Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Young People Getting Loud While Our Government Wins Another Fossil Award (Not a Good Thing)

While we are hoping that our government does the right thing in Copenhagen, it would appear that it may be the same old, same old. They seem intent on embarrassing us, and further destroying our country and our planet.

Simply put, they do not believe in the science of climate change, and as such have taken on board deniers and think tanks that are fossil fuel friendly.

A recent poll reveals that Canadians want this government to step up. They do want them to simply hook their wagon to the United States, but to come up with a viable plan to address this important issue. I'm not holding my breath because so far they are off to a bad start.

Canada takes first 'Fossil of the Day' at Copenhagen climate conference
By Travis Lupick

Canada has been awarded the first Fossil of the Day “award” at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. “Canada garnered today’s award for its unwavering commitment to stand firm in its inaction throughout these negotiations,” a media release states. The summit, COP15 for short, opened today (December 7) and is scheduled to run through to December 18.

We've also learned that the situation for those living downstream from the tar sands, is worse than suspected.

Toxic chemical levels higher in water downstream of Alberta oilsands plants
By Hanneke Brooymans
December 7, 2009

EDMONTON - Levels of toxic chemicals in the Athabasca watershed are up to 50 times higher downstream of oilsands development, a new University of Alberta study has found.
The research, spearheaded by renowned aquatics ecologist David Schindler, also estimates that Suncor and Syncrude deposit the equivalent of an oil spill’s worth of bitumen into the surrounding environment each year.

And that this decade has been the warmest on record.

2000s warmest decade on record: UN
December 8, 2009

The head of the World Meteorological Organziation, a United Nations weather agency, said Tuesday that this decade will "very likely" turn out to be the warmest on record going back to 1850. Michel Jarraud, the WMO's secretary general, added that 2009 will likely be about the fifth-warmest year on record. The WMO released it findings on the second day of the Copenhagen climate conference. Delegates at the 192-nation conference, which opened Monday, are trying to reach a new agreement on controlling greenhouse gas emissions.

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