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Politics and its Discontents: No Encouraging News Here

For those of us who follow such matters, this news is not really surprising: 2015 was the hottest year on record:Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: No Encouraging News Here

Cowichan Conversations: Trudeau Critical Of Elizabeth May For Tying Fort McMurray Fires To Global Warming

Green Party leader Elizabeth May has connected the raging fires that wiped out Fort McMurray sending 88, 000 residents fleeing for their lives with Global Warming. She stated the obvious and is being critized by Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Trudeau Critical Of Elizabeth May For Tying Fort McMurray Fires To Global Warming

Bill Longstaff: Another record temperature … but look on the bright side

Here in Calgary we have been enjoying weather that, for the season, can only be described as balmy. Like last year, February has been more spring than winter. One of the reasons, of course, is our warming planet. The figures are in for January and t… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Another record temperature … but look on the bright side

womanatmile0.wordpress.com: COP21 falls short in addressing climate change for the South Pacific Islands

Research done for the Pacific Peoples Partnership, Victoria BC Vulnerability in the South Pacific Islands The South Pacific Islands are one of the most vulnerable areas in the world to the effects of climate change. The risks are not a matter of inconvenience, but a matter of survival. Failure of food systems, drinking water contaminated […] . . . → Read More: womanatmile0.wordpress.com: COP21 falls short in addressing climate change for the South Pacific Islands

The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Lewis, Prominent Canadians Demand Investigation of Climate Change Deniers

Stephen Lewis and five other prominent Canadians recently called on the Commissioner of Competition to investigate climate change denier groups. The post Stephen Lewis, Prominent Canadians Demand Investigation of Climate Change Deniers appeared first o… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Lewis, Prominent Canadians Demand Investigation of Climate Change Deniers

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny House Project – Trailer Design CRITICAL IMPORTANCE (Part One)

My current job, it is not mentally demanding and it allows me time to think through problems and find different solutions. This often means that a design I figured out the day before goes in the filing cabinet and a new modified design or a entire ne… . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny House Project – Trailer Design CRITICAL IMPORTANCE (Part One)

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – Minimum Requires For Going Off Grid

PLANNING FOR THE PLAN Well not without a plan and money. Going to a Tiny Home and living off grid is a little more complex than going camping for a weekend or even camping for week. It is basically "I’m going camping forever, but still want all the nice things we enjoy in our technological society" So my plan is to build a initial, quick and inexpensive Tiny Home in early spring of 2016 or . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – Minimum Requires For Going Off Grid

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – The General Plan

Many people are looking at tiny homes. This solution is not for everyone and it requires a good deal planning and prep-work. One of the very first things you need to do is down size. I mean down size with a vengeance!!! I have already accomplis… . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – The General Plan

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: UN climate talks offer hope for humanity

As talks continue at the Paris climate conference, David Suzuki sees “signs of hope for an agreement to limit the escalating effects of global warming” and a more constructive role for Canada. The post David Suzuki: UN climate talks offer hope for hum… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: UN climate talks offer hope for humanity

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – Rechargable Battery Packs

In my first article about Going Green – Transportation I touched on Electropeds/Electro-Peds and the battery requirements and costs. That was on November 22nd. The thing that was burning my butt was the cost, a 48volt, 1500 Watt – 20Ah battery pa… . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – Rechargable Battery Packs

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000010 – Joshua Attempts Science/Science, Again

Well Joshua is back with his second installment of "How Conservatives Can Reclaim Science", and still no science. When I first read Joshua’s second article I didn’t think much of it, for he had very little to say about science. Then after a second, more careful reading, I realized I was mistaken and there is much to dissect. So what can we learn from his second installment? Well we find out . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000010 – Joshua Attempts Science/Science, Again

Alberta Politics: It’s official: the Harper Government’s approach to petro-diplomacy was a spectacular flop

PHOTOS: The White House, home of the Most Powerful Person, etc. Below: Stephen Harper, one of the architects of Canada’s Bitumen bullying export policy, the fruits of which are now apparent; Barack Obama, President of the United States. The office of the President of the United States may not be what it once was, but […]

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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Climate Change Deniers

The scientific community is in near unanimous agreement on the issue of human-caused climate change: so much so, that there is not a single serious scientific journal which will now publish a paper denying human-caused climate change, since it is viewed by the scientific community that the debate is over, considering the mountain of evidence […]

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Deniers are all over the map; climate realists all over the world

David Suzuki calls out climate change deniers being funded by fossil fuel interests, urges Canadians to elect a government committed to acting on “the greatest threat humanity faces” on October 19.

