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The myth of green growth
October 24, 2019 | | Financial Times | by Simon Kuper.

voters tend to place their personal interests ahead of their political ideals.
aviation  carbon_emissions  climate_catastrophe  climate_change  de-growth  electric_cars  energy  environment  fuel-efficiency  green  growth  myths  One_Belt_One_Road  reality_checks  renewable  shipping  Simon_Kuper  society  tradeoffs  William_Jevons 
october 2019 by jerryking
Opinion: Canada’s wisest policy: stealing policies from other countries
AUGUST 11, 2019 | The Globe and Mail | by CHRIS RAGAN, director of the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University and chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission.

Putting a price on pollution works around the world. It’s about time Canada stole another good policy idea.

Canada has a rich tradition of thievery – and it’s a good thing we do. Much of our success comes from adopting sound policies that have already proven successful elsewhere.

We implemented employment insurance in 1935, a full 15 years after it was introduced in Britain. We achieved universal health care in the early 1970s, a decade after many European countries. We adopted the GST 25 years ago, following a global trend toward “value-added taxes” that was already mature by the time we came on the scene.

The same is true of carbon pricing. It may be a contentious policy in Canada today, but there is nothing Canadian about carbon pricing; we introduced it here precisely because it works so well in other countries.
Canada  carbon_pricing  environment  policymaking  carbon  carbon_credits  carbon_tax  thievery  theft 
august 2019 by jerryking
‘Beneficial opportunities’ are all in China’s favour
25 February 2017 | FT | Sir Christopher Ruane

This is disingenuous. Africa provides dozens of examples of lopsided investment that bolsters China politically and provides little or negative local economic benefit, from its dangerous copper mines in Zambia to the decimation of Nigerian textile manufacturing by Chinese imports. A similar pattern emerges globally.
China’s outward investment has been politically charged, socially disruptive and environmentally damaging in many ways.
disingenuous  China  Africa  textiles  letters_to_the_editor  FT  exploitation  deindustrialization  asymmetrical  dangers  predatory_practices  Zambia  Nigeria  neocolonialism  imperialism  FDI  environment  lopsided 
march 2017 by jerryking
Bringing Toronto’s Don River back from the dead - The Globe and Mail
ROY MACGREGOR
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 12, 2016

Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto's Don River Valley by Jennifer Bonnell.
parks  Don_River  revitalization  ravines  Toronto  books  restorations  environment 
august 2016 by jerryking
How to right the Conservative ship - The Globe and Mail
TONY CLEMENT
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

Over time, Conservatives must not shy away from a broader suite of policy solutions as an alternative to what the Liberals and NDP have on offer. For example, can Conservatives have a distinctively conservative policy on poverty elimination? What is the Conservative vision regarding the relationship with indigenous peoples? How about an environmental policy that is consistent with Canadian values? Or Internet rights and responsibilities? Answers to these questions will require a good amount of consultation and discussion, and will require time and energy. But there is no reason why Conservatives cannot offer compelling alternatives to Liberal and NDP policies.

There are also critical issues facing the Conservative Party as an electoral machine. We must also do a better job of organizing and training in our Conservative ranks, and adapt far better to the new online world. Better social media presence is just the start of the effort. Community is now defined not only as what exists in our cities and towns but the virtual communities of the online world. Our volunteers must be motivated and welcomed. Feedback loops from the field must be taken seriously.

We must also not write off 100 or more electoral districts without a fight. I would like to see an organizational unit within our party, specifically charged with how to make hard-to-win ridings easier to win.
aboriginals  Conservative_Party  environment  hard_goals  Liberals  NDP  online_communities  organizational_capital  policymaking  political_infrastructure  politics  post-mortems  renewal  social_media  think_tanks  training 
december 2015 by jerryking
Ms. Wynne: Painting wasteful policies with a green brush won’t fool Ontarians - The Globe and Mail
CHRISTINE VAN GEYN
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

