Monthly Archives: May 2013

Tar Babies, Pipelines, Plunderers and Stewards: A review of the environmental impacts of development of the Athabasca tar sands

Remember Uncle Remus’s tar baby?  It sat there seductively, but had a tendency to trap anyone who touched it and got entangled in its stickiness.  The Harper government and the Alberta government increasingly look entangled as they flail about, desperately trying to keep the baby while avoiding the trap.  On May 13th, Peter Kent was … Continue reading »

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400ppm, a milestone or a nail in our shared coffin? Thoughts on environment.

On May 9th 2013, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere atop Mauna Loa exceeded 400ppm for the first time since recording commenced in 1958.  It was last at this level over 3 million years ago, before our wise human species (Homo sapiens) had evolved.  As the long-term curve of average annual concentration since 1958 … Continue reading »

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