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Alberta Politics: It’s official: the Harper Government’s approach to petro-diplomacy was a spectacular flop

PHOTOS: The White House, home of the Most Powerful Person, etc. Below: Stephen Harper, one of the architects of Canada’s Bitumen bullying export policy, the fruits of which are now apparent; Barack Obama, President of the United States. The office of the President of the United States may not be what it once was, but […]

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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Climate Change Deniers

The scientific community is in near unanimous agreement on the issue of human-caused climate change: so much so, that there is not a single serious scientific journal which will now publish a paper denying human-caused climate change, since it is viewed by the scientific community that the debate is over, considering the mountain of evidence […]

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Deniers are all over the map; climate realists all over the world

David Suzuki calls out climate change deniers being funded by fossil fuel interests, urges Canadians to elect a government committed to acting on “the greatest threat humanity faces” on October 19.

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LeDaro: Global warming

“President Barack Obama is making Alaska the last leg of a 14,000-mile trip focusing on climate change in advance of a critical international meeting. Scientists say this year the average glacier will lose 30 inches of thickness.” NBC.

What more proof we need?

LeDaro: Donald Trump on Global Warming

LeDaro: Rising Temps Threaten Existence of World’s Coral Reefs and Their Underwater Beauty-NBC

A great reminder of global warming.

cartoon life: Technology: ups and downs

   I scooped this from someone’s Tumblr post, and lost the link. Credit is due. But anyway, I thought that that remarkable downturn in civilian and military deaths was interesting. Technology and medical advances are responsible. More and more victims survive and survive with wounds, damage and handicaps where previously they would have died. No doubt surgical precision in strikes prevent less collateral damage. I don’t deny that mistakes are made.

Advances in information, science, technology mechanics and medicine bring that about.

And though the graph doesn’t cover it, even as populations grow larger, deaths from wars seem to (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper and Trudeau attack NDP candidate McQuaig for stating a scientific fact

Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau attacked NDP candidate Linda McQuaig for repeating the wildly-published scientific fact that some of Alberta’s tar sands must “remain in the ground” to limit global warming.

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CuriosityCat: Linda McQuaig’s nettle gift to Tom Mulcair

About to grasp the McQuaig nettle?

One of the NDP’s prize candidates has opened a can of worms that Mulcair wishes was not opened.

Here’s one report on what Mulcair said, trying to douse the flames (note the part I have bolded and reddened):

He pledged that an NDP government would bring in sustainable development legislation, including a polluter pay system where companies that damage the environment are responsible for cleanup costs. Environmental assessments would also include an analysis of whether or not the project allows Canada to meet internationally agreed upon targets for greenhouse gas reductions, he added. (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Linda McQuaig’s nettle gift to Tom Mulcair

The Disaffected Lib: IPCC – "Criminally Complacent"

Arctic expert, professor Peter Wadhams, doesn’t think much of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In fact, the Cambridge professor of ocean physics and head of the university’s Polar Oceans Physics Group, denounces the IPCC as a dangerous sellout.

He highlighted that the IPCC has failed to quantify and properly assess the risk of a methane outbreak from melting permafrost and undersea methane hydrates.“Because that is scarcely mentioned by the IPCC in it’s assessment because I think it is being criminally complacent in not wanting to stress or talk about the possibility of some major catastrophes.

“They were (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Linda McCuaig does us all a big favour

Last week the NDP candidate for Toronto Centre, Linda McQuaig, stirred the tar sands pot, telling a CBC panel discussion that for Canada to meet its climate change targets, “a lot of the oil sands oil may have to stay in the ground.” As an Albertan, I suppose I am supposed to be offended at this slighting of our precious sands. Or perhaps as a Dipper I should be concerned that she has undermined

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Is the climate crisis creating a global consciousness shift?

Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki urges us to resist the “fossil fuel industry’s massive PR machine”, enlighten climate deniers, and continue to defend the climate.