The cap-and-trade system for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases is a revenue plan couched in green language. It is a complex scheme that involves the government creating financial products called “carbon credits” that it then forces industries to buy and trade. Of course it requires the establishment of an enormous bureaucracy. The plan is projected to raise $2-billion in revenue for the government each year.
Ontario  Liberals  green  Kathleen_Wynne  cap-and-trade  environment  politics  policy  green_washing  carbon_credits 
december 2015 by jerryking
Rouge Park stuck in political battle over environmental protections - The Globe and Mail
DAKSHANA BASCARAMURTY AND ANN HUI
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Mar. 13 2015
GTA  parks  Rouge_Park  ravines  politics  environment 
march 2015 by jerryking
10 quirky things to know about the Don Valley
Posted by Chris Bateman / SEPTEMBER 28, 2014

Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto's Don River Valley
history  Toronto  parks  Don_River  ravines  environment 
september 2014 by jerryking
Canada heading for energy ‘gridlock,’ group warns - The Globe and Mail
Dec. 12 2013 |The Globe and Mail |SHAWN McCARTHY.

Canada is heading for a gridlock in energy development that will rob the country of future wealth unless it can solve vexing environmental and aboriginal conflicts, a blue-ribbon group including senior Calgary business people warns in a new report.

Concerned about growing conflict over resource development, 21 high-profile leaders from business, environmental organizations and First Nations met over the course of a year and concluded there is an urgent need for detente in the country’s heated debate over resource development.
Alberta  energy  aboriginals  Calgary  Canada  gridlock  energy_development  resource_development  natural_resources  anti-development  environment 
december 2013 by jerryking
Bloomberg Focuses on Rest (as in Rest of the World) - NYTimes.com
December 14, 2013 | NYT | By MICHAEL BARBARO.

Bloomberg Associates will be a project that is the first concrete phase of a post-mayoral life that aides said would remain intensely focused on cities, long viewed by him as laboratories for large-scale experiments in public health, economic development and environmental sustainability.

Above all, the new endeavor reflects a profound confidence — never in short supply with this mayor — that it would behoove dozens of municipalities to replicate the ideas that defined his tenure: turning busy roads into pedestrian plazas, posting calorie counts in fast-food chains, creating a customer-service hotline for citizens....The consulting group is the latest chapter in Mr. Bloomberg’s long journey from political neophyte to much-admired mentor to fellow mayors, dozens of whom have flocked to City Hall to study his open-seat bullpen layout, attended his conferences about urban innovation and applied for grants from his foundation (called “mayors’ school” by several city leaders who have spent time there).
Michael_Bloomberg  New_York_City  Second_Acts  management_consulting  hotlines  data  data_driven  cities  mayoral  large-scale  public_health  economic_development  sustainability  environment 
december 2013 by jerryking
China's Rural Pollution Problem - WSJ.com
July 27, 2013 | WSJ | By JOSH CHIN and BRIAN SPEGELE

China's Bad Earth
Industrialization has turned much of the Chinese countryside into an environmental disaster zone, threatening not only the food supply but the legitimacy of the regime itself....a series of recent cases have highlighted the spread of pollution outside of urban areas, now encompassing vast swaths of countryside, including the agricultural heartland.
pollution  environment  China  threats  farming  soils  cancers 
july 2013 by jerryking
Absolutism in the Church of Green - The Globe and Mail
GORDON GIBSON

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Dec. 31 2012,

Our competitive edge in this world is no longer skilled labour and capital. The world is awash in both. We either responsibly exploit our natural resources or settle for less health care, education and lower pensions.

A choice of automatic opposition to resource development is one option, if that’s what we collectively want. But that choice should be understood as a public policy question with consequences, not as a religious one of no cost.
Absolutism  environment  green  natural_resources  resource_extraction  economic_development  public_policy  consequences  resource_development  anti-development 
january 2013 by jerryking
The Environmental Impact Of Wasted Food | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation
October 2012 |Fast Company |Ben Schiller,
Ben Schiller is a staff writer for Co.Exist, and also contributes to the FT, and Yale e360.

