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The Politics of Pipelines – Yet Again.

It is two minutes and thirty seconds to midnight.  The people in charge of the Doomsday Clock just moved the minute hand 30 seconds closer to catastrophe – the closest it has been since 1953.  The clock, which is adjusted annually, retreated to its most recent high point of 17 minutes to midnight back in … Continue reading »

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Tipping Points – There Are Good Ones Too

Environmental scientists have come to use the term ‘tipping point’ as shorthand for the time, or set of conditions, at which a rapid phase shift in an ecological system commences.  Nearly always, they talk about phase shifts from a preferred to a far less preferred state.  Tipping points are bad.  But there can be good … Continue reading »

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Wildfire – Just One More Gift from Climate Change.

The Fort McMurray fire The Canadian news this past week has been filled with harrowing tales of the plight of people caught up in the Fort McMurray wildfire, and reports have spilled over into the international press.  It began the afternoon of Sunday May 1st when two blazes erupted southwest of Fort McMurray, a city … Continue reading »

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