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Common Dreams.org videos and live-webcast from Copenhagen â€“ see it all,
the protests and the best speeches:
Environment Canada hit by ‘damn clever’ climate stunt Canada is red-faced at the Copenhagen climate-change conference as a result of a spoof news release purporting to be from Environment Canada announcing Canada was bringing in bold new emissions reduction targets.
The authentic-looking release, which was announced on a fake Jim Prentice Twitter account, caught many observers off guard and a fake story about it landed on a fake Wall Street Journal website – all an elaborate ruse to embarrass Canada, which is being considered the "dirty-old man" of the conference for its intransigence on negotiating better targets.
Canada Falling Dangerously Behind U.S. Efforts on Climate
Results of a comparative report by PowerUP Canada show that Canada has fallen well behind the United States in fighting climate change and is not keeping up with current efforts by the U.S. federal government.
Country takes verbal lashing for inaction on climate change
Canada received the dubious honour of being the recipient of more Fossil of the Day Awards http://www.fossil-of-the-day.org/ than any other country, presented by non-governmental groups at the Copenhagen conference to countries they deem laggards on the environment.
A New York Times article portrayed Canada as a "dirty oil" producer that has "abandoned its commitments under the 1997 Kyoto climate-change treaty and has fallen short in the fight to reduce climate-altering carbon emissions.
Britain’s The Guardian was equally critical: "Until now, I believed that the nation that has done most to sabotage a new climate-change agreement was the United States. I was wrong. The real villain is Canada. Unless we can stop it, the harm done by Canada in December 2009 will outweigh a century of good works." Environmental groups released a petition signed by more than 150,000 Canadians calling for urgent action.
An independent study released Monday suggested pollution from Alberta’s oilsands is nearly five times greater and twice as widespread as industry figures say. The study says toxic emissions from the industry are equal to a major oil spill every year.
G77: ‘US Should Spend as Much on Global Warming as War’
Poor countries have demanded that the US spends as much on tackling climate change as it does on warfare. The row between the rich countries and the developing world intensified at the Copenhagen summit, as China and its supporters blamed America for "endangering the world" by refusing to hand over more cash. Read more:
Environment Spending Dwarfed by Rising Defence Budget
Canadians could be forgiven for thinking that they spend a mere pittance on their military: politicians and pundits constantly bombard us with the claim that Canada is a military miser. Most Canadians would probably be stunned to learn that Canada is actually among the top 15 military spenders in the world, and the 6th largest spender among the 28 members of NATO. They might also be surprised to learn that Canadian military spending is now higher than it has been in more than 60 years â€” higher than it was during the Cold War, or indeed at any time since the end of the Second World War.
Fight Climate Change, Not Wars
by Naomi Klein
In the U.S. plenty of bloggers have pointed to the irony of Barack Obama collecting the Peace Prize while he launches a major escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Here in Copenhagen, the Nobel–which was awarded in part because of Obama’s re-engagement with the climate change negotiations–carries a special set of ironies.
The figure U.S. negotiators are floating for how much Washington will contribute to an international climate change fund is a paltry $1.4 billion. Meanwhile, the cost of the "surge" in Afghanistan is estimated at $30-billion to $40 billion. Yesterday I interviewed Kumi Naidoo, the new director of Greenpeace International, and he made this point forcefully:
And the issue is not only that wars hog money that needs to be spent helping countries adapt to climate change and shift to green energy. Those wars also deepen the climate crisis because they are themselves major sources of greenhouse gasses.
War and Warming
The connections between war and warming go deeper than as Alan Greenspan put it, the "politically inconvenient" [fact that] "everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil." When we choose to go to war, that choice means money is no longer available for other things, such as clean energy or fu
nding for communities vulnerable to climate impacts around the world.
And the war itself, with all its planes, trucks, missiles, and ships, emits huge amounts of greenhouse gases–that no one tracks. Fighting wars is mind-bendingly expensive, exceeding the costs of even the bank bailout money. Some key figures:
– Projected Total Cost Iraq War: at least $3 trillion
– Total Obama Admin (FY2010) Defense Budget request: $687 billion
– Additional amount estimated for Obama’s Afghan surge: $40 billion
Canadaâ€™s About-Face on Climate
Tar Sands and a Tough Business Lobby Pull Ottawa Far from Copenhagen Ottawaâ€™s 1,570 Climate Lobbyists.
The battle over climate change in Canada largely pits environmental groups against a powerful coalition of energy companies, along with academic climate-change skeptics and deniers who support the Harper Conservatives. The lobbyists hired by these groups are among the largest special interest groups on Parliament Hill, an ICIJ analysis of the Canadian lobby registry shows. They lobby not only to shape legislation in an industryâ€™s favor, but also to ensure that those industries benefit from the billions of dollars in government grants being issued for clean energy and emissions-reduction projects. The analysis found that 1,570 climate change lobbyists have pounded the halls of Parliament since 1996.
Under Harper: Canada will remain a global environmental pariah
The vision of Canada as a vast supplier of petroleum from the oil sands for a thirsty United States is one that promotes dreams of enormous profits in the minds the executives of the petroleum companies and the investors in those companies.
But it is a truly dark vision for the simple reason that the industrial process by which oil is produced from the oil sands results in the release of an enormous volume of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Pursuing the vision commits Alberta, indeed Canada as a whole, to the emission of greenhouse gases on a gargantuan scale, exactly what the earth does not now need.