An infographic from U.K. food industry magazine Next Generation Food that illustrates the environmental impact of wasted food...The infographic includes some remarkable statistics taken from a peer-reviewed study about food waste in the U.S. Waste has increased by about 50% since 1974, and now accounts for nearly 40% of all food produced in the U.S. Across the supply chain, we lose 1,400 kilocalories per head per day, or 150 trillion kilocalories each year (kilocalories are the "calories" you see on the back of food packs). Food waste accounts for a quarter of the freshwater supply, and 300 million gallons of oil a year. That’s a lot of wasted resources at a time of water shortages and higher gas prices. The U.S. consumed 6.9 billion barrels of oil last year, according to the Energy Information Administration. ...It wouldn’t be so bad if we did something with the waste other than throwing it in landfills, where it produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Food accounts for 25% of methane produced from landfills, which emit 20% of methane overall.
food  waste  environment  infographics  visualization  statistics 
january 2013 by jerryking
Rachel Carson’s Lessons, 50 Years After ‘Silent Spring’ - NYTimes.com
By NANCY F. KOEHN
Published: October 27, 2012

Rachel Carson, throughout her personal and public struggles, she was an informed spokeswoman for environmental responsibility.

She was a classic introvert who exhibited few of the typical qualities associated with leadership, like charisma and aggressiveness. But as people like Susan Cain, author of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” have pointed out, leadership can come in less obvious forms.... her story is a reminder that one person’s quiet leadership can make a difference.... RACHEL CARSON’S story offers many leadership lessons, including the importance of persistence in pursuing an objective. When I discuss her with business executives, many are struck by her ability to stay focused on goals in the face of obstacles including severe illness.

Another lesson involves the importance of doing thorough research and taking the long view. A sense of context based on hard facts, along with a knowledge of history, is essential to understanding what’s at stake in difficult and uncertain situations. It also confers a sense of authority on the person who has acquired this knowledge.

A third insight concerns the juggling of personal demands and professional ambitions. Carson understood the challenge — and satisfaction — of dealing with our obligations to others even as we follow our professional drive. And she saw that this can rarely be navigated smoothly. For her, and for many executives with whom I have worked, times of great productivity were followed by fallow periods when ambitions had to be put aside for personal reasons.
solo  leadership  environment  cancers  women  non-obvious  trailblazers  books  introverts  contextual  long-term  history 
october 2012 by jerryking
THE ALCHEMISTS
March 30, 2012 | globeadvisor.com: | John Lorinc.
We Canadians devour ever more resources and produce ever-growing mountains of waste. Luckily, innovative manufacturers are showing there's gold in that garbage
John_Lorinc  recycling  start_ups  environment  waste 
august 2012 by jerryking
Book Review: Garbology - WSJ.com
April 17, 2012 | WSJ | By MARC LEVINSON.
At the Top of the Heap
Does America suffer from a trash addiction? Has it transformed itself into "China's trash compactor"?...R.L. Polk & Co., which tracks such things, roughly 3.5 million Class 8 trucks—the big kind—were registered for highway use in 2011.
book_reviews  EPA  environment  waste 
may 2012 by jerryking
Water-saving in the north-east: Trees grow in Brooklyn
Nov 11, 2010 | The Economist. NYC has a serious sewer problem,
spilling more than 27 B gal. (102 B L) of untreated overflow into its
harbour each year.U.S cities rely on decrepit sys. that collect
storm-water run-off, industrial waste & human sewage in the same
pipes.Usually these pipes take waste water to treatment plants.But any
overflow is released into rivers & streams.Time, erosion &
increasingly erratic weather have made this a national issue. NYC
recently unveiled a plan to clean up its waterways.Instead of spending
billions on new tanks & pipes (i.e, “grey infrastructure”), which
take yrs. to build & never quite address the problem, NYC will
invest in “green infrastructure”, e.g. roofs covered with vegetation,
porous pavements & kerbside gardens.Instead of treating rainfall as
waste to be quickly whisked away, NYC will let it sink usefully into the
ground: helping to make the city greener, improve air quality, raise
property values, increase jobs & lower water & energy costs,
green_roofs  water  infrastructure  New_York_City  Brooklyn  wastewater-treatment  overflow  environment 
november 2010 by jerryking
The man who’s tutoring Bill Gates
June 19, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Margaret Wente. Discusses
Vaclav Smil at the University of Manitoba. Prof. Smil’s 24th book,
Global Catastrophes and Trends: The Next 50 Years, has just been
published in Canada. It offers a numbers-heavy but compact guide to all
the main things we should be worrying about (or not), from natural
disasters to population trends.
billgates  books  Canada  catastrophes  catastrophic_risk  disasters  energy  environment  Margaret_Wente  natural_calamities  politics  worrying 
june 2010 by jerryking
Op-Ed Columnist - Cancer From the Kitchen? - NYTimes.com
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Published: December 5, 2009 I asked these doctors what they do in their
own homes to reduce risks. They said that they avoid microwaving food in
plastic or putting plastics in the dishwasher, because heat may cause
chemicals to leach out. And the symposium handed out a reminder card
listing “safer plastics” as those marked (usually at the bottom of a
container) 1, 2, 4 or 5.

