Please also read; "No Fracking Way," here.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Please also read; "No Fracking Way," here.
Monday, August 30, 2010
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scenese after the tragedy.
(Nat'l. Geographic photo)
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Manitoba geese photo by l.p.
» Call on President Obama to oppose the tar sands pipeline.
Wpg. Free Press photo
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Important recommendations on what the Manitoba Government should do about controlling pollution from a big wood products plant in the province, are now in the hands of the Minister of Conservation, Bill Blaikie.
The Clean Environment Commission, an "arms-length" advisory agency, began last year to look into the merits of a government decision almost 20 months ago, to allow "temporary" closure of pollution control devices at Louisiana Pacific's "oriented strandboard" plant in the Swan Valley of western Manitoba.
Certain toxic emissions have apparently been escaping into the air around the plant, near the Village of Minitonas, since that time. The Commission will recommend that the devices should either be started up again, or closed permanently.
The agency says it submitted its report to Blaikie on Aug. 16th, but, he was away, so wouldn't have seen it until he got back on the 23rd. Cathy Johnson of the Commission says she believes the Minister could possibly release it "in early September."
It will be up to him to make the final decision on the recommendations.
Please also read my earlier story: "The Great Debate Over Air Quality in the Swan Valley Reaches a Climax."
An emphasis on science?
The sad fact is, this so-called leader of ours has been spitting on science and scientists ever since he came to power. He has been appointing "climate-denying" oil and gas toadies as his "science advisers" while being nothing but criminally negligent in his approach to the crisis of global warming.
As our "True North" melts around the people and creatures living there, Harper parades about, peddling "Arctic sovereignty" as some kind of opiate we can all use to avoid the harsh reality of climate change.
No doubt Harper has a greedy eye on the petroleum bonanza that lies beneath melting permafrost and the ocean's surface, now made more accessible with quickly disappearing sea-ice. While this approach might extend the supply of this unsustainable energy source, it will also surely guarantee that global warming will do nothing but worsen, with consequences I personally would rather not think about.
Apparently the media tagging along with him see themselves as little secretaries, faithfully recording his every utterance while turning a blind eye to the changing world around them.
I just hope they didn't get wet in the deluge of rain or blown away by the 100 K winds which were supposed to hit Churchill while they were there!
Larry Powell Roblin MB
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cow photo by l.p.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The latest "line" from Canada is...
are a major liability
of oil sands mining.
Photo: David Dodge,
Monday, August 16, 2010
'Priceless collection' in Russia was never registered so does not officially exist, say developers
Russian president Medvedev has ordered an inquiry into the station being turned into private housing. Photograph: Frans Lanting/Corbis
Please also read, "Is Climate Change a Four-Letter Word?"
Sunday, August 15, 2010
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Climate scientist at Stanford University – passed away on July 19. Steve was a tireless, dedicated author contributing to all four IPCC assessment reports. The scientific community will deeply miss this great leader.
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A view of Jakobshavn Glacier (Sermeq Kujalleq),
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
If it isn't a "dirty" topic, why then do so many people seem to prefer to walk on hot coals rather than talk about it?I happen to be one who believes climate change is not only real and affecting us now, but is caused by the way we live on this earth as humans.
But don't take my word for it. That is exactly what the world's best scientific minds have been telling us for years. But nobody seems to be listening; or, even worse, refusing to hear!
And what about the skyrocketing number of deadly storms, both around the world and here on our own doorstep ? I've either been seeing them in the news, a lot, or experiencing them, first hand. Haven't you?
Courtesy of the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Galerie
I have sometimes tried to get people to tell me what they believe might be behind all this weird weather.
(I'm usually met with stoney silence or a noncommittal mumble.)
After all, the experts have also been telling us for years that, yes, climate change will not only bring more of these storms but more serious ones, too.
And it is!
Floods, droughts, blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, monsoons, mudslides, wildfires and heat waves are now everywhere. (But, I hear you saying, they always have been. Yes, that's true. But there are now more and more of them and they are getting worse.)
They are inflicting death, destruction, hunger and heartache on increasing numbers of people at new and disturbing levels.
But is this just happening in faraway, exotic places? Not really.
Often, we needn't look any further than the next town or the next farm!
