May 6, 2014

Climate Change Is Already Here, Says Massive Government Report (OT)

Posted in Earth Issues, Environment, Our World, Speak out! tagged , , , at 1:31 pm by CrystalineGoddess

WASHINGTON -– Climate change is no longer a distant threat, but a real and present danger in the United States, according to a government report issued Tuesday.

The report is the latest update from the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and details ways that climate change — caused predominantly by the emission of heat-trapping greenhouse gases — is already being felt across the country.

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Climate Change Is Already Here, Says Massive Government Report.


February 21, 2012

Harper Government Is Trying To Intimidate Environmental Groups (OT)

Posted in Conservation, Democracy for All!, Earth Issues, Environment, Greenpeace, Justice, Leadership, Speak out!, Taken Too Far, The misadventures of Stephen Harper tagged , , , , , , , , , at 11:08 am by CrystalineGoddess

Blogpost by Bruce Cox, Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada – February 17, 2012 at 12:04

I was disappointed to read yesterday’s report in the Globe and Mail about Greenpeace being under surveillance as a security threat and labelled by our government as ‘extremists’.

Disappointed, but not surprised.

Once again, Stephen Harper’s Conservative government is attacking the environmental movement.

Last month the prime minister expressed his concern that “foreign money” was interfering with Canada’s prosperity. By “foreign money” he meant US charitable foundations contributing to Canadian environmental groups working to protect wilderness areas impacted by the oil industry.

Soon after, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver accused environmental groups of being foreign-funded puppets “hijack[ing] our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda.”

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February 14, 2012

100% Renewable Energy by 2050: The Steps We Need to Take (OT)

Posted in Conservation, Earth Issues, Environment, Hope for Earth, WWF tagged , , , , at 11:54 am by CrystalineGoddess

100% renewable energy is achievable by 2050. Let’s start by making every day National Sweater Day.

January 24, 2012
Posted by Katie Edmonds

I will admit, I feel a certain sense of pride and accomplishment when I participate in earth-friendly events like Sweater Day, and turn my thermostat down to conserve energyBut are actions like mine enough to help our climate get back on track?

Although individual actions, such as taking part in Sweater Day, are extremely important, according to WWF’s The Energy Report, to avoid the worst effects of climate change, we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% – below 1990 levels globally by 2050.

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August 4, 2011

Advancing Nature Conservation in the North (OT)

Posted in Conservation, Earth Issues, Environment tagged , , at 12:09 pm by CrystalineGoddess

Found on Nature Canada’s blog;

TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011 

Earlier this month, Nature Canada was officially recognized as a Partner in the Northwest Territories Protected Areas Strategy(NWTPAS).

As a partner, Nature Canada joins a group comprised of Aboriginal organizations, federal and territorial governments, environmental non-governmental organizations, and industry that oversee a conmmunity-based process to establish a network of protected areas across the Northwest Territories.

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May 2, 2011

Canadian Renewable Energy Market Overview (OT)

Posted in Earth Issues, Environment, Hope for Earth tagged , , at 12:21 pm by CrystalineGoddess

I found this on Renewable Energy World’s site;

By David Wagman, Chief Editor, Renewable Energy World North America magazine

April 19, 2011
Hydro made the country a 20th Century renewable energy powerhouse (chart, right). Efforts now focus on a broad range of technologies and policy innovations.

Canada — Renewable energy’s fortunes in Canada lean heavily on government support, making 2011 a particularly crucial year in places like British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario where political leadership changes are underway and elections are scheduled.

As in the United States, renewable energy in Canada depends largely on public policy goals set not at the federal level but at the provincial and territorial levels. And on that score there’s a mixed bag of support and initiatives across Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories.

“The federal government has an extremely limited role,” said Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association.

Canada’s dominant energy resource (renewable or otherwise) is hydroelectric power, much of it generated in the sparsely populated and water-rich north for transmission to the more urbanized south and, in the case of Quebec especially, exported to the U.S.

Playing a smaller but growing role in the country is wind, solar, biomass and geothermal. By the numbers, Canada’s installed generating capacity in 2009 was 125,485 MW with 60 percent derived from renewable resources, most of it hydro. In British Columbia and Quebec, hydro generation meets around 90 percent of electricity demand. But BC is a net importer of electricity while Quebec is a net exporter. Alberta and Saskatchewan are rich in oil and natural gas resources while coal is an abundant natural resource in Manitoba and northern Ontario. Nationally, nuclear generation comprises 20 percent of installed capacity, coal 15 percent and natural gas 5 percent.

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