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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Weltschmerz: Luddite Homesteaders

Weltschmerz: Snow Is a Four-letter Word