Last week a report produced by 60 Canadian scholars stated that we can create a clean, sustainable future for our country with only a minimal effect on the economy. The scholars, representing every province as well as climate change expertise in areas from engineering to sociology, offered a consensus on viable, science-based solutions for greenhouse gas reduction.
The report, Acting on
The media infamously saturate us with bad news. If it bleeds, it leads … and all that. Nonetheless, good news does surface from time to time. This week saw two good news stories that particularly caught my attention.
The first was that Canada ratified the Convention on Cluster Munitions, the 90th state party to do so. Cluster munitions are bombs that open up in mid-air and release dozens
My friends and relatives back east have been finding the reality of global warming more difficult to accept recently as they endured a pretty amazing and protracted bout of cold weather. Why not just consider yourselves unique, perhaps even exceptional? Because, as this graphic of average February temperatures reveals, that’s exactly how the rest of the world sees you.
You’re that delightful yet quite little patch of indigo in a world that’s predominantly brown, red and amber. That’s why it’s called global warming and not eastern North America warming.
Maybe if the capitals of Canada and the US were in (Read more…)
The rightwing state government in Florida knows how to respond to climate change – bar employees of the state environmental protection department from using the words “climate change, global warming” and “sustainability.” There, problem solved.
Florida governor Rick “I am not a scientist” Scott is said to be behind the “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” policy.Officials with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the agency in charge of setting conservation policy and enforcing environmental laws in the state, issued directives in 2011 barring thousands of employees from using the phrases “climate change” and (Read more…)
You may have never heard of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) or, as its sometimes called, the Pacific multi-decadal oscillation. Before long that will change.
There have been references to it here and there but it wasn’t until this article was posted at Climate Central on the 27th of last month that I finally spent a bit of time exploring it.
You’ve probably heard of ENSO, the El Nino Southern Oscillation that brings us El Nino or La Nina conditions every seven years or so. PDO is something like ENSO on steroids and for the past 15-years it’s been sucking (Read more…)
U.S. President Obama vetoed the Republican bill approving Keystone XL, but the fight over TransCanada’s climate-threatening tar sands pipeline isn’t over.
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When it gets as cold as it has this winter (and last), you often see message boards yelling, “How about that global warming!” … as if these winters prove to those who are climate change skeptics (or climate change deniers, as I call them) that global warming or climate change is just one big government conspiracy theory to drive everyone’s taxes up and prevent people from getting rich(er) and insert government interference into everyone’s lives.
I saw a great counterpost to that from a poster on the popular Weather Underground weather site, explaining to a climate change denier why (Read more…)
#GlobalDivestmentDay: Canadian climate justice activists disrupted the opening of the Toronto Stock Exchange, demanded immediate divestment from fossil fuels.
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Bad news for the tinfoil hat brigade. The UN World Meteorological Organization reports that 14 of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000. Only one year this century hasn’t been a record year. Just one. One out of fifteen.
The WMO report combined data sets from Britain’s Met Office, NASA, NOAA and others.
A new study published in the scientific journal Nature says 85% of Canada’s dirty tar sands must “remain in the ground” to limit global warming.
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There are four broad outcomes depending on whether we act to mitigate climate change, and whether it is as bad (or worse than) what the models predict in terms of temperature increase by 2100 and the associated likely impacts of a +4-8C world environment: We do nothing. Global warming is not a big deal. We do nothing. Global warming is as bad or worse than feared. We act. Global warming is not a big deal. We act. Global warming is as bad or worse than feareded.
Key here is the only “variable” we as humans control is whether we act. (Read more…)
Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, climate scientist, communicator, educator, and CCL science advisor, spoke at Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada’s Carbon Fee Prosperity conference last month. Dr Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University, where she is director of the Climate Science Center. She is also an evangelical Christian married […]
“Caught between the impossible and the unthinkable, we must do the impossible.” David Roberts is staff writer at Grist.org. In this “Climate Change is Simple” TEDx Talk, he describes the causes and effects of climate change in blunt, plain terms.
Gordon Gibson: The Nailer
If you are a politician, or work with any political party –federal or provincial or municipal – you should definitely read the succinct, well-written and politically significant articleby Gordon Gibson in the Globe & Mail, entitled Enough with pipelines. Refine it. Gibson summarizes, in one short article, the crux of the national debate about our crude oil pipelines. Here’s some of the article: There is a win-win-win response to all of this, if any national political party has the savvy to step up. The public opposition is really against pipelines to export bitumen and the (Read more…)
Our new premier, Jim Prentice, claims he is committed to making Alberta an environmental leader. That’s on Sundays, just after church. The rest of the week his commitments lie elsewhere. He made that plain in a speech to the Economic Club last week when he declared his goal is to see pipelines built in every possible direction. The Northern Gateway gushing oil west, Keystone gushing oil south
A ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe. Plumes of carbon dioxide in the simulation swirl and shift as winds disperse the greenhouse gas away from its sources. The simulation also illustrates differences in carbon dioxide levels in the northern […]
Two of the defining problems of our times are wealth inequality (both globally and within the first world) and climate change. With any socioeconomic order – our mixture of capitalism and government being just one – there are going to be consequences both good and bad. There are going to be challenges that the socioeconomic order is particularly good or bad at addressing. The point of this post is to expand on how these two defining problems – global warming and inequality – are products of our particular socioeconomic order, that they are two problems that our system is particularly (Read more…)
Remember that global warming target of keeping temperature increases within 2 degrees Celsius by 2100? 2C, you may recall, is supposed to be the point within which we might – just might – avoid catastrophic, i.e. runaway, global warming. 2C, it’s thought (perhaps wishfully) will give us a better than even chance of keeping this party going.
Did I mention Barrow, Alaska? Barrow is here, in the red circle:
You probably noticed that Barrow is near the northernmost point in Alaska, well within the Arctic Circle. It’s actually because of how far north Barrow is situated (Read more…)
The American Republican Party is a major obstacle to the United States acting responsibly on climate change. In the manner of our federal government, they do not allow science to interfere with their dogma. But while they have little use for science, they are great admirers of the military, so is it possible they will start listening to the Pentagon when it comes to climate change?
She’s your commissioner, Mr. Harper, appointed under your watch. She is a former mining industry executive, the kind of credentials you respect. So when she speaks, pay attention. And she recently spoke loud and clear.
As federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand heads her department’s Fall 2014 report, which is not at all pleased with your
The climate scientists got it wrong, badly wrong. You could say they were out by a country mile (if anyone still remembers what that is).
This time it’s ocean temperatures or, to be more accurate, ocean warming. And, as usual, the scientists underestimated the amount of heat absorbed in the top half-mile of our oceans since 1970 by as much as 58 per cent.
The study, by Paul J. Durack of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and others, found that the underestimation was the result of decades of spotty sampling of water temperatures in the Southern Hemisphere, home (Read more…)
The prattling of climate change sceptics/deniers in the National Post has been ridiculed by one of its own editors. In recent comments on the CBC’s The National, Jonathan Kay repeated observations he made in a column some years ago in which he accused deniers of being “a liability to the Conservative cause.” In his article he observed, “In the case of global warming, this [cognitive] dissonance
In her latest book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein argues that if we are to defeat climate change we must defeat capitalism. At this week’s UN climate summit in New York, a number of corporate leaders seemed determined to prove her wrong.
For example, a group of investment institutions that included pension funds and corporate asset managers promised to “
Joseph Boutilier, a climate activist from Victoria, B.C., reminds us that as proponents of climate action, we are not a minority but a strong majority in Canada.
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