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Letter: Taking climate change seriously. Re: “Boreal forest on the brink, study warns” (Extra, Sept. 5) Canada’s forest products industry is actually part of the solution to climate change.

Letter: Taking climate change seriously

It is unfortunate that the article by freelance writer Kevin Dougherty did not seek wider views on the health of Canada’s boreal forest. He used a Science article on the global boreal forest to conclude Quebec’s boreal is on the brink. In fact, the article mentions that Canada has the least intensively managed boreal forest in the world (35-40 per cent of our area is managed for industrial wood production, compared with 58 per cent in Russia and 90 per cent in Norway, Sweden and Finland). Canada has virtually no deforestation, just 0.02 per cent a year, so Canadian forests are largely retaining their carbon stocks.

The Canadian forest industry takes climate change seriously. David Lindsay, president and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada, Ottawa. Greenpeace sur Twitter : "It's finally here! Today is the premiere of our Sundance winning doc, How to Change the World. Tim Cook on Twitter: "Taking action to fight climate change is music to my ears - #SharetheLoveSong" 5 Quotes From Teddy Roosevelt That Exemplify What It Means To Be A Progressive. “Conservation is a great moral issue for it involves the patriotic duty of insuring the safety and continuance of the nation.”

5 Quotes From Teddy Roosevelt That Exemplify What It Means To Be A Progressive

On August 31, 1910, President Theodore Roosevelt uttered those words in his famous speech, “The New Nationalism.” UN Development sur Twitter : "#Indigenous activists fuse #tech w/ traditions for #ClimateAction: #GlobalGoals. Climatehawk1 on Twitter: "The reality of #globalwarming: We’re all frogs in a pot of slowly boiling water #climate #divest" Climate Reality sur Twitter : "We don’t have a lot of time on our hands. Retweet if you agree that it’s time to #ActOnClimate now. World Economic Forum sur Twitter : "What the world thinks of #climatechange.

The reality of global warming: We’re all frogs in a pot of slowly boiling water. Large waves hit the lighthouse and harbour at high tide at Newhaven in Sussex, southern England, February 15, 2014.

The reality of global warming: We’re all frogs in a pot of slowly boiling water

REUTERS/Toby Melville In 2009, global leaders agreed to try not to let the world warm more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times. This is sometimes seen as a rule of thumb for keeping on the right side of climate change, within “safe” territory. But that’s not at all how scientists meant it, Professor Camille Parmesan, an expert in biodiversity at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom said.

Climate risks don’t begin at 2C, she said; it’s more like where they go from high to intolerably high. The planet has already warmed by about 0.8C (1.7 Fahrenheit) since the late-19th century. Some of the world’s most iconic places are also the most vulnerable, and they are already feeling the effects. “We’re already seeing contraction of species in the most sensitive ecosystems, such as those dependent on sea ice or those living on mountain tops,” she said. U.S. Private Sector Vows To Ante Up On Climate Finance.

By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters Some of the biggest U.S. corporate names have offered their support - and billions of dollars in green financing pledges - to buttress the Obama administration's quest for a global agreement on combating climate change.

U.S. Private Sector Vows To Ante Up On Climate Finance

Google, Apple, Goldman Sachs and 10 other well-known companies joined the White House on Monday in launching the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, a campaign that the White House said would inject $140 billion in low-carbon investments into the global economy. The social strategy that is super-sizing the climate movement. Published on 21 July 2015 An estimated 400,000 people marched through midtown Manhattan on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 as part of the People's Climate March, a worldwide mobilization calling on world leaders meeting at the U.N. to commit to urgent action on climate change and 100% clean energy in New York.

The social strategy that is super-sizing the climate movement

IMAGE: KIKE CALVO/ASSOCIATED PRESS The movement to stop climate change is no longer just a brainy collective of scientists and greens — it's now a fighting force of more than one million activists from every corner of the planet. Behind the scenes, the digital organizers of international environmental group 350.org have been raising this army and directing it to put pressure on several key fronts. As the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris approaches this December, when a new international agreement on global warming is expected to be drafted, it looks like this new wave of people power will have enough clout to push decision-makers to do the right thing. Their secret?

