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Susan on the Soapbox: PPAs and the Master Narrative in Alberta

The American Press Institute (API) describes pack journalism,” now known as “the master narrative,” as a story line the press corps en masse is telling or repeating. The API warns that master narratives can become a “trap or rut” and … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: PPAs and the Master Narrative in Alberta

Cowichan Conversations: Major Cheerleading For Obama By Our Star Struck and Obedient MP’s

There has been much hype about the Obama visit and his great speech to our parliament. Wild clapping and chanting ‘Four More Years’ from our MP’s and others and not one utterance of concern over Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Major Cheerleading For Obama By Our Star Struck and Obedient MP’s

Bill Longstaff: Our wise men have spoken—will the politicians listen?

Last week a report produced by 60 Canadian scholars stated that we can create a clean, sustainable future for our country with only a minimal effect on the economy. The scholars, representing every province as well as climate change expertise in areas from engineering to sociology, offered a consensus on viable, science-based solutions for greenhouse . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Our wise men have spoken—will the politicians listen?

Politics and its Discontents: What’s Stopping Them?

Compelling reasons exist for putting a price on carbon. Three Star readers offer theirs: Re: Ontario carbon price policy in the works, Feb. 13

I was struck by the total disconnect between two of your news articles on Friday.

One was on the Wynne government’s decision to put a price on carbon, which is . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What’s Stopping Them?

Bill Longstaff: Energy East—another reason why we need Quebec

Among the arguments that might be made to keep Quebec in Canada is simply that it’s our most progressive province. One can cite ample of evidence for this: it showed the strongest support for the Kyoto Accord and gay marriage, it has the most advanced child care program, it is probably the major reason we . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Energy East—another reason why we need Quebec

The Canadian Progressive: Canada fails to match U.S. actions on climate change

While Canada and the U.S. have the same official carbon reduction target, the U.S. is on track to meet its target while Canada continues to slide further and further behind.

The post Canada fails to match U.S. actions on climate change appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: A Mound Of Sound Guest Post: The Relentless Growth of CO2

I put this item together a while ago but I was reminded of it today while reading a report from the WMO, the World Meteorological Organization, that April will go in the books as the first month in which atmospheric CO2 topped 400 ppm throughout the northern hemisphere. Not just one nasty region here . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Mound Of Sound Guest Post: The Relentless Growth of CO2

The Disaffected Lib: Are We Just Going to Turn Our Backs on This?

It came out yesterday that reports submitted by the Harper government to the United Nations show that Canada won’t be cutting our greenhouse gas emissions anytime soon.  Instead the government admits our emissions will soar by 38% by 2030 mainly due to tar sands exploitation.

Where’s the outrage?  I have gone to the web sites . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Are We Just Going to Turn Our Backs on This?

drive-by planet: Report: Canada ranks last out of 27 developed countries on environmental protection: Canada’s COP 19 ‘irrelevance’

 Top: Canada environment minister, Leona Aglukkaq

Canada’s climate policy – rated as the worst in the developed world – makes environment minister Leona Aglukkaq’s presence at COP 19 in Warsaw seem more of a formality than anything else. Christian Holz head of Climate Action Network Canada is quoted by CBC saying that he regards . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Report: Canada ranks last out of 27 developed countries on environmental protection: Canada’s COP 19 ‘irrelevance’

drive-by planet: COP 19 Warsaw: interview with Filipino negotiator Yeb Saño: leaked doc shows U.S. concern about ‘blame and liability’

At the UN climate summit in Warsaw (COP 19), Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman talked with Naderev “Yeb” Saño, the lead negotiator for the Philippines.

At the time he spoke with Democracy Now, Saño was on the 9th day of a fast to make the case for an urgent climate deal and to demonstrate solidarity . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: COP 19 Warsaw: interview with Filipino negotiator Yeb Saño: leaked doc shows U.S. concern about ‘blame and liability’

350 or bust: COP 19 & Super-Typhoon Haiyan: We Can Stop This Madness

“My country refuses to accept a future where super-typhoons become a regular fixture.”

The Canadian Progressive: Obama Teases on Keystone XL, But Continues to Dodge Climate Peril

President Obama acknowledges that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline’s ability to create jobs is exaggerated, but won’t publicly acknowledge the pipeline’s climate impact.

