Promise to Protect Canada's Great Bear Rainforest - A Major Carbon Storehouse - Hangs in Balance

Two years ago, the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia captured the world's imagination when BC Premier Gordon Campbell announced a progressive conservation agreement to protect the globally significant rainforest home to the mysterious white Spirit Bear.

BC's coastal old-growth rainforests contain between 500 up to an astounding high of 1300 tonnes of carbon per hectare. They also continue to capture around 2 tonnes of carbon per hectare from the atmosphere each year. Years of clearcut logging cut vast holes in the rainforest, threatening to destroy it and worsen the climate crisis.

Clean Coal? Just say no

“Coal is about acid rain and peasouper smogs, asthma and mercury contamination, radioactive waste emissions and ripping apart mountains, killing trees, lung cancer and, of course, global warming.

“Coal emits more carbon dioxide for every unit of energy generated than any other fuel. Sure you can clean it up a bit – though the toxins you've taken out of the ground have to go somewhere. But clean coal? Just say no.”

Excerpted from an excellent “clean coal” article in the Guardian
 

As We've All Been Taught, Virtue Is Its Own Reward!

Exxon Mobil Corp. set a quarterly profit record for a U.S. company, surging past analyst estimates.\

Exxon Mobil, the leading U.S. oil company, said its 2008 third-quarter net profit was $14.83 billion, or $2.86 per share, up from $9.41 billion, or $1.70, a year earlier. The company's prior record was $11.68 billion in the second quarter of 2008.

DSCOVR Mission May Be Gutted

Here is the latest twist in the bizarre story about the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR). Apparently, the US Air Force is in discussions with NASA to take over the mission, with one important catch: that all the Earth observing instruments be removed.

It seems the Air Force is more interested in looking at the Sun than our warming planet and plans are being made to send the spacecraft one million miles distant – only to look the other way.

A 100 Day Climate Change Crash Course for the Next President

Of the many daunting challenges facing the next president, few loom larger than climate change.

Though the languishing economy will likely dictate his administration’s immediate priorities, many of the president’s long-term objectives will be shaped by the prism of energy and the climate. Yet, for all the talk of energy independence and a green economy, we still know very few specifics about what a President Barack Obama or President John McCain would do during his first term to tackle the climate issue.

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