Allan Maynard is an environmental scientist with over 45 years of experience. This site is devoted to providing information about environmental matters of concern to all, and to communicating science knowledge directed towards evidence-based decision making.
By Allan Maynard, MSc. – October 26, 2020 ______________________________________________ From National Geographic 06/2018 – a market stall in Zhejiang, China We touch something that’s plastic multiple times every day. Plastics have greatly benefited humankind. They help keep planes in the air, make automobiles more fuel efficient, and allow the shipment of clean drinking water whereContinue reading “WE ARE DROWNING IN PLASTIC WASTE: THE PLASTICS CONUNDRUM”
WILDFIRES: THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE Allan Maynard, September 23, 2020 In just a matter of a few weeks, California has experienced 6 of the largest wildfires in its modern history creating untold misery for tens of thousands. Moreover, the state has toppled all-time temperature records from the desert to the coast. Millions are sufferingContinue reading “WILDFIRES – IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE — Sept 23rd 2020”
BY – Allan Maynard – July 24, 2020 The international CoVid-19 crisis demonstrates – in real, fast forward time, stark lessons about the consequences of unsustainable development, the limitations of our economic systems and the critical need for informed, evidence based leadership. We have learned the harsh lesson that our dependence on animal protein has placedContinue reading “A GREEN RECOVERY – THERE IS NO CHOICE”
LIVING WITH COVID — 19 The virus is not going away anytime soon so we have to adjust how we live in order to cope. By Allan Maynard – June 12, 2020 We have been living with the CoVid-19 virus for over 6 months now and it is still a mystery in many ways. WhileContinue reading “LEARNING TO LIVE WITH COVID 19”
COVID 19 – MYTHS, LIES AND PROFOUND BULLSHIT Allan Maynard, May 18, 2020 The CoVid 19 pandemic presents one of the clearest examples in modern history regarding the critical need for evidence based decision-making. Unfortunately, the presentation of scientific evidence has often been undermined by deadly denial (see paper – on this web site –Continue reading “COVID 19 – MYTHS LIES AND PROFOUND BULLSHIT”
UPDATE ON TESTING FOR COVID-19Allan Maynard – May 8th, 2020 There is a great deal of new information along with political noise about testing for the CoVid 19. For the past 6 weeks, almost all countries have been in various forms of lock-down; in some cases a complete shut down. Understandably there is desire byContinue reading “UPDATE ON TESTING FOR COVID 19”
TODAY IS EARTH DAY – IN THE MIDST OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC. By Allan Maynard, April 22nd, 2020 _________________________________________________ Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. By many measures our planet’s environment is having one of its best earth days in decades. The tragic pandemic that is causing so much human misery is also giving Planet Earth aContinue reading “TODAY IS EARTH DAY”
Allan Maynard, MSc. April 17, 2020 It is impossible to escape the daily barrage of news about the CoVid Pandemic unless we were to add an additional dimension to our isolation by turning off all screens and cancelling all publications. In following the news outlets we are seeing examples of informed, decisive leadership. We areContinue reading “DENIAL DELAY DEADLY”
TESTING FOR THE COVID 19 VIRUS April 2, 2020 – Allan Maynard, MSc. This is a topic of great interest to me because my career was in the field of measurement science – in my case measurements for environmental contaminants. Reliable measurements are required for many aspects of our lives from ensuring safety of foods,Continue reading “TESTING FOR THE CORONA VIRUS”
THE CORONA VIRUS – BASIC FACTS By Allan Maynard March, 2020 Updated – March 29th, 2020. I have made some updates to my article that was initially posted on March 14, 2020. The new information is in blue font. So much has changed over the past 2 weeks. It is very difficult to keep up. In many casesContinue reading “CORONA VIRUS – BASIC FACTS AND UPDATES”
By: Allan Maynard, MSc. March 2020 The scientific consensus that the burning of fossil fuels is the main cause of global warming over the past many decade is likely close to 100 percent now. Remaining doubts seem to be mostly cleared. Despite this far-reaching consensus there is a definite disconnect of acceptance by many within theContinue reading “COMMUNICATING THE ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE”
By : Allan Maynard, MSc. November 26, 2019 At this critical point in humankind’s history, we must not delude ourselves. Carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are warming the planet at an alarming rate. The warming of the planet is in turn affecting our climate in ways that are even more dramatic thanContinue reading “HUMANS ARE THE MAIN CAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING”
By Allan Maynard, MSc. December 2019 In April of 2019, scientists accomplished what was previously thought to be impossible, capturing an image of a black hole’s silhouette – a black hole that was thousands of light years from planet Earth. It was a stunning discovery that most people could not even comprehend. Yet it wasContinue reading “WHEN SCIENCE BECOMES INCONVENIENT”
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