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Petroleum & curious decisions: Episode 3/3 (true story)

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<< Back to Episode 1 Petroleum & curious decisions: Episode 3/3 (true story) This third and last episode of this series tells the true story of the climate change denial strategy led by the petroleum industry (the American Petroleum Institute as well as companies such as Exxon and Shell) since the years 1990s. The industry created a Global Climate Coalition designed to deny the link between fossil fuel and global warming. The coalition hired economists, created grassroots organizations and media relation programs in order to undercut the conventional wisdom on climate science and defeat the Kyoto protocol. Click here for...
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Tetra Pak: review of a sustainability journey

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Tetra Pak: review of a sustainability journey A few weeks ago, I was invited to visit with Tetra Pak U.S. executives to hear about their sustainability commitments and to share my thoughts with you. I saw how Tetra Pak cartons are made, how they can be recycled and I had a chance to ask as many questions as I wanted on sustainability challenges they face and how they are addressing them as a company. Tetra Pak is a multinational food packaging and processing company founded in 1943 by Ruben Rausing. In 1955, he came up with an innovative process to package...
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Human power is best! (cartoon #26)

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Human power is best! (cartoon #26) OK, I admit it... I hate leaf blowers... And snow blowers... And all those power tools that shove things to the neighbours' and are doing with gasoline a job that can be perfectly well done by good old human power. Our body is a fantastic machine powered by "biofuel" (vegetables, fruits, etc.), it is quieter and it needs to work to be healthy. Find all our sustainability cartoons here. If you like our work, you can give us a tip here or become a patron here. Sign up for a new sustainability cartoon every other...
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Pollution of our oceans: paradox? (cartoon #25)

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Pollution of our oceans: paradox (cartoon #25) The laws ruling our oceans are definitely not ideal to avoid pollution. The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) adopted in 1973 stipulates that "In any case, no discharge of residues containing noxious substances is permitted within 12 miles of the nearest land." If you are interested in the laws of the sea, read Oceans and the Law of the Sea by the United Nations and watch this video What Laws Apply In International Waters? Find all our sustainability cartoons here. If you like our work, you can give us a tip...
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What if everything grew indefinitely like the economy?

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What if everything grew indefinitely like the economy? (cartoon #24) There is a good reason why nature make things start small, grow and stop growing when they have reached maturity. Growing something indefinitely like we are doing with the economy cannot be sustained! It is bound to create a disaster at some point. Find all our sustainability cartoons here. If you like our work, you can become a patron or make a one-time donation here. Sign up for a new sustainability cartoon every other Tuesday! (function() { window.mc4wp = window.mc4wp || { listeners: [], forms: { on: function(evt, cb) {...
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Petroleum & curious decisions: Episode 2/3 (true story)

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<< Read episode 1 Read episode 3 >> Petroleum & curious decisions: Episode 2/3 (true story) This second episode tells the true story of the secret research done on carbon dioxide and climate by the petroleum industry (companies such as Exxon and Shell) in the 1970s-1980s. The industry did not deny that its products would cause global damage, but it kept quiet about it. This comic was done in collaboration with Dr. Benjamin Franta, a researcher at Stanford University investigating the history of fossil fuel producers and climate science. Several of his articles were used as references for this comic series: The...
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Petroleum & curious decisions: Episode 1/3 (true story)

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Read episode 2 >> Petroleum & curious decisions: Episode 1/3 (true story) How long has the oil industry understood climate risks? The American Petroleum Industry has been around for a long time now and a little bit of history shows that oil executives had a lot of information already available to them 50 years ago. This first episode looks at the early knowledge available in the 1950s-1960s in terms of the impacts of burning fossil fuels on the environment. This comic was done in collaboration with Dr. Benjamin Franta, a researcher at Stanford University investigating the history of fossil fuel...
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Did you have a look upstream? (cartoon #21)

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Did you have a look upstream? (cartoon #21) We, humans, are so incredibly good at fixing problems! So smart, so creative!... But sometimes, we enjoy it so much that we forget to look upstream at the root causes of a problem that could be avoided in the first place. Watch our video on the root causes of unsustainability (also on Youtube). Find all our sustainability cartoons here. Sign up for a new sustainability cartoon every other Tuesday! (function() { window.mc4wp = window.mc4wp || { listeners: [], forms: { on: function(evt, cb) { window.mc4wp.listeners.push( { event : evt, callback: cb } ); }...
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The economy is just a means to an end… (cartoon #20)

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The economy is just a means to an end... (cartoon #20) Although it seems like we always want the "economy to grow" and to make more money, it is good to remember that the economy is just a means to an end, not the end itself. In the words of the triple bottom line (environment, society, economy), the economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment and we have to take care of the environment that supports us. Watch our video on the Triple Bottom Line (on Youtube) for more on the subject. The original idea for this cartoon was suggested...
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