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.



Tar sands CEO convicted of ecocide in prestigious UK test trial. Is Harper next?

What started as a miserable, terrible, horrible month for “ethical [sic] oil”, multi-nationals turned downright menacing on September 30 in a London courtroom. The UK Supreme Court was the...

Extreme rain rips apart historic Cinque Terre: "Monterosso no longer exists"

Italy’s world famous ‘Cinque Terre’ hill towns drew the short straw last week as our turbo-charged weather system unleashed its latest epic rainfall disaster.

If Oprah Winfrey is willing to plug "Ethical Oil", why stop with the tar sands?

If an “ethical” brand make-over can make our tar sands smell sweet, just imagine how many other profitable (but deadly) industries it can pry open for us.

NASA: it rained so hard the oceans fell

Worldwide rainfall and snowfall were so extreme, in so many places last year, that sea levels fell dramatically. What role did global warming play and where are we headed from here?

CO2 Smackdown: volcanoes vs fossil fuels

What's your guess? Do volcanoes or fossil fuels dump more CO2 into our wobbling climate system each year?

BC green economy creates more jobs than oil sands

Readers of our recent “Big Grab” series on the oil sands might have noticed an interesting pair of statistics concerning jobs in Canada...

BC coal destabilizes our climate more than 126 nations

Nations as diverse as Sweden, Ireland, Morocco, Bangladesh, and Peru emit less climate pollution than BC coal. In fact, 54 nations…

Coal double-standard costs British Columbia's citizens billions

Westshore Terminals, “the busiest single export coal terminal in all of North America” hides in plain sight right next to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Last year most of British Columbia’s 25...

Spring forecast: increasingly cloudy...for decades

If you have enjoyed this spring’s monotony of grey, gloomy days, then you are going to just fall in love with the weather we are cooking up for the coming years. The latest climate simulations being...

Snapshot: Votes vs Seats

DECISION 2011: NDP voters will be proportionally represented in the new government. Everyone else ... not so much.