Canadian Flood Insurance

Most homeowners are unaware that their home insurance policies are extremely limited when it comes to flood protection. Insurance companies are pointing at a lack of flood risk information across Canada, that reflects inconsistent standards, mapping and knowledge that are costing all Canadians: Insurance executives say homeowners will never have access to comprehensive flood insurance […]

Carbon Capture & Storage Viability Questioned

Now why doesn’t this surprise me? The document from Houston University claims that governments wanting to use Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) have overestimated its value and says it would take a reservoir the size of a small US state to hold the CO2 produced by one power station. Previous modelling has hugely underestimated the […]

Tar Sands – Progress or Stupidity?

“With just 5% of the world’s population, the United States now burns up to 20.6 million barrels of oil a day, or 25% of the worlds current output.” The insatiable demand for oil means that US ports must accept on supertanker every four hours, just to keep the country running. From America’s perspective, the large […]

Canada – The Fat Cat

I wish I was artistic, sometimes the medium used conveys a message better than words. Franke James has said it better than I could. Check out the visual essay here. She ends the post with the following plea: If you’re a Canadian reading this, here’s the action plan from CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK CANADA: Take action to […]

Petropolis and Greenpeace in the Tar Sands

Greenpeace has finished their blockade demonstration at Shell’s Muskeg River oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray in the Tar Sands (Oil Sands) of Alberta, but not without raising international concern for the activities undertaken far out of the eye of the general public.

Tar Sands

Several years ago, I wrote a couple of pieces on the Athabasca Oil Sands, and I still get hits from people searching Google looking for images of this industrial monstrosity in Northern Alberta. Since then, media attention of the area has focused on mainly the wealth and growth of industry, property values and the seemly unstoppable flow of oil. Occasionally though, the dark side of the boom is portrayed, but typically not often enough for the average person to think twice about filling up their truck, or even to consider where the magical fuel is coming from.

Western Canada Drought Conditions

Climate Change is expected to have an impact on temperatures and rainfall in much of Canada, but beyond climate change, there are also seasonal droughts, that people are quick to point the finger at the global problem, but often are just part of the cycle of things.

Canada’s Dirty not-so-little Secret

Much of the world views Western Canada as a picturesque wilderness with magnificent cities nestled in harmony with nature. Unfortunately the reality is sprawling suburbs, crumbling infrastructure, decimated forests and tucked away up in northern Alberta is the geological formation known as the Athabasca Oil Sands, and the industry that has developed around this massive, but difficult to extract, reserve of oil.