Mon, 2006-08-14 16:33Richard Littlemore
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The Worst CO2 Polluters in the World

Further to an earlier post about Canada's poor environmental performance, here are some (slightly different) numbers on the top 10 worst CO2 emitting countries in the world. These are from the United Nations 2005 Human Development Report

 The top 10 emitters, on a per capita basis, are:

1. Qatar    53.1  metric tonnes per person per year

2. Trinidad and Tobago 31.9

3. Bahrain 30.6

4. United Arab Emirates 25.1

Mon, 2006-08-14 13:05Kevin Grandia
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China goes solar

The China Daily reported late last week that all new residential construction in the massive powerhouse city of Shenzhen must install solar powered water heating system. While we applaud this gesture to renewable energy, it is worth noting that there is an exemption for buildings over 12 storeys. For those who have been lucky enough to have visited this dynamic and vibrant city, you will quickly get my point, in that there are very few, if any, new buildings under 12 storeys!

Read more: China goes solar
Mon, 2006-08-14 10:27Kevin Grandia
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Vegas Blue Men take on global warming

Here is a great awareness ad by the the famous Vegas act, the Blue Man Group.
 
Mon, 2006-08-14 10:26Richard Littlemore
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Smug Canada Stumbles on Climate Change

Canadians' comfortable impression about the country's environmental performance took another hit today with the release of a survey showing that Canada ranks 17th among the world's 21 richest nations.

Canada's greenhouse gas production (and it's failure to propose any workable policies to reduce that production were among the major factors blamed for the low standing.

Canada produces 23.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per person per year, where the average among the riches countries was only 14 tonnes.

Mon, 2006-08-14 08:49Kevin Grandia
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And the letters pour in....

The Globe and Mail printed 3 letters of follow-up on the Friends of Science knock-out piece from the weekend found here and here. They are in the “insider edition” section for subscribers only, but here is a summary of them from the free section:

Flat Earth society
By PAUL THIESSEN
Monday, August 14, 2006, Page A14

Vancouver – In the 15th century, Tim Ball would probably have been criss-crossing the country eloquently opposing the heliocentric theory of our universe, or in an even earlier era, making impassioned speeches claiming that the Earth is flat.

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