in pushing
for population control." ÄÄ Paul Ehrlich,
d:\doc\94\18\priv\popdecl.txt - Population decline in Russia
EPA DEMANDS ARBITRARY AIR STANDARDS JUST BECAUSE IT'S COOL "The EPA's
latest annual assessment of air-pollution levels, issued in October
1996, shows that particulate emissions fell 79% between 1970 and
1995, a period during which U.S. gross domestic product rose 99% and
U.S. population rose 28%." Tip from: Steve Plaut
"Making Tracks: Vancouver-area residents find rail commuting less
stressful" Seattle Post Intelligencer" May 3, 1996 p. C1 f050396 King
County Transit buses had an operating cost of 47 cents per passenger
mile, South Florida's Tri-County Commuter Rail service aw 22 cents
and Chicago's Metra rail system ranged between 10 and 20 cents per
mile. But rail has higher start up cost (AAA quotes a '96 Dodge
Caravan minivan as costing about 50 cents per mile)
July 3, 1996
Facing Suit, N.Y. Mayor Assails Goals in Recycling Law
Recycling is Garbage (From The New York Times Magazine, June 30)
NYC mayor finds that rate peaks at
about 14%, calls 25% goal inpractical. Giuliani cited an article in
The New York Times Magazine last Sunday that called recycling a waste
of time and money
nytimes.com archive June 30, 1996 $ Recycling Is Garbage By John
Tierney (NYT) 7715 words AS THEY PUT ON PLASTIC GLOVES FOR THEIR
first litter hunt, the third graders knew what to expect. They knew
their garbage. It was part of their scien...
They had learned the Three R's -- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle -- and
discussed how to stop their parents from using paper plates. For
Earth Day they had read a Scholastic science publication, "Inside the
World of Trash."
WSJ 1-27-95 Roper Starch Worldwide survey says 18-29 yr olds
are worst recyclers, most educated recyle the most.
d:\priv\94\19\recypay.txt New York state's Office of
Recycling Market Development, the first of its kind in the nation, has
used $21 million in state financing to attract $253 million in private
capital for 21 recycling businesses since 1988. New York already buys
more than $11 million a year in recycled goods While the collection of
recyclables is the most visible and expensive part of the city's
program, city officials say it is the reuse of these items that
justifies the effort and may someday underwrite its cost, now $77
million a year to pick up and process newspapers, glass, foil and
doc941\sjrecyc.txt 44% recycled.
Almost every measure of scarcity is down and human living standards is up.
IS THE PROBLEM AN OVERCONSUMING 1ST WORLD OR OVERPOPULATED 3RD WORLD? \clip\97\14\limit\limit.htm Atlantic Monthly June 1997 Do We Consume Too Much? Discussions of the future of the planet are dominated by those who believe that an expanding world economy will use up natural resources and those who see no reasons, environmental or otherwise, to limit economic growth. Neither side has it right by Mark Sagoff
@@Simon, JulianThe Doomslayer, leading critic of doomsday theories. \clip\98\04\simon.txt Iconoclastic Economist Julian Simon Dies The Washington Post, Wednesday, February 11, 1998; Page B06 By Bart Barnes Washington Post Staff Writer Julian L. Simon, 65, an iconoclastic population economist who challenged conventional thinking with his predictions that world populations and standards of living could increase simultaneously and infinitely, died of a heart attack Feb. 8 at his home in Chevy Chase. Julian Simon is the Doomslayer than Won the Bet with the Ehrlichs \clip\97\15\doomslay.txt http://wwww.wired.com/wired/5.02/features/ffsimon.html Wired Issue 5.02 - Febrary 1997 The Doomslayer The environment is going to hell, and human life is doomed to only get worse, right? Wrong. Conventional wisdom, meet Julian Simon, the Doomslayer. @@Sperm Counts LOTS OF EVIDENCE SPERM COUNT IS NOT AN ISSUE \clip\97\28\stolfutr.txt The Seattle Times Company Local News : April 2, 1996 Has our future been stolen? Chemicals blamed for cancer, infertility - but debate is on by Bill Dietrich | Seattle Times science reporter " Since large quantities of chemicals entered the environment starting about World War II, life expectancy is up, infant mortality is down and overall cancer rates, when adjusted for age and the effect of cigarette smoking, have not increased. " Many more natural chemicals ingested, many animals up, not down, no shortage of humans when the same environmentalists says there is a population explosion, some sperm counts are up. STUDY SHOWS SPERM COUNT DOWN IN SOME PLACES - US, EUROPE \clip\97\28\sperm.txt http://www.seattletimes.com/extra/browse/html97/sper_112497.html The Seattle Times Company Monday, Nov. 24, 1997 Study cites big drop in sperm counts by Brigid Schulte Knight-Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON - A report found that sperm counts in the United States have fallen an average of 1.5 percent per year since the 1930s, a far sharper decline than earlier studies have found. The drop in Europe is twice as steep. Results were inconclusive for Asia, South America and the rest of the world. Dr. Theo Colburn is senior scientist with the World Wildlife Federation, and one of the authors of "Our Stolen Future."
