GST Original Articles

By Robert Hunziker / 14 May 2019
America’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking at the prestigious Arctic Council biannual meeting in Finland, christened the Arctic meltdown: “A wonderful economic opportunity for international trade.” In a nutshell, here’s a critique of the Secretary’s advice: An ice-free Arctic reduces travel time for shipping lanes between Asia and the West by three weeks, which qualifies as one of the biggest transport revolutions since cargo planes first crossed the Atlantic in the early 20thcentury.... Read more
By Robert Hunziker / 06 May 2019
Rachel Carson’s famous and brilliant book Silent Spring (1962), which single-handedly ignited the environmental movement, has never been more relevant than it is today.  A mimeo of Silent Spring is scheduled for publication by the UN as the most comprehensive study of life on the planet ever undertaken, an 1,800-page study by the world’s leading scientists that spells out in detail the results of a massive study of the world’s ecosystems.  The conclusion: Nature is in “steep decline.” ... Read more
By Robert Hunziker / 01 May 2019
The world is in the throes of an extinction crisis unlike any throughout paleoclimate history: the Sixth Mass Extinction, keeping in mind that the normal “background rate” for extinction is 1
 to 5 species gone per year. But, what if it’s five every 24 hours?  Answer: It’s a lot more than that. The current worldwide extinction rate is more than 1,000 times the normal background rate, or, in the simplest of terms, instead of 1 to 5 species extinct per year, it’s alarmingly somewhere... Read more
By Robert Hunziker / 20 April 2019
Sometime in the near future it is highly probable that the Arctic will no longer have sea ice, meaning zero ice for the first time in eons, aka: the Blue Ocean Event.  Surely, the world is not prepared for the consequences of such an historic event, which likely turns the world topsy-turvy, negatively impacting agriculture with gonzo weather patterns, thus forcing people to either starve or fight. But the problem may be even bigger than shortages of food. Still and all, it’s somewhat... Read more

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By R S Anthion / 15 July 2019
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By Tamara Pearson / 13 July 2019
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By Rosemary Mason and Colin Todhunter / 10 July 2019
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By Joan Roelofs / 07 July 2019
At Fort Benning, Georgia, home of the “Maneuver School of Excellence,” (as well as the notorious School of the Americas, now renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), live-fire and other training was threatened by threatened species and their habitats. Now the base and its partners are restoring habitat and offering contiguous land for buyers who would use the land for... Read more

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