The post Obama Teases on Keystone XL, But Continues to Dodge Climate Peril appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Government must heed environment commissioner’s warnings: David Suzuki

By Dr. David Suzuki | Published by Troy Media on Feb. 13, 2013: When the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded in 2010, killing 11 people and spewing massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, it cost more than $40 billion to mop up the mess. In Canada, an oil company would be liable . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper Government must heed environment commissioner’s warnings: David Suzuki

The Canadian Progressive: The Keystone XL Tar Sands Climate Threat (VIDEO)

New information shows that dirty oil from the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would create even more dangerous carbon emissions and add to the threat of climate change. Come to the Forward on Climate Rally to stop the Keystone XL pipeline Feb. 17, 2013, in Washington, DC. The Canadian Progressive recommends: Canada’s tar sands cannot . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: The Keystone XL Tar Sands Climate Threat (VIDEO)

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: 1000 youth converge in Ottawa to demand just solutions to climate and economic crises

by We Are Powershift From October 26 to October 29, 1000 youth from across the country will converge at Power Shift 2012 in Ottawa to galvanize a broad movement pushing the federal government to aggressively reduce carbon emissions and tackle the corporations that are fueling climate change, building on the momentum of the tar sands . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: 1000 youth converge in Ottawa to demand just solutions to climate and economic crises

Drive-by Planet: American drought zones: 50.3% of US counties designated ‘disasters’

The drought that has been impacting the U.S. goes from bad to worse.

According to an article in the LA Times, American Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that disaster designations have been signed for 218 more counties in 12 states. This brings the year’s total to 1,584 counties in 32 states. That’s 50.3% . . . → Read More: Drive-by Planet: American drought zones: 50.3% of US counties designated ‘disasters’

The Disaffected Lib: About That Link Between CO2 and Warming

A team of Australian and Danish researchers has shown that CO2 was more instrumental in ending the last ice age than previously believed.   The scientists examined ancient air trapped in Antarctic ice.

”The results show that the temperature rise and the CO2 increase were much closer than what was believed before,” said the study’s lead . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: About That Link Between CO2 and Warming

Canadian Progressive World: Three Simple Numbers Behind Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math

They are the “numbers that add up to global catastrophe – and that make clear who the real enemy is,” according to Rolling Stone magazine. They bring a frightening reality at a time when, here in Canada, the Conservative Government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is doing everything to suppress scientific knowledge and environmental groups.

. . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Three Simple Numbers Behind Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math

350 or bust: TED Talk Thursday: Poverty, Crime, And Greenhouse Gas Emissions

From TEDx Manitoba is Shaun Loney, founder and Executive Director at BUILD Inc. and Warm Up Winnipeg where he leads an innovative approach to promote social enterprise as a no-cost way to cut poverty rates. In this talk, Mr. Loney makes surprising connections to poverty, crime and greenhouse gas emissions, and in doing so offers . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: TED Talk Thursday: Poverty, Crime, And Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Disaffected Lib: Cooking the Carbon Books

Maybe it’s time to put a cork in China’s hydrocarbon pipelines.  A study published in Nature reveals that irregularities in China’s energy consumption data suggest total carbon emissions from the People’s Republic could be as much as 20% greater than stated.   That would be the equivalent of the CO2 emissions of Japan, itself one of the top . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Cooking the Carbon Books

The Disaffected Lib: Taking Out the Trash, Bringing Home the Bacon

Mexico City has introduced a novel approach to dealing with its trash problem – food for trash.   Under the plan, Mexicans can take standard recyclables to a recycling centre where they’re exchanged for “green points” that are redeemable for locally grown produce including fruits, vegetables, even flowers.  So far, no bacon – sorry.

And a . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Taking Out the Trash, Bringing Home the Bacon

The Disaffected Lib: Emerging Economies Will Read the Riot Act to Developed West

When it comes to carbon emissions the emerging economic powers – Brazil, South Africa, India and China – have pretty bold expectations of the industrialized West.  They’re not interested in major cuts in our carbon emissions.  They want us to… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Emerging Economies Will Read the Riot Act to Developed West

RedBedHead: Dirty Oil Has More Freedom To Move Than People

Free ride for dirty oil, border checks for people. But which is more dangerous? It’s one of those typical injustices of capitalism that money, capital and dirty, earth-destroying, toxic oil products, have more right to cross borders and move around t… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Dirty Oil Has More Freedom To Move Than People

DeSmogBlog: Dogwood Initiative Exposes BC’s Dirty Coal Export Secret

Picture 1.png British Columbia plays a special role in the pollution and warming of the atmosphere, according a new report from the Dogwood Initiative on BC’s rapid… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Dogwood Initiative Exposes BC’s Dirty Coal Export Secret

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Canada Right On Target, To Miss 2020 Emissions Targets

01_tarsands_emissions.jpg According to Environment Canada’s peer-reviewed July report on Canada’s Emissions Trends [pdf], government action to date is not putting the country on track… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Canada Right On Target, To Miss 2020 Emissions Targets