Darrin Qualman

Darrin Qualman is a long-term thinker, a civilizational critic, and an avid observer of the big picture.

He has spent much of the past six years researching and writing a forthcoming book on our global 21st century civilization.   During that same time, Darrin also returned to university to obtain two additional degrees: a B.Sc in biology and a B.A. in history.  He also has a B.A. in political science.

CAFO cattle feedlot

Methane and Climate: 10 Things You Should Know

As a result of increasing human-caused emissions, atmospheric methane levels today are two-and-a-half times higher than in 1800. 

September 5, 2018

energy slaves

Energy Slaves, “Hard Work,” and the Real Sources of Wealth

We live well, not because we work hard, but because of the vast energy windfall of which we are the beneficiaries.  We live lives of comfort and ease because our work is done for us by “energy slaves.”

August 9, 2018

1988 Toronto Climate change conference statement

We’re in Year 30 of the Current Climate Crisis

In late-June, 1988, Canada hosted the world’s first large-scale climate conference that brought together scientists, experts, policymakers, elected officials, and the media.

August 1, 2018

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Electric Car Numbers, and Projections to 2030

Electric cars are not a panacea, but they do represent an important transition technology; electrifying much of the global car fleet can buy us the time we need to build zero-emission train and transit systems. 

July 19, 2018

Civilization as Asteroid: Humans, Livestock, and Extinctions

Humans and our livestock now make up 97 percent of all animals on land.  Wild animals (mammals and birds) have been reduced to a mere remnant: just 3 percent.  This is based on mass.  Humans and our domesticated animals outweigh all terrestrial wild mammals and birds 32-to-1.

June 13, 2018

Rail Lines, not Pipelines: The Past, Present, and Future of Canadian Passenger Rail

Maybe we can build thousands of kms of passenger rail lines and thousands of kms of pipelines.  But given the gravity and menace of the climate crisis and given the rapidly approaching deadlines to meet our emission-reduction commitments, it isn’t hard to see which should be our priority.

May 17, 2018

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