Land Use

Speciation, Extinction, and the Diversity of Life

Even Mosquitoes Have Value The other day, while being interviewed about the Zika virus, Dr. Anthony Fauci of NIH was asked if he thought mosquitoes had any value at all. He said it would be wonderful if we could eliminate them totally, once and for all. I understand his perspective, given the range of diseases … Continue reading »

Categories: Biodiversity Loss, Economics, Land Use | Comments Off on Speciation, Extinction, and the Diversity of Life

Paris COP21 – Are We There Yet? Not by a Long Shot but There Is Progress

It’s been a surreal two months in Canada. The longest election campaign in recent memory, but on 19th October Canadians elected a new Parliament. While the Liberals had appeared to be edging ahead of the Conservatives and New Democrats, even on the final weekend the outcome was far from clear. However, once results began to … Continue reading »

Categories: Canada's environmental policies, Climate change, Economics, In the News, Land Use, Politics | Comments Off on Paris COP21 – Are We There Yet? Not by a Long Shot but There Is Progress

Chickens, bees and agribusiness – the need to put the chemical genie back in the bottle.

Let’s start with the chickens I’ve been reading a collection of essays by George Monbiot – Bring on the Apocalypse. Mostly from the early 2000s. His essays paint a brutal world in which the rich and powerful get their way with government as their hand servant. They make me angry, depressed, and unable to believe … Continue reading »

Categories: Biodiversity Loss, Climate change, Economics, Land Use | Comments Off on Chickens, bees and agribusiness – the need to put the chemical genie back in the bottle.