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Posted on December 02, 2014

No Carbon Nation – pathways to sustainable energy

Vancouver, British Columbia - The conceptual framework for climate action is straightforward and applies to all jurisdictions around the world. However, in order to coordinate effective action, and gain political support for it, it’s important that people everywhere be clear on that framework. This is one of the main ideas behind No Carbon Nation: pathways to sustainable energy, an independent documentary released on the internet today.

By Stephen Leahy

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"The most important number in history is now the annual measure of carbon emissions. That number reveals humanity’s steady billion-tonne by billion-tonne march to the edge of the carbon cliff'" 

Barry Saxifrage has nailed it in this article on the Cortes Island web site where hedemonstrates that returning BC Ferries to the Ministry of Transport (highways) and raising the gas tax by one penny a litre would solve the financial problems of the system. He also shows how very low Canadian gas taxes are in comparison with other countries in the industrialised world. 

 

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Posted on October 15, 2012

A report presents 17 steps (most of them no-brainers) for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors of the economy, in a program that will help Canada meet its international commitments.

Canada can meet its commitments under the Kyoto protocol, ac-cording to the recently published Canadian Solutions, a 17-step action plan for federal and provincial governments. This 100-page report presents a mix of fiscal, regulatory and voluntary initiatives that can be implemented immediately to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors of the economy through the use of currently available technologies.

Posted on October 09, 2012

Ozone is just good old oxygen, the stuff of life, but instead of two atoms of oxygen joined together, O2, ozone has 3, O3. Ozone is bad down here on earth, causing chronic lung damage to humans and billions of dollars of damage to crops. It is one pollutant which has not improved in urban areas over the last twenty years.

Posted on October 09, 2012

What's Going On Up There? and What's It Doing Down Here?

  • Asthma
  • Heart Disease
  • Bronchitis
  • Skin Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Endocrine Disruption
  • Eye, Nose Irritation

Air pollution is one of those complicated subjects where each factor is related to the other in a busy interdependent cycle of air pollution, atmospheric change, and natural balances.

Posted on September 15, 2012

by G.E. Mortimore

Mainstream climate scientists agree (with some exceptions and quibbles) that Earth's climate is changing, that humans are helping turn up the heat, and that the changes may cause serious damage.

In view of this often-repeated consensus, which has become a boring truism, why do political/economic leaders of industrial countries fall short of effective action to reduce the danger? The authors of Ice Chronicles do not frame the question in such stark terms; they lean over backwards to be cautious and

Posted on September 15, 2012

by Rob Wiltzen

The federal government kicked off 2011 with announcements of $278 million in pulp mill subsidies from the Green Transformation Fund. The grants for mills in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, and New Brunswick push the disbursement of the allocated one billion dollars in pulp mill black liquor subsidies to $591 million. 

The Fund was created in June of 2009 in response to US subsidies of pulp mills based on their usage of the pulp mill by-product, black liquor, as fuel – a standard practice in kraft pulp mills. [See “Greed and Black Liquor Fuel Pulp Trade Wars,” November 2009, and www.millwatch.ca for

Posted on August 24, 2012

The Rodale Institute’s 23-year comparison of organic and conven­tional cropping systems confirms that organic methods are far more effec­tive at trapping and holding carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, in the soil as beneficial organic matter.

Launched in 1981, the Farming Systems Trial (FST) is a 12-acre, side-by-side experiment, comparing three agricultural management sys­tems: one conventional, one legume-based organic, and one manure-based organic. In 23 years of continuous recordkeeping, both organic systems have shown an increase in soil car­bon of between 15-28%, while the conventional system has shown no statistically significant increase. For the organic systems, that translates into more than 1000 lbs of captured carbon or about 3670 lbs of CO2 per acre-foot per year, not even count­ing the reductions in CO2 emissions represented by the organic systems’ lower energy requirements.

Posted on August 10, 2012

Atmospheric CO2 is created by combustion.

by Dave Stevens 

Stellar processes excepted, carbon is neither created nor destroyed. As an element it enters readily into combinations with other elements but is not destroyed. Its compounds are sometimes broken down or altered but this does not destroy or create carbon. All ordinary chemical processes are carbon neutral. 

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