National Climate Assessment: Why I'm Cautiously Elated

The National Climate Assessment, the culmination of a four-year effort to catalog the effects of climate change on the United States, is a breath of fresh air in the national discussion of climate change. ...more
I would have hoped there would be more comments on something that will affect us so deeply. I ...more

Save The .... Tennis Players??

Who is your favourite for the Australian Open this week? Williams? Azarenka? Nadal? Djokovic? Enjoy them while they last. --Better yet, implore them to stop playing. Before real tragedies happen. Photo by Vladsinger. ...more

We Need GOOD News on Climate Change

Tired of all the relentlessly grim news about climate change? - So am I. But the truth is that it's not all gloom and doom. ...more

The Warmest Day of Your Life - So Far

Okay, try this with me: Bring up the memory of the hottest day in your life. Picture it: Where were you that day? What were you doing? Who was with you? How did you cope with the heat? I'll start. ...more

Wake Up: Garbage Trucks Ready to Dump on Your Lawn

It's a fine, sunny morning in the fall, with just that nip in the air that says summer is really over. You take a deep breath, savour the freshness of the air. At breakfast, you open the paper. The front page headline says that garbage trucks are poised to dump their load onto every lawn in your town. ...more

Carrots and Sticks to Reduce Car Emissions

We collectively need a drastic reduction of our CO2 emissions, especially from our cars, and as quickly as possible. This much is clear. I have argued that an exclusive favouring of hybrid and electric vehicles makes no sense if other automotive technologies can also achieve emissions reduction (and I'm talking about real, lifecycle emissions, not just tailpipe emissions). ...more

Slash Your Carbon Footprint

This is no longer about "peak oil": there is actually plenty of fossil fuel left in the ground. But if we burn all that at the current rate, we'll fry the planet, and ourselves. Bill McKibben spells out the math on that, which is simple - and very scary....more

Is Energy from Natural Gas Cleaner than from Coal?

Is it good news? The US is transitioning, albeit slowly, from dirty coal-burning power plants to electricity generators run on natural gas. Natural gas contains no toxic mercury, and does not generate coal ash and other nasty waste products. The waste product from burning natural gas is carbon dioxide and water.Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, but the nice thing about natural gas is that it generates electricity with a much smaller carbon footprint than coal.Or does it? ...more

I Made a Town Meeting Gasp

I'm not the kind that plays for attention. In the background is where I feel comfortable; my husband and children say I even wear mouse-coloured clothes. My mouth is not fast, or loud. But yesterday I stood up at a town meeting and made the room gasp....more
@CelloMom On Cars I agree with you, I've never rode with a helmet for all the reasons you like ...more

The Climate IS the Economy, Stupid

On a recent milk pickup, I heard a customer ask "my" milk farmer when the organic apple cider would be for sale: after all, it's October. The answer was chilling: my farmer's neighbour, who grows the apples, has been hit by this year's drought, and his harvest is about 10% of what it normally is. He's not sure he will be in business come next year. ...more