Monthly Archives: April 2015

More on Gypsy Moth spraying: Toxicity redux

 Much as I expected, my post on “the nocebo effect” and spraying for gypsy moths” drew a whirlwind of criticism on Twitter and in my email inbox. The major concern had to do with the fact that in my post … Continue reading

Posted in Chemistry and Toxicology, Gypsy Moth | 1 Comment

On "the nocebo effect" and spraying for gypsy moths

This week my inbox has been flooded by emails about the decision by our Ministry of the Environment to spray for gypsy moths in parts of Surrey and Delta. For those of you outside the British Columbia lower mainland you … Continue reading

Posted in Gypsy Moth | 3 Comments

Why the modern environmental movement must abandon its traditional left-right rubric

On the event of Earth Day I spent some time thinking about the state of the environmental movement in Canada. As my regular readers know, I have written a lot of posts about the environmental movement including observations from a … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change Politics | 7 Comments

On "An Ecomodernist Manifesto", Mannsplaining and irony blindness in climate science

A very interesting document, An Ecomodernist Manifesto, came out this week. For those of you not familiar with the Manifesto, it represents an attempt by a number of pragmatic environmental scientists, economists and policy experts ( to put the planet’s … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Climate Change Politics, Environmentalism and Ecomodernism | 13 Comments

Where the new Pembina Report misses the mark on Energy East

Numerous people have sent me links to the Pembina Institute report: “Crafting an Effective Canadian Energy Strategy: “How Energy East and the oilsands affect climate and energy objectives”. Having quickly read the report I must admit to being a bit … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian Politics, Energy East, Pipelines | 5 Comments

More on Oil Spills: Some Toxicological Calculations and What if it were Dilbit?

I have been asked a number of questions, both on Twitter and via email, regarding my post on the English Bay fuel spill and so I have written up this follow-up to my last post. In particular, I was asked … Continue reading

Posted in Chemistry and Toxicology, Oil Sands, Pipelines | 7 Comments

A non-specialist’s guide to how spilled hydrocarbons react in water

After the spill today in English Bay (at the Port of Vancouver) I have been asked by numerous people to explain what happens when petroleum hydrocarbons spill into water. Anyone with an internet connection can get any number of descriptions … Continue reading

Posted in Chemistry and Toxicology, Oil Sands, Pipelines | 4 Comments

Starting a Dialogue – Can we really get to a "fossil fuel-free BC"?

I have written a lot of posts in the last four months discussing and describing issues to consider in the fields of energy, renewable energy and pipelines. Based on the feedback, many of those posts have been viewed as being … Continue reading

Posted in Fossil Fuel Free Future | 28 Comments

When peer-review is not enough – On estimates of avian deaths attributable to coal and nuclear facilities

This afternoon I was directed (via a tweet from Dr. Judith Curry) to a recent article in the New Yorker by Jonathan Franzen, titled: “Carbon Capture: Has climate change made it harder for people to care about conservation?” The article … Continue reading

Posted in Renewable Energy | 5 Comments

So Whatever Happened to the Environmental Moderates and Pragmatists?

As I noted in my throwback post, the Ensia article about how Environmental activism needs “good cops” and “bad cops” really brought back a lot of memories. But one thing it also caused me to do is to look back … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change Politics, Environmentalism and Ecomodernism | 3 Comments