Is too much e-commerce overrunning our cities? Yes, says the World Economic Forum. The term ‘global warming’ may be coming back, because it’s scarier than ‘climate change.’ Puddles, ditches, and watering ponds no longer regulated as federal waters.
Extreme poverty has fallen below 10 percent of the world’s population for the first time. It was 60 percent when I was born. Global inequality has been plunging as Africa and Asia experience faster economic growth than Europe and North America; child mortality has fallen to record low levels; famine virtually went extinct; malaria, polio and heart disease are all in decline.
And here is the environmental good news: We are using less stuff:
The quantity of all resources consumed per person in Britain (domestic extraction of biomass, metals, minerals and fossil fuels, plus imports minus exports) fell by a third between 2000 and 2017, from 13.7 tons to 9.4 tons. That’s a faster decline than the increase in the number of people, so it means fewer resources consumed overall.
“The media, for whatever reason, has chosen a role for itself as a cheerleader for climate boondoggles. And the more specialized the media . . . the more completely it will devote itself to misleading the public about the true nature of the climate challenge in our democracy.” Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal.
Numerous news sources are reporting a claim that a warmer climate is killing so many American that health departments aren’t equipped to handle the upsurge in cases. Yet the most precise measurements we have show there has been no increase in U.S. temperatures since 2005, writes Heartland Institute scholar James Taylor. He goes on to…
Good climate news for fragile islands. HT-Benny Peiser. Facebook thinks its opinion of climate change is better than yours, says Pat Michaels. HT-Myron Ebell. Climate-change litigation against Big Oil had its setbacks, but it is alive and kicking, warns the Manhattan Contrarian.