solar PV renewable electricity production trend

Solar PV grew the fastest in adding electricity production to the grid

Eric Garland DataLab

Good news from the International Energy Agency: solar PV and renewables in general grew the most in 2016 in terms of adding to the electrical grid. Boosted by a strong solar PV market, renewables accounted for almost two-thirds of net new power capacity around the world last year, with almost 165 gigawatts (GW) coming online, according to the new report,¬†Renewables …

Canada labour trends

Canadian labour trends strong, as well as wages

Eric Garland DataLab

While things are less cheery for their southern neighbors, Canada has just reported an increase in both labour participation and rising wages for the 10th straight month. This is particularly welcome news for Canada given two main threats to its economic stability. First, its reliance on raw materials – especially oil exports – means that low petroleum prices damage their …

political forecast

Democratic Rupture in the 21st Century

Eric Garland Video

The Canadian futurist Michel Cartier together with his colleague Jon Husband predicted the current moment of democratic crisis back in the 90s. Seven years ago, they made a short film explaining that we were reaching a crisis point – or more positively, a chance to reorganize on more holistic and beneficial principles. Now is a good time to review their …