Threat to Great Barrier Reef

Grounding of the Chinese vessel, the Shen Neng 1, a large bulk carrier, 38 kms East of Great Keppel Island, (The vessel was reportedly 9 kilmetres off course.) The Australian Marine Environment Protection Association (AUSMEPA) has released the following commentary on the grounding of the 65,000 tonne coal carrier Shen Neng 1in the pristine waters … Read more

Richard Heinberg’s view on the 21st Century as a period of transition.

The problem extends beyond oil and other fossil fuels, and even beyond climate change: the world’s fresh water resources are strained to the point that billions of people may soon find themselves with only precarious access to water for drinking and irrigation. Biodiversity is declining rapidly. We are losing 24 billion tons of topsoil each … Read more

The International Energy Association

The Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) was established in 1974, with a mandate to promote “sustainable energy policies that spur economic growth and environmental protection in a global context – particularly in terms of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change.” One of the IEA’s proposals for reducing GHG emissions appears to have influenced … Read more

What have countries done in response to the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change?

Other targets of greatest relevance and interest to Canada include those of China, (which has already surpassed the US as the world’s largest emitter), NAFTA partner Mexico, Australia (like Canada, a major resource exporter and carbon-intensive economy) and the EU, where Canada is engaged in comprehensive trade and investment negotiations. China, which considers itself as … Read more

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