Independent Commentary on Environmental and Natural Resource News
By Kurt Cobb
Sunday, February 17, 2019
"Which species are we sure we can survive without?" Revisited
Two years ago I asked the question in the title of this piece. Now comes a wide-ranging study that suggests we are about to test that quest...
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Is a key ingredient humans need to live about to run short?
Phosphorus is essential for all living organisms. So, it's not surprising that humans get their phosphorus from other living organisms, ...
Sunday, February 03, 2019
Will anything slow down the U.S. LNG juggernaut?
It is the legally mandated purpose of a for-profit corporation to make money for its owners and to prioritize that goal above all else. So, ...
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Has U.S. shale oil entered a death spiral?
The bad news coming out of the shale oil fields of America could all be put down to slumping oil prices. That is certainly a big factor. Bu...
Sunday, January 20, 2019
The greatest good for the greatest number: A doctrine of acceptable losses
In 1776 philosopher Jeremy Bentham wrote a phrase that continues to be central to our modern way of thinking: "[I]t is the greatest hap...
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Taking a short break - no post this week
I'm taking a short break from posting this week. I expect to post again on Sunday, January 20.
Sunday, January 06, 2019
Democracy, truth, fallibilism, and the tech overlords
In a recent conversation a friend of mine offered the following: "There would be no need to vote on anything if we knew the truth."...
Sunday, December 30, 2018
Taking a holiday break
I'm taking a short break from posting this week. I expect to post again on Sunday, January 6.
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Drones for Christmas
I'm beginning to think that unmanned aerial vehicles—usually referred to as drones—are going to be next year's must-have Christmas g...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Artificial intelligence and the limits of the machine model
In his bestselling book, Up the Organization , former Avis president Robert Townsend captured the problem of automation precisely. Writing a...
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