We’re small, but our carbon emissions matter to the world

Despite common perception, Canada’s carbon emissions are anything but insignificant

We’re small, but our carbon emissions matter to the worldCALGARY, Alta. Dec. 11, 2016 /Troy Media/ - With a national price on greenhouse gas emissions more or less in place, there is little doubt detractors will now ask, why so much effort to reduce Canada’s modest 1.6 per cent of global emissions? The argument sounds reasonable enough on the face of it. Even if…

The secret life of trees: part two

Children, with their special wisdom, recognize and accept trees as living beings with purposeful and deliberate behaviour

The secret life of trees: part twoQUATHIASKI COVE, B.C. Dec. 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ – A different time scale explains in part why we have difficulty understanding the intelligence of trees. We interpret events with reference to our human sense of normal. Comparatively, trees seem to respond slowly, their life cycles sometimes approaching millennia. In the words of German forester Peter Wohlleben, they…

Carbon pricing a triumph of ideology over reason

Pricing carbon is based on Canada joining a worldwide effort, but going it alone while partners refuse is a triumph of ideology over reason

Carbon pricing a triumph of ideology over reasonVICTORIA, B.C. Dec. 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Canada's political and business leaders are pursuing an emissions-reduction agenda that will harm our nation's citizens and our economy. And it's an agenda that defies prevailing world trends. The COP 22 Marrakech Climate Change Conference began on Nov. 7 and included pro-emissions-reduction delegations from Canada and the United States. Imagine their…

Pipeline approvals a victory for the safe transport of oil

Studies show that pipelines are the safest mode of oil transportation in terms of risk to humans and the environment

Pipeline approvals a victory for the safe transport of oilBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute CALGARY, Alta. Dec. 6, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Expanding pipeline capacity is critical to helping unlock the full value of Canada’s resources – and protecting Canadians and the environment. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government recently approved both the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to B.C.’s coast and Enbridge’s Line…

A vibrant intelligence deep within the forest

Forests are communities of trees, alive with marvellously sophisticated means of co-operation and communication

A vibrant intelligence deep within the forestQUATHIASKI COVE, B.C. Nov. 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Sometimes we can't see the forest for the trees – or we can't see the intricate community of a forest because of our faulty preconceptions about trees. Some discoveries are revolutionary and so obvious that we're surprised we didn't know about them earlier. The new perspective they provide begins…

A good week for people – and the planet

A Canada-wide phase-out of coal power would prevent more than 1,000 premature deaths, 900 hospitalizations and $5 billion in health costs

A good week for people – and the planetTORONTO, Ont. Nov. 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ – It was a good week for people and the planet. First, the federal government announced it will take steps to phase-out pollution from coal-fired power plants across the country by 2030. Then the government of Alberta announced it has signed an agreement with three major power generators to ensure a…

Pipelines are not always just about the science

With federal pipeline decisions imminent, we need to speak honestly about the limitations of science and the role of values

Pipelines are not always just about the scienceVANCOUVER, B.C. Nov. 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ – With federal decisions on major oil pipeline and tanker projects looming, and with serious political costs to approval or rejection, many suggest the prime minister and his cabinet should lean on science to make the decision. Those exhortations sound very reasonable. But they reveal an enormously important misunderstanding about the…

The gibberish spouted by emergency officials

City emergency officials use terminology that is just gobbledigook to normal people in times of crisis

The gibberish spouted by emergency officialsTORONTO, Ont. Nov. 25, 2016/ Troy Media/ - TV Announcer: “Stand by. We are now going live to a news conference in Brisbane, Australia. Journalists have assembled to question an emergency management official on that city’s state of readiness. It is not known at this time if Brisbane is facing an urban emergency, but that…

British Columbians support pausing Site C dam construction

Poll respondents support investing in energy efficiency measures, and adding more wind, solar and geothermal power

British Columbians support pausing Site C dam constructionVANCOUVER, B.C. Nov. 25, 2016/ Troy Media/ – “Hydro’s demand forecasts are persistently and systematically wrong. There is no reason to believe that much new power, if any, will be required in the next 20 to 30 years. But if there is, there are several alternatives available which are markedly less expensive and less damaging…

Three reasons we can’t agree on climate change

It's human nature to delay change to ensure gratification today and mankind simply doesn't play well together

Three reasons we can’t agree on climate changeSALMON ARM, B.C. Nov. 24, 2016/ Troy Media/ – What should we do about fossil fuels and climate change? It's difficult for society to agree on a course of action for a variety of reasons, including these three: Instant versus delayed gratification All of us make choices daily about whether to act for immediate benefit or invest in…