openalex: 48Hour Green Film Contest @ Cannes

Cannes wrapped up last weekend with the Palme d’Or going to Terrence Malick’s apparently slightly sprawling epic The Tree of Life. From what I’ve read, the movie looks to be a mix of personal drama and a lush celebration of the Earth’s beauty (trailer).  While not specifically an environmental film, it works out an evocative ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: The debate you didn’t hear on climate change

Thursday, April 14, 2011 Last Tuesday’s English Language leadership debates are over with hardly a mention of the environment.  And that's a shame, because a brief exchange between Prime Minister Harper and NDP Leader Jack Layton gives us a hint of the important questions about climate change that weren't asked. Last Tuesday’s English Language election ...

openalex: Climate Change Slams Food Production: Agricultural Investors To Rake It In

Sometimes you’ve just got to laugh. Tuesday’s Globe and Mail led it’s investment section with an article titled “Warming Trend May be Boon to Canada.” The piece focused on a new study, published in Science, which shows that since 1980 rising temperatures have reduced global yields of wheat and maize by 5.5% and 3.8% respectively. ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Stephen Harper’s Economic Record: Best in show?

According to the polls, Stephen Harper gets the highest score on handling the economy, though he only gets the nod from 38 per cent of Canadians. As the incumbent, he’s got the advantage on all other candidates.  What the others have done and might do is a topic for another blogpost. This short summary of ...

openalex: Jay Carson, Cities, and Climate…no wait Donald Trump & Tori Spelling!

I rarely read Fortune magazine.  OK, that’s an overstatement.  But it came across my desktop last week when they ran an interview with Jay Carson, disheveled CEO of the newly formed C40 Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI). If you’ve been around the block, you’ll know that neither the C40 nor the CCI Cities programs are new. ...

openalex: Cities Running Huge Risks by Ignoring Climate Change II: UN Habitat Report PDFs

I’ve been amazed at how little attention UN Habitat’s Report on Cities and Climate Change has garnered since its release at the end of March. The report (which I contributed to) makes some important points, summarized in an earlier entry, both about the risks that cities face, and the areas where municipal policies can have ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: DAY NINE: Platforms (part two)

In the previous post about media coverage of the NDP, my desire was to illustrate one of the many ways in which the media can help to marginalize ideas and even an entire political party. It all depends on what aspect of a story they choose to emphasize.  This can work both ways of course. You can help ...

Bill Longstaff: Republicans wage war on the environment (with a little help from the Democrats)

If anyone still believes we are going to save ourselves from environmental catastrophe, the U.S. Congress is doing its best to disabuse us of our optimism. It has mounted a wholesale effort to preclude any serious efforts by the American government to deal with climate change. The Republicans have introduced bills that would bar the ...

openalex: Cities Running Huge Risks by Ingoring Climate Change: UN Habitat Report

I’m one of the many contributing authors for this year’s UN Habitat Global Report on Human Settlements, launched in London on Monday (see also BBC). This is the first time that the report, one of the most authoritative sources for analysis on urban issues, has focused on climate change. The picture it paints isn’t pretty. ...

Arctic Ocean has become less salty, more unstable: scientists

Arctic Ocean has become less salty, more unstable: scientists The world will be a vastly different place in five years time, much less ten or even twenty.

openalex: Carbon Zero: A Short Tour of Your City’s Future – Kickstarting A New Book

Alex Steffen, the founding editor of the excellent worldchanging.com (who I wrote for during the blog’s seven year run), has announced an interesting new project. His new book-in-the-making “Carbon Zero” is being crowd-funded over at kickstarter.  If he can raise $10,000 to cover production costs by mid-April, he’s promising to put out a short readable ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: End Subsidies to the Fossil Fuel Industry by the next Federal Budget

This is the second video produced by our frenetic little team at the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (Toronto Chapter) about why the Conservatives paying $1.4 billion dollars to the oil, gas and coal companies is just absurd. Please call the Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty at 866-599-4999 and let him know that this massive oil subsidy could ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: End Subsidies to the Fossil Fuel Industry by the next Federal Budget

