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RECYCLER CLOSES (ONTARIO)

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PLANT CLOSING . . . . . . December 27, 2007 - A Malton plant that recycles meat trays and other products made of polystyrene is closing.
Opened in 1991 and operated by the Canadian Polystyrene Recycling Association (CPRA), the plant has been badly hurt by the healthy Canadian dollar and the fact many municipalities don't allow their residents to put polystyrene in blue boxes for recycling. ......THIS TYPE OF INDUSTRY IS DESPERATELY NEEDED IN THE TORONTO,CANADA . . .REGION . . .NOW . . . . .TONNES OF TRASH HAS NOWHERE TO GO . . .OTHER THAN . . .DREADED . . .LAND . .FILL . . .AND ITS . . . .PROBLEMS.

ONTARIO ELECTRIC-POWER

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. . . . . . . . . . . . ELECTRIC POWER DEMAND IN ONTARIO FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2007 IS SHOWN IN THE ABOVE PICTURED GRAPH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .WHAT IS INTERESTING . . ABOUT . . .THIS . . .IS . . . . THE . . . . .BOTTOM . . .GREEN . . .SPIKES . . . ON . .THE . .GRAPH . . .WHICH . . .INDICATES . . . THE . . .MININUM . . . ELECTRICITY . . . .USAGE .EACH . . GREEN . . . BOTTOM . . SPIKE(THERE ARE 30) . . . . .AVERAGES . . .OUT . . .AROUND . . . .14000 . . .MEGAWATTS . . . OF . . .ELECTRIC . . POWER. . . . . .THIS . . . .MININUM . . . . DEMAND . . . . . HAPPENS . . . .EACH . . . .NIGHT . . . WHEN . .THERE . . IS . .MININUM . . .HUMAN . . .ACTIVITY. . . . . . .. . . . . . .SO . . . .WHAT . . .YOU . . .SAY . . . . . . . . . . . . .FOR . . ONE . . THING . . . IT . . .SHOWS . . .THAT . . WE . . .HUMANS . . LIVING . . .IN . .ONTARIO . . .CANADA . . . .ARE . . . CAPABLE . . . OF . . ADAPTING . . . .OUR . . . LIFESTYLES . . .TO . .…

UNSINKABLE ?

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. . . . . . . .ONE REASON WHY .. . .THE STORY . .AND . .FATE . . OF . .THE . ."UNSINKABLE" . . .TITANIC . . . IS . . . SO . . POPULAR . . . .IS THAT . . IT . .MIRRORS . . . TRUE . . .LIFE . . . IN . . . THIS . . .GENERATION . . . THE . . . .ANALOGY . . .IS VERY . . . ACCURATE . . .WHEN . . .YOU . . .COMPARE . . . .PRESENT . .DAY . . .DILLEMA . . . .ABOUT . . .CLIMATE . . .CHANGE . . .(AKA:ICEBERG) . . . . . .AND . . .PLANET . . EARTH . . .(AKA:TITANIC) . . . . . . . . UNLESS . . .WE(EVERYONE) . . CHANGES . . . .COURSE . .(GAS/ENERGY GUZZLING LIFESTYLE) . . . .WE . . .MIGHT . . .STILL . . . AVOID . . .THAT . . ICEBERG . . . .BUT . . . .THERE . . .MUST . . .BE . . .PROGRESS.

OPEN PIT URANIUM

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MINE . . . . . .COMING . .TO . . . . . .ONTARIO . . . SOON ? ? . . . . . . . . . THIS . . .IS . . .WHAT . . .A URANIUM . . MINE . . .LOOKS . . LIKE . . . . . . . .IN . .THE . . REGION . . . .BETWEEN . . .KINGSTON . . . . .AND . . . OTTAWA . . . . IN . . .EASTERN . . .ONTARIO . . .CANADA . . . . . . . .30,000 . . . .ACRES . . .OF . . .PRISTINE . . . .FOREST . . . .AND . . . .FARMLAND . . . .HAS . .BEEN . .STAKED . . OUT . . BY . .PROSPECTORS . . . .IN . . .ORDER . . TO . . .REGISTER . . .AND . . .CLAIM . . .AND . .SELL . . .TO . . . .FRONTENAC . . .MINES . .CORPORATION . . . . .LOOK . . .CLOSELY . .AT . . THE . . . ABOVE . .PHOTO . . .OF . .A . .URANIUM . . .MINE . do . . you want or(need) this in ONTARIO . . . . . .for me i would rather have it remain farmland,and forest. . . .THIS IS THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET OF SO-CALLED "CLEAN" NUCLEAR ENERGY.

