20 Questions for Electoral Candidates

Want to test a candidate’s knowledge about climate change. Here are 20 easy questions. Do you know the atmospheric carbon concentration for Oct 1st, 2018? A. 405.29 ppm https://www.co2.earth/daily-co2 What do scientists say is the safe amount? A. 350 ppm. https://350.org/science/ What is the Pre-Industrial Age carbon count for the 1700s? A. 280 ppm Wikipedia … Read more

A Primer on Climate Change for Peterborough

The Earth is surrounded by a thin layer of gases, held close to the Earth by gravity. The main gas causing climate change is carbon dioxide (CO2) even though it comprises only 0.04% of these gases, because its concentration is changing rapidly. The CO2 concentration is also often given as “parts per million” or ppm. It … Read more

Understanding our Personal Greenhouse Gases

Here are some basic facts about energy and energy usage on a personal level as applied here in Ontario. Definitions: watt (W): Energy per second (“power”) used by an electrical device. kilowatt (kW): 1000 watts. To get the total energy used, multiply by the number of hours the device is on. kilowatt-hour (kWh): Energy use … Read more

Merchants of Doubt

This is the title of a documentary film that examines the misrepresentation and obfuscation of the US fossil fuel lobby. “Doubt” has been sufficient to stall any effective action on climate change by the US Government. The fossil fuel lobby understood that eventually they would lose the debate over scientific proof of climate change.  If the … Read more

Can science be trusted?

A recent blog commented on a draft of the Fifth Assessment Report, which is soon to be released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  Will this Assessment Report receive a better reception by politicians and members of the public than its predecessor? Many people distrust what they are being told by scientists (the … Read more

“Spin” that will make you dizzy!

The headline to the lead story in the Globe & Mail (Tuesday, February-21-12) reads: “Science rides to the aid of oil sands”. This Thursday the European Union will vote on a Directive that attributes a higher carbon rating to tar sands oil than conventional oil.  A higher carbon rating means that carriers using tar sands … Read more

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