On Saturday I met a small group of committed Wilderness Committee members who had a table and signs outside the Broadway and Commercial SkyTrain station. They were handing out invitations to the March & Rally starting at Vancouver City Hall at 12:00 noon on November 19th, part of their continuing campaign
One major environmental issue left over from 2011 is that Canada stepped out of the Kyoto Protocol. This might lead people to move ahead without the federal government, and handle the related climate change issues on a more local level. According to the David Suzuki Foundation, in December 85 British Columbia
Several NGO’s, including Greenpeace and Sierra Club, have a website about the Alberta tar sands that features a map of the area that can be placed over your home town. It helps give a sense of just how large the tar sands are, billed by the website as the largest industrial
A report to be presented next week at the 7th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program is the latest evidence in how climate change is impacting the Arctic. The so-called SWIPA Assessment is the most comprehensive compilation of scientific knowledge on the changes in the Arctic’s
Scientific Conservation Inc. has recently teamed up with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company in a joint green venture that will promote energy efficiency and safety, according to a recent press release. Scientific Conservation Inc. uses software to manage energy consumption by comparing current commercial building market energy usage to predicted system
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has decided to focus on clean energy rather than on climate change, reports the Guardian. Ban Ki-moon will still be involved with international climate change negotiations, and recently called on the world’s major powers to stop playing politics and reach a climate change agreement. “Consumption without
Just days before the United Nations climate change meetings in Cancun Mexico, the Canadian federal government announced a plan to designate an area north of Nunavut’s Baffin Island as a marine conservation area, reports The Globe & Mail. This area would be approximately twice the size of Lake Erie and
Conservation does better when people understand the situation. As Connie Hedegaard, the European commissioner for climate action, recently said in Cancun, the use of jargon such as LDCs, MRV, ICA does not help, writes AlertNet. The key is in taking conservation out of the theoretical field and into the real world.
The UN Environment Program (UNEP) has launched a “30 ways in 30 days” program, in which successful climate change prevention case studies will be presented that can be copied around the world. UNEP’s projects include green passports for sustainable tourism, successful reforestation in Panama, greening East African tea plantations, and carbon
October is Energy Awareness Month, and this year’s theme is POWERING AMERICA; We’re On Target, writes the Federal Energy Management Program of the U.S. Department of Energy. There are some positive signs in energy conservation. Investments in clean energy are growing, and fuel-efficient hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles are increasingly
Los Angeles is one of the busiest cities in the world and is home to natural wonders such as the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains, not to mention Hollywood. Many people dream of living in such a beautiful place. Yet, according to an article in Scientific American from
A proposal written by an advisory group of industry, municipal, aboriginal and environmental groups has led to the recent unveiling of a plan by the government of Alberta that will give some level of conservation protection to at least 20% of tar sands land in the northeast corner of the
Earth Day Network recently announced it had found partners in 15 countries who together will plan one million trees in 2010 as part of the Avatar Home Tree Initiative. The Initiative is a partnership program between Earth Day Network and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, with the purpose of reducing
A recent report demonstrates how a revised global energy “revolution” could create 3.2 million jobs, with 8.5 million in the renewable energy sector alone. All while reducing energy related CO2 emissions globally by over 80% by 2050. The June 2010 “Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook” report provides a
WWF Spain has launched a solar powered catamaran that will lead an awareness raising campaign along the Mediteranean coastline each summer for the next 3 years. The campaign is called Embárcate, Spanish for “Get on Board”, and will promote the use of renewable energies and the conservation of marine ecosystems.