the BIG box

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . ..If we consume less Chinese emissions will necessarily go down. Proof? WalMart is the biggest retailer in the world and a majority of its goods (84%) come from China.In other words, Chinese emissions don't happen in a vaccuum: they are a direct result of over-consumption in Canada and the U.S. for goods we don't need with money we don't have (i.e. credit cards). We can lower our emissions and China's at the same time by buying less crap.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SOUNDS LIKE A SENSIBLE SOLUTION . . . . . . . . . ..

GIFTS FOR PLANET EARTH

. . . . . . . . . .Greenpeace http://www.presentsfortheplanet.ca/ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .THOUGHTFUL . . . .LAST . . .MINUTE . . .CHRISTMAS . . . GIFTS . . . . . . . IDEAS . . . . . . .CLICK . . . . . . .ON . . . . . . .THE . . . .ABOVE . . . .WEBSITE . . . . . .

ALL FOR THE LOVE

By HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press Writer Mon Dec 17, 4:02 PM ET
JEFFERSON, Iowa - Because of rising demand for ethanol, American farmers are growing more corn than at any time since World War II. And sea life in the Gulf of Mexico is paying the price.

. . . . .ALL . . FOR . . THE . . .LOVE . . . . OF . . .A . . .CAR .. .

.... .....TO . . REPLACE . . GASOLINE . . WE . . GROW . . .CORN


The nation's corn crop is fertilized with millions of pounds of nitrogen-based fertilizer. And when that nitrogen runs off fields in Corn Belt states, it makes its way to the Mississippi River and eventually pours into the Gulf, where it contributes to a growing "dead zone" — a 7,900-square-mile patch so depleted of oxygen that fish, crabs and shrimp suffocate.
The dead zone was discovered in 1985 and has grown fairly steadily since then, forcing fishermen to venture farther and farther out to sea to find their catch. For decades, fertilizer has been considered the prime cause of …

SOUTH KOREA + CO2

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .As a result, South Korea too will have to prepare to reduce greenhouse gases. Until recently, the country had no obligation as it was classified as a developing nation. But as the world’s ninth largest greenhouse gas emitter and the world's 11th largest economy, the country is expected to face pressure from developed countries to set a higher target. "We need to replace the current carbon energy-based economic structure with a structure using low carbon, clean energy technologies,” said Choi Jae-chul, the director general of the International Economic Affairs Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
South Korea will find it virtually impossible to continue its free ride. According to the 2004 UN Development Program report, South Korea ranked ninth in the world in carbon dioxide emission, recording a staggering 93 percent increase in emissions since 1990, the third highest after China (103 percent) and India (97 percent) in the top …

XMAS-STUFF ?

http://www.storyofstuff.com/This video is by Annie Leonard who traveled around the world for 10 years trying to understand where all the 'stuff' we buy comes from and where it goes. She uncovers hidden costs of our purchases and what drives us to be part of this consumer lifestyle and offers hope and insights for change. Children will be moved. Maybe the new way of activism is putting a stop to buying stuff---at this point it has become quite an addiction. Who will ask friends and relatives to not buy "stuff" for our children? . . . . . . . . . . . .WATCH THIS VIDEO AND THEN THINK BEFORE YOU BUY . . . NEXT . .TIME.

