People are getting sick of environmental destruction

We’ve long known that environmental factors contribute to disease, especially contamination of air, water, and soil. Scientists are now learning the connection is stronger than we realized.

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Ontario needs to get ready for climate change: Gord Miller

The Commissioner’s report says the government must improve its strategic plan by prioritizing the actions that are needed, setting specific targets and timelines, identifying dedicated funding, and outlining the responsibilities of key government ministries.

Video: Is the Earth cooling?

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/TVrb5UvwVnQ This video examines the “evidence” that some commentators use to make the claim that the Earth is actually cooling, not warming as the scientific community is telling us. Shared by PICSClimateInsights on Feb 13, 2012 Related articles Despite what confused climate deniers say, science shows Earth not getting cooler (straight.com) How Climate Change Realists & Climate Skeptics…

Arctic melting faster than predicted: Sea levels to rise

Sea levels could rise up to 5 feet by the end of this century, driven by warming in the Arctic and the resulting melt of snow and ice, according to a new study by the International Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP). This is more than two and a half times higher than the 2007 projection of a half to two feet by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe And Our Last Chance to Save Humanity

Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe And Our Last Chance to Save Humanity
James Hansen, New York: Bloomsbury, 2009, 320 pages.

It’s odd. At 68, James Hansen, arguably the planet’s most renowned climatologist and one of the earliest prophets of human-induced global climate change, has finally published his first book.
“Odd” is a fitting description for the book as well.

Storms of My Grandchildren is an expansive treatise on the perils of increased carbon dioxide emissions, juxtaposed with anecdotes of Hansen’s meetings with the likes of Dick Cheney and his Climate Task Force, … [Click here to read more!]

Climate Wars + Global Warring

Climate Wars
Gwynne Dyer
Toronto: Random House, Canada, 2008, 288 pages.

Global Warring
Cleo Paskal
Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2009, 288 pages.

Here’s a fact I had never considered: the word “rival” comes from the Latin word rivalis, meaning “those who draw water from the same source.” Rivalry is closely related to the availability of shared resources, and tensions are easily triggered when food and water are at stake.

Now, let’s take this to the extreme: climate change projections suggest that the flow of  many of the world’s major rivers will be seriously reduced as glaciers retreat. The scale of potential conflict is staggering. The Himalayan watershed alone, which includes the Ganges, Indus, Yangtze and Mekong Rivers, supplies water to almost half the people on this planet, including nuclear powers China, India and Pakistan.

But this is about more than rivers. Two new books on the issue, Climate Wars and Global Warring, introduce a bevy of reasons for concern: natural disasters, disappearing low-lying island states, shifting coasts and access to oceanic exploitation zones, the melting Northwest Passage, desertification and altered patterns of food production. Each has the potential to redefine how we interpret and conceptualize international law, how we interact diplomatically with other nations, and how and why we engage militarily.

Cleo Paskal, a fellow at Chatham House who boasts journalistic stints at The Economist and the Chicago Tribune, seeks to “introduce and legitimize the idea that environmental change is about to have enormous, and specific, geopolitical consequences.”…[Click here to read more!]

New CCC publication: Climate vs. Weather

Despite the planet’s warming climate, recently it has been rather cold in southern Manitoba. People often assume that just because the weather is now frigid, or since we had a relatively cool summer, that global warming is definitely not a problem anymore. Climate Change Connection has created a new pamphlet Hot Topic: Climate vs. Weather to address this issue by clearly distinguishing the difference between weather and climate.

The Stephen Harper War on Climate Science

A news scoop by Mitchell Anderson of DeSmogBlog:  VANCOUVER, May 11, 2009 — The government of Prime Minster Stephen Harper just appointed two “climate skeptics” with connections to the oil industry to important federal scientific bodies. The scientific community is appalled. Mark Mullins, Executive Director of the right wing Fraser Institute has just been installed…

Global Warming: Evidence, Inspiration for Action, Solutions

A positive series of talks hosted by Voters Taking Action on Climate Change focused on refreshing our commitment to action and reaching out to others. Tuesday February 5th: Global Warming: More than hot air? Dr. David Chapman, professor of geophysics at the University of Utah and renowned speaker on global warming, reviews the scientific evidence…

NATURE TRUST LAUNCHES NEW GREEN GIFT IDEA

Trees In Trust has the perfect green gift. For a donation of $30, you can dedicate a piece of woodland to someone special. Your donation is used by the Nature Trust of New Brunswick to purchase and preserve endangered forest in the Maritimes. Your dedication lasts a life-time and you receive a dedication certificate and a…

Saving the endangered caribou

Caribou have been a crucial food source for Canada’s northern indigenous people from time immemorial. But their population is dwindling at an alarming rate, in no small part because of improved hunting equipment — including snowmobiles — as well as exploration work for oil and gas reserves and arctic diamond mines. And now, the slow, […]

Forget ‘consumer’ society ? try ‘conserver’ society

Global warming has finally made it to centre stage, with unprecedented media coverage. While everyone is calling for government leadership, politicians are recognizing that the solutions to global warming are far broader and more complex than what they can deliver before the next election. Read the Globe’s web-exclusive comment…