Monthly Archives: August 2014

Coal, Climate, and Tales from Four Countries

Our use of coal Wikipedia says it is the official state mineral of Kentucky, and the official state rock of Utah. It also gets placed in the Christmas stockings of children who have been badly behaved during the year. And it is responsible for a lot of the carbon pollution we have inflicted on the … Continue reading »

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Tailings ponds, troublesome externalities, tepid regulations and tipping points; what the Mount Polley Mine tells us about Canada’s environmental crisis.

Tailings Ponds It happened early on Monday 4th August. The tailings pond dam at the Mount Polley Mine in central British Columbia gave way. Ten million cubic meters of contaminated water and 4.5 million cubic meters of metals-laden sands and silts washed out into Hazeltine Creek, the outlet for Polley Lake. Hazeltine Creek flows southeast … Continue reading »

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Pacific Bluefin Tuna, Overfishing, and the Anthropocene Defaunation

Failure to Protect the Pacific Bluefin Tuna A magnificent creature is going extinct before our eyes because it ranges far and wide across the Pacific Ocean, because it takes too long to grow up before it begins to reproduce, because it tastes far too good, and most of all because we are selfish, unwilling to … Continue reading »

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