NUKE SAFETY

Dec 16, 2007 04:30 AM Thomas Walkom
What's the point of a nuclear regulator that can be bypassed when it proves inconvenient? Federal MPs unanimously voted to overrule Canada's nuclear watchdog last week. They said it was to protect the public. The real reason seems to be that they couldn't bear to break up their six-week Christmas holidays.
At issue is the federal Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.'s Chalk River nuclear reactor. It uses weapons-grade uranium to produce medical isotopes. It's also 50 years old.
Only five plants in the world produce isotopes. Atomic Energy of Canada, or AECL, sells its output to MDS Nordion, a private company with a lock on the North American market.
So when AECL announced last month that it was shutting down its Chalk River reactor for safety reasons, there was some consternation in both the corporate and medical worlds.
The dispute between AECL and its regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, turns on the issue of backup power. Th…

COLOSSAL FOSSILS

. . . . . . . .Canada and the U.S: Colossal Fossils
Bali and Ottawa – On the closing day of the UN climate talks in Bali, Canada and the United States were jointly awarded the “Colossal Fossil” award by a global network of over 400 environmental organizations. The two countries earned the dishonour by being in a dead tie for garnering the largest number of “fossil of the day” awards, which recognize the countries that have done the most to block progress at the talks each day of the 14-day conference. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . .hoo-ray we 're number 53 . . . out of 56 . . . .as being one of the worst polluters . . on the planet . . . . . . .and also . . . .the C.F. award (see above) was awarded to 2 countries we call home. . . . . . . . .not . .'canada's finest hour'.

ONE SNOW STORM

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. . . . . . . . DOES NOT MAKE A SEASON . . . . . . . .JUST BECAUSE . . . .WE . . .(TORONTO,CANADA) . . . GET . . . . .A . . . .BLIZZARD . . .IN THE MIDDLE . .OF DECEMBER-2007 . . . . . .DOES NOT MEAN . . . . . .THAT . . . GLOBAL WARMING . . . .HAS . . STOPPED . . . . .MANY . . DENIERS WOULD HAVE YOU BELEIVE THAT. . . . . . BUT . . .BEFORE YOU CELEBRATE . . . . REMEMBER LAST . . DECEMBER(06) . . . .AND . . DON'T . . FORGET . . .JANUARY(07) . . . . .THINGS . . .WERE SO . . .BAD . . . THAT . . .THERE WAS NO FROST OR SNOW . . . . ON THE NORMALLY COLDEST MONTHS OF THE YEAR. . . . . . . SKI . . RESORTS IN THE TORONTO . . .REGION . . .CLOSED . . .DUE TO LACK OF SNOW AND LACK OF COLD TEMPERATURES . . . . . . . . THIS BLOG INVITES . .YOU . .TO REMEMBER . . .TO . . ..BE VIGILANT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE . . IN THE LONG TERM.

BIG BOX MART

click here for Big Box Mart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .this animated cartoon is so funny and so professionally done that . . . . . .i decided to feature it again on . . . .my . . . . .blog . . . . . also . . . .the above mentioned big . . box . . store . . . .is . . .now . .in the process . . . .of . . .building another BIG BOX STORE WITH ACRES OF PAVED PARKING IN THE WATER FRONT AREA OF TORONTO,ONTARIO,CANADA . . .I . . .SUGGEST ALL PEOPLE HERE IN THE CITY TO LOOK . . .CAREFULLY AT THIS VIDEO . . . . .BEFORE YOU . . SUPPORT SUCH . . A STORE . . . OR SHOP IN ONE . . .ITS ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY IS . .DISMAL . . .AS IS . . .THE BITTER CONSEQUENCES TO ALL THE LOCALLY OWNED . . . . . . AND MANAGED SMALL BUSINESS IN THE AREA. . . . . . . . SO . . .THINK BEFORE . .U . .BUY . . .AT THE BIG . .BOX . . .STORE. . . .ENJOY THE CARTOON.