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mark a rayner: The unexpected benefits of climate change

Sure, half of Western Canada was on fire, polar bears were evolving into full amphibians, and the bee population was fucked, but there were some side benefits to global warming. As the earth heated, cloud watchers were in for some exciting times. Generally speaking, there were fewer clouds to watch, but when there were clouds, boy-howdy were […]

Bill Longstaff: Calgary’s CTrain—embracing green

Fortunately, while our federal government remains a persistent laggard on global warming, the provinces and cities are stepping up. Calgary is no exception. In 2012, the city committed to meeting all its electrical needs from renewable sources. One result was the construction of two wind farms totaling 144 megawatts.

The city relies on a variety of sources—wind, hydro, biomass and solar—but

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Welcome to an extreme, warming world

Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki explains why extreme weather is being experienced more frequently around the world now than in the past.

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The Disaffected Lib: It’s Called the "Pucker Factor"

There’s a powerful yet weird mix of angst and optimism building in advance of the December climate change summit in Paris.

Government types from the US to China to the EU express confidence that this year will succeed and do what every other summit has failed to do – reach an effective agreement to cut global greenhouse gas emissions to stay below the 2 degree Celsius target for man made global warming.

Non-government types mostly don’t share that optimism.  Their skepticism, bordering on outright pessimism, is captured by this op-ed from Le Monde:…Since the 1992 Earth Summit in (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Pope Francis offers hopeful perspective on global crises, says David Suzuki

Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on climate change contains a “scientifically and morally valid call for radical change”, says environmentalist David Suzuki.

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LeDaro: Tornadoes in U.S.

Weather around the world and U.S. is a clear indication of climate change that we humans need to pay attention to before it is too late.

To watch a video on weather in U.S. please click Tornadoes in U.S. .

Bill Longstaff: Pope Francis and the moral imperative of dealing with global warming

It’s no surprise that Pope Francis only gave PM Stephen Harper 10 minutes for his interview earlier this month. And no surprise he looked constipated in his photo op with the Prime Minister. Ten minutes with Harper would freeze the bowels of anyone concerned about global warming, and, unlike the recalcitrant Harper, the Pope is very concerned indeed.

In his encyclical released today, he called

LeDaro: Pope Francis is a progressive person

He extended a hand of friendship towards all religions including Islam. He urged Israel to live in peace with Palestinians and accept two-state solution.

Now he is speaking up on Global Warming.

LeDaro: Storms in U.S. and Global Warming

There have been too many storms last few years in U.S. In Maritimes we got storm Arthur last year. It was quite furious. I lost one big tree in my backyard. Luckily it fell on an angle and spared my house. These are all the indications of global warming. People in their 80′s and 90′s said that they have never seen and experienced anything like this before. We better start paying attention to this erratic and severe weather.

Watch the video here

I watched a documentary on CBC which indicated that global warming is impacting oceans and life in (Read more…)

Blevkog: A troubling picture

A just-published report (enhanced pdf) containing new measurements of global sea-level rise has some troubling news – the rate of sea level increase has accelerated over the past twenty years. What I would argue is the most troubling is the increased precision with which these measurements are made owing to new satellite techniques. It’s like knowing to […]

Bill Longstaff: The U.S. military’s war on the environment

One of the American institutions most alert to the threat of global warming is the military. The Pentagon has issued several reports stating that the greatest threat to U.S. national security is climate change. Ironically, the military itself is the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter.

The Department of Defense devours about 330,000 barrels of oil a day, more than the great majority of the

The Disaffected Lib: Connecting the Dots on Climate Change

One of the biggest failures in climate change reporting is the tendency to focus on particular aspects without considering the bigger picture.  What does sea level rise have to do with droughts or floods?  What is the role of changing ocean circulation patterns?  How do these impacts all factor into our rapidly changing jet stream patterns?

When we look at individual aspects we usually wind up with charts that reveal a linear pattern.  Sure, there may be dramatic increases on the curve, but nothing that appears wild or unpredictable.

Yet we’re nearing the point where climate change impacts will be (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Pope Francis Steps Up Campaign on Climate Change — Conservatives Alarmed

Climate Change concerns have been swept under the rug as much as possible by those despoiling our planet for profit.

Resistance has been widespread and gathering credible currency as the drought in California, water shortages

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