Climate Change

Are We All Climate Change Deniers?

Are We All Climate Change Deniers?

February 12, 2020 at 12:47 pm

Last month, I discussed the work of an ex-student of mine, Caitlin Heppner, who recently defended a very interesting thesis on the epistemological dimensions of climate science. Caitlin explored both the question of why some people might be skeptical about the validity of the science and the motives of theRead More

Detail from Ekistics Sydney Harbourfront Conceptual Vision & Design

Doublethink on the Waterfront

January 29, 2020 at 1:10 pm

“Doublethink,” a term coined by George Orwell in 1984 (the book, not the year), is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as “believing two contradictory ideas at the same time” and I think it describes the CBRM’s approach to waterfront development. This past week, I had reason to have aRead More

Talk About Action: Climate Change & the CBRM

Talk About Action: Climate Change & the CBRM

January 22, 2020 at 1:51 pm

I watched most of Monday’s almost four-hour Climate Change Municipal Action Plan Update and will recap some of the highlights for you, but I have to begin. with District 7 Councilor Ivan Doncaster’s contribution to the proceedings which consisted largely — I could not make this up if I triedRead...

Building Near Water

Building Near Water

January 20, 2020 at 1:47 pm

Jennifer Henderson at the Halifax Examiner has been following plans for a new provincial art gallery on the Halifax waterfront from a (to me) very reasonable angle — the “when are we going to talk about sea rise?” angle. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (TIR) has issued a requestRead...

Why Do Climate Skeptics Distrust the Science?

Why Do Climate Skeptics Distrust the Science?

January 15, 2020 at 1:32 pm

Last month, I argued that, when we think in Marxist terms about the contradictions of capitalism, perhaps the most striking and important contradiction of all is that to make the goods bought and sold to keep the capitalist machine running we are destroying the very planet we depend upon forRead More

Water Part II: Groundwater Monitoring

Water Part II: Groundwater Monitoring

December 18, 2019 at 12:51 pm

Roughly half of Nova Scotians rely on groundwater for their domestic water supply. In the Annapolis Valley, that percentage climbs to 90% —  in Kings County alone it is as high as 99%. I’m starting with that fact not because I intend to focus on Kings County but because itRead More

Some of the 500, one-meter tall Karl Marx statues on display in Trier, Germany, 5 May 2013. (Photo by Pierre Wolfer CC BY-ND 2.0 via Flikr

Revisiting the Communist Manifesto

December 18, 2019 at 12:47 pm

Over the last few columns, I have been exploring our disordered relationship with our material possessions. One of the reasons that so many of us, even those of us who have limited incomes, can still accumulate too much stuff results from the fact that we live in a capitalist economyRead More

Processed meats in a supermarket. (Photo by Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons)

About That Meat Study…

November 27, 2019 at 11:04 am

“Our approach has been very different than previous approaches,” says Bradley Johnston, PhD, an author on all six papers and a co-founder of NutriRECS. “We’ve taken the individual approach rather than societal. We believe that people should be fully informed when they make health care decisions based on best estimatesRead More

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Water Part I: Bottled

November 20, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Two things inspired this week’s feature story: the first was an Agence France-Presse article about a Michigan township that is trying to fight a deal under which the Swiss-based food conglomerate Nestlé may be allowed to pump 400 gallons of water per minute from a local wellhead for an annualRead More

Canada, the Bomb and Minority Government

Canada, the Bomb and Minority Government

November 6, 2019 at 2:17 pm

It’s not open by much, and it might shut soon, but the diminished return of the Trudeau Liberals has created a ‘window’ to review The Incredible Shrinking Issue of the 2019 election: Canada’s foreign and defense priorities in an age of grave and growing nuclear peril. Though domestic politics naturallyRead More