What we’re reading (and watching) this Earth Day

22 April 2024

This Earth Day, a few of us at the Cascade Institute got together for a themed edition of book club—sharing our current reading (and movie) picks and recommendations around the […]

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Is there no such thing as the Anthropocene?

27 March 2024

The Anthropocene: While geologists have rejected the term, the term itself has shifted to capture something more compelling yet even more worrisome. It is not about how the human impact is inscribed in rock, it is about how the human activities are pushing the planet beyond key boundaries and out of its “safe operating space,” leaving our future deeply uncertain.

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The Disinformation Barrier

26 March 2024

A huge part of dealing with many aspects of the polycrisis will be in changing worldviews across many systems sensitive to disinformation. 

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Investigating emissions from above

22 March 2024

David Wallace-Wells wrote about the launch of MethaneSAT in this week’s New York Times. “Methane really matters,” Wallace-Wells wrote. “By some accounts, it explains about one-third of the warming since […]

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Forging Partnerships: Confronting Volcanic Realities Through Collaboration

18 March 2024

When we think of volcanoes, fear often grips our minds as we envision the catastrophes they can bring—violent eruptions, lava flows, and devastation paint a picture of danger and destruction. […]

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A deteriorating crisis situation

13 March 2024

The polycrisis is hitting home: CBC News has brought to light a 2022 report from Canada’s federal police force that recognizes the country’s response to overlapping national and global crises will be a tremendous challenge.

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ienna is set to provide district heating to 20,000 households through a system of "underground geothermal highways"

In the news: geothermal’s dynamic potential

8 March 2024

Cascade Institute Geothermal Fellow Rebecca Pearce shares her excitement for the diverse capabilities of geothermal technology, as featured in two recent news stories. From powering urban settings to cleanly extracting lithium, geothermal is gaining global recognition for its incredible potential.

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The rising interest in geothermal power

29 February 2024

This inspiring piece from the National Observer shows that it’s not only the Earth’s climate that is changing! It reveals the shifting political atmosphere in favour of sustainability and decarbonization through courageous policy maneuvers in countries like Canada, the US and even Saudi Arabia.

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Manipulating behavioural change for good

8 February 2024

Cascade Institute Polycrisis fellow Megan Shipman recommends a read of recent paper suggesting that massive behavioural and worldview change is needed, in order to meet our climate goals.

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Thoughts on the WEF’s 2024 Global Risks Report

22 January 2024

Thoughts on the World Economic Forum’s 2024 Global Risks Report: An exchange between the Cascade Institute’s Michael Lawrence and Thomas Homer-Dixon. 

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