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NEW SHIP FUEL RULES COULD SINK TAR SANDS/OIL SANDS EXPANSION PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 25 May 2018 12:30
 
OPINION & ANALYSIS
FULL STORY: THE ENERGY MIX @THEENERGYMIX
MAY 24, 2018
By PRIMARY AUTHOR PAUL MCKAY
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The law of unintended consequences may soon cause serious collateral damage to Alberta’s tar sands/oil sands ambitions, and the planned Trans Mountain and Keystone XL pipelines.
 
The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently approved new, much stiffer fuel standards for the 50,000 ocean-going vessels which currently burn low-grade, high-sulphur oil. Known as Bunker C, it is cheap and dirty. An estimated four million barrels per day are burned in all manner of merchant ships, including oil tankers. The related greenhouse gas emissions roughly equal those from all sources in Germany.
 
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But the days of Bunker C are numbered. The fatal bullet will be sulphur-tipped. By 2020, the IMO has mandated that the commercial fleets it represents can only buy and burn ship engine oil with a sulphur content of 0.5%. That is a 700% reduction from the current average. It has been estimated that the 15 largest ocean vessels currently emit as much sulphur annually as all of the world’s cars.
 
And as that massive shift unfolds, Alberta’s tar sands/oil sands production will probably be in the crosshairs.
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Environmental Uncertainties Halt Deep Sea Mining PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 15:13

Environmental Uncertainties Halt Deep Sea Mining

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The Asia Pacific region is characterised by high marine biodiversity. Credit: Andrew Heyward/AIMS

SYDNEY, Dec 17 2012 (IPS) - The world’s first deep sea mineral (DSM) mining venture in the Bismarck Sea off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea in the southwest Pacific has come to a halt after two years of development.

While the mining company is embroiled in a disagreement over project funding, unprecedented opposition by politicians, academics and local communities has focussed on the unknown environmental and social impacts of this untried mineral extraction process.

Deep sea mining, considered the new resource frontier, has been the subject of debate since the 1960s. But financial and technological constraints have hindered the viability of ventures.

Now, the gradual depletion of land-based mineral resources, a rise in demand for metals by growing economies in Asia and rapid technological advances have generated new interest in deep sea mining.

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Geo-engineering Chemtrails Third annual Summit PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Sue Hiscocks   
Monday, 07 May 2018 11:19

What is Canada and the rest of the world going to do to stop the US from spraying stratospheric aerosol over the planet?

 
COP24 MUST AVOID THE SYSTEMIC CONSTRAINTS OF COP21 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 27 April 2018 11:58

By Joan Russow PhD

Clobal Compliance Research Project 

Friday April 27 2018, 

 

 

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At COP 21Ban Ki Moon, in Paris, urged states to negotiate with a global vision not with national vested interests (Cop21 press conference)

 

A global vision  would be: 

to address article 2 of the UNFCCC and at a minimum to immediately end all subsidies for fossil fuel, to calculate the carbon budget for each state,

to divest in fossil fuels and to reinvest in renewable energy, to conserve sinks -such as old growth forests and bogs, to strengthen conservation of  biodiversity, 

to avoid all false solutions such as nuclear, geo-engineering and biofuels which would all violate principles within the UNFCCC, to compensate for historical  emissions,

and to institute a fair and just transition for workers affected negatively by the new vision.  and to promote nature based solutions  and socially equitable

and environmentally sound such as solar, wind, tidal, and geothermal

 

COP24 in Katowice  must avoid the systemic constraints that undermined COP21

SYSTEMIC CONSTRAINTS PREVENTING THE COMMITMENT TO URGENCY

 

IN COP21 IN THE PREAMBLE IS THE “RECOGNITION THAT CLIMATE CHANGE REPRESENTS AN URGENT AND POTENTIALLY IRREVERSIBLE THREAT TO HUMAN SOCIETY AND THE PLANET” YET THE EXISTENCE OF SYSTEMIC CONSTRAINTS PREVENTED COP21 FROM EMBODYING THIS RECOGNITION

 

1.THE BEST IS THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD- THE COMPROMISERS CREDO

2 BASELINES TARGETS TIMEFRAMES WERE ALL OUT OF SYNC

3. -EXPEDIENT OMISSION; GLOBAL CARBON BUDGET. HISTORICAL AND PER CAPITA EMISSIONS

4. THE SHORTNESS OF INSTITUTIONAL MEMORY AND THE UNDERMINING OF LEGAL OBLIGATIONS FROM ARTICLE 2 3 AND 4

5. A SOLUTION SHOULD NEVER BE EQUALLY BAD OR WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM IT IS INTENDED TO SOLVE

6.SOME STATES ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHER

7. THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR; THE  TYRANNY OF CONSENSUS

8 THE FAILURE TO REVERSE THE EXEMPTION FOR THE CONTRIBUTION TO GREEMHOUSE GAS EMISSION

9. RELUCTANCE TO USE THE INTERNATIONAL COURT AGAINST THE MAJOR EMMITTERS FOR THEY VIOLATIONS OF ARTICLE 2 OF THE UNFCCC

10. IGNORING COMMITMMENT FOR FUNDING SOURCE

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Protesters built a giant pipeline to greet Justin Trudeau in London PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:32

By Andrea Diaz, CNN - Updated 6:16 PM ET, Wed April 18, 2018

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was greeted in Britain's capital with a 98-foot long fake pipeline that blocked the main entrance to the Canadian High Commission."

Greenpeace activists build an "oil pipeline" next to a cutout of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was greeted in London on Wednesday with a 98-foot fake pipeline meant to challenge his support of a controversial oil pipeline in his country.

