Exploiting the Arctic

Over many of the last decades, Norway’s wealth grew significantly, thanks to state revenues flowing from North Sea Oil.    During this period Norway was a benefactor to third world countries, assisting them to adopt measures to limit climate change and its impacts. A recent article in the Manchester Guardian commented on the ambivalence of … Read more

The first week at Lima.

From here it appears that COP 20 at Lima has been so far more nuts and bolts than high level pronouncements.  That may change this coming week as country delegates tackle two significant issues:  what information countries must provide to support their further pledges for lower emission targets for the period 2020-2025, and formulation of … Read more

THE March

On the 20-21st September, hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets in support of a world safe from the ravages of climate change with good jobs, clean air, clean water, and healthy communities, powered by renewable energy.

The largest People’s Climate March is taking place in New York City with parallel rallies taking place in cities like Delhi, Jakarta, London, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Berlin and Paris. People are joining together because they know that to change everything, we need everyone.

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Get Statoil out of the Tar Sands!

Open letter to The Norwegian Government, attention of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg

The government must instruct the Board of Statoil to withdraw the company from Canadian tar sands

The Norwegian oil company Statoil’s engagement in extraction of oil from tar sand in the traditional homeland of some of Canada’s First Nations has been controversial from the start in 2007. Warnings of negative impact on local communities, the environment and the climate from the oil industries’ devastating extractions, have proved well founded. Documentation of damages is mounting, as also confirmed in a recently published paper in the highly reputable scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Both scientists and the affected First Nations have long opposed the environmentally destructive extraction of tar sands, due to increased occurrence of cancer and other serious health issues.

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After Doha, what’s next?

Last year we said that the Durban Conference (COP 17), “was probably the last chance to come up with a world order that would indeed stop climate change.” Yet, as we have since pointed out, GHG emissions have continued to rise, world temperatures have set new records, most governments have wavered in their determination to … Read more

A message from Norway!

On a recent motor trip to Northern New York State we noticed a sign on the gas pumps stating that the gas contained up to 10% ethanol, an additive that reduces GHG emissions. The program to include ethanol in motor vehicle fuel was initiated by a US government subsidy for farmers who grow corn to produce … Read more

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