Figueres: World can't delay against climate change. Is the climate crisis creating a global consciousness shift? By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Senior Editor Ian Hanington When an assassin killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914, no one called it the start of the First World War.

Is the climate crisis creating a global consciousness shift?

That happened years later, after the implications, consequences and scale of the response could be assessed. It's often the way. That's why historians are important; they put events in context. Climate Data Survey. Image uploaded by @AllanMargolin. The Coalition's push against renewables is bizarre, contradictory, risky nonsense. Not content with putting the renewable energy industry on hold through an interminable review, and then cutting the large scale component by more than one third, and then declaring wind energy to be offensive, ugly and unwelcome, the Coalition government has now decided to try to nobble the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

The Coalition's push against renewables is bizarre, contradictory, risky nonsense

Not for the first time, but the attempts by treasurer Joe Hockey and finance minister Matthias Cormann to impose bizarre, contradictory and mystifying restrictions on the $10bn institution are designed to prolong the drought in large scale renewable energy investment and extend it to small scale renewables as well. 3 Things You Need to Know About Three Decades of Deception About Climate Change.

More than half of the carbon dioxide ever created by humans has been released into the atmosphere since 1988.

3 Things You Need to Know About Three Decades of Deception About Climate Change

That was the year NASA climate scientist James Hansen told Congress that global warming was already underway and burning fossil fuels was the primary cause. Hansen’s testimony catapulted climate change from a low-key scientific specialty and the subject of obscure Capitol Hill committee hearings onto the front pages of the nation’s newspapers.

The oil, gas, and coal industries knew Hansen and his peers had the facts straight, but they responded with years of efforts to undercut carbon-cutting regulations—mostly by creating doubts about climate science, especially the link between burning fossil fuels and rising global temperatures. So, Why Should You Care? EnviroNews sur Twitter : "Judge Blocks 7 #Environmental Groups From Arguing in NJ-Exxon Refinery Case via @EnviroNewsTV. On climate change, Obama needs older adults (Opinion) Consider: The number of people 60 and older on Earth has doubled since 1980, and is forecast to reach 2 billion by 2050 -- jumping from 11% to 22% of the total population during the first half of this century, according to the World Health Organization.

On climate change, Obama needs older adults (Opinion)

Michael Smyer In the U.S. alone, adults 60 and older made up about 18% of the population in 2010, and by 2050 will reach about 25%. What does this have to do with climate change? This week, President Obama has a golden opportunity to add to his environmental legacy when the White House Conference on Aging convenes in Washington. Calling for Emergency Debate on BC’s response to Climate Change. Today in the Legislature I rose, pursuant to a seldom used provision in the Standing Orders, to call for an emergency debate on whether or not BC is acting with sufficient urgency and demonstrating the appropriate leadership on preparing for and mitigating the escalating impacts of climate change on our province.

Calling for Emergency Debate on BC’s response to Climate Change

Below I provide the rationale for why I believed that holding such a debate was of urgent public importance. I further reproduce the media release that accompanied my speech, a backgrounder, and details concerning the Standing Order. What is remarkable is that both the BC Liberal and BC NDP house leaders (Mike de Jong and Mike Farnworth) spoke against having such a debate. I await the speaker’s ruling as to whether or not a debate will occur. UNFCCC sur Twitter : "Apply for #UNFCCC internship to enhance action on #climatetech now! Be part of #RoadToParis. GOP climate change skeptics reap rewards in primary, but face risks in general election - Nation.

WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum calls climate change “a beautifully concocted scheme.” Senator Ted Cruz contends that no climate change has been recorded in the last 15 years, bluntly declaring, “It hasn’t happened.” Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon, has said, “We may be warming. We may be cooling.” Former Florida governor Jeb Bush grants that climate change is real, but he is unwilling to say it is caused by humans.

Continue reading below Donald Trump, meanwhile, sees a conspiracy: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing noncompetitive.” Most of the 17 Republicans running for president are skeptical about climate change caused by humans, a stance that appears to line up with conservative voters who hold sway in the GOP primary contest. But it jeopardizes their chances with the broader swath of voters who will determine the winner of the general election — and Democrats are ready to take advantage of that opportunity. Prioritizing key to climate change battle in Indonesia - Jakarta Post.

