Signed, Sealed, Delivered

In Miramichi, New Brunswick where the Prime Minster was announcing a new payroll centre which would create about 550 new jobs for the town, it seems another problem lured its head. In a move that would supply much needed jobs to a town who lost so many…

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Running out of civil servants

One would think that, by now, the Conservatives must be running low on qualified civil servants to run the countries countless federal agencies. In the last year alone, the government has lost more civil servants to resignation, dismissal, and demotion…

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engulfed and unglued

At some stages of your life you will deal with thingsand at others you are overwhelmed with misery and anxiety. Nigella Lawson How long does it take for things to overtake ones ability to cope? It seems that the weeks of smoke has sapped us of all ene…

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Dymaxion World: In Memoriam

Matthew Simmons died last week, and it’s a loss to the peak oil advocacy network. It was only after his death that I started to peek around his website — the Ocean Energy Institute — where I noticed that he too shared a belief [PDF] that ammonia played a major

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Dymaxion World: In Memoriam

Matthew Simmons died last week, and it’s a loss to the peak oil advocacy network. It was only after his death that I started to peek around his website — the Ocean Energy Institute — where I noticed that he too shared a belief [PDF] that ammonia pla…

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Dymaxion World: In Memoriam

Matthew Simmons died last week, and it’s a loss to the peak oil advocacy network. It was only after his death that I started to peek around his website — the Ocean Energy Institute — where I noticed that he too shared a belief [PDF] that ammonia played a major

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Dymaxion World: Welcome to the last ditch

That’s the last line of one of Gwynne Dyer’s latest columns:

Before the current recession, global emissions of greenhouse gases were growing at almost 3 percent per year, and they will certainly return to that level when the recession ends. To come in under +2 degrees C of warming, we need to be reducing global emissions by at least 2 percent by 2012: a total cut of around 5 percent each year, assuming that economies grow at the same rate as before.

That would be hard to do, but not impossible. However, as the years pass and the emissions continue to grow, it gets harder and harder to turn the juggernaut around in time. On the most optimistic timetable, there might be US climate legislation in 2013, and a global climate deal in 2014, and we really start reducing emissions by 2015.

By then, we would need to be cutting emissions by 5 or 6 percent a year, instead of growing them at 3 percent a year, if we still want to come in under +2 degrees C. That’s impossible. No economy can change the sources of its energy at the rate of 8 or 9 percent a year. So we are going to blow right through the point of no return.

He also points out that what we’re seeing in Russia at the moment–an economically and politically weakened state casting about trying to deal with an unprecedented natural disaster–is something we ought to get used to. You could add Pakistan to the list.

Fun fact: In 2007 a new law took effect which basically gutted Russia’s national forest fire corps as a gift to logging companies.

Dyer believes that geoengineering is the next step–out of necessity, not efficacy. I don’t think we’ll even get that much.

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Dymaxion World: All you need to know

NY Times writer Ross Douthat on the proposed City Hall mosque: By global standards, Rauf may be the model of a “moderate Muslim.” But global standards and American standards are different. Of course they are. I do love how the proponents of universal moral constants suddenly discover exceptions when brown-skinned

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