Denialists v. Scientific Consensus

Denialists v. Scientific Consensus Hearings of Standing Committees of the Canadian Senate are usually sedate, measured and most often free of the political histrionics that plague “the other place” (the House of Commons). With exceptions such as the Coyne affair, they are not a dramatic battlefield where ideas are tested and reputations won or lost. …

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Climate Change Denialists before the Canadian Senate.

Since 2009 a Standing Committee of the Canadian Senate has been hearing evidence on the subject of climate change, renewable energy, Canada’s energy future and the policy that Governments should follow in dealing with these issues. The Senate devoted two days to the scientific basis for the conclusion that GHG emissions from fossil fuels are …

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REDD: an important acronym in the Climate Change world.

When I first stumbled across the acronym REDD I did not know what it stood for.    Thanks to a web search I can share with readers that REDD stands for ~~“Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN)” There are two on-going activities that seriously undermine our ability to control climate change.  One – familiar …

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The Party’s Over…The Battle Is On

I know the battle has begun because I have met the troops – and they are a most impressive, energetic group of young Canadians from P.E.I. to B.C. A dozen of them came to our off-grid, ‘sustainable’ house the other day as part of a leadership training program, organized by the Sustainability Network for various …

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Post Mortem of the 2011 Ontario Election

In the course of the last Ontario Provincial Election, Laurie Simmonds, a respected environmentalist and the President and CEO of Green Living Enterprises,  asked this question: Is the green economy important to Ontario’s future? Her answer was unequivocally yes. She referred to an article in a recent Harvard Business Review that argued persuasively “sustainability is …

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