Posted on February 01, 2009
by Dave Neads
As Minister Penner stated when commenting on the new carbon credit system the BC government is putting in place, things can get "complicated." Just how complicated becomes readily apparent when you
Posted on January 28, 2009
DO TREE PLANTATIONS OFFSET FOSSIL FUELS?
XYZ Corporation has purchased carbon offsets to compensate for their carbon dioxide releases. Often they will do it for you too- pay to have someone somewhere "plant a tree" or a thousand trees or a hundred thousand trees, in order to go on with business as usual. The internet abounds with web sites that will help you calculate how many trees you need to pay for in order to do penace for your carbon-intensive lifestyle - at up to $5.50 per tree. So is it really that easy? No need to conserve or make radical changes, just pay someone somewhere a hefty sum for planting a few trees? Here's what forest campaigner Jutta Kill of the European environmental group FERN thinks of the concept.
1. Carbon in trees is temporary:
Trees provide temporary carbon storage as part of the normal cycle of carbon exchange between forests and
Posted on January 14, 2009
by Barry Saxifrage
Almost all the energy we use to build the "good life" comes from fossil fuels, gas, oil and coal. But now that same fossil fuel use is tearing our good life apart. We can’t have both anymore. Time’s up: we have to choose now. We can promptly and purposefully create a new version of the good life without fossil fuels…or we can continue aimlessly into collective misery.
Fossil fuel emissions drive climate change and ocean acidification. Together they are inflicting thousands of