Greenhouse gas

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 14, 2012

Pipelines and Co Gen frame the future of energy on Vancouver Island, but its time for a serious national discussion about greenhouse gases. The Georgia Strait Crossing isn't a Done Deal yet.

by Arthur Caldicott

The Georgia Strait Crossing is a proposal to construct a pipeline to bring natural gas to Vancouver Island from "the mainland" - the continental part of southwestern British Columbia.

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 October 08, 2012

So far the climate change models omit the effects of trees and plankton.

by Bruce Torrie

As we enter 2002, let's examine our understanding of the science and politics of climate change. In November 1989, Dr. Gordon McBean, then a UBC geography professor and a lead author of the first report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), was giving a speech at the Vancouver Court House just prior to the release of the 1st IPCC Scientific Assessment.

Posted on October 08, 2012

Extracted from Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Climate Change
by Guy Dauncey and Patrick Mazza
New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, 2001, ISBN 0-86571-421-5

The greenhouse effect is not a static process. It only seems that way because the past 10,000 years have been so stable. But this is not the way the world's climate works. If you think the enhanced greenhouse effect is troublesome, wait until the runaway greenhouse effect kicks in. As the saying goes, "You ain't seen nothin' yet."

Posted on September 14, 2012

by Colin Graham

Five years ago a group of leading biologists met at Willach in Austria to discuss how much global warming plants and animals could stand. One degree Celsius per century was their estimated maximum.

Posted on August 24, 2012

by Peter Dixon

Recent information should jolt us out of our dream-time state that climate change is only a slow process and that its impact is probably not within our lifetime or even within our children or grandchildren’s lifetime. New evidence by credible scientific institutions reveal that periods of gradual change in earth’s past were punctuated by episodes of abrupt climate change.

The US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee’s Abrupt Climate Change, Inevitable Surprises

Posted on August 16, 2012

Compiled by Delores Broten

The growth in biofuel projects around the world has been
explosive since 2001, but not all biofuels are equal.

In Victoria BC, like many cities, the gases burped out in the landfi ll as materials rot are collected and burned in a fl agship project to make electricity. 

In Ottawa, the wastewater treatment plant puts the sludge through an anaerobic compost system and

Posted on July 18, 2012

by Anna Tilman

Whatever happened to the proposed federal Clean Air Act? After all, this minority government wanted a “made in Canada” solution to climate change and air pollution. And the Kyoto Protocol was going to be really bad for the Cana­dian economy! So, while the opposition brought in amend­ments to the proposed Clean Air Act, mainly trying to en­sure reductions in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and Canada’s compliance with Kyoto, in April of this year the government came out with its Clean Air Regulatory Agen­da (CARA), a plan shrouded in a blanket of secrecy and confidentiality – and essentially killed any possible passing of the amended Clean Air Act.

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