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"If we continue along this path a large fraction of specieson earth, as many
as 50% or more , may become extinct"
"The earths history reveals cases in which sea levels, once ice sheets begin to
collapse , rose one meter every twenty years for centuries"
"The area if greenland in which summer melting takes place has increased more
than 50% in the last twenty-five years."
"The US is still only half as efficient in its energy usage as Western-Europe i.e the US emmits twice as much per unit GNP"
5. The importance of car efficiencies and powerplants having carbon capture and storage compatibility.
"The Californian legislature has passed a regulation requiring a 30% reduction in automobile greenhouse gas emmissions by 2016. If addopted nationwide this regulation would save more than 150 billon dollars in oil imports"
"Al Gore may have done for global warming what Silent Spring did for pesticides.
He will be attacked, but the public will have the information needed to
distinguish our long term needs from short-term special interests"
"Studies of more than a thousand species if plants, animals and
insects...found an average migration rate...[poleward] of 4 miles per
decade fro the second half of the twentieth century"
"During the past thirty years isotherms have been moving poleward at the rate of about 35 miles per decade"
"If human beings follow a Business-as-usual course...the eventual effects of climate change may be comparable to those at the time of mass extinctions [such as at the CT boundary when the dinosaurs died out]."
4. http://www.greenlightloans.com Essay Competition: Why its Good to Live Green
Sustainable development is possible. Numerous innovative and valuable
contributions, from different countries, fields and institutions, have shown
that an appropriate reconciliation of economic, ecological and social factors is
not unrealistic utopia. We have made a promising start, but the greatest
challenge facing us in the 21st century is to learn how to use the world's
resources more efficiently, and in an ecologically sound and socially balanced
way.Yes, progress is being made, but a dozen years after the UN Conference on
Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, many people and developing
countries still lack access to resources and clean technologies. At the same
time, people continue to live using unsustainable ways of consumption and
To meet global challenges like climate change, water scarcity and
poverty, it is necessary to foster projects of potential strategic global
importance. We can do this by supporting them so they can be implemented
locally. Also examples of good practice need to be actively promoted to a wider
Greenlight is inviting consumers to write about why it's "Good To Live
Green" as it relates to protecting the environment in the home, office, school
or auto. Entries of 500 words or less will be judged on creativity, articulation
and strength of theme. The essays must be submitted through
www.greenlightloans.com by July 20, 2006, and winners will be announced the week of August 7, 2006
The site includes five new reports released by the Annex I Expert Group in May 2006.
- Adaption to Climate Change Key Terms, OECD/IEA, Levina, E. and Tirpak, D. (2006)
- Domestic Policy Frameworks for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Water Sector, Part I: Annex I Countries, OECD/IEA, Levina, E. and Adams, H. (2006)
- Issues Related to a Programme of Activities under the CDM, OECD/IEA, Ellis, J. (2006)
- Sectoral Crediting Mechanisms for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation: Institutional and
Operational Issues, OECD/IEA, Baron, R. and Ellis, J. (2006):
- The Developing CDM Market: May 2006 Update, OECD/IEA, Ellis, J. and Karousakis, K. (2006)
8. Arcitechture 2030 First US City Signs up to the pledge, well done Santa Fe!
Cities across America have just taken an historic step in addressing the issue of global warming. The US Conference of Mayors has made a commitment to reduce global warming pollution from buildings in order to protect the world for future generations.On Monday, June 5, 2006, the US Conference of Mayors adopted the "2030 Challenge" (Resolution #50) for ALL buildings. The resolution was put forward by the mayors' of cities from the 4 corners of the continental U.S. - Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, Miami Mayor Manuel Diaz and Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.As buildings are responsible for emitting half of the green house gas emissions that cause global warming, cities are committing to implement an immediate 50% fossil fuel greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction standard for all new and renovated buildings (50% below the national average for each building type) and setting benchmarks and timelines to increase the reduction standard for new buildings to carbon-neutral by 2030 -meaning they will use no fossil fuel, GHG emitting energy to operate.
Last week on May 31, 2006 the City of Santa Fe became the first city in the US to formally adopt the "2030 Challenge". This means that all new city buildings, starting immediately, will be built to use 50% less fossil fuel, GHG emitting energy. By year 2030 all new city buildings in Santa Fe will be built to operate without emitting any greenhouse gases.Additionally, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson issued his first executive order this year requiring that all new state buildings and major renovations meet the 50% fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions reduction standard called for by Architecture 2030. This is another important step in the "2030" initiative to address major greenhouse gas reductions in the Building Sector. The 78,000 member American Institute of
Architects formally adopted the "2030 Challenge" in January 2006. As this initiative spreads across the country and around the globe, it will be the most significant movement to influence architecture and building design since the industrial revolution.
Please stay tuned...Architecture 2030
In 'Big Coal' the author, Jeff Goodell, takes a critical look at coal power. The book is divided into three stages; getting coal out of the ground and to the power station, burning that coal and finally, the consequences of this carbon in the atmosphere. Looking at coal power generation Jeff shows quite clearly that besides greenhouse gases and electricity the biggest output from this form of generation is political power--power that is not constrained by wires.
Destroying the Myths of Clean Coal
"There are an estimated one trillion tones of recoverable coal in the world,Later we are informed that coal produces over twice the carbon dioxide emissions of natural gas per unit energy--taken with the previous statement this is not a good combination. In the first section of the book many of coals' most potent myths are crushed. Chief amongst these myths is that 'clean coal' technology is clean. People are dying in there thousands, landscapes are being decimated by mountain top removal, climate change is being accelerated at an alarming rate.
by far the largest reserves of fossil fuel left on the planet"
A few things to consider when listening to a debate about 'clean coal' (clean doesn't usually imply carbon capture and storage).
The main reasons for reading this book would have to be the superb short stories; tales of valiant efforts by republicans who actually care to put in place strong regulations, tales of industrious scientists working out the links between particulate pollution and deaths, tales of very many smart people being hampered by very many highly resourced people with vested interests. This is a fascinating and enlightening book, despite the darkness of its subject matter.
For an interview with Jeff Goodel head over to global public media and hear more about this book from the man himself.
Postscript; Climate Change; ReviewA;
"If the debate about the politics of future activity is governed by a concentration target one kind of debate emerges...That hasn't yet happened, what is happening is a whole complicated debate where no concentration target has been adopted, no concentration target has been posited, the positing of it is not foreseen either. This is good intel that comes from someone who is one to one with Tony Blair-- it's exactly this point-- with a concentration target we've got a thing, without a concentration target we got nothing go get me that concentration target"
Labels: international policy
Plenary speakers on the day were:
Michael Meacher MP (former UK minister for the environment); Caroline Lucas MEP; Norman Barker MP; Goksen, Campaign against Climate Change partner from Istanbul; Lucy Pearce, Campaigns Director of Stop Climate Chaos; Mark Lynas, Author and journalist; George Marshall, co-director of COIN.
The logistics of 16 workshops, devided between two sessions are not simple. It worked brilliantly thanks to all the volunteers on the day, the efforts of the group as a whole and perticularly the efforts of the LSE sustainability officer Victoria Hands--thanks Victoria!
The full programme of days events is to be found here and to get involved with campaign against climate change you can visit the website and sign up for updates or donate to the cause. Photos from the event can be found here.