The Long Thaw – Book Review

Some years ago we visited the Argentine Province of Salta, which borders Chile.  We took a tour from the capital, Salta, into the foothills of the Andes, guided by an agricultural economist. He commented that the principal industry was sheep farming that previously had supported the population at an acceptable level. As the population increased, … Read more…

The Billion Dollar Lockdown

On June 25th next Torontonians may as well stay home and watch the World Soccer Championships (which they might well have watched at work!)  On that day the central Toronto financial district is shuttered and barred as a security measure protecting delegates to the G8/20 Summits from environmental protesters, amongst others. A coalition of North American … Read more…

Gulf of Mexico disaster!

The explosion on Transocean Ltd’s drilling rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico has made politicians, oil executives and environmentalists sit up and take notice that safety measures employed by maritime platforms extracting oil from the ocean floor could be wholly inadequate in the case of a serious accident. The Deepwater Horizon was equipped … Read more…