@@Toxics\priv\95\17\toxicdn.txt FEWER TOXICS RELEASED INTO ENVIRONMENT SJM April 19, 1994 p. 8A - Factories produced more toxics, but released less into the environment. Of the 3.2 billion pounds of chemicals released into the environment in 1992, 58 percent went into the*air,*the report said. Underground injection accounted for 22.8 percent, followed by releases to land, 10.8 percent, and surface water discharge, 8.6 percent. *Air*release of toxics was down 9.4 percent from 1991, largely because of declines in the release of solvents, ammonia and chlorine, the report said. @@Traffic SPENDING 90% FOR ROADS FAVORED EXCEPT URBAN AREAS in WA z45\doc\web\2000\10\i745.txt I-745 is aimed at the frustrated drivers among us. Andrew Garber Seattle Times Oct 22, 2000 front page I-745 would require state to spend 90% of transportion budget on roads for cars. Arrived at by study that says it's about 80% now, and 95% of people take cars. Favored by 70% in E. Wash, 59% in W. Wash, 37% in King County, about 52% statewide. They would probably need to raise taxes for roads or cut transit spending. Miles traveled from 10 billion in 1970 to 27.60 in 1995, forecast 48.52B in 2020. Time in traffic up from 21 hrs in 1982 to 69 hrs in 1997 hours per driver delay per year. 2nd slowest in nation in 1997, 3rd worst per capita congestion, Texas transportation Institute. \doc\web\98\10\traffic.txt Buried in traffic Seattle Times Jan 1, 1999 peyton whitley @@Transportation %%Taxes SEATTLE AREA HOUSEHOLD PAYS $4,400 IN TRANSPORTATION TAXES z63\clip\2003\03\transtax.txt http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/134652958_rtid14m.html Friday, March 14, 2003 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific Regional-transportation plan cost: about $300 a family By Eric Pryne Seattle Times staff reporter "$4,400 that the average household already pays annually in major state and local taxes. "
@@Urban population\priv\95\17\urbpop.txt - urban cities will only get bigger and worse.
@@Water environment.water\priv\95\17\safewatr.txt San Jose Mercury News March 14, 1994 PAGE: 5A OUR DRINKING*WATER*IS CALLED BAD FOR HEALTH >>\priv\95\15\watpoll.txt Groundwater contamination
@@Water pollutionhttp://www.seattletimes.com/extra/browse/html97/taco_030397.html \clip\97\06\tacopoll.txt Seattle Times Monday, March 3, 1997 Tacoma pollution is still high US Coastal Pollution in shellfish Declining \clip\97\02\polldecl.txt New York Times January 21, 1997 Survey of 100 U.S. Coastal Sites Shows Pollution Is Declining Comment - if population increase is supposed to lead to environmental collapse, why is the water getting cleaner? Because we are polluting less per person, you can have more people and still have less pollution. \priv\95\17\cleanbay.txt - San Jose works to find ways to make less water pollution San Jose Mercury News DATE: Sunday, July 4, 1993 PAGE: 6C A WELCOME TRUCE SAN JOSE, ENVIRONMENTALISTS AGREE ON A CLEANER BAY \priv\95\17\crekpoll.txt San Jose Mercury News DATE: Thursday, January 28, 1993 PAGE: 1B MAN'S BATTLE AGAINST CREEK POLLUTION PAYS OFF \priv\95\17\rivrpoll.txt BOSTON GLOBE November 2, 1995 p. 33 MASSPIRG SAYS RIVERS GROWING MORE POLLUTED the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group found that 68 percent of the rivers and streams tested in the past past two years contain more bacteria, mercury or other contaminants than state standards allow. In 1982, 52 percent of tested waters flunked. \priv\95\17\watrfine.txt BOSTON GLOBE June 23, 1995 p. 18 THE*WATER'S*FINE The*water*quality at 20 inner and outer harbor beaches has improved steadily since 1985, when the Massachusetts*Water*Resources Authority began its massive clean-up. \priv\95\17\watrbetr.txt Boston Globe April 23, 1995 MEMO: BOOK REVIEW A MOMENT ON THE EARTH The Coming Age of Optimism. By Gregg Easterbrook. Viking. 745 pp. $27.95. TO CELEBRATE? OR NOT. . . OPPOSING VIEWS ON AMERICAN ENVIORNMENTALISM IS IT A VICTIM OF ITS OWN SUCCESS OR DID IT SELL OUT TO INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT? Levels of smog, the nation's worst air*pollution*problem, have fallen dramatically in the last decade as auto exhaust gets cleaner. Likewise,*water*bodies such as Boston Harbor have recovered faster than we could have hoped 20 years ago when one Ohio river was so polluted it actually burned. @@Wolf Release FEDERAL WOLF RELEASE PROGRAM A MISERABLE FAILURE SO FAR \clip\99\09\wolf.txt CNN.com / AP: Newly released wolf found dead near highway March 23, 1999 " Federal and state officials began releasing wolves into the wild last year, but so far, the program has been off to a rocky start. Of the original 11 released early last year, five were found shot to death, a sixth is missing and presumed dead, and the others had to be recaptured. "