Barry Saxifrage

Barry Saxifrage researches, charts and writes about the latest climate change information for the Vancouver Observer and other publications. Much of his work can be found on his website, Visual Carbon.



The BIG GRAB series: Alberta's oil sands play dirty

The Alberta oil sands are grabbing huge chunks of Canada's limited CO2 allotment away from other businesses and families, forcing these Canadians to make much bigger and more costly cuts in the next...

Which candidate for premier best represents BC citizens on climate?

Saturday, BC Liberals pick our next premier. Into the fray drops a new poll showing huge support in BC and across Canada for stronger climate action. Here is how the candidates stack up...

Are the tar sands "too big to fail"?

Are Canada's tar sands, like America's Wall Street banks, so essential to the nation that we just have to put up with whatever damages they inflict on us?

Wikileak: Dalai Lama says climate change in Tibet more urgent than political solution. Why?

A Wikileak cable reveals that the Dalai Lama said help with climate change on the Tibetan plateau "cannot wait." What is happening in Tibet? And what role does compassion play in solving it in time?

2010 dealt Canada and Planet Earth record-breaking hot, soggy weather

Canada obliterated its old record for hottest year, Hudson Bay skipped winter, and across our planet 2010, was a hot, wet mess. Now what?

UK’s icy misery: unlucky or self-inflicted?

Arctic air is streaming into the UK, causing one of the most chaotic starts to winter in a century. Is it random twitching of the weather? Or have they helped bring it on?

Overheating Canada helps freeze Europe

Canada is an overheating hotspot in the midst of the hottest year and hottest November ever recorded. Our dramatic warming is helping bury Europe in a deep-freeze.

Half of BC pines dead from fossil fuel pollution. Is it over?

Half our pine trees have been eaten alive in just the last nine years. A killing plague of billions of native pine beetles has been unleashed by the rapid, fossil-fuelled warming of BC. How bad will i

Hottest year broils an unprecedented 18 nations

Earth just sweltered through the hottest 12 months ever recorded by humans. Along the way an unprecedented 18 nations suffered their hottest day in history. One of these broke the record for the entir

USA Midwest ripped by record storm

The strongest storm ever recorded in the USA heartland swept through Tuesday. The continent-spanning storm system spawned tornadoes, violent thunderstorms and drenching rains. The pressure plunged to...