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Polluting the three most important things in life

I’m visiting China for the first time this week, and the scale of the pollution has really shocked me.

Post Carbon Pathways: how to dodge a climate change bullet

We know what we need to do to solve climate change. This report launched last week aims to start building a pathway to get there.

Dealing with climate change denial, Australian-style

What happens when a climate denier starts trying to shout his point at an Australian climate report launch?

CR Avery's "Thief Behind the Mask" takes shots at corporations over oil spills

Acclaimed Canadian musician CR Avery releases a music video that provokes many questions about oil pipelines.

The carbon diet

Nobody ever wants to go on a diet. But when our health is at stake, when the consequences of inaction seem too high, generally—if reluctantly—we do what the doctor ordered. We cut back, and we go on...

About "ethical" funds and the power of divestment

This past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the New Economy Summit at UBC, a conference seeking to “contribute to the growing citizen movement for a socially just and ecologically...

The season of oil spills: a new pipeline burst in Texas

While clean up continues on the Exxon oil spill in Arkansas, another oil pipeline has been reported - this time in Houston, Texas.

New "concerned citizens group" has deep pockets and close ties to oil industry

Last week, a new ad promoting oil pipelines appeared ahead of my favourite new song on YouTube. It featured a pair of actors having a simulated ‘real-life’ conversation about the paradox...

Onboard the solar train

April First was not only April Fools Day; it was also the second birthday of the solar panels on the roof of my parents' house in Australia.

Crash Diets and Carbon Detoxes: Irreversible Climate Change

Much of the changes humans are causing in our atmosphere today will be largely irreversible for the rest of the millennium.
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