Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: climate

climate change vid

I think this has been floating around for a while, but I just watched it now, and it’s well worth it. As wfmu blog (where I found it) says: “Wonderingmind 42” tells us exactly how global climate change is going to cause the end of the world. Sure, An Inconvenient Truth did it pretty well, […]

climate disaster

Jesus these Conservatives are a little over the top on their performance at the Climate talks in Bali, no? Canada hosted an event called “Turning the Corner on Climate Change” apparently about Canada’s climate plan, with Environment Minister John Baird speaking. Instead, a number of Canadian companies spoke about their products. Baird apparently poked his […]

Software Licenses & Climate

WordwebPro is, apparently a good dictionary/thesaurus ap for Windows, and it’s free, which is not all that interesting. What is interesting is this provision in their free license: WordWeb may be freely used only by people who meet the conditions below. Global greenhouse gas emissions are currently around 1 tonne per person per year, and […]

climate: point-counterpoint

With my renewed attention to the climate debate, I’ve been noticing a number of rhetorical tactics in the debate on the Other Side. Here are three of my favourites, offered as point-context-counterpoint: 1. The Political Scientists Point: “Scientists like David Suzuki are political propagandists” … or: “Al Gore, who is a politician and not a […]

climate, blogging, la presse

A while back (on the old dose), I wrote some climate change posts, that attracted the attention of a couple of commenters, who I suspected of being flacks. We had a detailed exchange. My theory for which I have zero proof, is that some people are paid to go around making climate-skeptic comments on blogs. […]

climate (& iraq?)

According to a recent Globe & Mail poll, suddenly, strangely, climate change has become the most important issue for the majority of Canadians (climate change topped the list for 26% of Canadians, followed by health & security). A curious and surprising event, perhaps an interesting result of the democratic system. When the Liberals (as a […]

wente & murphy getting hot?

Splitting my previous climate post into 3 (since it was 3 separate ideas): Interesting shift in the Globe and Mail this weekend. Rex Murphy is the Globe’s shrillest climate alarmist-alarmist (he worries endlessly about the climate change propogandists and doomsdayers that run the National Academies of Sciences in all the biggest countries and economies of […]

Climate & Iraq?

I wonder: does the Iraq debacle Iraq have anything to do with this sudden turn-around in the public’s climate opinions? After all, those for the Iraq war tended to be, on balance, those against doing anything about climate change. And personally I always found it strange the dichotomy between the logic of spending billions on […]

Climate Change & Blogging

Veeeerrrry interesting. I wrote a little post on Climate Change (a letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail regarding Rex Murphy’s latest bit of climate idiocy). And I got two comments from people who have certainly never been to this site before. I presume there is a concerted blog/commenting effort, probably funded by […]

BookReview: Field Notes from a Catastrophe

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change product Climate Change Book by Elizabeth Kolbert My first job out of university, as a fresh-faced, idealistic engineer, was in the energy industry, for a sort of international think-tank made up of eight of the biggest electric companies in the world from G7 countries. I […]