350 or bust: Why We Resist The Truth About Climate Change

While I’m away on a canoe trip this week, I will be posting articles from the 350orbust archives. This was first published in June, 2010. Via “Nothing New Under The Sun“: “Sometimes facing up to the truth is just too hard. When the facts are distressing it is easier to reframe or ignore them. Around ...

Trashy's World: Cons – in the black helicopter biz since 1951….

Funny cartoon…   Share and Enjoy: Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – The Halifax Chronicle Herald pushes back against the Cons’ and Libs’ anti-Bloc witch-hunt: For partisan reasons, involvement with the Bloc has become a game of political football. The Tories and Grits feel like they’ve scored a touchdown because Ms. Turmel’s cancellation of her Bloc membership was so recent. ...

350 or bust: 350 or bust 2011-08-15 09:52:06

I can hear the Ministry of Natural Resources helicopter already up in the sky on this hazy Red Lake morning. The smoke from nearby forest fires continues to drift  into town, depending on the wind direction. This morning it’s heavier than it has been in a few weeks. The fire situation in the region continues ...

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

I believe a blade of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. ~ Walt Whitman

350 or bust: End of the World Curriculum: Armageddon Vs. Global Warming

With tongue firmly in cheek, here’s a recent clip from the satirical news site The Onion:   If you’d like to watch more from The Onion on global warming, click here.

350 or bust: Dear Prime Minister Harper: Please Stop Blacklisting Environmental Artists and Scientists

Blacklisted Canadian artist Franke James is becoming a mosquito in the ears of the Harper government. Several weeks ago, I wrote about the Harper government’s interference in the European tour of Canadian environmental artist, writer, and educator Franke James. This interference lead to the withdrawal of private funding for the tour, and ultimately its cancellation ...

350 or bust: The Theft Of Our Children’s Future Is A Crime

This week, the world lost a leader in sustainable business practise. Ray Anderson, founder and Chairman of Interface Carpets, passed away on August 8th.  After reading Paul Hawkens’ The Ecology of Commerce in the mid 1990s, Mr. Anderson felt conflicted as a “plunderer of the earth”, and  went on to become a leader in sustainable ...

350 or bust: Civilization Isn’t That Civilized

Those of you who follow this blog will know that my family and I spent last week canoeing in the Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in northern Ontario’s boreal forest.  It seems that the world has done as well (or poorly) as usual without my daily posts here, and I confess to some reluctance about getting ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material to end your weekend. – Floyd Norris’ column on the gap between stagnant wages and soaring corporate profits. But let’s add Digby’s take as to what we can expect if the corporate sector gets its way: “I’ve never seen labor markets this weak in 35 years of research,” says Andrew Sum, director of ...

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

“A good friend is a connection to life, a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.” ~Lois Whyse

350 or bust: Saving A Whale, Saving Ourselves

The oceans are starting to feel the impact of human’s polluting the planet in many different ways, including ocean acidification and the huge garbage patch in the Pacific. Here is a video that reminds us of what there is to be lost if we don’t act quickly to reverse the fouling of our nest, our ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted and environmentally-themed content to end your week. – Lloyd Alter highlights the Cons’ contrasting treatment of environmental scientists (who are being fired in droves) and oil lobbyists (who figure never to lack for work). – And allies around the world are starting to take notice of the Cons’ dirty reputation. – Fortunately, though, the ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada’s GHG commitment problem

For the past decade, Canada’s GHG emission targets were framed by the Kyoto Protocol, in which Canada committed to a 6% reduction in emissions by 2012 relative to 1990 levels (590 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, or Mt CO2e). In spite of signing this treaty and its ratification through Parliament in 2002, Canada has ...

350 or bust: Shape Up Or Ship Out: A Northern Perspective On Global Warming

Xavier Kataquapit is originally from Attawapiskat, Ontario on the James Bay coast. In his popular newspaper column, Under the Northern Sky, he writes about his experiences as a First Nation Cree person. In April he wrote this column, Shape Up Or Ship Out, about how global warming is already affecting the north. Here is an ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Nuclear Insurance Fraud

Have you wondered why so many people oppose nuclear power generation when there are so many ads claiming there’s a “nuclear Renaissance” and that it’s “green” or “sustainable” and free of greenhouse gas emissions? There are smart people like George Monbiot, and even my dad who think there’s room for nuclear power on our grid. ...

350 or bust: A Requiem For Planet Earth – And Ourselves

I am getting away from it all, canoeing for a week in beautiful Woodland Caribou Park. In the meantime, enjoy this: From young film maker Vivek Chauhan and naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network comes this non-commercial attempt to highlight the fact that world leaders, corporations, and our mindless consuming are combining to destroy ...

350 or bust: A Week Without Fossil Fuels

Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is a wilderness park located between Red Lake, Ontario and the Manitoba border. As Ontario’s 5th largest provincial park, covering 1.2 million acres (that’s 486,235 hectares) it offers over 1,600 kilometres of canoe routes over historic waterways. In Woodland Caribou, you can paddle the fur trade routes of the Hudson Bay ...

Accidental Deliberations: Failing by any measure

It’s no particular secret that “intensity” targets for greenhouse gas emissions are an utter joke, designed to facilitate the continued growth of heavy polluters as long as they make marginal improvements in per-unit emissions with no regard for the fact that our planet’s environment doesn’t stand to gain from dollars extracted. And it’s also no ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Little Bit of This

Politics in North America are not going too well in my opinion. I don’t know many people happy with how it’s turning out either, which makes the election(s) this Fall all the worse because few are optimistic about the results then too. It’s no wonder so many bail out of taking any responsibility for the ...

Politics and its Discontents: More Evidence Of The American Right’s Intellectual ‘Limitations’

I have phrased this post’s title as tactfully as I can, but I think if you watch the following video, you will be tempted to use other, more obvious ways to describe right-wing American cognitive abilities. You will notice that as soon as the Fox host asks scientist Bill Nye about climate change, Nye realizes ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Notes on the social cost of carbon

A recent paper by Ackerman and Stanton did some re-estimates of the Social Cost of Carbon, finding this measure of the externality (or costs imposed on third parties) from burning fossil fuels could be as high as $893 per tonne of CO2, rising to $1,500 per tonne by 2050. These are extreme estimates, but they ...

350 or bust: TEST

Please delete –  this it is a test.

350 or bust: It’s Heating Up Out There

What a week it has been!  With the backdrop of the verging-on-farcical U.S. debt credit crisis brought on by the tea-baggers in Washington, and the pieing of Rupert Murdoch, a whole lot has been going on the global warming front, and not just the extreme weather events.  Here’s a few highlights: In a historic decision, ...

RedBedHead: Global Warming Solved: Fire The Scientist

Remember how Obama said all that stuff about the importance of whistleblowers to keep government honest? Yeah, well, you might want to ask Bradley Manning the punchline to that particular joke. But it seems that the persecution of anybody who says anything inconvenient extends beyond the ambit of the US government to include the oil ...