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Rethinking the response to the Middle East

Blue Sky

ISIS. Terrorism. Fanatics. Iraq. War. Oil. Muslim. The above words are all words that are associated with a perceived threat from the developed world about the unrest in the Middle Eastern countries. Terrible atrocities have been committed by people who have an extremist viewpoint of the Western World, and the Western World, led by the U.S.A. has turned around and ... Read More »

Misconceptions about Natural Gas

Mysterious 'Siberian Exploding Hole' (The Siberian Times)

The media in the last year has been full of scary information about methane hydrates (super bad!) and natural gas (the savior with respect to stopping catastrophic warming of the planet). Methane hydrates Lets discuss the ‘bad’ first – methane hydrates. Methane hydrates are white, ice-like solids that consist of methane and water. Methane hydrated can form on the ocean ... Read More »

How serious are Ohio’s fracking induced earthquakes?

Fracking schematic

Ohio today announced tougher permits conditions for drilling near ‘faults and areas of seismic activity.’ I first read this in the Huffington Post who were of course MUCH more sensationalistic in their headline, stating fracking was causing earthquakes in Ohio. Dramatically, they announced that “State geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquake activity in the Marcellus Shale basin ... Read More »

The absurdity of Canada’s oil pipeline woes

Pipelines of North America

Canada has a problem. Oil prices have got high enough and technology has advanced that a lot of oil that was trapped in less porous rocks is now suddenly quite attractive to extract. The problem is, it all lies in the middle of Canada. Well, not the geographic heart of Canada but suitably close enough. Well, oil is liquid and ... Read More »

Corporate Espionage versus Environmental Activism

Corporate espionage vs environmental extremism

It’s  a war on democracy! Big corporations have partnered with spy agencies and private intelligence firms to combat environmental activism and non profit organizations! So screamed the headlines from a recent edition of the British newspaper, The Guardian, claiming this was a “disturbing picture of a global corporate espionage programme that is out of control.” The article goes on to ... Read More »

Sustainability versus reality

Inukshuk

Nunavut is Canada’s newest territory,  a significant chunk of land whose southern most boundary is along 60oN. By land mass alone, it is nearly the same as Greenland, and if it were a country, it would rank 15th in the world. And yet, it has a population of only just under 32,000, of which over half of these people are ... Read More »

The Pros and Cons of Deep sea Mining

This website is one dedicated to asking the questions the media seem negligent in asking. And so it was pleasantly surprising to stumble across another website where someone is trying to give a balanced point of view – should we be mining the riches of the oceans? Yes, you read that right – mining the riches of the oceans! 911metallurgist ... Read More »