How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates I have just finished reading Bill Gates’s book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, which was both interesting and informative. As one might expect, he looks to innovative technology as a key tool in achieving net zero GHG by 2050. Gates gives a good overview of … Read more

Nature books for this time of crisis

“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting.” — Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese” From all accounts, nature seems to be doing just fine as human activity has been dialed down in recent months. In fact, the pandemic seems to be … Read more

Key Insights from the Drawdown Review

Project Drawdown defines the moment of Drawdown as “the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. This is the point when we begin the process of stopping further climate change and averting potentially catastrophic warming. It is a critical turning point for life … Read more

Drawdown – How to Reverse Global Warming

This amazing book, subtitled “The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming” gives an optimistic program for getting out of our current mess. It outlines the top 100 solutions that the world can implement, starting now, to fight the causes of the climate crisis. They range from clean energy to educating girls in … Read more

Oil’s Deep State

How the Petroleum Industry Undermines Democracy and Stops Action on Global Warming – in Alberta and in Ottawa That’s the title and subtitle, and twitter-length summary, of a recent book by Kevin Taft, who was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta with the Alberta Liberal Party, and Leader of the  Opposition.  He had … Read more

The Climate Swerve

The Climate Swerve is the title of a recent (2017) book by the elder (now 92) statesman of American psychiatry, and the eminent public intellectual, Robert Jay Lifton. What does “swerve” mean? In customary language it suggests something hurtling down a road that has to swerve if disaster is to be avoided. Not a bad … Read more

Let Lost Words Live

The drift of the world, of our lives, has been, for some time, away from nature, from ties to the land, from birds and trees, and bees, and flowers and earthworms and such like. Nature takes its revenge for our neglect with droughts and floods, wild fires, mud slides, hurricanes, extinction of species, maybe we … Read more