Sunday, March 30, 2008
Congratulations Barbara Hale for winning the two via rail tickets courtesy of Via Rail Canada. Ms Hale was not in attendance at the Environment Hamilton Annual General Meeting which was however well attended-over 80 people. Thanks to everyone who participated in the vehicle log project. You all did great and we will be contacting you with feed back.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Who? Green Party of Hamilton and First Unitarian's Social Justice Committee
Featuring; Speaker Mike Nickerson, and local musicians
All proceeds go all proceeds go to local environmental and social justice charities. Food donations are gratefully accepted
After 8:00pm all lights will go out and they will use candles.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Earth Hour service at St. James Church, 137 Melville, Dundas. We will have an Earth Hour Candlelight vigil on March 29. Doors open at 7:30 for quiet meditation, and the lights go out promptly at 8 pm. and will be turned on again at 9 pm. Wheelchair accessible from the back door.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
'Don't Soot': the Messenger
Daily Grist, March 25th 2008
Soot pollution contributes significantly to climate change and is second only to carbon dioxide as a climate-warming factor, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience. The study estimates that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change may have underestimated soot's role as a climate-warming factor by about three or four times. If the new research is correct, significantly reducing soot pollution with currently available technology could have a dramatic almost-immediate effect on reducing climate change in the short term since soot only lingers in the atmosphere for about a week; carbon dioxide lingers for up to a century. The world's governments already have plenty of incentive to cut soot pollution as it kills over 1.5 million people a year, mostly in developing countries where coal and wood are burned in homes for cooking and heating. "Providing alternative energy-efficient and smoke-free cookers, and introducing transferring technology for reducing soot emissions from coal combustion in small industries could have major impacts," the study said.
sources: The Guardian, Science Daily, Agence France-Presse
see also, in Gristmill: Ordinary soot second-biggest driver of climate change and quickest means of abatement
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
The Hamilton Spectator
(Mar 11, 2008)
A new national report says Canadians better start planning to adapt to effects of global warming because they're real, happening now and will get worse no matter what we do to limit emission of greenhouse gases.
The study, the first comprehensive cross-Canada look at the impact of climate change in more than a decade, was quietly posted on the Natural Resources Canada website shortly after 5 p.m. Friday. It had been ready for release for several months.
Quentin Chiotto, one of two lead authors of the Ontario chapter, told a Hamilton audience late last month that fighting climate change "calls for an effort equal to dealing with global world war," but said current efforts fall far short.
The tipping point will come in about 15 years, said Chiotto. We should start now to make tough decisions on how to deal with lower levels on the Great Lakes, inland water shortages, heat waves, more smog, intense storms and flooding.
Climate Action Network Canada said the report provides dramatic evidence of the costs of climate change and the need for urgent action.
"This report is yet another wake-up call for a government that has not yet produced a meaningful climate change plan or passed any legislation to protect Canadians from global warming," said the network's Graham Saul.
"Canada is paying the environmental and economic costs of climate change already, and unless the government acts immediately, the future impacts will be catastrophic."
The Ontario chapter contains both good and bad news, and while the authors feel the province has the potential to adapt, they say, "It also is possible that some changes in climate may occur too rapidly for ecosystems, social systems and industry to adapt effectively."
John Bennett of ClimateforChange.ca said in response, "An adaptation strategy that protects Canada's environment and economy must become a government priority."
The report says northern Canada will feel the greatest impacts and is less able to adapt than other regions. But it pulls together data indicating that southern Ontario -- with a burgeoning population -- will also have to scramble to cope.
It foresees lower Great Lakes water levels limiting cargoes ships can carry, making it more expensive to ship coal and iron ore to Hamilton steel mills, reducing hydroelectric power production and drying up wetland fish and water bird habitat.
With water in the lakes warming, toxic blue-green algae and invasive species from warmer climates will flourish, while lake trout will become scarce.
The growing season for grapes and other fruit may be longer, but icewine production could drop. Ice fishing is already in decline, but the golf season could be longer by the 2020s.
To read the full report titled From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate 2007, go to: http://adaptation.nrcan.gc.ca/assess/2007/index_e.php.
Monday, March 10, 2008
We will have speaker Mark Mattson Environmental Lawyer and Lake Ontario WaterKeeper; Legally Protecting Our Water Ways
An environmental lawyer, Mark is in the forefront of protecting our lakes and rivers and fighting for real improvements. He has acted as counsel for environmental and public interest groups at some fifty hearings, and is host of the weekly radio show and podcast, Living At the Barricades. Mark is also the supervising attorney with the Clean Water Workshop, a program dedicated to mentoring law students and providing legal tools to citizens fighting for clean water in their
communities. And he closely follows the situation in Hamilton Harbour,
Where; Free Way (FRWY) Cafe 333 King Street East at Wellington
starts at 7pm
Note; to people who took part in the vehicle log pilot, we will be having the Via Rail draw at this meeting. Plan to be there!!