Author Archives: Duncan Noble

About Duncan Noble

Duncan Noble explores #sustainability #climate & #carbon. Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act. Tell the Truth and Live the Truth.

Planting Seeds So Something Bigger Might Emerge

This is a re-blog of a really great interview with Kevin Anderson. It covers the Paris Climate Agreement, why most of us should hardly ever fly, and how change can happen in complex systems. Highly recommended reading! The Paris Agreement … Continue reading

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Want Change? Include People, Process and Tools

In my 30+ years of working in and with many organizations, I have seen many attempts to change the way people do things. Some are successful, some fail. Systems thinking can give us insights on how to make change initiatives … Continue reading

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Queen’s University Should Divest from Fossil Fuels

The Advisory Committee on Divestment of Fossil Fuels at Queen’s University asked for submissions concerning if the university should divest its pooled endowment fund and pooled investment fund from companies engaged in fossil fuel extraction and distribution.  I offered the following … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Headlines: When is Switching to an Electric Car a Good Thing?

Imagine two headlines for a story about electric cars: Switching to an electric car isn’t always good for the environment Switching to an electric car would reduce carbon emissions for over 80% of Canadians CBC radio recently ran a story … Continue reading

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New Report Downplays Climate Impact of Energy East: Assumes Oil by Rail Alternative

A new assessment of the climate impact of the proposed Energy East pipeline is significantly lower than the previous assessment, mainly because it assumes the oil would be extracted and shipped by rail if the pipeline is not built. The … Continue reading

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Letter to Ontario Energy Board Opposing Energy East Pipeline

18 October 2014 Ontario Energy Board P.O. Box 2319 Toronto, ON, M4P 1E4 Re: Proposed Energy East Pipeline I am writing to express my deep concern about the proposed Energy East Pipeline and to recommend that you do not approve … Continue reading

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Tapping Big Data: Was Global Warming Changed to Climate Change?

If you follow climate change/global warming, you will likely encounter people who insist that the term “global warming” was changed to “climate change” for various reasons (e.g., “global warming stopped, so they changed the name”, etc.). One way to test … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq

28-Nov-13 Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, M.P. Minister of Environment House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 Re: Living Up to Our Climate Change Promises Dear Minister Aglukkaq, On behalf of Canada, your government made a promise to the world to reduce … Continue reading

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Government Newspeak & Greenwash: We Demand Better

Shouldn’t we hold our elected governments to a higher standard than we expect from the folks who sell soap? Or at least as high a standard as we expect from marketers? In October 2013, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) … Continue reading

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What Does it Take to Become a Climate Leader?

Image: Duncan Noble   There is a crack, a crack, in everything That’s how the light gets in Leonard Cohen, Anthem Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas … Continue reading

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