October 18, 2014 - Think about it. Why would a small island nation that gets 300+ sunny days a year and fairly constant ocean winds import coal, oil, diesel or liquid natural gas to provide power to its citizens? Why would island nations of volcanic origin with active and passive geothermal capacity not be harvesting these resources rather than burning fossil fuels?
October 14, 2014 - Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day in Canada and a wonderful day to walk through the wetlands south of our apartment here in the heart of Toronto. These wetlands are an attempt to restore the natural balance lost when human re-engineering of a branch of the Don River eventually caused a section of the river to disappear into concrete culverts.
October 9, 2014 - Imagine being taken out to the wood shed for a paddling by a commissioner your government appointed as an environment watchdog. That's what happened this week in my country, Canada.
October 8, 2014 - It's a tiny step but 24 African countries have launched the African Risk Capacity Extreme Climate Facility (ARC-XCF) bond issue.
The investment doesn't amount to a lot of dollars, a mere $1 billion, a drop in the bucket compared to the hundreds of billions and trillions that are the numbers associated with the fossil fuel industry, but New York State is on a path to increase solar capacity by 68%. This amounts to 214 Megawatts of new installations.
Every Government Official Should Read This: Choosing Between Economic Growth and Fighting Climate Change Is No Longer an Issue
In today's Financial Times, Pilita Clark has written an article titled "Growth and fighting global climate change not incompatible." Did you hear that? Economic growth, the creation of jobs, increased Gross National Product - you in government no longer have to concern yourselves that enacting climate change mitigation strategies is going to drive your country into depression or worse.
The other day, I realized that years of systematic study of the future had turned me into what can only be defined as a "neo-progressionist."
We are less than 10 days away from the planned climate summit of 125 nations taking place in New York City on September 23rd. So I thought it would be useful to take a quick climate change snapshot, rating the efforts of individual nations. That made me wonder - how are nations being measured? What constitutes a success? Who leads the pack? Who is failing?
Countries seem to be getting together to develop free trade zones and global trade agreements. This trade liberalization over the last few decades is considered to be a "good thing" overall. World trade has increased to levels 32 times greater than in 1950. In parallel while international trade has risen so has atmospheric carbon with CO2 concentrations rising from 310 parts per million (ppm) to today's 396 ppm. Is there a correlation? Do carbon emissions rise when international trade increases?