Author Archives: webadmin

How can we expect the average person, or even a politician, to understand what is happening to coral reefs?

Coral reefs should have alerted us by now By now, everybody knows that coral reefs around the world are being seriously degraded by the effects of warmer water caused by climate change.  Occurrences of coral bleaching are far more frequent than they used to be (nobody had witnessed such an event prior to 1982), and … Continue reading »

Categories: Communicting science, coral reef science, In the News | Comments Off on How can we expect the average person, or even a politician, to understand what is happening to coral reefs?

Our Human Condition – Trapped by the Familiar. It’s why Governmental or Economic Decisions are So Often Wrong when Environment is Involved.

The current kerfuffle over the expansion of the Kinder-Morgan pipeline that ships tar sands crude from Alberta to an export terminal on the coast of British Columbia is a sorry story.  It demonstrates that most leaders seem incapable of looking outside the box, never mind acting outside it.  Anthropocene times require out of the box … Continue reading »

Categories: Canada's environmental policies, Changing Oceans, Climate change, Economics, Politics, Tar Sands | Comments Off on Our Human Condition – Trapped by the Familiar. It’s why Governmental or Economic Decisions are So Often Wrong when Environment is Involved.

. Catching Cod, or Not… Fisheries Management and the Anthropocene

The people of Newfoundland are a patient lot, but their patience has been further tested this month.  And that test provides me a teaching moment:  Our negative impacts on the world can be halted, but we assume too often that when they are halted, the world will recover, promptly and smoothly, to its former condition.  … Continue reading »

Categories: Canada's environmental policies, Changing Oceans, Climate change, Fisheries, In the News | Comments Off on . Catching Cod, or Not… Fisheries Management and the Anthropocene