Stephen Nellis and Jeffrey Dastin Reuters Published 1 day ago Microsoft President Brad Smith announces the company's plans to be carbon negative by 2030 and to negate all the direct carbon emissions ever made by the company by 2050 at their campus in Redmond, Washington, U.S., Jan. 16, 2020. LINDSEY WASSON/Reuters Microsoft Corp on Thursday [...]
Australia is burning. California’s been burning. British Columbia’s been burning. Portugal’s been burning. This summer, the Arctic broke records for wildfires in Canada, Alaska, Greenland, and Siberia. In the Arctic! We’ve seen storms more volatile and ferocious than ever before, bringing destructive flooding. Massive glaciers and ice sheets melting at unheard of rates. Threat of coastal flooding of epic proportions. Island nations fearful of being swallowed up by rising seas in the foreseeable future. What could possibly be more important to every country and every political leader than addressing climate change?
You got it, money. Not the money needed to make radical changes. Not the money needed to support innovation in developing new sustainable energy sources. Not the money needed to incentivize people to embrace new technologies free of fossil fuels. No, it’s all that money flowing from fossil fuel-based industries that decision makers are loath to give up…
View original post 565 more words
Thanks Paul for giving this incident the gravity it deserves.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Normally you would find a satirical article here. In this case, it would attempt to skewer the fetishization of war so banally common in the world today – and which this week tragically cut short the lives of 176 innocent people – by juxtaposing it against a more hopeful way out of the cycle of violence. That of peace.
There would be fictional quotes from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and thinly veiled disgust for the chest-beating of U.S. President Donald Trump, and Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei. The article might conclude with a bitter statement from an average person, asking what war has done for them lately; or a final word from Trudeau, underscoring that while Canada is angered, and deeply hurt, it will not perpetuate the endless cycle of violence.
But we aren’t going to do that. Because the people who were on…
View original post 545 more words
Robyn Allan dug into the megaproject’s economics and says it’s already losing money. Andrew Nikiforuk 7 Jan 2020 | TheTyee.ca Andrew Nikiforuk is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about the energy industry for two decades and is a contributing editor to The Tyee. Find his previous stories here. Aerial view of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain [...]
Excellent article on wants vs needs.
Who would have thought that the longest “serving” hunter-gatherers on our planet, the San people of southern Africa, more commonly referred to as Bushmen, would have some important reminders for the rest of us. But a Christmas book I just finished, intriguingly entitled Affluence without Abundance: The disappearing world of the Bushmen by James Suzman, suggests just that. It appears that modern mankind’s move from hunter-gatherer societies to stay-in-one-place agrarian societies brought us far more stress, far longer and harder working days, and far more inequality. I don’t think many people would want to exchange their modern life for that of a hunter-gatherer, but where did we go so far wrong, and why?
I happen to have traveled through Bushman territory in 1970, driving through the Karoo Desert in northwestern South Africa on the way to Oranjemund, just across the border in what is now Namibia. The landscape was flat,
View original post 1,598 more words
I feel that having an anti-virus is very important. However, I don’t like to share too much information. The more information we share online, the more likelihood that someone may try to take advantage of that.
For example, for years I joined every loyalty/points club that was out there, and allowed large home improvement, grocery and department stores to email me receipts or accumulate information about my purchases. I’m sure none of these companies had bad intentions, but eventually we heard news releases from several retailers that they had been hacked and SORRY some of my information may have been compromised. My favourite grocery/points company sent me many emails about their data breach, but initially the emails implied that the breach was due to people using weak passwords. Was it my fault that they had widespread data breaches because of my one password?
View original post 502 more words