Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Owen Jones writes that UK Labour’s bold and progressive platform was crucial to its improved electoral results. Bhaksar Sunkara rightly sees Labour’s campaign – in both its firm defence of the common good, and its determination to reach young and marginalized voters rather than assuming they won’t turn ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the Libs’ delayed climate change action as going beyond mere backloading of promises to outright destruction in the meantime. For further reading…– For just a few examples of the backloading in the Libs’ budget, see the Northern View’s interview with Nathan Cullen. – The latest report to the United Nations Framework Convention on ...

The Disaffected Lib: Dirtier Than We Had Ever Imagined.

Oil and gas fracking doesn’t draw the same attention in Canada as it has attracted in the United States. It’s probably fair to say that most of us hardly think of it at all. That could be about to change. Two new studies into fracking operations in western Canada show that fracking generally and the ...

The Disaffected Lib: A Tough Call

If you’re in your 30s, maybe even in your 40s, you might be wondering what your odds are on whether you make it to die of old age. What are the odds your life will be prematurely ended by some sort of environmental calamity or some knock-on disaster such as a major war? Gwynne Dyer ...

The Disaffected Lib: IPCC – "Criminally Complacent"

Arctic expert, professor Peter Wadhams, doesn’t think much of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In fact, the Cambridge professor of ocean physics and head of the university’s Polar Oceans Physics Group, denounces the IPCC as a dangerous sellout. He highlighted that the IPCC has failed to quantify and properly assess the risk of a ...

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PostArctica: Arctic sea ice time bomb ticking: the bang’s gonna be huge

by Gareth on July 24, 2013 Reading this press release about a new paper in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology spoiled my day. It might not be obvious to a casual reader just glancing through the morning news — but a couple of paragraphs leapt out at me: Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations recently reached 400 parts per ...

The Disaffected Lib: It’s Still Fossil Fuel

The Japanese have successfully tapped seabed methane clathrates, also known as “flammable ice.”   Deposits of compressed and frozen methane are fairly common in northern waters.  British Columbia has looked at exploiting them. The gas field is about 50km away from Japan’s main island, in the Nankai Trough. Researchers say it could provide an alternative energy ...

350 or bust: Dramatic Increase In Arctic Methane Release Requires Dramatic Increase In Political Will To Address Climate Crisis

* All eyes in the climate change community are going to be on President Obama tonight as he delivers his State of the Union address, which outlines his administration’s vision for the next four years. The clip below,  from AP, discusses the urgent need for Obama to address climate change (although one wonders why they ...

DeSmogBlog: EPA Shale Gas Emissions Standards: "Too Little, Too Late"

Picture 4.png The gas industry received a blow yesterday when the nonprofit group Physicians, Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE) released a joint statement by Professors Anthony Ingraffea and Robert Howarth of Cornell University. According to the release the EPA’s new emissions standards for methane and volatile organics from shale gas development “must be ...