Paying our climate debt
By Naomi Klein
"About 75 to 80 per cent" of the damages caused by global warming "will be suffered by developing countries, although they only contribute about one-third of greenhouse gases."
Climate debt is about who will pick up the bill. The grass-roots movement behind the proposal argues that all the costs associated with adapting to a more hostile ecology — everything from building stronger sea walls to switching to cleaner, more expensive technologies — are the responsibility of the countries that created the crisis.
Naomi Klein on Climate Debt: Why Rich Countries Should Pay Reparations To Poor Countries For The Climate Crisis.
Democracy Now, Nov. 23, 2009
Geographically speaking, what on earth is Canada doing?
The effects of atmospheric warming on our vast territory, immense coastlines and abundance of fresh water are already apparent
Hypocrisy and Contradictions at the COP
Today is also the day that Obamaâ€™s Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar will address the Copenhagen conference hours after approving oil giant Shellâ€™s highly controversial plans to drill for oil off Alaskaâ€™s northwest coast as early as next summer.
And Now to Discuss Those Hacked Emails
By Elizabeth May
How dare the worldâ€™s media fall into the trap set by contrarian propagandists without reading the whole set?
A Cloud Still Hangs Over Bhopal
This is the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster, an epic mess that started one night when a pesticide plant owned by the American chemical giant Union Carbide leaked a cloud of poisonous gas. Before the sun rose, almost 4,000 human beings capable of love and anguish sank to their knees and did not get up. Half a million more fell ill, many with severely
damaged lungs and eyes.
An additional 15,000 people have since died from the aftereffects, and 10 to 30 people are said to die every month from exposure to the hundreds of tons of toxic waste left over in the former factory. But amazingly, the site still has not been cleaned up, because Dow Chemical, which since acquired Union Carbide, refuses to accept any responsibility. The
groundwater is contaminated; children of the survivors suffer from genetic abnormalities; and the victims have long since run out of their measly compensation and are begging on the streets.
After a quarter of a century, Dow should acknowledge that it is responsible
Mounting Debilities and Deaths from H1N1 Vaccine
At the beginning of November, a 42-year-o
ld Quebec woman died two days after receiving the H1N1 vaccine. But did authorities report it as an adverse reaction to the vaccine? No! Instead, they attributed her death to complications resulting from the H1N1 virus!
Itâ€™s no surprise, then, that when an 80-year-old man died in Quebec after getting his H1N1 vaccine, health officials dismissed that too, saying it was too soon to link his death to the shot.
In the meantime, GSKâ€™s H1N1 vaccine (which was granted FDA approval for use in the US as recently as November 10) was pulled in Manitoba, Canada after too many life-threatening reactions occurred there. As reported on CTV/Canada on November 20, the vaccine was triggering so many anaphylactic reactions that health officials and GSK pulled more than 170,000 doses of one batch.
Climate Change Songs
Courtesy of Toronto Raging Grannies
Climate Change is Coming to Townâ€”bicycle version
(To the tune of Santa Claus is Coming to Town)
You better watch out, you better not drive.
You better ride bikes I’m telling you why.
Climate change is coming to town.
We’re making it hot, we’re raising the seas.
Gonna feel life at a hundred degrees.
Climate change is coming to town.
If people keep on driving.
The poles will soon be lakes.
The air will stink like petrol fumes.
Ride your bike for goodness sake.
We’re making a list, we’re checking it twice.
We’re gonna find out who drives and who bikes!
Climate change is coming to town.
Dangerous Ingredients You Should Avoid at All Costs
Headaches, birth defects, allergies and even cancer can be caused by ingredients in common cosmetics. You don’t need that junk to look good.
Common weed killer gives male frogs sex change
A popular weed killer sprayed on cornfields across North America turns male frogs into females even at low levels, Ottawa biologists have found. He said he hoped his results would lead the Canadian government to re-evaluate its guidelines and lower the acceptable level of the herbicide. He would not go as far as to recommend banning it, as some European countries have already done.
The arrest of 114 power station protesters is extremely worrying
The arrest of 114 people on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass at Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station, near Nottingham, is extremely worrying and may be regarded as further indication of a style of policing that has developed under this appalling government and is undermining the values and needs of a free society.
Power station protest plot suspects released on bail
â€¢ Police say 114 suspects posed ‘serious threat’
â€¢ Officers raid homes of those held in custody
The 114 people arrested for allegedly planning to target a power station were released on bail today after many of their homes were raided while they were in custody. None of them has been charged.
US Kids Represent Psychiatric Drug Goldmine
Prescriptions for psychiatric drugs increased 50 percent with children in the US, and 73 percent among adults, from 1996 to 2006, according to a study in the May/June 2009 issue of the journal Health Affairs. Another study in the same issue of Health Affairs found spending for mental health care grew more than 30 percent over the same ten-year period, with almost all of the increase due to psychiatric drug costs.
This website is a collection of 3500+ news stories with the full media article available, mainly criminal in nature, that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals) or that were part of FDA testimony in either 1991, 2004 or 2006, in which antidepressants are mentioned.
Antidepressants have been recognized as potential inducers of mania and psychosis since their introduction in the 1950s.
Buy Nothing Day – Buy Nothing Christmas
There is only one sure way to stop catastrophic climate change: we, the rich one billion people on the planet, have to consume less!
Real Christmas Trees are ‘Greener’ than Fake
It may not sound like "tree-hugging," but cutting down a real tree for Christmas is actually greener than going with the artificial kind.