GREENSPACE FOR SALE

. . . ..IN BEAUTIFUL ONTAR-AR-IO,CANADA ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY ACRES OF SCENIC GREEN FOREST WOODLAND WITH A MILLION DOLLAR LOOKOUT VIEW OF THE SURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE. . . . . . . . . . . .THE PLACE . . . . IS . . .THE DUNLAP . . .OBSERVATORY . . . . . .AND . . . . ACREAGE . . . . . . . . .THE PRESENT OWNERS . . THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO HAS DECIDED THAT THESE LANDS ARE SURPLUS TO THEIR NEEDS AND SO THEY WANT TO SELL . . . . . . . .BUT . . . .NOT EVERYBODY IN SURROUNDING RICHMOND HILL WANT IT SOLD.IN FACT THE VAST MAJORITY WANT IT KEPT AS IT IS, AN ISLAND OF GREEN IN AN OCEAN OF PAVED HIGHWAYS AND SUBDIVISIONS. . . . . . . PETITIONS HAVE BEEN PRESENTED TO QUEENS PARK PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT TO PRESERVE THIS LAND AS AN ECOLOGICAL RESERVE AND NOT SOLD TO DEVELOPERS . . . . . .ALSO PUBLIC DEMONSTRATIONS WILL BE HELD SHORTLY TO CARRY THIS MESSAGE LOUD AND CLEAR. I HOPE THE MPP'S ARE LISTENING.

NUCLEAR MEDICINE POLITICS

Dec 13, 2007 04:30 AM peter calamai science reporter
Concern over the shortage of medical isotopes is not the only reason the Harper government has chosen to make Canada a nuclear safety outlaw, and it may not even be the overriding one.
Two other concerns likely figure in the government's decision to do an end run around the country's nuclear safety watchdog – the impending privatization of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL), a federal Crown corporation, and getting regulatory approval for a new generation of Candu reactors.
The prospects for both are improved by undermining the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the independent body that regulates all nuclear matters in the country, from the Pickering power reactor to the radioactive tritium that makes exit signs glow. . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . .. .THE TORONTO STAR NEWSPAPER HAS A MORE ACCURATE ASSESMENT OF THE RECENT CONTROVERSY ABOUT THE NUCLEAR MEDICINE ISOTOPES . . . . . . . . THE GOVERNMENT HAS OVER-RULED THE SAFTEY …

CARS AND COFFINS

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. . . . . . .AT DUNDAS SQUARE IN TORONTO ONTARIO,CANADA ON DECEMBER 8,2007 . . . . .A DISPLAY OF . . SOME OF THE ARTIFACTS . .OF . . OUR PRESENT DAY . . . LIFE . . .STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . THE OCCASION WAS THE WORLD WIDE RALLY AND ECOLOGY MOVEMENT TO EMPHASIZE THE NEED TO . .reduce . . MAN MADE GREENHOUSE GAS EMMISIONS.

A GLOBAL QUESTION

. . . . . . . . . . "Will those responsible for decisions in the field of climate change at the global level listen to the voice of science and knowledge, which is now loud and clear?"

YANGTZE(CHANG JIANG) RIVER

The Amazon may be larger, the Nile longer, but no river flows through the lives of as many people as the Yangtze, known in China as the Chang Jiang.
Despite the spectacular views, for many it brings back memories of bitterness and pain.
Zhang Zheng Jun now lives with his wife in one room overlooking the river, his only belongings spilling out of a suitcase.
In March he was forcibly relocated - his home demolished to make way for a bridge over the new reservoir created by China's Three Gorges Dam.
Zhang is angry about his treatment by the authoritiesWhen he refused to accept the government's compensation offer he was arrested and his house torn down.
Up to four million people may lose their homes before the project is completed in 2009.
More than 1.5 million people have already been forcibly resettled, but many complain they have yet to see any compensation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MILLIONS OF UNTOLD STORIES ALONG THE RIVER . . . . . . . . .IT'S A SA…

LIFE CYCLE OF CARS

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Look at the life-cycle of cars: minerals extracted from the ground produce toxic mine tailings, a massive amount of energy is used to produce a single car, arable land and forests are destroyed to make roads, oil extraction industries pollute the sea and earth to produce the fuel cars need, wars are fought to secure oil hegemony, CO2 is burned by cars causing global warming and lethal smog, millions of people are run over and injured in car accidents, road rage and traffic jams less the quality of lives of citizens, insidious advertising by car companies dominates public spaces (called 'mind pollution'), needed housing is displaced by roads (as in NYC), cars at the end of their life cycle become waste (as in the photo above). . . .. .. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .. . . . .. .. TRUER WORDS WERE NEVER WRITTEN . . . . . . . . . . . .UNFORTUNATELY . . .THESE . . . WORDS WILL NEVER APPEAR IN . . . .FRONT . . . . PAGE . . .MEDIA . . . . . .SIMPLY . . .BECAUSE…

