SIDS and the rising seas

Small island developing states should be well advanced by now in planning for climate change. A crucial decision is to move disaster response agencies and key ministeries inland and away from the coast. Schools need to be retrofitted as community protection centres powered by photovoltaic solar energy. Communication systems need to be storm-proof. Read More

Is the TMEX pipeline a future stranded asset?

The US and Canada, rely heavily on fossil fuel production and exports. But the surging market penetration of renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency improvements, and climate emission policies will substantially reduce the global demand for fossil fuels. As the demand for fossil fuels declines and the price of oil falls, the impact on the oil industry in the US and Canada is severe--curtailing production and stranding their assets. The oil sands are exceptionally vulnerable, and the purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline by the Canadian government looks like a colossal mistake. Read More

Natural gas – a bridge too far

Natural gas produced by fracking has a substantial environmental impact. Leaks of toxic 'produced' water into streams and groundwater resources. And emissions of fugitive methane from the frack site and the gathering system more than offset its advantage over coal at the power plant. Read More

COP23: Small island States show how its done

With COP23 in Bonn not too far away, it’s a good time to mull over the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The international collaboration and coordination that led to the Paris accord in December 2015 was unprecedented—and a clear sign that almost every government in the world–except of course for the very notable […] Read More

Climate denial red team is ready

The Heartland Institute is prepping. The red team blue team event is no longer on the undercard.  Team leader cheer leader Joe Bast has figured their best play is to focus on the fact that carbon dioxide is good for you.  Forget all the nitpicking over temperature anomalies and ocean heat content.  The message is […] Read More

Scott Pruitt digs virtual coal

Scott Pruitt, the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency continues to impress: he lied on TV about the number of jobs generated in the coal industry over the last six months: he said “since the fourth quarter of last year to most recently added almost 50,000 jobs in the coal sector. In the month […] Read More

COP 22 – The way forward

                        Time to decide As countries gather in Marrakesh to consider how to focus efforts on   achieving the objectives of the Paris agreement, it is worth taking a minute to cut through the relentless optimism and wishlist planning, and take a hard look […] Read More

Climate change needs scientists and engineers

They say igorance is bliss. But if you don’t understand what’s going on it’s easier to pass over the difficult stuff and focus on something else–blissfully unaware. All this talk about climate change is confusing. In some parts of India it’s hitting 51 centigrade. The Paris talks on climate change were supposed to keep warming […] Read More

Climate changes Earth’s rotation

If you love your planet – and I think you should, then the most beautiful image ever produced must be the photograph of the Earth taken from space by NASA a few years ago. Never before could anyone living on this planet see the Earth from this perspective and get a sense of its enormity. […] Read More