Stephen Harper's Conservative government is quick to tout all it has done to improve Canada's economic competitiveness. But like competitive companies, competitive national economies require solid economic data. In scrapping the long-form census, the Harper administration has threatened the country's long-term economic prosperity.
It's time to give up our faint hopes that scientists have been unnecessarily gloomy about the rate at which the climate is changing. They were wrong. As the New Scientist asserts, it's even worse than we thought. We are not gaining ground on climate change; we are falling behind faster and faster.
Our small steps toward efficiency and intensity do not bring us closer to our goal. As the Red Queen so famously put it, "It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place." And we are not running very fast. As the world began to gather in Doha for COP 18, scientists and investors attempted to make this starkly apparent.