Martin Bush graduated a long time ago from the University of Sheffield in the UK with a PhD in chemical engineering. Since then, he has travelled extensively. He spent the last several years working on climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in Africa and the Caribbean. He can be found from time to time recuperating in Toronto, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 was an exceptional year for renewable energy. That was the good news. But the bad news is that energy intensity declined worldwide, CO2 emissions are once again on the rise, and king coal refuses to cede its place to cleaner fuels. Surprisingly, the US gets good grades--and Canada gets the raspberry.Read More
It was a depressing week. Three suicides, one of which was by a man who made the ultimate sacrifice in protest against the environmental policies of Scott Pruit's EPA. But no-one should be driven to the point where they are willing to sacrifice their life in the hope that government climate policies will change for the better. Read More
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
A recent review of the additional mortality in Puerto Rico associated with the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in September 2017 has sharply revised the numbers upwards--by almost two orders of magnitude. Most deaths occurred after the hurricane had passed--and are due to the failure of health care systems because of power outages, water shortages, and communication black-outs. Read More
These are the names proposed for the first three named tropical storms that develop in the Atlantic and Caribbean during this year’s hurricane season. Alberto has already shown up early. Although the season doesn’t officially start until June 1, Alberto who started life in the south west Caribbean close to Belize, is heading north for […]Read More
A new study from the Rocky Mountain Institute shows that new natural gas-fired power plants cannot compete with clean energy systems that combine renewable energy with energy storage, efficiency improvements, and demand management. Smart energy storage systems are the key to fully unlocking the potential of intermittent renewable energy. Read More
The oil train disaster in Lac Megantic, Quebec, happened five years ago. As pipeline capacity tightens, oil companies are choosing trains to move their petroleum products. Flammable and volatile, these cargoes are an enormous risk for communities situated along the tracks. But building more pipelines is not the solution. The modern world is going electric--powered by renewable energy. Fossil fuels are the also-rans. Read More
The World Health Organisation estimates that 9 out 10 people worldwide are breathing polluted air--pollution that kills 7 million people a year. Fossil fuels are almost entirely to blame for this global health disaster. Worldwide action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and check global warming will also immensely improve air quality. It's two sides of the same coin. Read More
The Talanoa Dialogue, to be held next week in Bonn, Germany, is the first formal review of progress under the 2015 Paris Agreement. But we already know that emissions of greenhouse gases have continued to rise--and with them global warming. It's time for action--not words. Forceful action on renewable energy, electric vehicles, and improving energy efficiency can cut emissions by over 50% by 2030. If we stop telling stories and get a move on. Read More
Canada is pursuing two contradictory policies: – To increase oil production from Alberta’s oil sands; – To cut Canada’s greenhouse emissions by 30% by 2030. Can Canada do both? Oil sands unCAPPed The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) foresees an increase in Western Canada crude oil from 3.9 to 5.4 million barrels a day […]Read More