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GM crops increase pesticide use 11° (6 replies)

From Organic Consumers Association "According to a recent (December 2008) global summary report from the Worldwatch Institute: 1) The U.S. leads the world, by far, in genetically engineered crop production and consumption. 2) The widespread planting of crops genetically engineered to resist specific pesticides (which allows farmers to apply more ...

Started by C Robb W. in February 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Genetic Modification, Organic, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans

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Global Youth Panel 2° (2 replies)

Hello to everyone! As you all know the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference is approaching, and here at Debatewise we are attempting to put together a one thousand strong panel of young people to debate the issues that arise in Copehagen. We want this panel to contain people from every country ...

Started by Ricky D. in October 2009, about Climate Change, Deforestation, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Emissions, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Global Dimming, Logging, Pollution, Recycling, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Water, Weather

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Wordsworth and nature 3° (3 replies)

I've just spent the weekend on a literary landscapes excursion in the Lake District of England. Wordsworth was the predominant focus and I found his expression of the value of pure natural experience to be illuminating. Here is one of my favorites, though apparently acknowledged to be one of his ...

Started by C Robb W. in September 2008, about Education, Environment & Wildlife, Philosophy & Religion

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Froggie in a pesticide mine 7° (2 replies)

Amphibians are a bellweather species. Much like a canary in a coal mine they indicate the overall health of the environment. When I lived in Bermuda I used to sit and watch the giant toads come out around sunset and snap up the giant cockroaches as they emerged from the ...

Started by C Robb W. in November 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Environment & Wildlife

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Musings on science, religion, and Us 1° (1 reply)

I was listening to a lecture/conversation between Wes Jackson of the Land Institute and Wendell Berry this morning and the topic wandered to science and it's mandate. To paraphrase, science doesn't decide what's good, culture does that, within culture religion has largely had a monopoly on that word, that task, ...

Started by C Robb W. in October 2008, about Climate Change, Consumerism, Education, Environment & Wildlife, Food, Philosophy & Religion

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Is Global Warming overshadowing other environmental issues? 3° (3 replies)

Global Warming is definitely getting the attention of the masses, but is that happening at the expense of other environmental issues? On the one hand, anything that makes people more environmentally aware, and modifies excessive consumption could have positive spin-offs for other environmental issues. Perhaps GW is bringing previously unaware ...

Started by Charles M. in September 2008, about Environment & Wildlife

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Hubris 4° (4 replies)

I've been thinking recently about hubris. I don't mean the the petty everyday hubris we experience in our relationships and human contacts. I'm thinking about the hubris we have developed along with our big brains through the millenia of evolution. As we have refined our ability to change our environment, ...

Started by C Robb W. in September 2008, about Environment & Wildlife, Philosophy & Religion

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Kentucky Fried Chicken 8° (8 replies)

Massive excess packaging with a large dirty dye content thrown in, drive throughs 15 cars long Fatty as hell products Underpaid overstressed staff. KFC you have a lot to answer for. A fine example of rampant unchecked commercialism in our open society. My ultimate quarter pack will consist of. 1 ...

Started by John G. in June 2008, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Agriculture & Food, Consumerism, Environment & Wildlife, Recycling, Transport

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Whaling cruel and not sustainable- Obama going back on his word 1° (1 reply)

Whaling is not sustainable: "14 days left " Whale droppings is vital to ocean’s carbon cycle Saving endangered baleen whales could boost the carbon storage capacity of the Southern Ocean, suggests a new study of whale feces. Whale feces once provided huge quantities of iron to a now anaemic Southern ...

Started by Paul S. in June 2010, about Agriculture & Food, Carbon Sequestration, Climate Change, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Politics & Government, Pollution

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