BC Garbage, AB Oil, Auto Emissions, Alaska Lawsuits, Burns Bog, and Global Day of Action

April 4, 2009 at 1:27 pm | Posted in environment | Leave a comment

Canada to set mandatory vehicle fuel standards:

The Startling Effects of Going Vegetarian for Just One Day:

BC could sent waste to Washington State:

“Metro Vancouver says it’s going to be forced to send garbage to U.S. landfills because its own regional landfill in Cache Creek, British Columbia, will reach capacity by the end of 2010.”

BC’s effort to promote energy exports to California as green power is failing:

Alberta Lobbying Hard in Washington on Cap and Trade Bill:

Posteriors are puckering throughout the Alberta oil patch as long-overdue climate and green economy legislation moves through the US Congress. The provincial government has responded by hiring Washington lobbyists at $500,000 per year to try and ensure whatever bill gets passed is so watered down that does not impact the dirtiest oil on Earth.

US government files lawsuit against BP Exploration in Alaska:

The complaint accuses BP of failing “to prepare and implement spill prevention” and take other measures mandated by the Clean Water Act.

The complaint also alleges that the company “improperly” removed asbestos-containing materials from its pipelines, violating the Clean Air Act, and didn’t comply in a timely manner with a federal order requiring tests, inspection and repairs.

The government asked the court for civil penalties “up to the maximum amount authorized by law,” and to order BP to “take all appropriate action to prevent spills in the future,”

Are Insurance Companies the New Climate Ally?

Insurance companies might not come to mind as key environmental advocates, but they have a vested interest in climate change: billions—if not trillions—of dollars. As sea levels rise, storms gain force and even as agricultural patterns change, insurance companies will have to shell out more and more cash to cover losses.

First Economical Process’ For Making Biodiesel Fuel From Algae:

One of the problems with current methods for producing biodiesel from algae oil is the processing cost, and the New York researchers say their innovative process is at least 40 percent cheaper than that of others now being used. Supply will not be a problem: There is a limitless amount of algae growing in oceans, lakes, and rivers, throughout the world.

Another benefit from the “continuously flowing fixed-bed” method to create algae biodiesel, they add, is that there is no wastewater produced to cause pollution.

Spiritual groups launch “pilgrimage” to save Burns Bog, April 26:

Leadership for the Sunday, April 26, pilgrimage to the Burns Bog in north Delta is coming from Metro Vancouver Unitarian Church members as well as Catholics, Jews, Anglicans and those with the United Church. They say Burns Bog, sometimes called “the lungs” of the city, reduces global warming by sequestering carbon emissions, cleans the city’s water supply and provides habitat for many species, including owls, frogs and eagles.

Event Details – April 26th, 2:00pm


“We’re calling on people around the world to organize a 350 action for October 24 at an iconic place in their community and upload a photo of their event to 350.org website. ”

And who exactly is ‘we’? From Wikipedia:

“Bill McKibben (born 1960) is an American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the need for more localized economies. Beginning in the summer of 2006, he led the organization of the largest demonstrations against global warming in American history.”

“In late summer 2006 he helped lead a five-day walk across Vermont to call for action on global warming that some newspaper accounts called the largest demonstration to date in America about climate change.”

In the wake of Step It Up’s achievements, the same team announced a new campaign in March 2008 called 350.org. The organizing effort, aimed at the entire globe, drew its name from climate scientist James Hansen’s contention earlier that winter that any atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide above 350 parts per million was unsafe. “If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 385 ppm to at most 350 ppm, but likely less than that.” Hansen et al. stated in the Abstract to their paper.

350.org, which has offices and organizers in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, attempts to spread that 350 number in advance of international climate meetings set for December 2009 in Copenhagen.

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