Biochar has recently received very positive press and is being promoted by several nongovernmental groups. One hears from time to time the claim that “biochar sequesters carbon dioxide,” and this claim requires explanation to the uninitiated, though it is well understood by those who have researched this field1. Woolf et al.2 have in fact shown … Read more Biochar-Enhanced Sequestration of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
Phoebe, we would expect you every year with your mate nesting on the porch up under the eaves in the safe dark though the floor right below you was slantly sunlit: every spring you knew the spot and came back or your son, or grandson, whichever, and then one year not. And then not again. … Read more At the Edge
Some 200 of us gathered at the Peace Garden facing Toronto’s City Hall on August 6th to remember Hiroshima … the blue-white atomic flash unleashing fiery hell on earth, with people vapourized into a mushroom cloud – burned like charred logs … or, in agony, fleeing the destroyed city. That day 65 years ago changed … Read more 65 Years: It's Time to Retire the Bomb!
The Russian Quest for Peace and Democracy by Metta Spencer. Lexington books, 2010. “In this book Metta Spencer tells the important but neglected story of the contacts between Western peace activists and Soviet intellectuals (both official and dissident) through the words of those who took part. In so doing she dispels the myths prevalent in … Read more Editor's Book Nook
Our society depends on industrial agriculture for cheap foods. Yet ongoing climate change already has led to extreme weather, including droughts, floods, and heat waves, all so severe as to damage or destroy crops. We need to consider what humanity will face as these manifestations of rising world average temperature proceed – all humanity, not … Read more Climate Change and Industrial Agriculture
Universities are often publicly perceived to be spaces for objective research and critical thinking to challenge the existing status quo and promote progressive social change in the society. Yet in practice campus campaigns which initiate progressive policies are more likely to be led not by higher administrators, but by organized student activism, with some participation … Read more Can the U of T Be an Agent for Social Change?
A task for Science for Peace, a small organization of hard-working and vocal people, is to pick and choose how to best channel our talents and concerns. The more I learn about the urgent time frame posed by climate change, the more convinced I am that the innumerable severe problems we face need to be … Read more Message from the President of Science for Peace