Eroding Trust

Corporations and politicians have used lies, misinformation, and deceptive marketing campaigns to erode trust in the data and analyses of science. Tobacco marketers knew this when they weaponized their approach to “science.” They confused correlation and causation to make people doubt the link between smoking and cancer. Many corporations that depend upon fossil fuels wantContinue reading “Eroding Trust”

Climate Change

In the world of Silent Consent, the climate in the Founder States has changed. The springs are earlier, the cold of autumn starts later, and the summers are drier and hotter. A great site to explore the science of climate change is the United States’ EPA Climate Indicators website. This website provides access to dataContinue reading “Climate Change”

The Hubbert Curve

In 1956, M. King Hubbert warned that new oil supplies would not last forever. He predicted that at some point, our extraction of oil would peak and then begin to decrease, following a bell-shaped curve (The Hubbert Curve). As we exhausted our one-time inheritance of oil, it would cost more and energy and money toContinue reading “The Hubbert Curve”

New Documentary Takes a Tough Look At The Impact of Climate Change on Civilizations

If you’ve got Netflix and steady nerves, you may want to watch the new documentary from David Attenborough, Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet. Where Silent Consent gives a fictive dystopian view of a world after our environmental apocalypse, Breaking Boundaries provides a basis for understanding what is happening now and what we needContinue reading “New Documentary Takes a Tough Look At The Impact of Climate Change on Civilizations”

Can phthalates impact the development of boys

Some chemicals in plastics can mimic estrogen, a “female” hormone. Phthalates are found in many products from cosmetics to baby bottles, toys, and paints. They can leak into waters and foods. Although debate remains, data suggests that the exposure to some estrogen-mimicking chemicals, possibly including phthalates, may feminize the genitals of developing males and reduceContinue reading “Can phthalates impact the development of boys”

Chemicals in Everyday Products Link to Infertility

Every day products, such as phthalates (a plastic softener) effect fertility.  These compounds are also found in many air fresheners, cosmetics and many fragranced products. Bisphenols alter estrogen levels and also can interfere with fertility, as can many pesticides and flame retardants. As a result, we can see reduced fertility not just in humans butContinue reading “Chemicals in Everyday Products Link to Infertility”