This is the second video produced by our frenetic little team at the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (Toronto Chapter) about why the Conservatives paying $1.4 billion dollars to the oil, gas and coal companies is just absurd. Please call the Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty at 866-599-4999 and let him know that this massive oil subsidy could ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: End Subsidies to the Fossil Fuel Industry by the next Federal Budget

This is the second video produced by our frenetic little team at the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (Toronto Chapter) about why the Conservatives paying $1.4 billion dollars to the oil, gas and coal companies is just absurd. Please call the Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty at 866-599-4999 and let him know that this massive oil subsidy could ...

openalex: Cities, Green Development, & Politics: Passing the Buck or Jumpstarting Change?

I’ve been meaning to write about Steve Cohen (director of Columbia Universty’s Earth Institute) Valentine’s Day piece in the Huffington Post since it came out on Monday. It’s an interesting juxtaposition of the savage grilling that Climate and Sustainability policy is getting at the Federal level in the U.S., versus the political support it’s gotten ...

openalex: Sustainable Systems as if People Mattered – WEBCAST

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) is hosting a fascinating sounding lecture next week called “Sustainable Systems as if People Mattered.”  Not in Vancouver?  No worries the full proceedings will be webcast here. The full details are after the jump.

openalex: The Big Picture Approach to Cities and Climate Change

It was former London Mayor Ken Livingstone who started the ball rolling in 2007 when he announced that “Urban areas are responsible for over 75 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, so the battle to prevent catastrophic climate change will be won or lost in cities.” That figure – “75%” – became the urban climate ...

openalex: Canadian Cities Begin to Assess Climate Risks

Writing for The Montreal Gazette this weekend, William Marsden had an excellent front page article on the challenge that Canadian cities face to adapt to climate change.  All I can say is that its about time! In the early days, discussions about climate change – at least in wealthy northern cities – focused on reducing ...

Late Friday Night Ode To … Right Wingers And Climate Change

Item 1 (emphasis added):Climate change: Rising waters threaten North Carolina The sea that sculpted North Carolina’s coast, from its arc of barrier islands to the vast, nurturing sounds, is reshaping it once again. Water is rising three times faster on the N.C. coast than it did a century ago as warming oceans expand and land ...

Pollution/Environment: Harper & Co. Talking The Talk …

… but still not walking the walk. Nothing new here, eh? Well folks – here’s one more note added in proof (emphasis added): Canada oil sands: Pollution monitoring is censured A scientific panel has found Canada has “no system” for monitoring how Alberta’s oil sands projects may be polluting local waterways. Academic reports found that ...

misery loves company?

the smoke has followed us to Ft. St. James…we are running out of places to run to. “Hell is truth seen too late – duty neglected in its season” Tryon Edwards (American Theologian, 1809-1894) I read a post on facebook that I thought was a little weird…it was about all the smoke from the forest ...

Run Salmon Run

The 610-kilometre Skeena River is one of the world’s longest undammed rivers, and is the second longest river in British Columbia. Unlike the Fraser, the Skeena has been spared widespread industrial development, and a large portion of the Skeena watershed remains an intact, functioning ecosystem. The last couple of years has had us here and ...

Tattered Sleeve: Shout out to the Saudi Arabian delegation

Hey guys, when you start allowing the women of your country to drive, then you can share your opinions with the rest of the world on global warming.Until then, just shut it.

Preparing to Disappoint the World

With less than a month to go before the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen the Harper government is already preparing to be a major roadblock for consensus on a world plan to deal with climate change. Refusing to do anything unless the developing world is held to the same standards Harper is like a ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Climate Change – Blog Action Day 2009

It’s long past the time for action on Climate Change so I decided to focus on a group that is doing something real to make a difference. Black Rock Solar developed from the Green Man theme at Burning Man 2007. Tom Price then the Green Man manager charged with greening the burn took up the ...