PUBLIC FUNDS PRIORITY

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . .The auto industry and demanding drivers put pressure on politicians to invest public funds in roads. Modern cities are designed to accommodate the car. But in this era of peak oil and climate change, this misallocation of public funds is suicidal. Cars need to be phased out and investment in public transit increased. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

"MY OYSTERS ARE ALL DEAD"

SHINDURI BEACH, South Korea - Chung Hwan-hyang surveyed the damage from South Korea's worst oil spill, saddened by the knowledge that the oyster farm she and her husband ran for 30 years was lost.

"My oysters are all dead," the 70-year-old woman said Sunday as she and thousands of others cleaned foul-smelling oil from Shinduri Beach. "I cried and cried last night. I don't know what to do."
Some 2.7 million gallons of crude gushed into the ocean after a collision Friday between a barge and a supertanker carrying more than 260,000 tons of crude oil.
For Chung and other residents of Taean County, nearly 100 miles southwest of Seoul, the spill brought despair and shock at how the pollution shattered lives and businesses. . . . . . . . . . . .THE AREA WHERE THE COLLISION CAUSED OIL SPILL OCCURED (IS ?) WAS A SEASIDE TOURIST AND CONSERVATION AREA . . . . . . .AND NOW ITS RUINED THANKS TO OUR DEPENDENCY ON OIL. . . . . . . .SOLUTION ? . . YOU ASK ? YES . . . . .…
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"China is in the process of industrialization and there is a need for economic growth to meet the basic needs of the people and fight against poverty," said Su Wei, a member of the country's delegation at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali.
"I just wonder whether it's fair to ask developing countries like China to take on binding targets or mandatory targets," Su said. "I think there is much room for the United States to think whether it's possible to change (its) lifestyle and consumption patterns in order to contribute to the protection of the global climate." . .. .... ... . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . this comment from the china delegate to the climate conference in bali,indonesia . . . .seems to make sense . . . .partly . . . .but the problem of climate change will not go away if china is exempted from pollution controls. . . . . . MOST . . DEFINITELY . .THE . . LIFESTYLE . . . AND . . . CONSUMPTION . . . .PATTERNS . . .…

RALLY-PHOTOS

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. . . . .MANY PHOTOS OF THE WORLD WIDE RALLY(TORONTO REGION) TO PROTEST THE GREENHOUSE GAS EMMISSIONS ON PLANET EARTH (DEC 8-07)

HUNGER-STRIKE-DAY#62

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DECEMBER 8-2007,QUEENS PARK RALLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .THE SPEAKER AT THE MICROPHONE IS DONNA DILLMAN,THE COURAGEOUS GRANDMOTHER FROM THE SHARBOT LAKE AREA OF ONTARIO .. . . . . . .WHERE . . . . .A URANIUM MINE . . .IS BEING . . . .DEVELOPED . . . .AGAINST THE WISHES OF THE INHABITANTS OF THE COMMUNITY. . . . . . .SHE . . .HAS BEEN . . .ON . .A 62 . .DAY HUNGER STRIKE . . TO PROTEST THE . . .PLANNED OPENING OF THE MINE.

COFFINS-AND-CARS

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. . . . . . .THIS PHOTO OF A DISABLED CAR AND MAKE BELIEVE COFFINS REPRESENTING THE REAL STATISTICS OF THE DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY AUTOMOBILES WAS TAKEN AT A SATURDAY DEC 8/07 RALLY AND MARCH BY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN TORONTO,ONTARIO,CANADA

GREEN JOBS

Thursday December 6 2007
By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent
NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Climate change is creating millions of "green jobs" in sectors from solar power to biofuels that will slightly exceed layoffs elsewhere in the economy, a U.N. report said on Thursday.
Union experts at U.N. climate talks in Bali, Indonesia, said the findings might ease worries among many workers that tougher environmental standards could mean an overall loss of jobs for many countries.
"Millions of new jobs are among the many silver, if not indeed gold-plated, linings on the cloud of climate change," Achim Steiner, head of the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a statement.
"New research reveals that these jobs are not for just the middle classes -- the so-called 'green collar' jobs -- but also for workers in construction, sustainable forestry and agriculture, engineering and transportation," he said.
The study of "Green Jobs" arou…

OIL SPILL KOREA

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An oil tanker off the west coast of South Korea has been hit by a barge, causing thousands of tonnes of oil to spill into the Yellow Sea, South Korea's maritime ministry says.

