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A Different Point of View....: Environmentalists, civil society must unite, adopt stronger tactics to fight climate change

The 311,000 protestors who took part in the exhilarating Climate Summit march through Manhattan and those who blocked some entrances to Wall Street have returned to their homes.

The leaders of the more than 120 nation states that made pie-in-the-sky, non-binding promises for reductions in carbon emissions at the UN meeting and dozens of powerful corporations have moved on.

And across Canada and other countries, news about the greatest threat ever to humanity’s survival has returned to the inside pages of our newspapers.

But people who strongly believe that the earth is in the initial stages of a downward spiral (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: National Post climate change deniers "paranoid"—so says their own editor

The prattling of climate change sceptics/deniers in the National Post has been ridiculed by one of its own editors. In recent comments on the CBC’s The National, Jonathan Kay repeated observations he made in a column some years ago in which he accused deniers of being “a liability to the Conservative cause.” In his article he observed, “In the case of global warming, this [cognitive] dissonance

Bill Longstaff: Will capitalists save us from global warming?

In her latest book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein argues that if we are to defeat climate change we must defeat capitalism. At this week’s UN climate summit in New York, a number of corporate leaders seemed determined to prove her wrong.

For example, a group of investment institutions that included pension funds and corporate asset managers promised to “

The Disaffected Lib: Heather Mallick Lowers the Boom

Is this blunt enough for you?

“The planet is headed for a climate catastrophe, and soon. Make that now. Your reaction will be either a quick calculation as to whether you’ll be able to die in time to skip the whole thing, or an appalled realization that your children are in for pain and your grandchildren for a terrible fate.”

Heather Mallick has an enormous talent for getting to the point.  She brings that talent to bear as she weighs in on Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything.“

“Meticulously researched and briskly rational in tone, her just-published (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Just Under 8 Inches an Hour

If you were looking at something moving at 8 inches an hour, you would notice that wouldn’t you? 

20 cm or just about 8 inches per hour is the pace at which wildlife – fauna and flora - is migrating away from the equator due to climate change.  That’s almost 5 metres a day.  That’s roughly 1.8 kilometres a year or more than 70-kilometres since the migration is believed to have started 40-years ago.

Plant life tends to migrate slowly but animal life, that’s another story altogether.  The denizen of the Sea of Cortez, the Humboldt (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Could Climate Change be Detroit’s Salvation?

Will climate change be America’s 21st century equivalent of William Tecumseh Sherman’s “march to the sea“?  The Union general has a lasting place in infamy in the southern states for leading his army on a devastating march from Atlanta to Savannah, laying waste not only to military targets but also infrastructure, industry and civilian property along the route. 

In recent decades the south has “risen again.”  Industries, such as Boeing, chasing cheap labour and weak labour laws, have flocked to the region.  But the region is also the most vulnerable part of America to (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Oh, Damn. The Word is Getting Out.

Don’t believe a word of it.  Stay where you’re at.  You really wouldn’t like it here anyway, really.

An article in The Guardian, “Is Alaska the new Florida? Experts predict where next for America’s “climate refugees.” is, in a word, unsettling.

The article speculates that, by 2100, Alaska may be a top migration destination for Americans seeking refuge from a much harsher, more hostile climate in the lower 48.  However the bulk of the article suggests the Alaska reference was really a red herring:

“The answer is the Pacific north-west, and probably especially west of the Cascades (Read more…)

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

* It’s time to drop the hate and embrace the love.

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Bruce Johnstone points out that one can’t justify Stephen Harper’s gross dereliction of duty in addressing greenhouse gas emissions based on any system of principles other than climate change denialism. And Tony Burman criticizes the Cons for burying their heads in the oil sands, while pointing out that we have plenty of work to do as citizens to replace them with leaders who actually contribute to the most important crisis facing humanity.

- Meanwhile, Jeremy Nuttall reports on the NDP’s work to stop damaging the planet in the name of unfettered resource extraction (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Greenwash King Patrick Moore sews seeds of climate change doubt

Greenpeace co-founder-turned-greenwasher extraordinaire Patrick Moore

I hesitate to give the man any more publicity.

Patrick Moore, a former environmentalist and now a constant and consistent spokesman for right-wing causes, had an article on the op-ed page of the Vancouver Province, September 24th edition. In it, he denies the worldwide scientific opinion that global warming here, driven by humans, and a deadly serious problem. The Province, in my view, has become the leading journal of the right and regularly publishes the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation and the Fraser Institute so Moore is a natural for them.

A long way from Greenpeace

Moore has been (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Hey, Think You’re Resilient?

“Resilience.”  It’s the new climate change buzz word.  It applies to individuals, communities, institutions, and infrastructure.

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from repeated climate change impacts. It’s the ability to withstand repeated floods, for example.  That might require making your home resilient by having it mounted on stilts well above ground level.  It might entail constructing new floodways to channel flash floods away from communities.

Resilience planning was one topic of discussion at the 2014 World Climate Week summit in New York.

It’s not just the Third World that is taking up the issue of resilience.  In (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Don Pittis makes the case for a guaranteed annual income on economic and social grounds: The young would be some of the biggest beneficiaries. Students could use the money to pay for their education, thus eliminating student loan programs. Students from poor families could afford to take courses to improve their skills.

