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Becoming A “No Carbon Nation”

By Roy L Hales

The negative impacts of climate change are already upon us, but there alternatives to the energy sources that caused them. In the space of 94 minutes, Peter Sircom Bromley’s documentary attempts to give a comprehensive overview of pathways to becoming a “No Carbon Nation.”

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Exhausting Earth’s Biomass

By Roy L Hales

I recently asked a number of scientists, politicians and environmentalists about a study suggesting that we have burned through almost half of the biomass that the earth possessed at the time of the Roman Empire. Only two of my respondents replied directly to this paper. While neither stated this was incorrect, both expressed reservations. The lead author of this paper, Dr John R. Schramski, has since written to explain why he believes we are exhausting earth’s biomass.

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Can Canada Build More Pipelines? Or LNG Facilities?

By Roy L Hales

In a recent interview with the ECOreport, Simon Fraser University Climate Scientist Dr, Kirsten Zickfeld described Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s idea of fighting climate change while expanding the oil sands and building new pipelines as “delusional.” There is only a finite amount of carbon we can release into the atmosphere and if we hope keep the global temperature rise to 2 degrees C. We are already close to 1.5 degrees and may pass that threshold this year. Even if we do not build any new fossil fuel infrastructure, Canada will exhaust “its’ fair share” of carbon emissions by 2030. These were quite strong statements, so I asked a couple of other scientists – as well as environmentalists, politicians and government spokespersons – Can Canada build more pipelines? Or LNG facilities?
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