The collision at about 7:30am local time (2230 GMT) on Thursday left holes in three containers aboard the Hong Kong-registered Hebei Spirit, a ministry official said.

Lee Jang-hoon said the barge ship was being towed and "collided with the oil tanker at anchor, breaching the cargo section and leaking crude oil".

He said that because the ship had tilted slightly "it's unlikely there will be huge additional spills".

The 146,000-tonne tanker was struck while at anchor off Daesan port in the Taean region.
There were no human casualties in the accident, but the extent of its potential damage to communities or wildlife in the area was not immediately clear, another ministry official said.The maritime ministry said the Hebei Spirit had already leaked about 10,800 tonnes of crude oil into the sea …

THE-SOLUTIONS

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. . . .DO THE ABOVE . . . . . . . .AND . . . .MOST . . . . IMPORTANT . . DONT. .BUY . .A..CAR.

THE-PROBLEM

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ONE PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS, EIGHT PICTURES IS WORTH EIGHT THOUSAND WORDS

TORONTO GREENBELT

. . . . . . . Dec 04, 2007 04:30 AM Peter Gorrie ENVIRONMENT REPORTER
The province is letting development run roughshod over protection of invaluable natural resources, Ontario's green watchdog says.
The region around Toronto is being decimated by expanding suburbs, highways and gravel pits, despite creation of the GTA Greenbelt and regulations to control urban sprawl, Environmental Commissioner Gordon Miller says in his annual report, to be released today.
In the North, lack of planning and reliance on policies that give mining companies virtually unfettered access to the fragile wilderness threaten to destroy what Miller calls an "ecological treasure." . . . . . . . . . . . ..THANKS TO GORDON MILLER FOR THIS IMPORTANT ANNUAL REPORT . . . . . . .AND ALSO THANKS TO THE NEWSPAPERS FOR THE ARTICLES (ABOVE CLIP TORONTO STAR) . . . .. .. . .. .. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .THIS REPORT IS VERY TIMELY AS IT COMES WHEN THE BALI ECOLOGY CONFERENCE IS IN SESSION IN INDONE…

INTEREST-ED FUTURE ?

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. . . . . . . . . .THERES NOTHING AS DULL OR UNINTERESTING THAN THE BANK OF CANADA INTEREST RATE CUT. . . . . . . FOR MOST PEOPLE IT GENERATES A BIG YAWN . . . . BUT FOR PEOPLE IN CERTAIN INDUSTRIES . . .LIKE . . .AUTOMOBILES ,REAL ESTATE THIS IS EXITING AS A GREY CUP GAME.
WHAT IT MEANS IN REAL TERMS IS THAT PEOPLE CAN AFFORD TO BUY MORE GAS GUZZLERS WITH LESS MONEY . . .THUS ONE OR TWO INDUSTRIES WILL BENEFIT . . . . . BUT OVERALL IT IS . .VERY BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

REMEMBER DECEMBER 2006

. . . . . . . . .REMEMBER THE MONTH OF DECEMBER(06) AND ALSO JANUARY 2007 . .. . .HERE IN ONTARIO, CANADA THESE TWO MONTHS WERE THE WARMEST ON RECORD. . . . . IT WAS SO WARM THAT NO FROST OCURRED AT ALL AND NO SNOW . . . .UNTIL FEBRUARY OF 2007 . . . . . . . . . .ASK ANY SKI RESORT OPERATOR TO CONFIRM . . . SINCE THERE WAS NO SNOW MANY PEOPLE IN THE SKI RESORT BUSINESS WERE LAID OFF AS THE SKI RESORTS SHUT DOWN . . . . . .this blog post is a reminder to those who would use the recent cold weather as evidence that global warming is over . . . . . . . . (the deniers of global warming) . . . . . . . . . . . . .. ON THE CONTRARY . . . . . . NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE SO FAR BY HUMAN ACTIVITY THAT CHANGES THE TREND TOWARDS A WARMER PLANET EARTH . . . . . .presently a UN climate conference in Bali,Indonesia attended by 1000's of participants from hundreds of countries will try to get a universally accepted agreement to reduce greenhouse gases world wide. . . . . .one can only hop…