The stunt, which blocked the main entrance to the Canadian High Commission, was orchestrated by Greenpeace activists who oppose a multibillion-dollar pipeline planned in western Canada across indigenous lands.

 

The Trans Mountain expansion, approved in 2016, will help oil companies reach new markets by expanding the capacity of North America's only pipeline with access to the West Coast, and it will nearly triple the number of oil tankers traveling the shared waters between Canada and Washington state.

 

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No water, no birds': Wood Buffalo National Park among most threatened, warn international scientists PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 09 February 2018 09:25

 

It's not looking good for Canada avoiding an endangered listing for Wood Buffalo'

 

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says low water levels are threatening Wood Buffalo National Park’s ecosystem.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says low water levels are threatening Wood Buffalo National Park’s ecosystem. (Courtesy of Mikisew Cree First Nation) 

One of the world's largest groups of conservation scientists says Canada's biggest national park is among the most threatened World Heritage Sites in North America.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says Wood Buffalo National Park, which straddles the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary, is significantly threatened by hydroelectric and oilsands development.

"This is quite embarrassing," said Melody Lepine of the Mikisew Cree First Nation.

Many First Nations members live alongside the park.

"It's not looking good for Canada avoiding an endangered listing for Wood Buffalo," says Lepine.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 February 2018 09:33
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Nuclear Reactors, Bankrupting Their Owners, Closing Early PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 08:24

Nuclear Reactors, Bankrupting Their Owners, Closing Early

 

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/06/nuclear-reactors-bankrupting-their-owners-closing-early/

 

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On January 22, FirstEnergy Corporation announced that its faulty and nearly-self-destructed Davis-Besse power reactor east of Toledo, Ohio, will be closed well before its license expires. But the shutdown is not because the reactor represents reckless endangerment of public health and safety. FirseEnergy was fine with that. No, the old rattle trap can’t cover its costs any more, not with the electricity market dominated by cheaper natural gas, and renewable wind and solar.

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Scientists Warn of Permanent Drought for 25% of Earth By 2050 If Paris Goals Not Reached PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 17:41

Scientists Warn of Permanent Drought for 25% of Earth By 2050 If Paris Goals Not Reached

"Reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere in order to keep global warming under 1.5ºC or 2ºC could reduce the likelihood" of widespread drought, researchers concluded

alt"Our research predicts that aridification would emerge over about 20-30 percent of the world’s land surface by the time the global mean temperature change reaches 2ºC," said Manoj Joshi, one of lead researchers of the study. (Photo: Joshua Tree National Park/Flickr/cc)

In a new study that adds to the lengthy and ever-growing list of potential consequences of global climate inaction, scientists warn that around a quarter of the Earth could end up in a permanent state of drought if the planet warms by two degrees Celsius by 2050.

"Our research predicts that aridification would emerge over about 20-30 percent of the world's land surface by the time the global mean temperature change reaches 2ºC," said Manoj Joshi, one of lead researchers of the study, which was published on Monday in the journal Nature.

Scientists have for years linked widespread and more intense droughts to human-caused climate change. The only way to avoid these conditions is to limit global warming to 1.5ºC, Joshi concluded.

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Scientists Warn of Permanent Drought for 25% of Earth By 2050 If Paris Goals Not Reached PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 17:41

 

"Reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere in order to keep global warming under 1.5ºC or 2ºC could reduce the likelihood" of widespread drought, researchers concluded

althome to more than 20 percent of the world's population.

Though the Paris climate accord has long been criticized by environmentalists and researchers as wholly inadequate to the task of confronting the climate crisis already wreaking havoc across the globe, the agreement's central objective is keeping average global temperatures from rising 2°C by the end of the century. Meeting that mark by taking "early action" would substantially "constrain" the spread of drought, the study concluded.

The problem, of course, is that the world's second-largest emitter of carbon—the United States—has, under the leadership of President Donald Trump, withdrawn from the Paris accord and begun to move in the opposite direction that scientists have recommended. During his first year in office, Trump has moved at a rapid pace to gut even the most basic environmental protections put in place by the Obama administration and has shown little sign of slowing down.

Trump also appeared to indicate that he wouldn't mind a perpetually warming planet last week, when he tweeted that the U.S. "could use a little bit of that good old global warming" to combat the cold weather currently gripping eastern states.

"Please let someone preserve this tweet forever so that future generations at least know why the American government didn’t take action to deal with the climate change crisis that now afflicts them," concluded David Sirota of the International Business Times.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 January 2018 17:53
 
“Only Our Youth Can Save the Planet” – Kumi Naidoo PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 13:32

“Only Our Youth Can Save the Planet” – Kumi Naidoo

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Kumi Naidoo

SUVA, Fiji, Dec 20 2017 (IPS) - “Today’s youth should think of new solutions for old problems like climate change and social injustice.”

That’s the strong message of the South African activist Kumi Naidoo. The former executive director of Greenpeace says young people need to be more innovative and visionary, “because the solutions of my generation have failed.”

After battling apartheid in South Africa, Kumi Naidoo led numerous global campaigns to protect
human rights.

Among other organizations, he headed CIVICUS, an alliance for citizen participation. It was at the International Civil Society Week (ICSW), organized by CIVICUS in Fiji in December, that Naidoo spoke out on youth and innovation.

“My advise for young people is: don’t put any faith in the current leaders. They are the biggest bunch of losers you are going to find. Because they are unwilling to accept that they have got us into this mess,” says Naidoo.

“Basically, we are using old solutions that have never worked in the past anyway,” Naidoo contin-ues.

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