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14 Articles by Paul Ennis

Cascades of Contingencies

Fluctuations, unpredictability, and a causal chain so complicated the best we can hope for is a forecast. I am talking about the climate and the strange market place of weather patterns that it throws at us. According to some drastic climate changes in the past may well have been contributing ... keep reading

Written by Paul Ennis in February 2011, about Children and Families, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Water, Weather (2 comments)

The Warmest Years on Record

There are coincidences and then there are correlations. When we discover that 2005 and 2010 are in a dead heat, no pun intended, for warmest year since records began in 1880 do we call this a coincidence or a correlation? And just what is the correlation in question? The correlation ... keep reading

Written by Paul Ennis in January 2011, about Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Weather

Climate Change and the Intensification of Extreme Weather

There are tentative comments from those working on climate science that partially attribute the causes of the recent Australian floods to climate change. Mathew England, a scientist working at the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, was guarded in his remarks to Reuter ... keep reading

Written by Paul Ennis in January 2011, about Children and Families, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Water, Weather (2 comments)

Eco-Policing and What it Means for Modern Environmentalism

Editor's Note: The following is a timely discussion after our preceding post, where two activists from a Sea Shepherd ship were taken hostage after endeavouring to enforce a recent and overdue Australian Federal Court injunction ordering the cessation of all whaling activities in its waters. The idea of eco-policing ... keep reading

Written by Paul Ennis in January 2008, about Environment & Wildlife

The View from Ireland

Getting into government has been a mixed blessing for the Green Party of Ireland. It has meant coming in from the political hinterland, but has also been a test of their eco-credentials. Would they go the way of many formerly radical parties upon entering government and find themselves acquiescing on ... keep reading

Written by Paul Ennis in January 2008, about Politics & Government, Weather

An Evolution in Online Green Selling

Ever browsed Amazon and felt hopeless at the level and speed of wanton consumerism? What if there was a green Amazon…? Well there is, and as alternatives go Evo.com is certainly one of the more considered attempts at bringing green shopping to the internet. It works on a kind ... keep reading

Written by Paul Ennis in December 2007, about Consumerism

Ireland to Ban Energy-Wasting Light Bulbs by 2009

For green activists in Ireland, last summer’s news that the Green Party would enter a coalition with Fianna Fáil came as a surprise. Fianna Fáil are not a party known for their environmental concerns, but we felt that perhaps the Greens would have enough of an influence to shake ... keep reading

Written by Paul Ennis in December 2007, about Politics & Government, Weather

Scotland - Trade-in Your Used Cooking Oil Here!

Scotland is a nation whose climate change declaration commits all its thirty-two local authorities to both local leadership and action. Responsibility does not rest solely with government, but with business and the individual as well. It’s an obvious point, but the difference is that the relationship between individual and ... keep reading

Written by Paul Ennis in December 2007, about Biofuels & Alternative Energy, Transport

Dreaming of a Green Christmas

As the Christmas season creeps up on us it might be time to reflect on its environmental impact. From the green perspective the excesses of Christmas tend to be the most dramatic of the year. This is no doubt linked to the fact that at no other time is the ... keep reading

Written by Paul Ennis in November 2007, about Consumerism

The Six Sins of Greenwashing

Greenwashing is a relatively new pejorative term for the process wherein corporations attempt to portray their product as environmentally friendly through deceptive means. Its meaning has broadened over the years to encompass a whole range of marketing practises. In the twenty-first century companies are not content to be neutral, but ... keep reading

Written by Paul Ennis in November 2007, about Consumerism, Industry & Business

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