Climate change, health and opportunities for sustainable development. Californians back new policies to fight climate change, poll says. Californians are concerned about the effects of climate change and support new steps to address the problem, according to a poll released Wednesday night by the Public Policy Institute of California. The results could provide fodder for Gov. Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrats in the state Legislature, who are seeking new regulations to stem greenhouse gas emissions. “The results demonstrate beyond the shadow of a doubt that Californians of all stripes understand the moral and economic imperatives of action to address climate change and clean up our air, and the legislature is heeding their call,” Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said in a statement. Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) said the poll was flawed because it did not ask about the possibility that new environmental rules would create higher prices for Californians.

Climate Reality sur Twitter : "Retweet if you’re ready to be part of the historic movement to solve the climate crisis. #ClimateHope. How To Talk To A 5-Year-Old About Climate Change. Climate change can be a scary thing to talk about with grown-ups, let alone children. It is also very complex, with long-term effects that reach into future decades and centuries, and causes that include an invisible, odorless gas. When the president’s top science adviser encounters problems explaining climate change to members of the House Science Committee, the prospect of explaining fossil fuels, greenhouse gases, or ocean acidification to a 5-year-old or pre-teen can seem daunting. “When we talk to our kids, we have to explain the science of what’s happening,” said Lisa Hoyos, co-founder of Climate Parents, an organization focused on mobilizing families on the issue. “But it’s important to quickly pivot to what we can do to solve it.” The grassroots organization Moms Clean Air Force hosted a “Play-In for Climate Action” last week, with parents from all over the country rallying in a park north of the U.S.

“No,” said Lucy, sitting on the lawn. Some parents, however, can’t avoid it. Protesters heckle Clinton over climate change. A group of protesters demanded Hillary Clinton take a strong stance on climate change on Thursday, chanting to interrupt the Democratic presidential candidate during a town hall event in New Hampshire. Clinton was asked about her stance on banning fossil fuel extraction on public land, something she said she couldn’t support “until we get alternatives into place,” according to CNN.

An audience member followed up, saying she was disappointed by the answer and asking if it was because of campaign contributions Clinton has received from the fossil fuel industry. “No. No, it is not,” Clinton said, adding that the more politically appealing answer — that “you bet I will ban extraction on public lands” — would have been infeasible as a policy position. Heike Huntebrinker sur Twitter : "#CFCC15 #S3325 The importance of communication in #climate science... Sébastien Duyck sur Twitter : "today's #climate tragedy: at #GCFund, govrmts fully ignore messages from scientists at #CFCC15. bad omen for #COP21.

David Heurtel sur Twitter : ".@phcouillard: #CSOTA reiterates the active role and leadership of #StatesandRegions in the fight vs #climatechange. World Economic Forum sur Twitter : "How to encourage collective action on #climatechange. UNESCO sur Twitter : "We're helping African journalists better report on #climatechange so they keep ppl informed & put pressure on leaders. #ClimateChange YYC sur Twitter : "Mothers take fight against #climatechange to Washington. Climatehawk1 on Twitter: "Local action to cut #carbon emissions could avoid dangerous #globalwarming, study says: #climate" Climatehawk1 on Twitter: "12 tools for communicating #climate change more effectively #globalwarming #agw #ActOnClimate" CitizensClimateLobby sur Twitter : "What happens when 900 #climate activists come to Washington and lobby Congress? Find out:

Victorian Greens #Auspol #SpringSt I support politicians who R passionate about #ClimateChange. Climatehawk1 on Twitter: "Local action to cut #carbon emissions could avoid dangerous #globalwarming, study says: #climate" Jeremy Vreeken - Climate Testimony. Politikelle on Twitter: "Major Climate Change Conference Kicks Off In Toronto (without #Harper) via @HuffPostCanada #cdnpoli #CSOTA" EcoWife sur Twitter : "Time to Wake Up: How Citizens United Altered the #climatechange Debate: << Excellent!" Kira Thomsen-Cheek sur Twitter : ".@marcorubio I'm sure you love your family - so why won't you ACT on #climatechange sir? #climateaction #Encyclical" Dusty gedge sur Twitter : "Civil groups heat up #climate debate #Environment... Changes Everything sur Twitter : ""it isn’t too late to act... our only obstacle at present is willpower." #climateaction @MichaelEMann.