CAR FREE ZONE

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DIVIDE CITIES INTO 2 SECTIONS,ONE SIDE DRIVING AND THE OTHER SIDE NON DRIVING.

221 % INCREASE IN POLLUTION

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Malaysia's carbon emission growth rate is the highest among the world's top polluters, the United Nations says.

The world body urged the government to control climate-changing gases more vigorously, saying its carbon emissions had increased 221 per cent since 1990.

The South East Asian nation is now ranked the 26th largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, said Richard Leete, the regional representative for the United Nations Development Programme. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What price progress . . . . . . . . .the price is too high . . .just like the tall buildings barely visible through the smog in the above photo of Koala Lumpur,Malaysia.

MEMO-2-DISPOSABLE

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. . . . . . . . . .RAZOR MANUFACTURERS . . . . ..WHILE WE LIKE THE CONVENIENCE OF USING THE PLASTIC /STEEL DISPOSABLE RAZORS IT CREATES A PROBLEM . . . . .WHEN IT COMES TIME TO . . DISPOSE . . . .I CONSIDER MYSELF TO BE FRUGAL WHEN IT COMES TO MATTERS OF ECOLOGY BUT EVEN IN MY HUM DRUM LIFE . . . .I FIND THAT THESE RAZORS HAVE TO BE REPLACED MUCH TOO OFTEN AND END UP IN OUR OVER FULL LANDFIL SITES . . . .SO PLEASE MR RAZOR MAKER . . .TRY TO MAKE A PRODUCT THAT LASTS MORE THAN ONE WEEK . . .FOR THE SAKE OF THE ECOLOGY OF THE PLANET..YOUR GRAND CHILDREN WILL THANK YOU.

INSTANT-BILLIONAIRE

. . . .Exxon Mobil chairman Lee Raymond and Jabba the Hut: which one is which?
Exxon Mobil: they win the prize for biggest and most evil corporation on Earth. Exxon is widely acknowledged as the biggest funder of climate change denial in the world. . . . . . . They, not the American public, run the White House (and Parliament Hill). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .. .. .TODAY (NOV 26-07) AS THE PRICE OF A BARREL OF OIL REACHES $100.00 . . . . . . THE OIL COMPANIES HAVE BECOME INSTANT BILLIONAIRES THANKS TO THE GENEROUS AND GULLIBLE POLITICAL SYSTEMS IN THE WORLD . . . . . BY VIRTUE OF THIS HUGE WINDFALL PROFIT THEY(OIL COMPANIES) CAN CONTINUE TO EXPLOIT AND DESTROY THE PLANET WITH IMPUNITY EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD IN THEIR SEARCH FOR MORE OIL FOR THE HUNGRY GAS GUZZLING CARS AND TRUCKS.. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..meanwhile some simple mathematics are in order . . . . . . . . . . .last year some sixteen million motor vehicles were produced in canada . . .…

BIG-CASH-GRAB

. . . . . . . .THE NEWS ALL OVER THE MEDIA TODAY IS ABOUT THE CRUMBLING(?) HIGHWAY AND BRIDGE INFRASTRUCTURE IN ONTARIO .. . . .JUST . .BY MERE COINCIDENCE . . . THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO RELEASE A BUDGET FOR THE PROVINCE VERY SOON. . . . . (ITS FEEDING TIME AT THE TROUGH) . . .ACCORDING TO REPORTS IN THE MEDIA A CONSORTIUM OF SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS INCLUDING CONSTRUCTION,MUNICIPALITIES ARE ASKING THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT TO DISPENSE FROM THE PUBLIC TREASURY A MERE ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY . .BILLION . . DOLLARS . .to correct these problems .WHILE I ADMIT THERE ARE SOME PROBLEMS ESPECIALLY IN MASS TRANSIT AND URBAN SPRAWL . . .AND SELECTED WATER AND . . . SEWER AREAS . . . .I THINK THAT THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT CAVE IN TO ALL DEMANDS BY THIS LOBBY GROUP . . . .IN A TIME WHEN WHEN THINKING PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT ,WE SHOULD NOT BE TOO GENEROUS ABOUT ALLOWING BILLION OF DOLLARS FOR NEW MEGA CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS .ITS EFFECT ON THE ENVIRONMENT W…

