Environment

Infanticide and Monogamy

31 July 2013 Infanticide and Monogamy By Gwynne Dyer Science writer Matt Ridley once described the human mating system as “monogamy plagued by adultery,” which sounds a little judgmental. Perhaps we should just agree that we are an imperfectly pair-bonding species. Quite imperfectly – I am on my second marriage, and so is my wife …

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Motor City

21 July 2013 Motor City By Gwynne Dyer As it happens, I was in Detroit this month. I went to see the art and the architecture, domains in which Detroit is still one of the richest cities in the United States. It’s broken, and it’s broke, and now it’s officially bankrupt too. But bankruptcy is …

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The Third Option

22 April 2013 The Third Option By Gwynne Dyer There are, we are told, only two options. Either we stop burning fossil fuels before our carbon dioxide emissions drive the planet’s average temperature up a full 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F), in which case we will push the world into the biggest-ever recession. Or …

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Mackerel Wars

4 February 2013 Mackerel Wars By Gwynne Dyer It’s hard enough to manage a fishery stock sustainably when the fish stay put. Once they start moving around, it’s almost impossible. That’s why the European Union and Iceland are heading into a mackerel war. It’s a foretaste of things to come, as warming oceans cause ocean …

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Senkaku/Diaoyu: Another Falklands

27 January 2013 Senkaku/Diaoyu: Another Falklands? By Gwynne Dyer Chinese survey vessels go into the waters around the disputed islands and Japanese patrol ships tail them much too closely. Twice last month Chinese maritime surveillance aircraft flew into the airspace around the Japanese-controlled islands and Tokyo scrambled F-15 fighters to meet them. On the second …

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