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Science Friction

We Like to Believe Science is the Ultimate Trump Card. Time to Think Again.

Last March, a frontpage story about a proposed biomass power plant appeared in my local newspaper, The Transylvania Times. Matthew Ross, an attorney representing the plant’s business owners, Renewable Developers, told the reporter that the $22 million, 4-megawatt facility could put our little county in the mountains of western North Carolina “at the forefront in the race toward fossil-fuel independence.” He said the plant’s cutting-edge pyrolysis technology is quickly emerging as a…
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by: Robert J. Cabin – Winter 2014

Paradise Restored

Successful ecological restoration projects in Hawai‘i show the potential of repairing damaged ecosystems

The planet’s most endangered forest is not in Brazil or Borneo – it's actually in the good old USA, literally and figuratively clinging to a steep slope in a remote section of the Hawaiian Island of Kaua’i. When I first visited this…
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by: Robert J. Cabin – May 29, 2013

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