Monthly Archives: August 2012

The State of the Earth — What are we doing?

Two recent papers in the prestigious journal Nature caught my eye.  That scientists are even publishing such papers, and that journals of the caliber of Nature publish them, says a lot about the state of our world.  I’ll deal first with one on the health of the oceans, and then discuss the one on the … Continue reading »

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Canada’s Troubling Tar Sands – Maybe Now is the Time for a Rethink?

It’s rare that I turn to the business pages to find inspiration concerning our environmental crisis.  But today’s Globe & Mail carried two stories that cheered me up a little concerning Canada’s tar sands oil.  Yes, Canadians are blessed with enormous reserves of oil in the Athabaska tar sands, but it is enormously costly to … Continue reading »

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Fiddling with the meaning of words: Peter Kent’s announcement on progress towards meeting Canada’s GHG emissions target.

Almost as soon as I posted my previous blog entry, Peter Kent, Canada’s Minister of Environment, announced to the press on 8th August 2012 that “Canada is half-way towards meeting its 2020 greenhouse gas emission target”.  This is the most recent statement on this subject by a senior member of Canada’s federal government, and like … Continue reading »

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