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THE ECOWORLD PHILOSOPHY
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THREE PRINCIPLES FOR A NEW AGENDA
By Terry Anderson
This issue showcases PERC scholar Terry Anderson, who gives us here his manifesto for free market environmentalism; incentives matter, property rights encourage stewardship, and polluters are liable for harm they cause. Sounds good to me. Solutions like the ones here will result in fewer laws and fewer bureaucrats. This means a freer society and lower taxes. Nobody is saying we can eliminate the role of government entirely, but cost-effective solutions need to be tried. Usually that means less government, not more. If that´ s called scoring points for the libertarians, count me in.
FLAGSHIPS OF THE FOREST
PUT THEM IN A GIANT SOLAR CLIMATRON
By Ed “Redwood” Ring
A great laboratory to grow the great trees of the world, the solar powered “climatron” will use convection energy to manipulate the thermal mass of a giant greenhouse. Some would even call it a biosphere. This structure will be 500 feet high in the great hall, which will be big enough to house full grown Sequoia Sempervirons. In the ancillary halls there will be other great forests of the world, the Amazon, the Congo, the Asian, the Moonsoon, the Boreal, the Hardwood Temperate, and others. Breaking ground must happen soon, because our goal is to have Redwoods over 200 feet in height by May 2045 in the great hall of the climatron, and in the side halls the great trees must be over 100 feet in height.
POLLUTION IS AN EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY OFFENDER
By Nancie Marzulla
This article lays waste to the idea that race related legislation will mitigate environmental hazards. Creating bureaucracies to identify cases of “environmental racism” does not address the core issues of health and safety. Instead of cleanup, taxpayer money is spent on consultants and attorney´ fees, public administrators and their staffs, courtroom personnel, and public prosecutors and their staffs. The correct solution is simple. Polluters should be liable. No new legislation or regulations should be necessary. Address the real issues of health and safety, perhaps using economic criteria to identify potential problem areas. Perseverating on the issue of race is devisive and wastes resources.
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN SPACE
CASHING IN ON 21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGY
By William Turner
Last issue we looked at inter-planetary exploration and colonization, this issue we head for the stars. Dr. Turner’s visionary essay will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about inter-steller society, particularly from the perspective of a mega-corporate strategist. Fascinating, amusing, insightful, and occasionally unpredictable, you should read this.
A Message from the World Rainforest Movement
We go high, high tech this time, by linking you here straight into the Rainforest Action Network’s current action alert #110. A picture is worth a thousand words, and you’ll get both in this article which chronicles the current plight of the Macuxi tribal peoples fleeing their homes before the fires of the ever encroaching ranchers. This article is testimony to the fact that we still have a long way to go. Where are the agro-forestry pioneers? There is a place for you in Brazil, and a people who could use a little help.
Trying to surf the information highway today is a venture that requires great perserverance. As it is most of us don’t know how to hook up a VCR to a TV and sound system with remote controls. Computers have to make life easier. They don’t really do that yet, and least not like they soon will. Someday soon when we turn on the TV little avatars on the television will interact with us, showing us exactly how to hook it up to the whole house. Everything from climate control and security to VR outlets in every room, the computer will give us what we need effortlessly. Reality will become cyberspace, and the real trees will wither untended in the blistering sun of an irrevocably warming world. Not!
EcoWorld will be the place people can go in that cyberspace, where the facts of global ecosystem status will be presented in a clear and comprehensive manner. Neither the doomsayers nor the naysayers will hold sway in this refuge of common sense and concern. Global information reports will be presented in ecoworld.com showing the ozone hole sizes currently and historically, the sea temperatures, the rainfall, the water supplies, and of course, the global timber mass.
Information available from the United Nations, NASA, USGS, and other public and private sources will be compiled and presented in ecoworld.com. Econometric data such as GNP, population, per capita income, square miles, population density, population growth rate & doubling time, language, religion, colonial heritage if any, etc., will be presented in an interactive format allowing the user to select these global statistics nation by nation.
An equivalent database will be constructed for the major ecosystems of the world, as noted above. Water supply, water consumtion, power supply/consumption, forest mass and rate of regeneration and logging/deforestation, endangered indicator species, etc. This is our goal.
The most critical of all will be the big tree database, an encyclopedia of the big trees of the world, with information as to their size at maturity, growth rate, life expectancy, total timber mass, carbon absorption rate, and instructions as well on how to grow these trees, everything from how to propagate the seeds and nurture the seedlings to how to container grow to how to plant in both urban and forest situations, and forest management.
With these three fundamental information products, earth information, econometric information, and big tree reforestation information, ecoworld.com will be an invaluable source of content for any internet user in the world who has any interest whatsoever in these critical areas. Climb aboard.
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THE ECOWORLD PHILOSOPHY
Issue #3, Summer 1995
Nature and Technology in Harmony…
We don’t deviate from this guiding principle – nature and technology in harmony – in our third issue of ecoworld.com. “Three Principles for a New Agenda” is a manifesto of free-market environmentalism and a good primer for the uninitiated. “Flagships of the Forest” describes a solar powered “climatron” that could be used to mimic the major climate zones of the world inside a single structure allowing efficient (and profitable!) propagation of the great trees of the world. “Pollution is an Equal-Opportunity Offender” debunks the popular tactic of the left which is to equate environmental problems with unrelated issues such as race and racism. “Business Opportunities in Space” is an interesting and only slightly fanciful speculative essay on what life in an inter-stellar society would be like. Finally, “Rainforest Update” this month goes to Roraima, Brazil, where the Macuxi indigeoneous peoples flee the fires of the encroaching ranchers. Could agro-forestry heal the breach? How about agro-rancho-forestry? Let’s talk.
Reactions and rebuttals to these articles are encouraged.