Thursday, October 28, 2010

Late Night (mostly) Environmental Blogging

You get the government you deserve, so the saying goes. I don't know what we did to deserve Harper but there's no sign as of yet that change is in the near future. And what about the opposition? Do you get the opposition you deserve or is that some sort of curse? They defeated the private members bill on social responsibility in the mining sector as 14 Liberal MP's stayed away from the vote. To be fair 6 from the Bloc and 4 from the NDP missed the vote as well.

In British Columbia the Cohen Commission inquiry into the decline of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River is trying to figure out what happened to last year's salmon run and why the one this year set records and what can they expect next year. One of the theories for the sockeye boom of 2010, has been linked to a volcanic eruption in Alaska, in 2008.

From the good people at GreenPeace, a story about how BP and other European companies complicit in funding climate change denier candidates for the US senate. Speaking of BP, how furious growth and cost cutting led to their terrible record on the environment.

Another GreenPeace story about Cairn Energy failing in Arctic oil drilling attempts. In spite of a lot of bravado and bragging, they came up empty.


And here's a bonus video of some very brave GreenPeace activists doing their thing in Arctic waters:



Climate change brings us a new weather phenomenon: a weather bomb! I can hear the objections,  so go read, "Would recent extreme “events have occurred if atmospheric carbon dioxide had remained at its pre-industrial level of 280 ppm?” The “appropriate answer” is “almost certainly not.” Hansen - NASA. The thing is scientists have known for decades about the effects C02 has on the atmosphere and the greenhouse effect.

I start to really worry when people start talking about futurist techno-scenarios collectively known as geoengineering. Geez, what could go wrong?

2 comments:

LMA said...

That's a great video. Whenever I'm feeling down about biodiversity, climate change, the Tar Sands, etc., I visit Greenpeace.ca and Climateprogress.org for inspiration and hope.

Anonymous said...

Please, we must differentiate between Climate Change and Global Warming.
One is about pollution and the other is about Solar Sun/Winds etc.
If we don't, then we continue to fuck people's minds with bullshit.