January 4, 2016 - At the end of the last Ice Age, an obstructive ice dam in the St.
December 21, 2015 - Today is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere of our planet, and here in Toronto we are being told that Christmas and this month of December will likely be the warmest Toronto has ever experienced.
December 20, 2015 - We humans waste 1.3 billion tons of food every year. The loss amounts to 2 to 3% of global gross domestic product (GDP). It happens on a planet where one in nine of us is malnourished. And it contributes 3.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to the atmosphere every year. That makes food waste the third largest emitter of GHGs after China and the United States.
December 6, 2015 - Back in 2012 I wrote a posting entitled "If the Climate Changes Wouldn't it be Easier to Change Us?" It seemed bizarrely logical that since we were altering the global environment through technology why not alter ourselves to thrive in these ch
November 24, 2015 - When Costa Rica submitted its
November 5, 2015 - There is no field in biomedicine that appears to be advancing more rapidly than genomics. Mapping our DNA and that of the planet's many species is creating new bodies of knowledge that researchers are turning into advances in agriculture, bio-pharmaceuticals, animal sciences and medicine.
November 2, 2015 - In a place called SeaSim, Australian and international teams of scientists are studying coral reefs in conditions that simulate the potential changes that climate change will bring to the world's oceans.
October 31, 2015 - Tonight is Halloween and for the last week people have been greeting me with "Happy Halloween." Hate to be a grinch but when did Halloween turn into anything more than a night for children to go door-to-door shouting "trick or treat?"
October 30, 2015 - "Sustainable development" is the byword phrase of those seeking a way forward for the world economy in light of the need to reduce our global carbon footprint to combat climate change. One definition defines the term as "economic development conducted without depletion of natural resources." The United Nations defines it differently.