Just ask the folks who keep track of such things, such as the Worldwatch Institute; Or, for that matter, the old-timer next door who is seeing conditions he/she has never seen in his/her lifetime, or the northern outfitter or First Nation's resident who've been forced out by forest fires, or a farmer suffering from crippling crop or pasture losses thanks to unprecedented rainfall.
In other words, these patterns are, at the very least, consistent with the climate change theory, are they not?
If they were not, I'd be skeptical myself!
As a matter of fact, there are precious few scientists any longer who do not subscribe to the idea of climate change. And most of these "deniers" are either poorly qualified, connected to the oil and gas industry, plain liars or all three!
Another significant group within the climate science community is not quoted very often, even now, in this supposed age of awareness about the issue.
But they are not the skeptics. Far from it. They believe our planet's plight is far more grave than the picture generally presented to the public. They're predicting certain parts of the earth will be uninhabitable before this century comes to a close. These will include places where the only haven from fatal heat stroke will be in buildings equipped with air conditioning. While such a convenience is common to those of us who live in the west, it is far from it in "developing" countries where the vast majority of mankind lives.
Climate data have been showing for some time now that this latter group's predictions may, alarmingly, be closer to reality.
Of course, it would be unscientific of me to single out climate change as the reason behind any given "severe weather event" which our planet might experience.
But on the other hand, just how scientific is it for the "climate deniers" to keep insisting that none of this is due to climate change?
And just how much longer can outfits like the Canadian Chamber of Commerce continue to obstruct meaningful action on climate change, clinging to the argument that fixing the problem will somehow inflict serious harm to the economy?
Just recently, the Chamber unleashed its misguided forces against the Climate Change Accountability Act, which would set significant targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. Already approved by a combined opposition in the Commons, the Act still needs approval in the Senate.
Incredibly, the Chamber's President, Perrin Beattie, (r.) has been warning of dire consequences for Canadian workers and their families because meeting the emission targets would somehow chase economic activity and jobs to other countries!
Does Mr. Beattie actually listen to his own rhetoric? He has rolled out this campaign in the midst of catastrophic flooding that has caused unknown economic damage to Canadian farmers, flash floods and sewer backups which have devastated homes, families, vehicles and other property in Yorkton, Saskatoon, Medicine Hat, Maple Creek, several communities in Manitoba, and washed out highways and rail lines, forcing detours which have cost the transportation industry millions.
Then there are the record heat waves in Ontario (and now in Manitoba) and tornadoes in Saskatchewan and Ontario.
And don't forget the unprecedented relief packages Ottawa and the provinces have put together for flood-ravaged farmers and beleaguered homeowners in several regions.
Meanwhile, 2010 is shaping up as the worst year ever for hail, flood and tornado damage in Saskatchewan . There, insurance claims have already topped $100,000,000. And, as if God had something to do with it, the Regina Leader Post has described the damage as being "of biblical proportions."
Add to that the more recent forest fires raging in BC (some in vast pine forests killed and made tinder-dry by beetles which are now thriving due to global warming); floods in Pakistan which have claimed over a thousand lives and affected almost 14 million others; deadly, record heat and wildfires in Russia and on and on. Global TV photo
Sounds to me, Mr. Beattie, this smacks more of human suffering and economic damage caused by climate change, rather than efforts to reduce it!
Dinosaurs like the Chamber are part of the reason we continue to endure stinking oil spills like the one in the Gulf of Mexico and more recently now in Michigan. These have shamefully harmed so much of the natural world, not to mention the livelihoods and even the mental health of ordinary folk who make their living, both from the sea and elsewhere.
People like Mr. Beattie would have us believe, moving away from energy sources heavy with greenhouse gases, to cleaner, more sustainable supplies, would somehow cause "serious harm" to our economy!
I'm sure glad, Mr. Beattie, that our present system isn't causing any such harm! (Sarcasm intended.)
COMMENTS: AndyMathison: "I'm afraid Mr. Beattie & his ilk only kowtow to the status quo citing economic doom & gloom should petroleum supremacy be challenged....even in the face of unrelenting climate disasters!"
"Great resource thanks Larry!"
Drew Fenwick, Manitoba
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