Dan Moutal

Dan Moutal

Dan Moutal is the co-founder of Planet3.0, a photographer, and blogger trying to find solutions to the most complex and pressing problems we have ever faced.

Recent Articles

What you see

The new layout you see is just the first of many improvements we have in store for the site.

In addition to the clean modern look, it will be readable on small screens, so you can catch up on the planetary perspective on the run. [more]

Isn’t it Sad

“Isn’t it sad that you can tell people that the ozone layer is being depleted, the forests are being cut down, the deserts are advancing steadily, that the greenhouse effect will raise the sea level 200 feet, that overpopulation is choking us, that pollution is killing us, that nuclear war may destroy us – and they yawn and settle back for a comfortable nap. [more]

Climate Scientist Andrew Weaver wins the first ever Green party seat in BC election

The British Columbia Green Party just made history, voters in the riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head elected Andrew Weaver, Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis at the University of Victoria, and a lead author for a chapter of the IPCC AR4, to the Legislative Assembly.

Andrew Weaver is the first Green party member ever to be elected to the legislative Assembly; his election continues the trend started by Elizabeth May, who was the first ever federal Green party member to be elected to the Canadian Parliament in the 2011 election. [more]

The 100 Year Starship

By forcing ourselves to solve the problems inherent in developing the capability to send humans to another star system we develop the capability to live sustainably here on earth. We won’t get where we need to go (be it sustainability or another star system) with incremental steps. Giant leaps (for mankind) are required. [more]

This isn’t the recovery you’re looking for

Simon Donner makes a disturbing point:

If you look at the global fossil fuel emissions data, all of the major disruptions to energy and oil use in the past 60 years caused carbon emissions to drop or level off. Annual emissions would later continue to rise at a rate similar to that before the disruption, but the total annual emissions would not “catch up” to where it “would have been” without the disruption. [more]

Climate Change Is the Biggest Threat in the Pacific, Says Top U.S. Admiral

Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III is no smelly hippie.

North Korea just annulled the 1953 armistice ending its war with South Korea. China and Japan are locked in a dispute over an island chain. But the greatest long-term threat to the peace of East Asia and Pacific Ocean — the part of the world at the heart of the Obama administration’s aspirational defense strategy — is climate change, according to the admiral in charge of U.S. [more]

Quote of the Day

David Appell’s recent article on the Nocera/Hansen dustup sums up how I feel about the pipeline perfectly:

I’m not sure how I feel about the pipeline — or rather, I have opinions about it all but they go in different directions and, like a quantum cat in Schrodinger’s box I’m in several different states at once because my wave function hasn’t collapsed — but I can certainly see why activists have chosen it for their “crusade.”

Now go read the rest of the article.