New and Familiar Voices

For over a decade, For Our Grandchildren has campaigned for a limit on greenhouse gas emissions – the principal reason for increases in the world’s average temperature, the acidity of the oceans and rising water levels, climate disruption that has produced new extremes in storms, drought and floods, food shortages . . Even Richard Attenborough,  … Read more

Political Change and Climate Change

Data from 2014 to 2017 suggested global annual emissions of CO 2 had approximately stabilized. Regrettably this slight trend did not continue in 2018: the most recent (preliminary) data from the Global Carbon Project reported a 2.7 percent increase in 2018 emissions. The year 2018 delivered no significant measures giving hope that at long last … Read more

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We can reduce our personal greenhouse gases

This article appeared recently in the Peterborough Examiner. It points out that as individuals, our primary influence is over the almost 70 per cent of greenhouse gases that come from just residential heating and transportation, mostly automotive. It gives many suggestions how we, as individuals, can reduce these emissions by our own actions. Some of … Read more

Understanding our Personal Greenhouse Gases

Here are some basic facts about energy and energy usage on a personal level as applied here in Ontario. Definitions: watt (W): Energy per second (“power”) used by an electrical device. kilowatt (kW): 1000 watts. To get the total energy used, multiply by the number of hours the device is on. kilowatt-hour (kWh): Energy use … Read more

Climate Change: the Need for Optimism

Not so long ago, the US and China were regarded as obstacles to the reduction of GHG emissions that are the principal cause of climate change. Yet these two countries very recently ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which requires a country-by-country reduction in emissions needed to avoid global warming to a degree that … Read more

And the “Speak Up for the Planet” winner is . . . . !!!

All the teams participating in “Speak up for the Planet” were in a sense winners.   The judges commented how much they had learned from talking to the students members on each team.  Coming to a decision on the four  prize winners was not that easy! The team from St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic Secondary School … Read more

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