Corporate Climate Response: Day 2 (Offsetting)
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You will need:
Your own pirate outfit Grog A sense of fun To be able to reliably commit to the event.
The climate pirates intend to highlight the injustices of the rich nations plundering the poor. While developed nations (like the UK) emit huge amounts of CO2 the developing nations suffer the consequences (famine, drought, flooding etc).
The climate pirates will be sailing under a WDM flag, but it will be so much fun that everyone should come. See http://www.wdm.org.uk/campaigns/climate/
Camden lock is entirely supportive of the event and so (looting and pillaging) aside the day will be a legal and colourful way to make your voice heard. Please come along.
If you can commit to help out on the day please email Richard:
emptyhand17 at yahoo.com by Sunday 3rd June.
If you can’t commit but would like to find out more, then please email me to say you’re interested and we will email round final details nearer the time.
Tell friends; bring your mum, parrots, pirate songs, people you meet in the street, your own plank, and yourself.
It’s going to be good!
And yes we do have our own ship
How much is being invested in renewable energy? Details via clean edge.
PV Costs to Decrease 40% by 2010
The solar industry is poised for a rapid decline in costs that will make it a mainstream power option in the next few years, according to a new assessment by the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, D.C., and the Prometheus Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
"The US government have been sabotaging progress at international climate conferences for years and their emissions continue to rise steeply.Campaigner Alan Fleming added:
"Large-scale biofuels do not mitigate global warming but make it happen even faster, as rainforests and other ecosystems are rapidly being destroyed to make way for vast monocultures to grow crops for cars in rich nations."
"We are holding this protest to make sure that people distinguish between clean, truly renewable sources of energy such as sustainable wind, solar, wave and tidal power on the one hand and biofuels from large-scale monocultures on the other.
"We are glad the All-Energy conference will promote wind, solar and marine energy sources as part of the solution to climate change.
"However, companies with interests in biofuels who are presenting at the conference should be aware of the problems biofuels are creating.
"Both intensive agriculture and deforestation are major contributors to global warming and biofuels threaten to greatly increase those emissions."
"We live in a democracy. Thank heavens people are allowed to express their views."
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PRESSURE is mounting on BAA as Climate Camp decides to pitch its tents outside Heathrow.
The decision announced this week to stage this year's Climate Camp near Heathrow will increase pressure on BAA to drop its controversial plans to expand the airport.
Last year's Climate Camp, which took place outside Selby in Yorkshire, climaxed in a high-profile attempt to occupy Drax Power Station.
This year the camp will be pitching its tents in the Heathrow area from the August 14 to 21, and thousands of people are expected to camp out to protest against the impact aviation is having on the planet.
Geraldine Nicholson, chair of local campaign group NOTRAG (No Third Runway Action Group), said: "BAA should not be surprised that people are planning to come from all over the country to protest at their expansion plans. This community will be destroyed if a third runway is built at Heathrow. An ever-increasing number of people think aviation policy is going in the wrong directions for a whole number of reasons - climate change, community destruction, noise. Together we can win."
Chair of campaign group HACAN Clearskies, John Stewart, said: "The terrible twins of the UK aviation industry, BA and BAA, must be stopped in their tracks. Their activities are damaging the planet and ruining the quality of life of countless people living under flight paths. The climate camp will be a striking symbol of the revulsion a growing number of people feel at the antics of the aviation industry."
Like nearly everyone at TED2006, Jill Sobule was stirred by Al Gore's spectacular speech on the clear and present danger of climate change. The time for action is now, Jill thought. And so she wrote a song. But since everyone else was so down about the impending collapse of ecological systems, which could lead to floods, drought, hurricanes, mosquito overpopulation and species extinction, she decided to write a happy song about global warming. And here it is: Inspired by TED Curator Chris Anderson (who cameos here). Written and performed first at TED. Al Gore loved it, and so will you...
"At least one billion people will be forced from their homes between now and 2050 as the effects of climate change deepen an already burgeoning global migration crisis, predicts a new Christian Aid report."A great number of development organisations are now looking at climate change, and issue that is so huge as to be a daunting addition to these groups doing very direct and worthwhile development work...but it is becoming increasingly obvious that climate change threatens to wash away any hope of development for the poor, hence christain aids latest climate campaign.
"Ever wonder if citizen action really matters? There's no one who can read public opinion like presidential candidates (they have armies of pollsters), so please take it as a real tribute to your hard work that on Thursday both Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton signed on to support 80% emissions cuts by 2050!!!! They did it quietly, signing on as co-sponsors to the Sanders bill in the Senate which contains that goal. We'll need them to speak out loud and clear in the months ahead to make sure that whoever wins the White House has a mandate for big change. But we're awfully glad that they've followed John Edwards down the 80 by 50 road. When we announced that goal in early January, people said it was too big, too ambitious. But we knew it was what the science demanded--and now we know that, thanks to you, political reality can change with lighting speed!"
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"Fox News, 20th Century Fox, HarperCollins, MySpace.com, and dozens of newspapers in Australia, the U.K., the U.S., and beyond."So it is a significant position...I just wonder how his news empire, including Republican mouthpiece FoxNews can make climate change a key issue without making Al Gore a hero. I guess slander should do it, i`ll watch with interest how this progresses.
News Corp. Vice President of Business Development Roy Bahat told Grist that the company will not try to awkwardly wedge the issue into programs, but said, "It will naturally become more prevalent throughout our programming, be it sitcoms or news. We are asking all of our creative leaders to incorporate climate change in ways that would make drama more dramatic, or comedy funnier, or news more relevant -- ways that inspire viewers to bond with the program."This story from Grist.
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I`m not sure how widely distributed this is but it is a much more detailed (110p vs 35p) document. It also has more diagrams that illustrate certain points perticularly well. You know, crucial points that you really wish the would let policy makers know about...and diagrams are such a good way to do that clearly.
Over one hundred years ago, Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius recognized that human activities were likely to be increasing the atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration, and that this would cause the world to warm; his detailed calculations actually came quite close to present estimates (Arrhenius, 1896). By the 1930s, British scientist G. S. Callendar asserted that he had measured both the CO2 increase and an associated increase in the Northern Hemisphere surface temperature (Callendar, 1938).
By the late 1950s, American scientist Roger Revelle and Swiss scientist Hans Suess had clearly explained why the growing emissions of CO2 fromcombustion of coal, oil, and natural gas (as well as from accelerated clearing of the land and oxidation of soil carbon) could not be taken up rapidly by the oceans, and so human influences on atmospheric composition and the climate would last for centuries, making clear that humans were undertaking a great “geophysical experiment” (Revelle and Suess, 1957).
In 1965, a distinguished panel of American scientists convened by the President’s Science Advisory Council (PSAC) summarized the science and reported that climate change was an issue that: