Welcome to The Environmental Analyst

Welcome to The Environmental Analyst, a blog dedicated to examining environmental problems of the day through the lens of environmental science. Subjects here are carefully researched and documented, and conclusions are drawn from the facts. I try to avoid writing simply to vent my feelings — for that, I maintain a separate blog, An Environmental Viewpoint, which you can read by clicking here.

Posts don’t appear very often here. They are usually thoroughly researched, written, revised, edited multiple times, and often documented with extensive footnotes, all of which are time consuming. The result is a blog that grows slowly but is more informative and I think harder to argue with. Please judge for yourself.

The best way to read my blog is to select one of the topics listed below and click on it, which will display the first post in the topic. Above each post heading are the navigation arrows. The right arrow (→) will carry you to the next post; the left arrow (←) will take you to the previous post. You can also read the blog by simply scrolling down, in which case you will encounter the posts in the reverse order they were posted, latest post first. To return to the home page at any time, click on the Home tab at the top of the page.

Please feel free to comment on any post. I can’t promise I’ll publish them, though; any comment must meet my standards of civility and good sense. But I welcome a good argument and I urge those who disagree with me to explain why they do so. I am not always right — far from it — and I welcome a good correction.

I hope you find this blog interesting and informative. If you wish, you can reach me by email at mhkblogs@gmail.com . Thanks for visiting!

Blog News

July 2014

I just changed the URL of this blog from environmental-essays.net to environmental-analyst.net, to reflect its new name (the old name was Michael Klein’s Environmental Essays). This should make the URL a little easier to remember.

In anticipation of my foray into climate change, I’m writing a physics primer summarizing the scientific concepts I hope to discuss in my blog. I’ve finished the first six posts on the nature of matter. Please take a look and tell me what you think by clicking here.

Current List of Topics

Please click on a topic, else scroll down to read all posts in reverse chronological order.

EPA’s New Ozone Rule

In 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sought to lower the maximum concentration of ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion, then on orders from the Obama Administration rescinded its rule. Was it wise in doing so?

Gun Homicides vs. Gun Ownership

Do rates of gun homicide in the various states correlate to rates of gun ownership? If so, is there anything to be learned?

Should the Wolf be Removed from the Endangered Species List?

In 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing the gray wolf from the protections of the Endangered Species Act. Should it do so?

A Physics Primer

A series of posts summarizing the scientific principles I think is important to understand environmental science. If I did my job well. this topic should be strictly non-partisan. As of July, I have six posts discussing the scientific principles behind the existence of matter.

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