Climate Change Isn't a Hobby

Climate Change isn’t a Hobby

For me, climate change isn’t a hobby. On a recent blog post, I received comments like “My, you chat about climate change so often!”  I admit to being a squeaky wheel on the topic.  However, I got the impression that the comment suggested that I view climate change as a “Hobby”, a diversion, like playing with LEGO.  The …

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Words, Language and the Climate Debate

Words, Language and the Climate Debate

Words and language in the climate debate can lead to misunderstandings, communication gaps, and conflict. As a bilingual person, I am sensitive to the nuances of meanings words can convey, and how those colourations can affect the messages we are trying to convey. My family emigrated from Hong Kong when I was ten.  It was an …

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Climate Change and Politics

Climate Change and Politics – It Ain’t a Football Game

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the intersection between climate change and politics. In fact, climate doesn’t respect politics. I have worked on climate change issues for over twenty-five years. Much has changed. The science is better and our data is more robust. However, much has not changed at all. Even after twenty-five …

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The Positive Side of Risk

The Positive Side of Risk

Today, I offer some thoughts about the positive side of risk and how our thinking about this nebulous issue helped us plan our our climate resilience approach. We offer a glimpse into the internal workings of Nodelcorp. In this way, this is a personal reflection on how things grow out of seemingly simple questions.   The …

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Silos in Climate Resilience

Silos in Climate Resilience

Often, I wonder about the cause of silos in climate resilience, and how those walls deter effective climate action. As an Asian woman, sometimes I am ignored in the workplace and social forums. I have difficulty accepting that sexism or racism are alive and well. So, often I fall into the trap of believing it’s my …

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Self Directed Learning and Climate

Self Directed Learning and Climate Resiliency

Recently, I was thinking about self directed learning and climate resiliency. It all started when I developed an achy wrist and hand. I took to my “old friend” Google to see what could be happening. Google told me that I had symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, an inflammation of my wrist. Thus, I was probably …

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Games People Play in the Climate Debate

Games People Play in the Climate Debate

Recently, I read several posts on Facebook that show the games people play in the climate debate. The posters argued that the Province of Québec has no right to comment on climate change because cities in Québec “spewed” raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River.  In fact, the posts got a lot of attention, re-posting, and …

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Thinking Feeling and Climate Change

Thinking, Feeling and Climate Change

Today we continue our series of videocasts. In this series, Joan and I address climate, risk and resiliency issues. In this episode, Joel provides his insight on thinking, feeling and climate change. Discussing climate change can be frustrating. We have the data; we have the science, but people are afraid. Thus, they worry about their …

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Precision, Accuracy and Reality

Precision, Accuracy and Reality

When I was in grad school, many years ago, my research supervisor and I debated the differences between precision, accuracy, and reality. Old Dr. Clark and I did not see quite eye to eye. We hashed out the effect of imperfect data on the design of our new measurement tool. This was an esoteric discussion. …

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Sunny Side of Climate Optimism

The Sunny Side of Climate Optimism

The 1930s song, The Sunny Side of the Street, made famous by jazz singer Louis Armstrong has a special meaning for me, as it is a perfect description of the sunny side of climate optimism. I am an optimist. Consequently, I seek the positive in every situation. The song resonates for me, as it maintains …

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