Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.

Sea Turtles and Plastics – The Bigger Picture

Plastics saved sea turtles, when tortoiseshell luxury goods became mass market items. 

July 13, 2020

Plastic Straw Ban: Humorous Memes

Online jokes about plastic straws provide welcome comic relief.

August 1, 2018

Ocean Plastic: The 1% Solution vs the 55% Solution

If we want to protect the ocean from plastic, we need to think strategically.

July 27, 2018

Coercing Your Neighbour Over Plastic Straws

Green activists are in the business of taking away choices.

July 25, 2018

The Recycled Plastic Scandal

Green groups fantasize about a world in which everything is virtuously recycled. They’re prepared to use other nations as refuse heaps in pursuit of that fantasy.

July 2, 2018

Banning Plastic Straws, Harming Real People

Causing real harm with no realistic chance of improving the world makes no sense.

June 13, 2018

From Carbon Footprint to Plastic Footprint

Polluted waterways are one more reason not to litter. Rather than making this point, greens are demonizing plastic.

June 11, 2018

Greens Are Pivoting, Plastic is Their New Obsession

Politicians & 10-year-olds think banning drinking straws in rich nations will address improper garbage disposal in poor ones.

June 8, 2018

How Much Plastic is Polluting the Ocean?

Peer-reviewed studies, published six months apart, produce wildly different estimates.

May 18, 2018

Davos and COVID-19

While our ‘thought leaders’ worried about the elderly in the year 2050, a virus that would kill hundreds of thousands of elderly people this year was spreading like wildfire.

September 23, 2020

False Gods for Lost Souls

With its threats of fire and brimstone, environmentalism is the new religion. But where’s the humility, the compassion, the spiritual transcendence?

July 29, 2020

Humour, Irony & Free Thought

Your mind is your own.

December 9, 2019

Protecting Society From ‘Science’

Scientific research, published in influential places, can change the world. For ill as well as for good.

November 4, 2019

Childish Fantasies vs Real World Energy Needs

Transforming the world’s energy system is a vast undertaking. Of colossal proportions.

October 2, 2019

Green Idealists vs the Real World

There’s unicorns, fairness & equity. Then there’s what’s possible.

August 14, 2019

Forget the Heroics, Just Pick Up the Trash

Recycling programs should make sense and be boring.

August 12, 2019

Some Comic Relief

Humour is healthy.

May 29, 2019

Parasite Green Lawyers Target Toilet Paper

Everyone’s standard of living drops as daily necessities become more costly.

February 25, 2019

Whistler Ski Resort Plays Climate Scold, Gets Scalded

Jack Crompton, the mayor of Whistler, has damaged his community but gained nothing.

December 26, 2018

Recycling: Wasting Your Time & Your Money

Spending scarce resources on a separate collection system for material no one wants isn’t sensible.

November 7, 2018

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen

Why does the city of San Francisco need a full-blown Department of the Environment?

July 30, 2018

Second Quarter Report

Green groups are not David with a slingshot. They are Goliath. Please support the scrutiny & skepticism I bring to environmental issues.

June 29, 2018

Is Science Really Self-Correcting?

No one wants to confront scientific fraud. Not managers, not journals, and not lab colleagues. So the system isn’t designed to prevent it.

April 11, 2016

The Way Nature Intended

The natural world is heartless and cruel. Yet we humans equate ‘natural’ with ‘good’.

May 12, 2013

IPCC Author Becomes Green Party Apparatchik

A lead author of the IPCC’s ‘hard science’ section is a Green Party candidate and deputy leader.

October 26, 2012

What Financial Meltdowns Teach Us About the IPCC

When I describe the surreal world of climate science to people who are strangers to that world I know it sounds fantastical. But there are strong parallels with the recently destroyed economies of Iceland, Greece, and Ireland.

January 5, 2012

Earth Hour? I’ll Take a ‘No Nagging’ Hour

As a young woman I embraced feminism because I didn’t want to be bossed around by men. These days it’s greens who want to regulate my behaviour.

March 23, 2011

Fiddling While Infants Perish

13 times as many children die before their first birthday in Rwanda as in Canada or the UK. Most people live below the poverty line, and 3 out of 10 are illiterate. Yet a UN official says Rwanda has demonstrated “leadership” by banning plastic bags.

March 8, 2011

Teachers: the New Green Police

Canadian teachers (who are employees of the state) are attempting to dictate how children’s lunchbox sandwiches get packaged. Intruding so intimately into people’s private lives is not an acceptable way to save the planet.

February 1, 2011

The Silent Treatment

Should AGW proponents acknowledge critics? Or should they avert their eyes and block their ears?

January 14, 2011

An Appeal to Reason

Nigel Lawson’s An Appeal to Reason provides an overview of the good reasons to be skeptical of the hype surrounding global warming. The world would be a more sensible place if journalists, politicians & educators spent a few hours reading its 100 pages.

September 26, 2009

George Carlin on Saving the Planet

In this 7-minute video, comic George Carlin says some unkind things about environmentalists.

August 19, 2009