Worldwide, the amount of paved and unpaved road is estimated to be over 100 million km – that’s more than enough to drive all the way to the moon and back.
These rankings should give pause to any of us who still considers Canada to be a natural and ecological paradise. Even if we ignore our vast tailings ponds, Canada is an environmental delinquent and energy hog.
When talking about green cities and communities, sometimes health and quality of life benefits get forgotten in favour of energy savings and efficiency.
For those consumers who are looking to green their homes, for financial or environmental reasons, banks have seen an opportunity.
British Columbia’s Carbon Tax has been getting a lot of media attention in the last few days, and rightly so. While it is not without its skeptics, much of the opposition seems to grow out of a misunderstanding of how the tax works.
A typical electricity bill will tell you the number of kilowatt-hours that you used during the billing period (or an estimate of that number, based on previous patterns of usage), along with a rate. But what does that really mean?
What I didn’t understand then is that the game had rules built in that were relatively inflexible. While real urban planners have to deal with their own structure of criteria, legislation, policies, and regulations, there is also room for creativity and innovation.
Murphy uses intentionally absurdist arguments to show how our current trajectory of energy use is completely untenable. He says that given a 2% annual increase in energy consumption (a reasonable estimate given historical trends) we will need to cover all the land on Earth in solar panels by 2385.
These days, Canada seems to be a country of monologues. On complex and multifaceted issues like the environment, or the economy, we are increasingly dividing ourselves along partisan lines, pushing our own agendas, and entirely dismissing any counterarguments, debate, discussion, or dialogue.
To encourage homeowners to retrofit their homes for energy savings is a daunting task. The up-front costs of home energy retrofits are large, whether that be a new furnace, insulation replacement, or draft-proofing.