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Politics and its Discontents: Scenes From Hell, And A Small Effort At Climate-Change Adaptation

It may seem rather pararochial that whenever I post video showing the current effects of climate change, I almost always post scenes from North America, despite the fact that floods, fires, heatwaves and other such apocalyptic signs are present through… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Scenes From Hell, And A Small Effort At Climate-Change Adaptation

Politics and its Discontents: Corporate Recognition Of Climate Change

When the insurance industry starts worrying, we should all be very, very afraid.Bill Adams, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) vice-president of the Western and Pacific Region, says the rising costs of insurance claims leaves no doubt that climate change… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Corporate Recognition Of Climate Change

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Fort McMurray provides a humanizing break from hyper-partisan politics in Alberta

One year ago, the Edmonton Journal published a letter written by Greg Stevens, in which the former cabinet minister sent Alberta’s newly elected New Democratic Party best wishes at the start of its term as government. Mr. Stevens, who served in … . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Fort McMurray provides a humanizing break from hyper-partisan politics in Alberta

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: One year ago today the NDP won in Alberta. The next day hell froze over.

The attention of most Albertans this week is rightfully focused on the wildfires that are raging through northern Alberta and the more than 80,000 residents of Fort McMurray who have fled to safer ground in the south. It is a… Continue Reading → . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: One year ago today the NDP won in Alberta. The next day hell froze over.

Politics and its Discontents: Angry For Good Reason

Every evening at 6:30, I try to take about 10 minutes to watch NBC Nightly News, the object of my interest not American politics but the apocalyptic imagery of the West Coast wildfires. Every night seems to bring reports of new conflagrations and tragedy, and every night my anger grows, not just for the loss . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Angry For Good Reason

Politics and its Discontents: Apocalypse Now, And The Shape Of Things To Come

I decided to take a break from the political landscape today to look at our physical one. Regrettably, although the title of this post comes from two films, what is depicted here is all too real. I’ll let the disturbing imagery speak for itself.

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LeDaro: California: Instead of rain or snow the state is getting wildfires in the dead of winter

California has a serious drought, it did not get such a weather in over a century. Drought is causing serious problems for farming besides other uses of water. Drought is affecting other states as well, but California is the worst hit. Drought is causing out of control wildfires and the state needs more firefighters.

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350 or bust: Climate Denial Is Not Affordable

While dirty energy continues to rake in record profits, the rest of us are going to be paying a higher and higher price for our governments’ inaction on climate change. Up here in Canada recently we’ve had the worst flooding on record in both Calgary and Toronto. And in Colorado the Black Forest wildfire has . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Climate Denial Is Not Affordable

The Canadian Progressive: Climate Action Now!: #ForwardOnClimate Rally in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 17th

via Sierra Club: Crippling drought. Devastating wildfires. Superstorm Sandy. Climate has come home — and the American people get it. What: The largest climate rally in U.S. history. When: February 17, 2013, Noon – 4:00 p.m. (please arrive by 11:30 a.m.) Where: The National Mall in Washington, D.C. Gather at the northeast corner of the . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Climate Action Now!: #ForwardOnClimate Rally in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 17th

350 or bust: Olympics 2012 & The Global Goodwill To Address The Serious Threat Of Climate Change

It’s day 11 of the summer olympics in London. While I have the utmost respect – indeed, awe – for the women and men who are willing to sacrifice countless hours to hone their bodies and their skills to compete internationally, I do have concerns about the whole olympic process. In the end, the olympics . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Olympics 2012 & The Global Goodwill To Address The Serious Threat Of Climate Change

350 or bust: Extreme Weather Blasts U.S.: “The Sun Felt Like Fire On Our Skin”

In North America, we are starting to experience the global climate disruption that results from dumping more heat-trapping carbon dioxide molecules into the earth’s atmosphere; and it ain’t fun. The folks in the Eastern U.S. are reeling from the effects of a”derecho” storm, that has left millions without power from Ohio east through the mid-Atlantic . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Extreme Weather Blasts U.S.: “The Sun Felt Like Fire On Our Skin”

Hellberta: Canada: A country in economic denial

Well the market since the S&P downgrade of U.S. debt has been a fun ride huh? Gold continues to set what seem like daily records while stocks are “only slightly higher than a decade ago“. But all of these lightning fast developments have not shaken the faith Canadians (and in particular, Albertans) have in the . . . → Read More: Hellberta: Canada: A country in economic denial

Hellberta: A conflict over ethical oil

By now anyone who follows energy, economics, or the environment has probably heard the term “ethical oil”. If you are not familiar with it; it was coined by Ezra Levant in his book Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands. It also coined a lesser known term “conflict oil”.

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