Author Archive | Ronald Bailey

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Trump Just Made Two National Monuments Smaller. How Big a Deal Is That?

President Donald Trump issued proclamations yesterday reducing the sizes of two national monuments in southern Utah. Bears Ears is being shrunk from 1.35 million acres to just over 200,000; Grand Staircase/Escalante is being brought down from 1.7 million acres to 1 million. President Barack Obama proclaimed the creation of the Bears Ears National Monument just […]

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Are Brain Implants to Control Moods Ethical?

Will it be possible someday to tweak your mood with a machine? And if such mood organs ever do appear, will it be ethical to use them? This month’s Society for Neuroscience conference featured two teams of researchers who want to use brain-machine interfaces to treat mood disorders. One group, based at the University of […]

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How Concerned Should You Be About Species Extinction?

Natalia Volkova/DreamstimeA group of more than 15,000 scientists published “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice,” in the journal Bioscience earlier this month. The new warning was published 25 years after a first warning was issued by the Union of Concerned Scientists back in 1992. The alarmed scientists are worried about the deleterious effects […]

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GMO Virus Could Save Florida’s Orange Groves

Citrus greening is “the most serious threat that the Florida citrus industry has ever faced,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The bacterial disease, which tends to turn fruit green after ripening, is spread by the Asian citrus psyllid insect. The devastating disease has infected an estimated 80 percent of Florida’s citrus trees, and […]

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Destroy Capitalism to Save the Climate, Argues New York Times Op-Ed

The New York Times is running an op-ed by Benjamin Y. Fong, essentially reprising progressive simpleton Naomi Klein’s 2014 screed, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. In “The Climate Crisis? It’s Capitalism, Stupid,” the solution to anything Fong dislikes, just like Klein, is the abolition of private property and the imposition of socialism. Fong […]

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Permissionless Biotech Crop and Livestock Innovation

The USDA just dumped Obama administration’s proposed ridiculous biotech crop regulations; the FDA should quickly follow suit. Ronald Bailey|Nov. 16, 2017 5:46 pm Vadymvdrobot/DreamstimeObama administration minions issued drafts of biotech crop and livestock regulations just two days before they left office last January. They were apparently motivated by their worry that genetically improved crops and […]

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Merchants of Environmentalist Doubt*

Rene Van Den Berg/DreamstimeA new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reinforces a message that scientists have been telling us for years: Glyphosate isn’t going to give you cancer. But don’t expect activists to stop telling you it will. Glyphosate, often sold as Round Up, is used to kill weeds by spraying […]

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