There’s a mass of news coverage and punditry about Alberta’s newly-announced pre-Paris climate change plan: Alberta’s climate change strategy targets carbon, coal, emissions Alberta gives the oilsands a climate change deal it can live with Alberta’s climate-change plan: Breaking down the numbers Alberta pitches a big-bang climate plan: With carbon taxes and phase-outs, the game […]
When I see people out walking dogs, I like reaching a hand out to the creatures and seeing their reactions. Usually the humans are happy about this and volunteer information about the dog’s name and breed. Occasionally, there are people who pointedly ignore me and yank hard on the leash to punish the dog for […]
Every photo taken by the Apollo astronauts is now online. Mother Jones has picked out some favourites.
New dietary guidance from the Heart and Stroke Foundation warns against “ultra-processed foods”, those that are “nutritionally unbalanced foods high in sugar, fat and salt manufactured in a way to promote over-consumption and are associated with weight gain and high blood pressure”. They include “soft drinks, packaged fruit juices, cookies, ice cream, salty snacks, ready […]
At Massey College today a magnificent new sculpture was unveiled in the quad: a bronze cast of birch branches made by Camilla Geary-Martin. The artwork is dedicated in part to Ursula Franklin — a remarkable Senior Fellow of the College — as well as the late Boris Stoicheff.
Thanks to the intervention of my friend Amanda, I spent the weekend at my friend Sabrina’s cottage on Paugh Lake, near Barry’s Bay, Ontario. I had high hopes for a clear view of the fading Perseid meteor shower on Friday and Saturday night. Friday night was overcast and raining, though it was still remarkable to […]
Had I a right, for my own benefit, to inflict this curse upon everlasting generations? I had before been moved by the sophisms of the being I had created; I had been struck senseless by his fiendish threats: but now, for the first time, the wickedness of my promise burst upon me; I shuddered to […]
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has been returning some exciting data, after a long flight through the solar system: This documentary provides illuminating background on the mission: The Year of Pluto. It is much to be hoped that the New Horizons craft will be able to observe other Kuiper belt objects.
Today, 10,000 people took part in a march through downtown Toronto calling on Canada’s governments to take more aggressive action on climate change. Many groups were involved, alongside great speakers and musical performers.
Scientific research on this catastrophe may be prompting a global re-evaluation of seismic and tsunami risks: Two Years Later: Lessons from Japan’s Tohoku Earthquake. Aside from those in Japan, this is quite relevant to those on the west coast of North America.