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.
California, Ontario and Quebec are cooperating on a successful program to reduce carbon emissions through a cap and trade mechanism. Ontario should collaborate with other California programs such as electric vehicles and promoting household photovoltaic systems with energy storage. Read More
The agreements drafted in Paris in 2015 are not working. After a brief pause in 2014 to 2016, emissions are once again on the rise. Negative emission technologies are being touted as the only way to save the planet. Science fiction or science fact? Read More
The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average. Sea ice is retreating; the Greenland Ice Sheet is melting away, and permafrost soils are thawing--releasing greenhouse gases that further warm the aatmosphere. Read More
The Arctic permafrost contains nearly twice as much mercury as all other soils, the ocean, and the atmosphere combined. The permafrost is thawing--potentially releasing large quantities of this neurotoxin into the environment. The Minamata Convention on Mercury--which came into force last year and which is intended to curtail mercury emissions from anthropogenic sources like coal-fired power plants, may prove to be almost irrelevant. Read More
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
The World Economic Forum evaluated 30 global financial risks and the top six are all related to climate change. Is the writing on the wall? Last year in the USA, disasters caused by extreme weather and wildfires cost over 300 billion dollars--a record. Read More
Schools are being powered by solar energy, and it's a great way to introduce kids to renewable energy. But the oil companies are also focused on teaching your kids--about the joys of petroleum. Read More