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Kevin Grandia
Kevin is the President of Spake Media House Inc. a consulting firm that helps people who want to change the world communicate powerfully online.

He is also the co-founder of Zappz Studios, a global smartphone and tablet app development house.

Named a "Green Hero" by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the "Top 50 Tweeters" on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning.

He is formerly the Director of Online Strategy at Greenpeace USA and has been writing on climate change and other pressing social issues for more than seven years. For five years he was the managing editor of that in 2011 was named one of the top 25 blogs in the world by Time Magazine. He recently helped launch and is a contributor to DeSmog Canada and was designated the first certified expert on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder.

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Entries by Kevin Grandia

Why Gina McCarthy Should Not Trust the Airline Industry When it Comes to Regulating Aviation Emissions

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 2:19 PM

On February 6, a band of airline lobbyists penned a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and the head of the Federal Aviation Administration Michael Huerta, calling on them to yield their authority on regulating CO2 emissions from aircraft to the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions Isn't Crazy - Harper Is

(10) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 6:40 PM

Here in Lima, Peru at the United Nations climate change talks, I am watching negotiators from impacted countries like the Philippines working earnestly on a new agreement to reduce global climate pollution.

At the same time, I am reading stories back home about Prime Minister Stephen Harper telling the...

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Climategate: 5 Years Later

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 11:34 AM

I am a little reluctant to remind everyone about the so-called "Climategate" incident that was sparked this day five years ago.

Many people, in the end, were embarrassed by this major attack on climate change scientists when it turned out to be nothing more than manufactured media hype. Nine independent...

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It's Been a Spook-tacular Year for Rainforests

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 12:45 PM

Last October, nearly all of the Halloween candy handed out to adorably-costumed kids had direct ties to rainforest destruction. Most candy companies had no real policy for how they sourced their palm oil, the ubiquitous additive found in everything from candy bars to candy corn.

Without much pressure from...

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Taxpayers Fund Vitter's Billionaire Club Conspiracy Theory, Oil and Gas Funds His Campaigns

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 3:03 PM

If taxpayers are going to foot the bill for the time and effort it takes to come up with a conspiracy theory it should at least be a good one.

If that is the case, then taxpayers should be demanding a refund for the government employee time spent producing...

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Nine Risky Oil Company Projects Every Canadian Investor Should Know About

(6) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 10:40 AM

A new report released today finds that seven of the largest publicly-traded oil companies in the world are putting billions of dollars in jeopardy by investing in high-cost, high-risk oil extraction projects.

Many of the most risky ventures are right here in Canada and many of the companies named in...

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Oil Companies Gambling Billions of Dollars Ignoring Climate Change Realities

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 6:58 PM

Companies like Shell Oil really need to give their eyes a rub and see that a world with serious constraints on greenhouse gas emissions is not a possible future, but an eventual reality.

Right now, oil companies are investing billions in long-term plays in very carbon intensive fuels,

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Harper's Out of Step With the Rest of the World on Climate Change

(17) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 6:14 PM

Last week Prime Minister Stephen Harper stood at the podium with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott to announce that dealing with climate change will not come at the expense of crippling the economy.

Harper told the press that he and Abbott would be calling on the leaders...

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It's Not All Colored Sprinkles and Jelly Filling Joy on National Doughtnut Day

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 5:44 PM

It's National Doughnut Day, and if you're lucky you've grabbed a free treat from one of the many national chains offering free doughnuts today.

We all love doughnuts, and I certainly don't want to be a buzzkill on an otherwise joyous celebration of America's favourite treat, but National...

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Who Thinks Metro Vancouver's Incinerator Is Still A Good Idea?

(5) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 11:19 PM

Metro Vancouver's plan to control the flow of recycling in the Lower Mainland and construct a $520 million garbage incinerator is taking hits from all angles and really begs the question:

"Who actually thinks this is still a good idea?"

Over the weekend at their annual general meeting, the BC...

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London Stock Exchange Climate-Friendly Index Makes Me Hopeful

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 1:09 PM

The London Stock Exchange, in partnership with BlackRock, one of the largest asset managers in the world and the Natural Resource Defense Council, announced today the launch of the "FTSE Developed ex-Fossil Fuels Index Series."

The ex-Fossil Index is basically a ledger of public companies traded on...

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Metro Vancouver Wants You To Pay For Burning Recycling

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 6:15 PM

The world came to Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics and much was made of the natural beauty of our city. We were a mean, green city and we were proud of that.

Now a few short years later, the Metro Vancouver regional authority wants to build a...

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Hot New Trend: World's Largest Clothing Brands Take Action for Endangered Forests

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 5:45 PM

In the wake of this week's IPCC report outlining the dire consequences of the continued lack of bold political leadership to systemically address climate change, it's left to NGOs and the private sector to provide us with some noteworthy progress.

Cue a North American environmental not for...

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Spring Cleaning Is Time for a Digital De-Clutter

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 1:38 PM

Oh thank goodness spring is slowly, but surely, creeping up.

I am actually writing this on a patio, after having been holed up in the grey, rain and snow of Vancouver, Canada for the last three months.

Today, I put away the skis and pulled out the badminton net and...

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Belo: Canada's Artist with a Cause

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 10:39 AM

Canadian artist Belo does things big. He's an up and coming artist generating quite the buzz (at least I think so).

Like many artists, Belo's art comes with an important message (famous street artist Banksey comes to mind). Belo makes beautiful things to help protect all...

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We Can Disagree Mr. Harper and That's Okay

(4) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 12:08 PM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs to figure out that not everyone is going to agree with him and his government's policies -- and that's okay.

Rock legend Neil Young is making his way across Canada this week on a high-profile concert series in support of First Nations...

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How Climate Change Could Affect Your Pension

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 12:31 PM

Is your pension fund or insurance company a leader or laggard when it comes to avoiding risky bets on the future impacts of climate change?

A new survey finds that major Canadian institutional investors -- like the Ontario Teacher's Pension Fund, AGF and Manulife Insurance -- are not adequately taking into...

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Survey Lists the Best and Worst Financial Funds When It Comes to Climate Change Risk

(2) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 10:59 AM

Is your pension fund or insurance company a leader or laggard when it comes to avoiding risky bets on the future impacts of climate change?

A new survey released today finds that many major institutional investors, like retirement funds and insurance companies, are putting their investments (read: your money) at...

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Blame Canada's Carbon Complacency for the Philippine Typhoon

(43) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 9:40 AM

The human tragedy playing out in the Philippines deserves a moment of pause to think about how we can help and to reflect on what it must be like to be in the shoes of a mother or a son who has lost everything.

Experts are saying...

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Will Harper Take a Big Climate Change Opportunity?

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 12:44 PM

With another round of international climate negotiations opening this week in Warsaw, Poland, and a new poll finding Canadians wanting leadership on the issue, Stephen Harper and his Conservative government have an opportunity to begin turning the tides on what has been up until now an abysmal failure....

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