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
Category: climate change
Cynicism is Cheap and Boring
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
How Our Understanding of Climate has Evolved over 100 years (or 110, depending how you count).
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).
I Shouldn’t Have Called Joe Manchin an Asshat, he’s actually the Darth Vader of Climate Change
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
Thoughts on Bad News
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
Hollywood and Climate Change (Part 3): The Bad Boy Phase
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
Hollywood and Climate Change (Part 1): a Bad First Date
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
The Ancient, Rediscovered art of Scenario Planning
Scenario planning is my favorite thing I learned about in a Master of Climate Change (MCC) program at the University of Waterloo. Hands down. I learned about it in an Adaptation class, shortly after deciding I was on 'team mitigation' in the 'Team Edward' vs 'Team Jacob' sort of debate that engulfs graduate students studying… Continue reading The Ancient, Rediscovered art of Scenario Planning
Stranded Assets and Carbon Bombs
One of the open secrets in the climate change community is that the fossil fuels industry is facing a reckoning, perhaps even a complete and total meltdown, possibly on the scale of the financial industry's collapse in 2008. However, it is likely to be less impactful on the average person than 2008 was, because while… Continue reading Stranded Assets and Carbon Bombs
Climate Change: A Chemistry Problem
Paul Krugman, an economist at the New York Times, wrote an article on climate change this week, in which he profusely apologized several times for oversimplifying the problem of climate change. His article was a compelling read that explored the corporate understanding of climate risk and compared it to the very real and growing risks… Continue reading Climate Change: A Chemistry Problem
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