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Over a year ago I wrote a piece for Slate entitled, “GMO opponents are the climate skeptics of the left.” I pointed out that, when it came to biotechnology, certain environmentalists and supposed food safety advocates acted similar to those who denied the scientific consensus on global warming. Mark Lynas recently tweeted a good example of […]The post The Economist: Anti-GMO Greens are “Unscientific and Dangerous” appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
And so… after a decade in which Americans are listening to you less and less, these warnings have to get more shrill just to have an impact — which, of course, only undercuts the reputation and credibility of those speaking so shrilly. I know who you think this is in reference to. Actually, it’s an […]The post What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
The business journalist Marc Gunther has a really good article at the Guardian on yet another battle brewing on the GMO front. It’s about a food advocacy group’s campaign to stop McDonald’s from using new strains of a genetically modified potato, which as Gunther writes, are designed to deliver both environmental and health benefits. They […]The post How the GMO Debate is Framed appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
In a 2010 editorial, the journal Nature told embattled climate scientists to wise up and “acknowledge that they are in street fight” with their nastiest detractors. At the time, this seemed like a reasonable admonition, since climate scientists were indeed under siege following an illicit disclosure of emails that put the climate science community in an unfavorable light. […]The post The Dirty Art of Character Assassination appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
In a world where everything from revolutions to extreme weather events are attributed (in some way) to global warming, it is helpful when a body of diverse experts come together to review and discuss what we currently know about the impacts of climate change. So the report issued yesterday by the National Academy of Sciences […]The post Spotty Media Coverage for a Busy Climate News Week appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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