Monthly Archives: December 2014

Fukushima “fallout”: issues in reporting scientific research in the popular media

I had other articles planned but a news report just popped up on my twitter feed that just begs to be discussed in the context of issues in reporting scientific research in the popular media. The article appeared in our … Continue reading

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On renewables and the need for compromise Part IV: biofuels – just bad or really bad?

So I have threatened you all with a post on biofuels for a while and I suppose it is time to actually give it to you. A quick look at the post title gives you a hint of my personal … Continue reading

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On renewables and the need for compromise, Part III: Geothermal redux

So after preparing my first post on geothermal energy and the need for compromise, I was challenged by the Executive Director of DeSmogCanada who asked “Who has actually opposed geothermal? I haven’t heard any backlash“. My response was muted as my … Continue reading

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On renewables and compromises Part II Rare earths in renewable technologies

In my first post on renewables I wrote about geothermal energy and the compromises we need to make in order to make geothermal energy a reality in BC. As everyone knows, geothermal isn’t the only type of renewable energy available … Continue reading

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Modern Environmental Fairy Tales: "Moving Back to the Land" and the 100 Mile Diet

When I socialize with my environmental friends one of the most common themes is their dream to move “off the grid” and live off the land. This idea of moving to a neo-Walden and experiencing a Thoreau-like existence seems to … Continue reading

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Modern Environmentalism: Trying to replicate the Clayoquot

  In early 1990, I was hired as a research assistant by a pair of Chemistry Professors at the University of Victoria (UVic). One of the professors was also the Chair of the brand new University of Victoria School of … Continue reading

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On renewables and the need for compromise, Part I: Geothermal

So as I’ve mentioned previously, I see a next step in the eventual move to decarbonization being the development and implementation of renewables as alternatives. Anyone with an interest in the topic of renewables in BC should spend several hours … Continue reading

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