Monday, May 20, 2013
Carbon-dioxide concentrations hit their highest level in 4m years
The measure of global warming
Monday, May 13, 2013
Does the recent boom in fracking help or hurt the fight against climate change?
EPA methane report further divides fracking campsPittsburgh — The Environmental Protection Agency has dramatically lowered its estimate of how much of a potent heat-trapping gas leaks during natural gas production, in a shift with major implications for a debate that has divided environmentalists: Does the recent boom in fracking help or hurt the fight against climate change?
Oil and gas drilling companies had pushed for the change, but there have been differing scientific estimates of the amount of methane that leaks from wells, pipelines and other facilities during production and delivery. Methane is the main component of natural gas.
The new EPA data is "kind of an earthquake" in the debate over drilling, said Michael Shellenberger, the president of the Breakthrough Institute, an environmental group based in Oakland, Calif. "This is great news for anybody concerned about the climate and strong proof that existing technologies can be deployed to reduce methane leaks."
We need more green billionaires like Tom Steyer
Tom Steyer: The Wrath of a Green Billionaire
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Some climate scientists, in a shift, link weather to global warming
Drought and intense heat in the last decade leads some to believe there's enough evidence to establish a statistical pattern. It's a break with mainstream scientific thought
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Arctic Ice Melt record hasn't just been broken, it has been smashed!
But since 27 August, the ice just kept melting – at nearly 40,000 sq km a day until a few days ago. Satellite pictures this weekend showed the cap covering only 3.49m sq km. This year, 11.7m sq km of ice melted, 22% more than the long-term average of 9.18m sq km. The record minimum extent is now likely to be formally called on Monday by the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) in Colorado.
The record hasn't just been broken, it's been smashed to smithereens, adding weight to predictions that the Arctic may be ice-free in summer months within 20 years, say British, Italian and American-based scientists on board the Arctic Sunrise. They are shocked at the speed and extent of the ice loss.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Rate of Arctic summer sea ice loss is 50% higher than predicted
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Alaskan Arctic villages hit hard by climate change
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Europe looks to open up Greenland for natural resources extraction
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Green Cross denounces Syrian threat to use chemical weapons, calls for global abolition of such arms
Monday, June 25, 2012
Back from Rio, 20 thoughts and notes gathered at and after the Rio+20 conference (in no particular order):
- A success, some important progress has been made
- A failure of epic proportions, not much was accomplished, not worth holding large summits like this
- Assertiveness of developing nations, minorities and individuals
- Lack of vision, lack of leadership, results in near worthless document
- As were Copenhagen and other conferences, Rio+20 was not about a document or treaty anyway
- Rio+20 is a catalyst, another starting point to do more, a call to action since governments do nothing
- Incredible energy and enthusiasm of individuals: Rio showed a hint of what they can do
- Growing capacity of local organizations and corporations to take effective environmental action bypassing governments
- Europe although economically weakened, much more active and influential than the US
- Activity outside the main negotiating sessions produced hundreds of side agreements bypassing governments
- Like any trade show, the opportunity to meet people, make announcements, and the promise of many future smaller events
- Addressing the planet’s most serious problems is more urgent than ever
- The solution is us, not governments
- One bright area on oceans (protection from pollution, overfishing and acidification), although no treaty to protect ocean biodiversity
- Countries, communities and companies can and will take action themselves
- World’s people can assert their will and power to fix our problems
- 50,000 people came to Rio. Hundreds of thousands more participated remotely. They are spreading the word.
- Rio was a pause, to make us consider the world we are leaving to future generations
- Collectively, we must force government leaders and corporations to do what is right for our planet and its resources.
- But let’s not wait for them...
Friday, June 22, 2012
We Have Met the Solution and It Is Us
By FRANCES BEINECKE and TRIP VAN NOPPEN
Published: June 22, 2012
Rio+20: Unsustainable outcome reached at UN Conference on Sustainable Development
22 June, 2012/Rio de Janeiro: Political leaders attending the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development have failed to meet the pressing environmental and social challenges that the world faces today, according to Green Cross International President Alexander Likhotal.
“Rio+20 demonstrated a disappointing lack of leadership,” says Mr Likhotal. “The outcome document is grossly lacking in concrete action.”
“Rio+20 represented a unique possibility for the world, but what started as a zero draft outcome document has seemingly evolved into a zero result statement by today’s end of the conference.”
Green Cross International, which was founded by President Mikhail Gorbachev following the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, was calling upon the leaders to update the view of economic development, and develop a roadmap for transformative action to put the global community onto a path towards truly sustainable development.
Green Cross Brazil President Celso Claro de Oliveira says: “Rio+20 has hidden its lack of results behind the fig leaf of the ‘green economy’, but what does green economy actually mean? It could be relevant if it provides a vision to reorient the global economy from the ever-growing marketization of Nature to the needs of the poorest - in a way to meet those needs within the environmental limits of Nature.”
“But for many political leaders, ‘green economy’ is merely a convenient term used to rekindle the same global economy with some environmental-friendly intentions or actions on the side,” Mr de Oliveira says.
“Greening of the economy is not a silver bullet. It should be just one part of what must be a multi-layered response. It is just a step in the direction of sustainability. But adequate and sufficient attention should be given to provision of security, poverty eradication and protection of Nature.”
However, concludes Mr. Likhotal, the overall Rio+20 event, which included strong civil society participation, is not a complete failure. “The Conference’s primary outcome is not about agreements that were reached, or rather not reached, the relative merits and demerits of which will be debated endlessly in the months ahead.
“The most important Rio outcome is the global realization that the balance of things on this planet has shifted irrevocably. Rio marks a shift in the way the world sees, understands and governs itself, something that was vividly shown by the parallel People's Summit of grassroots, civil society networks.”
Green Cross International (GCI) is an independent non-profit and nongovernmental organization working to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through a combination of advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva and has a growing network of national organizations in over 30 countries.
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