The state of oceans the world’s No. 1 environmental challenge

Step aside climate change, it is the state of our oceans that is reaching the point of no return

The state of oceans the world’s No. 1 environmental challengeIs climate change really the most urgent environmental threat facing our planet? At the COP21 (Conference of Parties) that concluded last week in Paris, leaders from around the world called for “urgent action” on climate change. But according to the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Mother Earth warmed by…

COP21 the latest ‘last chance’ for humanity

ISIS and the delegates to COP21 are all purveyors of apocalyptic ideologies

COP21 the latest ‘last chance’ for humanityOliver Tickell, website editor of the British magazine The Ecologist, wondered whether the ISIS attacks in Paris were motivated by a desire to undermine the UN climate summit opening next week, the 21st in the series of Conferences of Parties meetings – COP21 for short. Reducing oil production, one of the goals of COP21, would…

Extreme weather events hit most vulnerable

Canadian governments need to be better prepared to tackle climate volatility

Extreme weather events hit most vulnerableJust off a bustling urban street, in the heart of a middle class Canadian community, I came upon an elderly man wilting in the low lying shrubs, mere feet from heavy traffic and visibility. He appeared unconscious, perhaps brought on by the searing summer temperatures that had pushed the mercury above 30 degrees Celsius. Judging…

Pope’s encyclical on the environment wrong in so many ways

Those countries with relatively free markets have made the greatest gains in environmental quality over the past half century

Pope’s encyclical on the environment wrong in so many waysAs pretty much everyone in the world knows by now, Pope Francis published an encyclical recently On Care for Our Common Home, which discusses all things environmental – climate change, of course, but also air pollution, water pollution, sustainable development, the precautionary principle . . . the list goes on through 184-pages. Unfortunately, while the…

Heh, easterners, Western Canadians want their winters back

If this is the face of real climate change, then we’re ready to trade in our 4X4s right now and start driving Nissan LEAFs

Heh, easterners, Western Canadians want their winters backExcuse us westerners, central Canada. We’re as confused about the weather as you must be. It’s hard for us to understand just what you’re going through because, well, we’re not. At the time of year when we’re usually bundled up in our Canada Goose parkas, plugging in our cars and wondering what we’re doing in…
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