Climate change

Posted on May 08, 2013

by Joyce Nelson

Canada’s Information Commissioner, Suzanne Legault, agreed at the end of March to launch an investigation into the extensive muzzling of federally-funded scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada and other federal agencies. Her decision comes after a February 20th complaint formally filed by Democracy Watch in partnership with the Environmental Law Clinic of the University of Victoria, which called for a full investigation and was accompanied by a 128-page report, Muzzling Civil Servants: A Threat to Democracy.

That report documents systematic silencing since 2007 of

'1.5ºC appears to be something of a tipping point,' says scientist

- Jon Queally, staff writer, Common Dreams

Scientists studying the geological history inside ancient Siberian caves say that evidence suggests a global temperature increase of just 1.5ºC could trigger massive melting of the northern hemisphere's permafrost, unleashing gigatonnes of carbon and methane into the already warming atmosphere.

Published in a fine website from the Shuswap (Aim High Salmon Arm), Dr. Art Borkent has given us a wonderful summary of the state of the study of insects in Canada, why it matters, and what is wrong with the suppression of science which the current government(s) are instituting.

Words From and For the Future. Testimony at the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Hearings, Vancouver, January 31, 2013

 

Rex Weyler runs through a brutally honest look at the numbers on global warming and human activity in his latest blog. Sad, and heart-rending reading.

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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'" 

Posted on October 17, 2012

Ice streams are moving huge amounts of ice into the oceans from the centre of Antarctica-a continent three-quarters as large as North America.

by Bruce Torrie

The possibility of a substantial sea level change was made all too clear in a recent article in Climate Alert, the newsletter of the prestigious Climate Institute of Washington, DC. In that publication, researchers examined the potential for a breakup of the already two-thirds-collapsed west side of Antarctica, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS), and the chance of a six-metre increase in the global sea level.

Posted on October 14, 2012

The climate change debate creates an Orwellian inversion of reality.

by Maureen Sager

When a man of the stature of John Fraser uses the words "Orwellian inversion of reality" to describe the political debate about climate change, you sit up and listen.

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 October 09, 2012

"There isn't one solution to Global Climate Change ... there are 101 solutions,"
according to authors Guy Dauncey and Patrick Mazza

Reading Stormy Weather is an inspiring and invigorating experience that we wanted to share with our readers in the excerpts that follow. In dozens of short segments, the authors outline practical and do-able steps for changing from a fossil fuel economy to new technologies -- solutions for citizens organizations, governments from town to federal, businesses and organisations, energy and automobile companies, and, of course, for individuals.

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