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Climate Summit Trap: Capitalism's March toward Global Collapse

Harald Welzer, Spiegel Online, Dec 6 2013

The Warsaw conference demonstrated that the "climate summit" model is broken and, more importantly, that capitalism itself is driving us to the brink. Protests are not the solution -- it's time to fight the system using its own weapons.

Why Pushing Alternate Fuels Makes for Bad Public Policy

John DeCicco, Yale Environment 360, 22 Aug 2013

Every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan has backed programs to develop alternative transportation fuels. But there are better ways to foster energy independence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions than using subsidies and mandates to promote politically favored fuels.

Fixing the climate with science. What could possibly go wrong?

Doug Saunders, The Globe and Mail, Jul. 27 2013

As you squeegee out your basement, replace your blown-off roof tiles, bury your heat-withered tomato crop and think about moving to a house on higher ground, you will be forgiven if you want to step out onto the street, tilt your head toward those odd-shaped clouds massing on the horizon, and scream, “Fix it!”

Vast costs of Arctic change

Gail Whiteman, Chris Hope & Peter Wadhams, Nature, July 2013

Methane released by melting permafrost will have global impacts that must be better modelled

Unlike the loss of sea ice, the vulnerability of polar bears and the rising
human population, the economic impacts of a warming Arctic are being
ignored.

David Suzuki: B.C.’s gas plan is a short-sighted pipe dream

David Suzuki, Rabble.ca, May 28 2013

B.C. appears to be pinning its economic hopes on natural gas – much of it obtained by fracking. While the world should be turning from fossil fuels to cleaner energy and conservation, we’re poised to dig ourselves deeper into the climate-altering carbon hole.

Climate Bombshell: BC Not Reporting a Whopping 3 million Car's Worth of Climate Pollution

Kevin Grandia, Vancouver Observer, May 27 2013

The BC provincial government has been throwing around some big numbers and promises with the planned expansion of natural gas operations, but one large number they are not mentioning is the millions of tonnes of heat-trapping methane gas they are not reporting in official government documents.

Global warming has not stalled, insists world's best-known climate scientist

Damian Carrington, guardian.co.uk, 17 May 2013

Prof James Hansen warns public not to be fooled by 'diversionary tactic' from deniers

Global carbon dioxide levels set to pass 400ppm milestone

John Vidal, The Guardian, 29 April 2013

The concentration of carbon in the atmosphere over the next few days is expected to hit record levels

I’m with the Tree Huggers

Michael Grunwald, Time Magazine, Feb 28 2013

The activists fighting the Keystone XL pipeline are radical-and right

Keystone XL Protesters Seized at White House

John M Broder, New York Times, Feb 13 2013

Four dozen environmental activists succeeded in getting themselves arrested outside the White House on Wednesday afternoon to draw attention to their demand that President Obama reject construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

Exporting carbon: Canada's new asbestos?

Briony Penn, Focus, February 2013

Climate policy experts are speaking out against various schemes to export more carbon from BC’s coastal ports.

Truck driver John Snyder retired to bucolic Fanny Bay to live the life, only to wake up one morning three years ago to find a notice on his doorstep—an invitation to an information session on the Raven Coal Mine, proposed five kilometres upstream of his home.

Governor Inslee Calls Coal Exports ‘The Largest Decision We Will Be Making As A State From A Carbon Pollution Standpoint’

Jessica Goad, ThinkProgress.com, Jan 22 2013

Newly-minted Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been lauded for his impassioned views on environmental issues from climate change to renewable energy.  Indeed, his first official act as governor was to write a letter to a clean energy company inviting it to relocate to the state.

Methane leaks erode green credentials of natural gas

Jeff Tollefson, Nature, 02 January 2013

Losses of up to 9% show need for broader data on US gas industry’s environmental impact.

Climate Change Report Warns of Dramatically Warmer World This Century

World Bank, November 18 2012

Highlights:

  • New World Bank-commissioned report warns the world is on track to a “4°C world” marked by extreme heat-waves and life-threatening sea level rise.
  • Adverse effects of global warming are “tilted against many of the world's poorest regions” and likely to undermine development efforts and goals.
  • Bank eyes increased support for adaptation, mitigation, inclusive green growth and climate-smart development.

10 reasons a carbon tax is trickier than you think

David Roberts, Grist.org, November 19 2012

House GOP leaders recently confirmed again what I wrote last week: There isn’t going to be a carbon tax in the next two years or, probably, for as long as the GOP controls the House. I’ve been asked by a few climate types, “Why not spend your time pushing for it rather than poo-pooing its chances?” It’s a reasonable question. The answer, I suppose, is that I do not regard it with the same reverence as many economists and climate hawks.

New York's carbon emissions - in real time

In 2010 New York City added 54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere (75% from buildings, the bulk of the rest from transport) but that number means little to most people because few of us have a sense of scale for atmospheric pollution.

LNG: Progressive chance or regressive act?

Tom Pedersen & Kathryn Harrison, Vancouver Sun, July 4, 2012

Redefining dirty as clean is no way to cut emissions

Alberta's oilsands pipelines promise massive non-stop brand-Canada carbon spills

Barry Saxifrage, Vancouver Observer, June 21 2012

Each proposed tar sands pipeline, like Enbridge's Northern Gateway, requires a massive new climate pollution spill to go with it. The size of any one of these new CO2 spills far exceeds all of BC's current emissions.  These pipelines literally can't function without these CO2 spills starting and continuing for decades. They are part of the deal. And those deals are starting to lock Canadians into a lose-lose future.

Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Is Bad For The Climate

The surge in U.S. production of shale gas is creating a surge in permit requests to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals. That’s because the glut of U.S. gas has dropped domestic prices sharply below global price levels.

LNG plans may alter B.C.'s climate-change goals

JUSTINE HUNTER, Globe and Mail, May 13 2012

VICTORIA— B.C. Premier Christy Clark is prepared to alter her government’s strict climate-change targets to pave the way for her plan to create a liquefied natural gas industry in the province.

Heartland Institute Compares Climate Science Believers And Reporters To Mass ‘Murderers And Madmen’

Joe Romm, ThinkProgress, May 4 2012

For the latest update, go here.

The Heartland Institute has launched one of the most offensive billboard campaigns in U.S. history. The Chicago-based anti-science think tank is comparing all those who accept climate science — and the journalists who report on it accurately — to Charles Manson, the Unabomber, and Osama Bin Laden.

'Civil disobedience' planned for White Rock rails

By Alex Browne, Peace Arch News, May 01, 2012

They've asked to meet with government, they say, to no avail.

Now members of the group British Columbians for Climate Action – who want the export of coal from B.C. phased out – are taking their message to the streets, or rather rails, of White Rock.

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