May 11 – 15, 2015

Think California’s drought is bad? Arizona’s is going to be much worse.

Last week, Lake Mead, which sits on the border of Nevada and Arizona, set a new record low. For the first time since the construction of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s, the lake’s surface has dipped below 1,080 feet above sea level. The West’s drought is so bad that official plans for water rationing have now begun, and Arizona’s farmers are the first on the chopping block. Despite the drought’s epicenter in California, it’s Arizona that will bear the brunt of the West’s epic dry spell.

 

Why the 97 per cent consensus on climate change still gets challenged

It comes as no surprise to anyone working in climate research that there is an overwhelming scientific consensus on human-caused global warming. However, surveys show that the general public is misinformed about the degree of scientific agreement on global warming. This false belief that there is significant disagreement among the experts, also known as the “consensus gap,” is partially due to active misinformation campaigns by those seeking to oppose or delay public policy.

 

A grand bargain for Alberta?

Alberta’s newly elected premier Rachel Notley’s election platform included a review of Alberta’s energy royalty regime, corporate income tax increases and the potential for higher personal income tax rates. But what if Premier Notley offered to hold off on some of the most contentious elements of the NDP’s platform in exchange for bringing in a new carbon pricing policy?

 

Sustainability in the film industry

Green living is now par for the course for much of Hollywood, with some of the biggest names in show business championing climate action, wildlife conservation and marine protection. But when the curtain is pulled back, how green is the industry itself? It turns out that more studios, producers, directors and actors are working on rewriting the script with a happier, planet-friendly ending.

 

A sharp spike in honeybee deaths deepens a worrisome trend

Honey bees, critical agents in the pollination of key U.S. crops, disappeared at a staggering rate over the last year, according to an annual survey released on Wednesday by the Bee Informed Partnership, a consortium of universities and research laboratories. Most striking, however, was that honeybee deaths spiked last summer, exceeding winter deaths for the first time.

 

A chat with UN climate chief Christiana Figueres

As executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, a position she was appointed to in 2010, Christiana Figueres leads the daunting task of building international consensus on climate action. Corporate Knights sat down with Figueres in April during her brief visit to Toronto, where she was invited to speak with Canadian business and government leaders.

 

Book review: Cowed

They’re not against eating meat, but the authors of the new book Cowed argue there are sound reasons for eating less of it. It’s not a horror story like so many anti-meat books, designed to scare you into vegetarianism. Both authors seem rather fond of eating beef. Their aim, instead, is to convince the reader to eat less red meat and pay more for it.

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