Tag Archives: IPCC

The Quadra Project: Passenger or Crew

The famous Canadian media guru, Marshall McLuhan, when commenting on Buckminster Fuller’s seminal 1969 book, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, said, “There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth—everyone is crew.” Like so many of his insightful comments, McLuhan managed to encapsulate a complex and comprehensive understanding in a few simple words.

Continue reading The Quadra Project: Passenger or Crew

Report rates oil and gas sector climate pledges ‘grossly insufficient’

By Natasha Bulowski, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Eight oil and gas companies are planning hundreds of expansion projects in the coming years, even as the world is already on track to burn through its remaining carbon budget, a new report finds.

Continue reading Report rates oil and gas sector climate pledges ‘grossly insufficient’

The Quadra Project: Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity is the ability of the human brain to adapt to new kinds of learning, a subject studied by David Eagleman, a neuroscientist at Stanford University. In an interview with Clare Wilson in New Scientist magazine (15 May 2021), he makes the passing comment that, “Mother Nature is taking a sort of gamble with humans, in that she drops our brains into the world half-baked and lets experience take over and shape them. Our babies have much less well-developed brains than other animals do at birth. All in all, this has been a successful strategy. We’ve taken over every corner of the planet, invented the internet—even gotten off the planet to the moon.”

Continue reading The Quadra Project: Neuroplasticity

Enviro groups say Canada’s climate goals are based on flawed forest carbon accounting

By Natasha Bulowski, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Last week, the federal government announced Canada’s 2020 greenhouse gas emissions dropped, in part thanks to trees removing carbon from the atmosphere. However, environmentalists are quick to point out this calculation excludes a huge chunk of emissions from the logging industry.

Nearly seven megatonnes of CO2 were removed by the land use and forest sector, an amount that reduced the country’s total emissions by one per cent, according to the federal government. Environmental groups, however, say the sector’s true GHG emissions are underreported by a staggering amount — approximately 80 million tonnes of CO2 each year.

Continue reading Enviro groups say Canada’s climate goals are based on flawed forest carbon accounting

The Quadra Project – Carbon Credits

Environmental scientists have long argued that the most serious of our global climate problems could be solved if we just planted a trillion trees to absorb our excessive carbon dioxide emissions—trees are the best known device for this purpose. Yet, just as we desperately need them, we are busy cutting them down.

Now Mosaic, one of Canada’s largest timber companies, has just announced (Globe and Mail, March 22, 2022) that it intends to end logging in 40,000 hectares of British Columbia’s coastal forests in exchange for carbon credits—at least for 25 years.

Continue reading The Quadra Project – Carbon Credits