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@Scott Westerfeld: "Plot idea: 97% of the world's scientists contrive an environmental crisis, but are exposed by a plucky band of billionaires & oil companies."

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  • Gus Speth is an environmental lawyer and advocate, a professor at Vermont Law School and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, a nonpartisan public policy research and advocacy organization. He said:

    "I used to think the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that with 30 years of good science, we could address those problems.

    But I was wrong.

    The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed, and apathy. To deal with those, we need a spiritual and cultural transformation, and we scientists don't know how to do that."

With respect, this webmaster disagrees. I agree that "selfishness, greed, and apathy" are major problems to be overcome to prevent future environmental catastrophes, However, I see are other major factors. One is the denial of the findings of scientists by many present-day religious and poltical conservatives. Since the time of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), science and religion have largely been seen as enemies by huge swaths of the population. Many people deny the existence of climate change and global warming as they deny the evolution of the species, the nature of sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. A major second factor inhibiting progress is the ease with which lawmakers' votes can be purchased at the state and federal level.

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Vladimir F.J. Tomek (1922-2012) donated many of the essays in this section. He was concerned that "we are sleepwalking into an ecological disaster." He graduated from Charles' University in Prague as a 'Doctor of natural science' (chemistry and physics) in 1947. After a most eventful life, he settled in Ireland during 1968. He wrote many papers on the topics of religion and the environment, and generously made many available to this web site. Four years have passed since he died, and his vision of our march towards "ecological disaster" continues as he predicted.

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  2. J. Hansen, et al., "Climate Impact of Increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide," Science, 213, 957-966, doi:10.1126/science.213.4511.957, 1981-AUG-28, at: http://pubs.giss.nasa.gov/ This is a PDF file.
  3. "World scientists' warning to humanity," Union of Concerned Scientists, 1992-NOV-18, at: http://www.ucsusa.org/

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