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LeDaro: Global warming

“President Barack Obama is making Alaska the last leg of a 14,000-mile trip focusing on climate change in advance of a critical international meeting. Scientists say this year the average glacier will lose 30 inches of thickness.” NBC.

What more proof we need?

LeDaro: Donald Trump on Global Warming

LeDaro: Rising Temps Threaten Existence of World’s Coral Reefs and Their Underwater Beauty-NBC

A great reminder of global warming.

cartoon life: Technology: ups and downs

   I scooped this from someone’s Tumblr post, and lost the link. Credit is due. But anyway, I thought that that remarkable downturn in civilian and military deaths was interesting. Technology and medical advances are responsible. More and more victims survive and survive with wounds, damage and handicaps where previously they would have died. No doubt surgical precision in strikes prevent less collateral damage. I don’t deny that mistakes are made.

Advances in information, science, technology mechanics and medicine bring that about.

And though the graph doesn’t cover it, even as populations grow larger, deaths from wars seem to (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper and Trudeau attack NDP candidate McQuaig for stating a scientific fact

Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau attacked NDP candidate Linda McQuaig for repeating the wildly-published scientific fact that some of Alberta’s tar sands must “remain in the ground” to limit global warming.

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CuriosityCat: Linda McQuaig’s nettle gift to Tom Mulcair

About to grasp the McQuaig nettle?

One of the NDP’s prize candidates has opened a can of worms that Mulcair wishes was not opened.

Here’s one report on what Mulcair said, trying to douse the flames (note the part I have bolded and reddened):

He pledged that an NDP government would bring in sustainable development legislation, including a polluter pay system where companies that damage the environment are responsible for cleanup costs. Environmental assessments would also include an analysis of whether or not the project allows Canada to meet internationally agreed upon targets for greenhouse gas reductions, he added. (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Linda McQuaig’s nettle gift to Tom Mulcair

The Disaffected Lib: IPCC – "Criminally Complacent"

Arctic expert, professor Peter Wadhams, doesn’t think much of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In fact, the Cambridge professor of ocean physics and head of the university’s Polar Oceans Physics Group, denounces the IPCC as a dangerous sellout.

He highlighted that the IPCC has failed to quantify and properly assess the risk of a methane outbreak from melting permafrost and undersea methane hydrates.“Because that is scarcely mentioned by the IPCC in it’s assessment because I think it is being criminally complacent in not wanting to stress or talk about the possibility of some major catastrophes.

“They were (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Linda McCuaig does us all a big favour

Last week the NDP candidate for Toronto Centre, Linda McQuaig, stirred the tar sands pot, telling a CBC panel discussion that for Canada to meet its climate change targets, “a lot of the oil sands oil may have to stay in the ground.” As an Albertan, I suppose I am supposed to be offended at this slighting of our precious sands. Or perhaps as a Dipper I should be concerned that she has undermined

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Is the climate crisis creating a global consciousness shift?

Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki urges us to resist the “fossil fuel industry’s massive PR machine”, enlighten climate deniers, and continue to defend the climate.

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mark a rayner: The unexpected benefits of climate change

Sure, half of Western Canada was on fire, polar bears were evolving into full amphibians, and the bee population was fucked, but there were some side benefits to global warming. As the earth heated, cloud watchers were in for some exciting times. Generally speaking, there were fewer clouds to watch, but when there were clouds, boy-howdy were […]

Bill Longstaff: Calgary’s CTrain—embracing green

Fortunately, while our federal government remains a persistent laggard on global warming, the provinces and cities are stepping up. Calgary is no exception. In 2012, the city committed to meeting all its electrical needs from renewable sources. One result was the construction of two wind farms totaling 144 megawatts.

The city relies on a variety of sources—wind, hydro, biomass and solar—but