Before I talk to someone I've just met about climate change, I like to first ask, "Do you want to go to the moon?" I mean, going to the moon might be kind of cool. If someone built a moon colony that had food, toilets, breathable air, water, and internet, I'd consider it. (Internet? Really?… Continue reading Do you Want to go to the Moon?
On August 16th, 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 was signed into law by President Joe Biden, thereby committing the United States of America to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% compared to 2005 levels by 2030. To say the climate change community was ecstatic would be an understatement. I was so happy that… Continue reading The Magnificent Myth of American Leadership
alexander-colvin-climate-change-specialist-2022-reportDownload In April/May of this year, I wrote a colourful and plain-language report meant to help anyone interested on climate change learn the basics about our changing climate in Canada. While not especially deep or comprehensive, this report is meant to bring people into discussions of climate change who perhaps don't give climate change a… Continue reading Alex Colvin’s Intro to Climate Change
I used to admire the work of Jim-Stephanie Sterling, a video game critic/journalist who was notable for being fiercely independent, who loathed having a corporate parent trying to influence their work in any way, and who ultimately went solo on YouTube to cover the topics they cared most about. However, over the years, I've gotten… Continue reading Cynicism is Cheap and Boring
The 1922 Encyclopedia Britannica is a fascinating document. Or perhaps I'm just an incredibly boring person. Whatever the equation, it's something I like to check now and then. If I may argue the case for the former, the 1922 Encyclopedia Britannica is in the public domain and is a one hundred year-old snapshot of human… Continue reading How Our Understanding of Climate has Evolved over 100 years (or 110, depending how you count).
Oh glorious day! The United States is on the verge of passing billions of dollars for funding for renewable energy and climate change programs after Joe Manchin, the swing-vote in the U.S. Senate, abruptly changed his mind and said that he would vote for climate change legislation after months and months of refusal! The new… Continue reading I Shouldn’t Have Called Joe Manchin an Asshat, he’s actually the Darth Vader of Climate Change
Bad news is part of climate change. I mean, climate change is bad news all around, but climate change headlines can still disappoint with bad news on top of the terrible changes to our climate. From news of deadly extreme weather, to Supreme Court rulings that make climate change harder for the U.S. government to… Continue reading Thoughts on Bad News
As discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, Hollywood and climate change flirted and had awkward exchanges over the 2000s and 2010s. All the while, the science on climate change was growing clearer and the solution became perfectly obvious: Stop emitting greenhouse gasses. That's the overwhelming scientific consensus and the way to… Continue reading Hollywood and Climate Change (Part 3): The Bad Boy Phase
After a very awkward and breathtakingly stupid first date between Hollywood and Climate Change with The Day After Tomorrow, future dates were arranged because the first one technically went well for... um... investors. But investors pay for every date, so a second, third, and fourth date were all foreseeable as long as the money kept… Continue reading Hollywood and Climate Change (Part 2): A Strained Relationship
The beginning of Hollywood and Climate Change's relationship is more embarrassing and awkward than how most lasting relationships start, I'm sure. While film and climate experts may quibble about the key date I've chosen here, I would suggest that Hollywood and Climate Change's began their torrid affair on May 28th, 2004. That is the day… Continue reading Hollywood and Climate Change (Part 1): a Bad First Date