August 10, 2015 - Developers of new beach resorts in tropical locations are very familiar with mangroves and they hate them because they take up valuable beachfront real estate. But hating mangroves makes little sense in a world facing many environmental challenges because these trees perform an amazing series of functions.
August 9, 2015 - Kiwi country announced this week that their remaining two coal-fired power plants will be shut down as of 2018. Now one cannot compare the carbon emissions of New Zealand with those of the United States, China, or even Australia, New Zealand's nearest neighbour, but decommissioning coal-generated energy sources even in two plants cannot hurt.
August 4, 2015 - Yesterday the President of the United States released the revised Clean Power Plan with a focus on fossil-fuel burning power plants. Why that focus? Because these power plants are the largest carbon dioxide (CO2) emitters in the U.S. contributing 31% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
July 10, 2015 - In conjunction with the Pan-American and Parapan Games being held in Toronto starting today, leaders from the participating countries including sub-national jurisdictions have come together in a climate summit this week.
July 2, 2015 - The United Nations has received commitments from 44 countries and the European Union (28 countries) so far in advance of the Paris climate change conference planned for December 2015. China, Brazil, South Korea, Iceland and Serbia are the latest to announce plans to decarbonize their economies over time.
June 10, 2015 - The headlines in Canadian newspapers stated that Canada was now on board with the rest of the G7 countries pledging a low-carbon future. But that is precisely what Canada's leader, Prime Minister Steven Harper, did not do. The low-carbon future pledge has a shelf-life of 85 years. So our best before date for dealing with carbon emissions is the year 2100 AD.
June 7, 2015 - For how many years since hydraulic fracturing technology or fracking was first used have we been told by the industry that it does not contaminate drinking water. Turns out we were being sold a bill of goods.
May 22, 2015 - California has a lot of negatives going on right now. It is in the middle of the worst drought the state has experienced since records were kept, watching its in-state and out-of-state water reserves dry up. It is over populated and yet still a draw for tens of thousands of illegal immigrant crossing from Mexico each year. And it is perennially in debt.
May 22, 2015 - Researchers at Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a product that oxidizes soil polluted by oil and other contaminants.