It suggests that the “plastics to avoid” are those numbered 3, 6 and 7
(unless they are also marked “BPA-free”). Yes, the evidence is
uncertain, but my weekend project is to go through containers in our
house and toss out 3’s, 6’s and 7’s.
health  environment  cancers  kitchens 
december 2009 by jerryking
Debunking our 'fetish of the fresh'
Nov. 24, 2009| The Globe and Mail| by Jessica Leeder Global
Food Reporter. "We have this prioritization, this fetish of fresh,"
said Peter Tyedmers, an ecological economist at Dalhousie University's
School of Resource and Environmental Studies, who helped author the
study. "We're making a lot of poor assumptions around why we pursue
local," he said, adding: "If we want to prioritize local economies,
that's a great thing. But let's understand that it comes at a cost."
environment  fish  locavore  carbon_footprint  salmon  food  food_crops 
november 2009 by jerryking
Farming in the Sky | Popular Science
09.04.2008 | Popular Science | by Cliff Kuang. Blog post which looks at pursuing farming and agriculture in skyscrapers.
business  food  environment  agriculture  farming  Cliff_Kuang  urban  skyscrapers 
february 2009 by jerryking
The Big Thaw
Wilson Quarterly article by Joshua Kucera on how a warming
climate is freeing up the Greenland's resources in pre­vi­ously frozen
expanses of land and sea, and how Greenlanders are bestirring themselves
to seek independence from ­Denmark.
business  economics  politics  environment  water  future  Artic  Greenland  Inuit  climate_change 
february 2009 by jerryking
Green Diplomacy - WSJ.com
March 24, 2008 WSJ article by Joel Sherwood profiling U.S.
Ambassador to Sweden, Michael Wood, and his role assisting Swedish alt.
energy companies raise cash in the US.
alternative_energy  diplomacy  green  policy  environment  indispensable 
february 2009 by jerryking
Nine Cities, Nine Ideas - WSJ.com
Feb. 11, 2008 WSJ article by Jim Carlton looking at innovative
programs nine cities around the world are using to keep their energy
consumption--and their skyrocketing bills--under control.
cities  climate_change  environment  city  energy  green  urban 
february 2009 by jerryking
The Green Machine Hal Harvey spends his environmental war chest with one guiding principle: winning
FEBRUARY 12, 2007 WSJ article by JEFFREY BALL. Global warming
is tougher than localized environmental threats such as smog. That, Hal
Harvey argues, requires environmentalists to focus less on fiery
rhetoric and more on hashing out economically efficient policies that
have political legs. In doling out the dollars at his disposal, Mr.
Harvey uses much the same strategy as the other venture capitalists in
Silicon Valley. He invests where he thinks he'll get maximum return. In
his parlance, he looks for the political "pinch points" likely to
promote technologies that will deliver the most "tons of carbon avoided
per philanthropic dollar invested." He and his colleagues try to compute
that using spreadsheets.
green  environment  philanthropy  lobbying  policy  strategy  UFSC  financial_literacy  pain_points  bottlenecks  leverage  return_on_effort  investors  climate_change 
february 2009 by jerryking

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