Air & Climate

Posted on September 05, 2016

Sphagnum MossListed as the largest undeveloped urban land mass on the Americas’ west coast, Burns Bog is located in Delta, British Columbia. Its situation at the mouth of the Fraser River and its proximity to the Pacific Ocean classifies it as an estuarine raised peat bog – the only one to be found in a marine west coast climate.

Posted on July 04, 2016

Tree Cross-section showing annual ringsTree Rings & Droughts

Posted on March 18, 2016

In my solar garden, I grow food energy in the form of strawberries, but I also grow raw energy in the form of electricity. And then I sell that electrical energy, just like strawberries – well, maybe if I had time to attend farmer’s markets.

Posted on January 05, 2016

Paris COP21 2015

Posted on January 01, 2016

On the shuttle bus to the third day of COP21, the global climate summit held in Paris last month, I struck up a conversation with a German-French couple in their early 20s. We had one of those nice traveler connections, and by the time we got to the huge convention center, we took photos of each other in front of the sign announcing the Conférence sur les Changements Climatiques 2015.

Posted on November 04, 2015

This December, the world will gather in Paris for COP 21, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. This is a historic gathering, and the last chance for perhaps another decade for the nations of the world to truly and meaningfully come to an agreement to seriously reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Expectations are high.

Posted on June 10, 2015

Dara Entekhabi, a hydrologist and faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, reminds us that “Earth is a unique place.” It is the only planet (that we are aware of) where “water exists in all three phases: liquid, solid and vapor.” This lucky position is maintained because of the cozy distance of the Earth’s orbit to the sun, as well as the protective blanket of our atmosphere.

Posted on December 29, 2014

denial is not an energy policy1) It is historic. John Kerry was right to use the phrase in his New York Times oped announcing the deal: for the first time a developing nation has agreed to eventually limit its emissions, which has become a necessity for advancing international climate negotiations.

Posted on November 05, 2014

The killer line in any domestic climate debate is: “What’s the point of reducing emissions here when China is building a coal-fired power plant each week?”

The facts behind China’s coal consumption are daunting. China is the world’s largest energy consumer and the leading emitter of greenhouse gases. In 2013, coal accounted for 65% of China’s overall energy consumption, making it the most coal-dependent country among top energy consumers.

Posted on October 30, 2013

Inatoy Sidsagi and his cousin Esteban Herrera, from the indigenous Kuna Yala (also known as Guna Yala) nation in Panama, make up the indigenous rap group Kunarevolution. They rap about Mother Earth and the Kuna’s inalienable right to protect their lands and waters.
The Kuna Yala people recently prevailed over a threat to their lands, in the form of carbon trading. REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) is a global program promoted by the UN, industrialized nations, and international financial

Posted on October 15, 2012

A report presents 17 steps (most of them no-brainers) for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors of the economy, in a program that will help Canada meet its international commitments.

Canada can meet its commitments under the Kyoto protocol, ac-cording to the recently published Canadian Solutions, a 17-step action plan for federal and provincial governments. This 100-page report presents a mix of fiscal, regulatory and voluntary initiatives that can be implemented immediately to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors of the economy through the use of currently available technologies.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Coastal pulp mills create one-fifth of all the dioxin in Canada.

by Delores Broten

They still make dioxin in paradise. On the coast of BC traditionally logs are boomed and transported in salt water, soaking in salt on the trip and during storage. Coastal pulp mills burn bark and sawmill waste ("hog fuel") in their power boilers to make energy to run the mill.