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Thu, 2008-11-06 11:04Jim Hoggan
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Obama triggers first environmental dividend

Canada moves to protect U.S. market for dirty oil

The world enjoyed the first environmental dividend of an Obama presidency yesterday when a worried Canadian government proposed a joint North American action plan to address climate change.

Although it appeared that Canada's real goal was to ensure a continued U.S. market for its huge dirty-fuel tar sands project, this could still be a solid step toward a continental cap-and-trade program - which would be the first significant gesture from the world region that, so far, has been the least responsible in its approach to global warming.

 

Mon, 2008-02-04 14:02Bill Miller
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Bush fiddles with global warming in State of the Union finale

It’s tempting, but most certainly optimistic, to view President Bush’s 2008 State of the Union as his last gasp at blocking progress on global warming. He will, after all, be gone from office before the year is out and it’s tempting to think he hasn’t sufficient time to further damage efforts to reign in climate change.

But there’s no time to lose. And continued obstructionism by the Bush Administration doesn’t just highlight its continuing failure to grasp the urgency of the problem, it also ensures far greater difficulties for its successors, who will have to arrest the problem at home while pressing other major polluters like China and India to act.

Tue, 2007-12-18 16:17James Glave
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Gwynne Dyer: Dab Those Bali Tears

As we now all know, COP-13 did not set the hard emissions-reductions targets that humankind so desperately needs. But there was a silver lining in the South Pacific, argues the legendary journalist who is perhaps best known for his 1980s TV miniseries War.

Dyer's new column pulls back the scope, and places COP-13's non-outcome in the wider context of human evolution. We're getting there, folks, he says, and everything's going to be alright.

Mon, 2007-12-17 18:21Bill Miller
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China-U.S. rift casts long shadow after Bali

As dust settles from the recent UN climate-change conference in Indonesia, some observers are looking to China as the looming pivotal factor in the global-warming struggle.

The world’s most populous nation, now also neck-and-neck with the U.S. as its biggest greenhouse polluter, was the subject of a recent news article under the banner “As China goes, so goes global warming.”

The best the Bali delegates could achieve was two more years of talks on setting emission curbs, but with China building new coal-burning plants at the rate of one a week, in what states of peril will the planet be two years hence?

Fri, 2007-12-14 17:58Richard Littlemore
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Europe Blinks; U.S., Canada Win Lame Bali Compromise

Honoring the the will of the lowest common denominator - the worst polluters and most resistant policy makers in the world - 191 countries negotiating global greenhouse emission limits in Bali have come to a “compromise” that doesn't mention actual limits.
Thu, 2007-12-13 17:21Richard Littlemore
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Bali: Canadian Security Threatens Enviros with Indonesian Jail

The head of the Canadian delegation's security contingent threatened a group of young environmentalists with the prospect of spending time in an Indonesian jail, yesterday - and then followed up by summoning Indonesian police, as CanWest News Service's Mike de Souza reports here.

It's fortunate that the Indonesian police have a sense of occasion - even a tolerance for democracy - that goes beyond what is being shown in the Canadian delegation. The police interviewed the young environmentalists briefly and then left them to their task.

Thu, 2007-12-13 11:53Bill Miller
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China, U.S. intransigence over climate policy hijacks Bali talks

A face off between the world’s largest greenhouse-gas spewers has taken center stage at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, and China appears to be winning its public-relations battle with the U.S.

China has reiterated it will not consider mandatory emissions cuts until the U.S. and other industrialized countries such as Canada embrace a less-extravagant lifestyle. The U.S. is standing pat in its opposition to mandatory limits.

Although both countries have dug in their heels, China, which many believe has already surpassed the U.S. as the world's top emitter of heat-trapping gases, is now seen as playing a constructive role on global warming after years of dodging the issue.

In that scenario, the U.S. is losing friends fast.

Wed, 2007-12-12 20:00Kevin Grandia
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The 5 Hour Countdown - Sign the "Stand With Al Gore" Petition Right Now

At 3:30 am pacific time on December 13th (less than 5 hours from now), Al Gore will address the United Nations climate change summit underway in Bali, Indonesia.

Gore will be presenting a petition signed by hundreds of thousands of people from around the world who are demanding that our leaders stand up and take action on global warming.

If you haven't signed the petition, go to this link right away and add your name - it takes about 5 seconds to do and it's the least we can all do for a man who has dedicated his life to the issue.

And if so inclined, go here to vote it up the ranks on Digg.com (another mere 5 seconds of your life), so the message can spread even further in a very short amount of time.

Wed, 2007-12-12 13:41Kevin Grandia
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Bali Baird in Flip-Flops? Canada's Youth Delegation Tells It like It Is

The first bit of this video provides some great insight into just how bad things are going for Canada's Minister of Environment, John Baird at the United Nation's climate conference underway in Bali, Indonesia. 

 



H/T to Video Vox.
Wed, 2007-12-12 09:59Richard Littlemore
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Bali: Leaked Canadian Documents Show Same Old Spin

A leaked Canadian document entitled Canadian Principles for a post-2012 Climate Change Agreement (attached) show that Canada is being anything but principled in its Bali negotiations.

On the contrary, the document shows the Canadian government still intent upon a decade-old accounting trick to balance its embarrassing emission performance by taking credit for the country's remaining tracts of forest land.

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