Canadian Provincial Premiers Decide on a National Energy Strategy that Includes Climate Change Action
August 30, 2014 - In a rare display of unanimity Canada's provincial leaders at their annual conference have outlined a national energy strategy.
Two stories this week on climate change caught my eye. The first was a report on ocean waves in the Arctic. When you think of the Arctic Ocean you think of an endless stretch of sea ice with an occasional break. You envision polar bears roaming the ice surface. You don't think of big rolling breakers crashing into shorelines.
What happens in the Middle East reverberates across the world. There lie the roots and holiest historical places of the three monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. There lies the frontier between East and West. And much of the world’s remaining oil is found in this prized and disputed region.
Over breakfast this morning I got into a debate with a friend about threats to humanity in the near future. I argued that anthropomorphic influence on the environment and climate represented the greatest threat in the 21st century.
My TechCast Project has published breakthroughs for years, usually for emerging technologies. This is a "social breakthrough"—social trends that reach a critical tipping point that transforms society. Think of the Collapse of Communism, the Women's Movement, and the Tea Party.
It is my country's 147th birthday today. Yes, Canada as a confederation is now almost a century-and-a-half in age and as part of that celebration, the Toronto Star, one of Canada's premier newspapers, asked Ken Dryden, goaltender, Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister, lawyer, professor, and overall pretty bright guy to ask famous Canadians to talk about their hopes for Canada's future.
This is the 3rd article in my short series trying to figure out the level of terrorist danger ISIS poses in the UK, again comparing them with the IRA in the Northern Ireland "troubles." I don’t predict the level it will actually get to, which depends on too many factors, only the limits if everything goes their way.
With transportation systems growing more efficient, and intrusive technologies leaving many feeling hyper-exposed and alienated by their government, conditions are now ripe for a massive wave of governmental disruption where wealthy individuals choose to “vote with their feet,” and abandon their home country. Here’s why a massive shift is about to occur.