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The Impacts Of An Ice Free Arctic: A Climate Paradigm Shift?

The possibility of abrupt changes in Earth Systems provides a unique challenge for the scientific and policy-making community. The current scientific processes, and the way in which new knowledge is created and becomes generally accepted, were developed during a time … Continue reading

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Will Self-Driving Electric Cars Revolutionize and Decarbonize The Transport Sector By 2030?

There have been a slew of reports recently about the promise of self-driving electric vehicles to revolutionize the transport sector while massively reducing transport-related carbon emissions. One of the most bullish of these reports[1] is from the Silicon Valley think … Continue reading

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Tar Sands: Building The Biggest Industrial Museum In History

At some point within the next decade or so the major nations of the world must start to make substantive progress in cutting the usage of fossil fuels. A major focus of such efforts would have to be within the … Continue reading

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Climate Denial From An Oligarchic Perspective

I have been reading an excellent book by Jeffrey Winters, “Oligarchy”[1], which traces the history of oligarchs. By oligarchs, he means those with extreme levels of personal wealth that allow them to fundamentally affect a nation’s affairs. They both have … Continue reading

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Societal Emergencies & Property Rights

Prior to the start of the Second World War, my grandfather ran a successful newsagent shop. Most of his profits came from selling sweets (‘candies’ for those in North America) to fill the voracious English appetite for tooth-rotting pleasures. Along … Continue reading

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Trump’s Foreign Policy of Divide & Conquer: China first, Russia next, then perhaps the Climate?

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the U.S.-led liberal international order has made incredible gains in Europe: East Germany taken over by the capitalist West Germany Yugoslavia broken up, with Croatia and Slovenia joining the European Union and NATO … Continue reading

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Renewable Electricity Generation In Western Europe & Scandinavia – A Realistic Assessment

Western Europe and Scandinavia have been held up as leaders in moving to a low-carbon future in electricity generation, but the reality is very mixed. Scandinavia benefits from its large hydroelectric resources, relative to population size, and therefore has a … Continue reading

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The Lost Six Months In 2009 That Still Haunt Us

As President Obama started his first term in office he was provided with the kind of opportunity for real change that progressives had only been able to dream about for nearly a century. The deregulation of the financial industry had … Continue reading

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Rationing Will Be The Answer

As was shown in 2008, free markets work quite well until they don’t. At that point governments step in and take whatever measures are necessary to stop a complete collapse. Who even in 2007 thought that governments would print over … Continue reading

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100% Zero Emissions Electricity In Canada

If there is any country in the world that should be able to deliver zero emissions electricity, it has to be Canada. It has been blessed with a huge hydro-power endowment that can provide the dispatchable base-load power required to … Continue reading

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