The old age security system could disappear. So would the baby bonus itself. The demogrant would supplement government programs such as minimum wage, EI, CPP/QPP, disability allowance – all resulting in bureaucratic savings.

But going back to my original question: if (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gasland Part II – Fracking Hell

Watched “Gasland Part II” [9/10] on HBO on demand, and it is something you have to see. The case it makes against fracking is a very strong one, and it shows the depths of corruption in the US system that has allowed the poisoning of water tables across America.

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And on a different note, here are “15” tips to be a better blogger.

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the politics and economics of energy production are changing around the world – and how Canada is being left behind due to governments focused solely on pushing oil interests.

For further reading…- Again, Vivek Radhwa discusses the progress that’s being made in developing – and broadly implementing – renewable alternatives to fossil fuel energy. And Clean Energy Canada studies how we’re missing the boat. – Aaron Wherry reminds us that Stephen Harper was at least once willing to talk about climate change – but only apparently when he saw no political choice. And again, there’s (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Spurred on in Part by Children, Rockefellers Join Fossil Fuel Divestment

It’s good to hear that billionaires at least listen to their children, and not just fiscally conservative accountants.

Ms. Wayne said the family’s commitment is intergenerational, and continuing. She said that her 8-year-old daughter lectures her on the destruction of orangutan habitat to create palm oil plantations.

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Here’s a story the NYT linked to the previous. In Mississippi, people are being jailed for years, without a trial!

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #LyingLeona Lies Again to the UN #cdnpoli

Canada’s Minister of the Environment is a jester. She says the most outrageous lies and expects people to buy them.

Just a couple days ago in the House, a Conservative MP was caught misleading the House, by Elizabeth May. He was using the same lie Leona Aglukkaq used at the UN.

@josh_wingrove @RosieBarton I'll be following up on poor Colin Carrie's nonsense talking points in #QP today.

— Elizabeth May MP (@ElizabethMay) September 22, 2014

The Disaffected Lib: The Climate Change Deal We Cannot Live Without

Just what does all this squabbling about greenhouse gas emissions really mean? What has to go into an effective climate change agreement?  What factors are in play?

Here, courtesy of Vox.com, are a few charts that reveal a climate deal is both urgently needed and extremely difficult to craft.

First up, where we stand today.  Annex B countries are the wealthy nations that participated in the Kyoto Accords.  Non-Annex B countries, the poor nations and the emerging economic superpowers, now account for the lion’s share of global emissions.

Next is an illustration of per capita emissions.  While we’re (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: US Lobsters Take Climate Refuge in Canada

They’re voting with their – oh, I don’t know – legs, tails, claws?  However they’re doing it, American lobster stocks are heading north, to Canada.

Lobster fishermen across southern regions of Connecticut and New York hauled in their traps this month in accordance with the second annual fall closure of their fisheries as state officials strive to sustain what little is left of their prized crustacean populations.According to Connecticut’s Department of Eneregy and Environmental Protection, the amount of lobster caught fell from 3.7 million pounds in 1998 to 120,000 pounds in 2013, including a 100,000 pound drop (Read more…)

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Desmond Tutu raises climate compensation ahead of UN Climate Summit

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Last week Nobel Peace Prize winner, and one of the spiritual leaders of our time, Archbishop Desmond Tutu called on governments to make fossil fuel companies pay for the climate damages that their product is causing. Although international negotiations are beginning to look at this issue, the possibility of compensation has not been much discussed by the public. Taxpayers have by in large accepted the need for government to pay compensation to the victims of extreme weather events or flooding without recognizing the need to have major greenhouse gas polluters pay their share. But when an (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Tory Hot Air Worsens Climate Change

Watch this video and you’ll know what I mean:

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Politics and its Discontents: A Small Clip Reveals A Big Truth

The National Post’s Jonathon Kay on the people he works with:

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The Common Sense Canadian: Large hydro dams aren’t “green” – they actually drive climate change

BC’s WAC Bennett Dam (Photo: Damien Gillis)

Read this August 14 EcoWatch column by Gary Wockner, which explodes the myth of “green” hydro dams – food for thought as Canada considers building Site C Dam atop some of the country’s best farmland.

People believe hydroelectric dams provide clean energy. It’s not true.

I don’t blame the public or the media for making this false claim—I’ve heard it come out of the mouth of the biggest dam operator in the Southwest U.S. (see CRWUA presentation, Dec. 2013, slide 13), and the media often repeats it (see E&E (Read more…)

LeDaro: Climate Change March Highlights Global Issue

Demonstrations around the world. It is good to know that it has become international issue.

Please watch the video here

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: People’s Climate March

On Sunday I attended a climate rally in Regina with what looked to be well over a hundred other people.

It’s too bad more of the 33,400 Rider fans in attendance didn’t make the People’s Climate March a priority for their pre-game activity. Listening to the crowd at the Legislature though, it’s apparent there are plenty of people in oil country who are afraid to speak out against the industries ruining their water tables and flooding their towns with oil money. Who would they speak to anyway? Some local papers won’t publish stories of oil spills a journalist told me (Read more…)

350 or bust: Final Count: 400,000. Wow!

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