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GM's two-wheeled car of the future

Who else looked at this and thought "no wonder GM is broke"?The odd two-wheeled tuk-tuk of the future is part of GM's plan to "remake itself as a purveyor of fuel-efficient vehicles".I suppose you can give GM credit for finally being visionary and...

Posted April 8, 2009    

The Canadian emissions story

Earth Hour dipped electricity use in British Columbia by 1.1%. Again, a nice gimmick to raise awareness about energy use, but far far far from what's needed to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in Canada (right)The Canadian government published a...

Posted March 29, 2009    

Will people participate in Earth Hour?

The optimistic organizers are hoping one billion people will switch off their lights tomorrow at 8:30 pm [your] local time. All sorts of different towns, cities and businesses are taking part. For just one example, tomorrow night's LA-Nashville...

Posted March 25, 2009    

A mea culpa by the Washington Post, or not

The Washington Post has published Chris Mooney's intelligent critique of the mistaken claims about climate science in recent columns by the paper's own George Will. Here's the take home message:Readers and commentators must learn to share some...

Posted March 22, 2009    

Recent changes in per capita emissions

As we approach the pivotal UN climate meetings in Copenhagen this December, there will be plenty of discussion about the progress, or lack thereof, on greenhouse gas emission reductions among Kyoto signatories. The story is usually told with the...

Posted March 20, 2009    

George Will and the lessons we can learn from Greenland

Followers of the climate news online are no doubt aware of the web-plosion caused by an error-filled column by Washington Post op-ed columnist George Will.Will's Feb 13th op-ed drew online outrage and letters to the Post ombudsman, which begat an...

Posted March 16, 2009    

Making a list of scientists and checking it twice

The meme about a list of "scientists" who disagree with the IPCC consensus made its way to the Coral List, a list-serv maintained by NOAA and read by by a range researchers, educators, divers and marine park managers. There are a few of these lists...

Posted March 4, 2009    

Fuelling the future

In the latest issue of Momentum, a new magazine out of the University of Minnesota, I argue that "our cars aren't alone in needing a new diet". Here's the opening:It’s been a tough couple of years for the public relations staff in the biofuels...

Posted February 25, 2009    

More on the stimulus plans

The conversation on the lack of "green" funding in the US and Canadian stimulus plans (stimuli?) continues at the Energy Collective, where Maribo is cross-posted.Geoff Styles:We want our stimulus dollars to boost the flagging economy as effectively...

Posted February 10, 2009    

Levelling the science of sea-level rise

One of my biggest pet peeves with the climate change communication world is widespread use of sea-level rise ‘maps’. There are countless maps and animations out there. Think the simulated flooding of New York in An Inconvenient Truth or, for a local...

Posted February 8, 2009    

Placing blame for heat waves

This headline appears in today's Globe and Mail:Australian blames climate change for heat waveUgh. Southeastern Australia is in the midst of a punishing heat wave. Temperatures in Sydney and Melbourne peaking over 40 degrees Celsius for six...

Posted February 2, 2009    

The problem with the US stimulus plan

In the NY Times online, my colleague Michael Oppenheimer argues that the US Stimulus Plan is "cementing in the wrong infrastructure". I made a similar argument about yesterday's Canadian budget. Full text of Oppenheimer's comments after the jump.On...

Posted January 28, 2009