The Story of Oil in the 21st Century

Image by Barrybar via Flickr If you want to get a picture of the last twenty or thirty years of the oil industry, then Oil – Money, Politics, and Power in the 21st Century by Tom Bower is a must read. Released in June 2010, it just missed out on recording one of the biggest […]

On the Fly Update May 2010

As the City Engineer, and being on the senior management team of a small municipality, my role and areas of influence and responsibility are quite wide. This week it has been climate change adaptation and carbon neutral policies. Lots of meetings and talking, particularly about water, infrastructure and municipal operations – all areas that I am well […]

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 […]

The Age of Accommodation

George Monbiot pauses to consider the age we live in: The summit’s premise is that the age of heroism is over. We have entered the age of accomodation. No longer may we live without restraint. No longer may we swing our fists regardless of whose nose might be in the way. In everything we do […]

Environment Canada Press Release – It’s a Fake!

Even the Wall Street Journal was fooled, (or did they create it?) An apparent press release from the Canadian Minister for the Environment Jim Prentice was posted at http://enviro-canada.ca/agenda2020 see pdf here. “Today the G77 has again made their voice very clear,” said Jim Prentice, Canada’s Minister for the Environment. “This policy is our answer. […]

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 […]

The Youth and the Future

On Saturday night I curled, that’s a who ‘nother story that I might share some time, how an Aussie ends up in a competition to through a 44 pound hunk of granite down a bumpy sheet of ice at a bulls-eye painted on the ice. But while I was curling, there was a game underway next to us that was the model of intergenerational recreation.