World little knows and much less cares about deaths and suffering of year’s worst flood catastrophe

 Mumbai, India, August 29, 2017. AP Photo by Rajanish Kakade. Death, displacement, and distress of South Asia flooding are 10 times worse than Hurricane Harvey. You might have missed the news in the past week about the most catastrophic flooding this year. Incessant rains and flooding caused loss in two widely separated areas of the […]

350 million years ago. Source of prosperity, poverty, global warming, drought, famine and war.

We live in a second carbon period. Carbon dioxide is the main force driving global warming just as it did in the first carbon period 359 million years ago. When the CO2 level rose and fell in the first carbon period, so did the temperature. Our climbing CO2 is stimulating plant growth. That could increase […]

Global warming denial burdens world with catastrophe

Global warming denial—the work of ignorance, wishful thinking, demagoguery, and heedless self-interest—spreads global catastrophe. A writer in a letter in the Toronto Star asserts that “…climate change has absolutely nothing to do with carbon emissions… climate change is not about science but rather about the politics of social engineering and wealth transfer.” It is this, […]

SS Manhattan signals an open Northwest Passage

All photos by author As the ice continues to shrink, the 2017 sailing season could see a record number of vessels transiting the fabled Canadian Northwest Passage. The first vessel has already left port. An ancient resuscitated icebreaker is on a 23,000-kilometre, 150-day voyage from Toronto to Victoria to help mark Canada’s 150th birthday. A giant […]