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How to go about mining in Nova Scotia?

Nova Scotia must urgently develop a mining policy honouring widely accepted critical minerals and the Canadian Minerals and Metals plan. Without such a policy, the Province will continue to be up for grabs by profit-seeking mining companies only. Continue reading

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“Canadian company @Recon_Africa drills for oil in the Okavango delta watershed”

This post was originally published on August 5, 2021. It has been updated a few times. The updates that appeared here earlier have been moved to the end of this blog post. The original content has been extensively updated. On … Continue reading

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Undo the theft. Give us back Owl’s Head

Updated October 13, 2021 I sent this Open Letter to premier Iain Rankin and my MLA Keith Irving on March 22, 2021. I will be demonstrating in front of the law courts on April 1 in defense of Owl’s Head. … Continue reading

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#Katrina10. #Louisiana is still disappearing

Originally posted on EARTH SCIENCE SOCIETY:
I wrote this blog post in November of 2014. I am reblogging it today, on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Land loss map of South Louisiana. Image source here. Click on image to…

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Why I haven’t blogged for a long time: medical science and society in #Canada

Four months since my last post and only one person has wondered why I haven’t blogged in such a long time. Apparently I am not much missed, something that shouldn’t surprise anyone in this digital world of fleeting contacts. But … Continue reading

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Wrong Question: can fracking be done safely?

Originally posted on EARTH SCIENCE SOCIETY:
I published this post in February 2013. I have continued to add material to it, so the most recent bits of info are at the top of the page: scroll down for the original, which hasn’t…

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2014 in review: my world according to WordPress

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,200 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway … Continue reading

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#Mywritingprocess blog tour: clicking “publish” is exhilarating

This post is not about Earth science, it’s about me. This is part of a relay race: an exploration into how and why people blog about science. Search for #mywritingprocess on Twitter and you find hundreds of bloggers who have … Continue reading

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Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent

When the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, proclaimed this week in an official press conference that our concern for climate change was ‘exaggerated’, the press rightly fell over him. There is a good summary of that controversial event … Continue reading

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Dear Dr. Johnston, Your Excellency

Your appointment as Governor General of Canada was an excellent choice. You are a person of stellar reputation. As a scientist, I was thrilled that a scientist of your stature was appointed to this office. During your relatively short term … Continue reading

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Rise to the challenge: #$5millionforscience

Two weeks ago the Canadian government announced the creation of a Federal office for Religious Freedom. It will cost Canadian tax payers $5 million per year. Many Canadians, including myself, do not believe this is a good money destination. Many … Continue reading

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