Land Use

Understanding the Anthropocene – we have cast our planet adrift on a dangerous voyage, and need to take charge before it is too late.

Our only home is adrift, and moving fast into dangerous waters.  We need to man up, take over the controls, and bring it to safer waters.  The terrible irony is that Earth is adrift because of our unthinking actions.  It’s high time to clean up the messes we have made.  Yet mostly, we do not … Continue reading »

Categories: Biodiversity Loss, Changing Oceans, Climate change, Communicting science, Fisheries, Land Use, Tar Sands, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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 »

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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 »

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