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COP27, Briefly

I'll admit to being a bad climate change specialist/professional and I did not pay a ton of attention to COP27 while it was going on. The U.S. Midterms, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and some skullduggery around union rights in my home province of Ontario dominated the news during COP, and I didn't see much… Continue reading COP27, Briefly

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A Career in Climate Change

Whether you're a young sprite determined to change the world, a middle-aged millennial looking for a new career, or in the later stages of your work life and looking for a new adventure, you might consider a career in climate change! Imagine that, getting paid to slow or adapt to a calamitous, poorly understood, slow-moving… Continue reading A Career in Climate Change

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When it Comes to Climate, Things are Getting Better and Worse at the Same Time

Reading climate news over the last couple of weeks, you'd be forgiven for wondering what on Earth is going on with global efforts to slow and adapt to climate change. On the one hand, we've made progress on decarbonization to the point that the apocalyptic scenario of climate change destroying most life on Earth is… Continue reading When it Comes to Climate, Things are Getting Better and Worse at the Same Time

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The Long and Fraught Road to COP27

The 27th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference is upon us! Usually shorthanded to COP (long story), and individual COPs get a number. So there's COP1, COP2, COP15, COP21, et cetera. This November is COP27. An event where world leaders, business leaders, legislators, lobbyists, celebrities, finance hawks, non-profits, activists, and an army of corporate representatives… Continue reading The Long and Fraught Road to COP27

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Florida: A Discussion on Managed Retreat

"You know, you guys should be really worried about climate change" Pete Townshend, guitarist of British rock band 'The Who' told an audience of thousands at a Who concert in Tampa, Florida, in 2019. If I'd been in the crowd, I'd have bellowed, "NO SHIT!" right back to him. Not the most elevated language, to… Continue reading Florida: A Discussion on Managed Retreat

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Do you Want to go to the Moon?

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?

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The Magnificent Myth of American Leadership

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

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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).

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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

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Hollywood and Climate Change (Part 2): A Strained Relationship

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