Category: Science Rants

The Impacts of Political Instability on Wildlife Populations

A new study has revealed that political unrest can hurt wildlife as well as governments. Researchers found that populations of large mammals declined after the collapse of the Soviet Union. They analyzed annual population estimates from the Russian Federal Agency of Game Mammal Monitoring database covering the years 1981 – 2010, a period that encompassed the fall [Continue]

US Officials Allow Waste Dumping in Aquifers

Recently, US state officials have allowed the dumping of nearly 3 billion gallons of wastewater into a number of different water aquifers. These water aquifers could have been used to deliver a large quantity of drinking water or been potentially used for agricultural irrigation. It would appear, however, that economic concerns trump any environmental ones [Continue]

The Ozone Layer Isn’t Reappearing Like it Should

It was 27 years ago that man-made Chlorine emissions from chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were banned. In 1987, a global treaty was signed, the Montreal Protocol agreement. CFC’s are substances that cause the ozone layer of the atmosphere to dissolve. At this website, a picture from NASA illustrates in blue and green where the hole is over [Continue]