Canada’s largest city is embarking on a plan to fight climate change and global warming by slashing greenhouse-gas emissions by 80 per cent from 1990 levels by 2050. Mayor David Miller says cleaning the air is “the issue of our time, maybe of all time.”
After some debate, the scientists and diplomats of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued their long-anticipated summary report in February – leaving out a reference to an accelerated warming trend.
By excluding statements that provoked disagreement and adhering strictly to data published in peer-reviewed journals, the IPCC has generated a conservative document that may underestimate the changes that will result from a warming world, much as its 2001 report did.
Although the vast majority is convinced, a new survey by Angus Reid Strategies also found that people in various regions hold different attitudes. In Alberta, as example, 69 per cent of respondents said they believed in global warming, while in Quebec, the number soared to 83 per cent.
Fifty-seven per cent of Quebecers, moreover, said they are promoting better behavior toward the environment while only 36 per cent of Albertans said they are doing the same.
A group called the Children's Clean Air Network, comprised of Halifax elementary school students, has inspired one car dealership to stop their daily idling habits.
Ron Zima, of the CCAN has a mission to make idling in Halifax a thing of the past, hoping to make it as socially unacceptable as cigarettes.
His group’s video inspired Volkswagen dealership owner Mike Velemirovich to stop the practice of starting and running every car on his lot on cold days. Not only is he inspired by the environmental benefit but his annual savings from eliminating that practice alone, which even he acknowledges as useless, is $3000! Unlike your typical Idol contests - everybody wins here.
Here are recent statements by vocal media impressarios and think tanks who spend their time, not in a laboratory, but in the popular media trying to convince the public that global warming is either not happening, or is not caused by our continued consumption of fossil fuels (oil, coal, gas etc).
Below each one, I have also provided an historical quote on what they had to say about the effects of CFC's on the hole in the o-zone layer. Notice any similarities?