TO- FLY-OR- NOT ?

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Reducing Carbon Emissions - To Fly or Drive? (or not eat meat?) There is growing concern about the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by airplanes and its contribution to global warming. I hear statements to the effect that one return flight from London to Los Angeles produces as much CO2 per passenger as driving a car for six months. As a result, some people are buying carbon offsets along with their plane tickets, others are reducing their air travel, or even stopping flying completely. All these are positive steps in the right direction. But I also hear of people who, concerned about global warming, decide to drive rather than fly. It turns out this is not necessarily any better. To see why, let's look at some figures:A modern jet, such as an Airbus A341 consumes 22,000 lb of fuel on a flight of 2100 miles, and carries a full load of 120 passengers.Converting to metric units, that is 10,000 kg of fuel for 3460 km, per passenger. Aviation fuel has a density of around 0.8 g/c…

ONTARIO-GRAPES

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. . . . . . . . . . . WHERE ARE THEY ? ?EVERY TIME I GO GROCERY SHOPPING IN TORONTO,CANADA .. . . .I TRY TO BUY LOCAL PRODUCE . ....BUT WHEN IT COMES TO GRAPES I CAN'T FIND ANY . . . .I'M WONDERING WHY ? THERE IS ALWAYS AN ASSORTMENT OF GRAPES FLOWN IN FROM FAR AWAY PLACES LIKE SOUTH AFRICA,CHILE, ITALY AND CALIFORNIA.IN ALMOST 90 PERCENT OF THE STORES THAT I HAVE VISITED INCLUDING LOBLAWS AND DOMINION THERE IS RARELY CANADIAN GRAPES. . . .THE ABOVE PICTURE IS FROM MY OWN GARDEN AND I KNOW FROM GROWING THEM THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO HAVE THEM AVAILABLE FOR ABOUT 5 MONTHS OF THE YEAR IN SEASON . . . . . . . . .SO IT IS A GREAT MYSTERY TO ME WHY THERE ISN'T ANY. . . . . . . .GO TO ANY LIQUOR STORE(LCBO) AND YOU WILL SEE A WIDE SELECTION OF WINES MADE FROM CANADIAN GRAPES . . . . .AND YET . . . . . .. . . NO . .LOCAL . . . .GROWN . . .TABLE GRAPES . . .ARE AVAILABLE. . . .IF ANYONE . . .THAT READS THIS knows the answer. . . please comment or contact your mpp in on…

SPEAKING OF MAPLE LEAFS

. . .. .DID YOU EVER WONDER WHY SOME OF THE AUTUMN LEAVES HAVE STILL NOT FALLEN TO THE GROUND ? . . . .. .DOES GLOBAL WARMING COME TO MIND ? . . . . THIS YEAR THE AUTUMN SEASON IS AGAIN LATE IN ARRIVING BY ABOUT 1 OR 3 WEEKS.(EST).ALSO IT AGAIN WAS ONE OF THE WARMEST AND DRIEST FALL SEASON ON RECORD.VERY LITTLE RAIN HAS FALLEN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR . . . . . .I HOPE WHEN THE . . ENVIRONMENTAL . . MEETING TAKES . .PLACE IN .. . BALI, INDONESIA . . . SHORTLY . . THIS . . TOPIC . . IS . . NOTED. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST KEPT SECRETS AROUND HERE AMID THE GLITZ AND CLAMOUR OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON,ETC,ETC. . .IS THE GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION . .ON . . DECEMBER . .8TH . .(SATURDAY). . . PEOPLE IN OVER A HUNDRED DIFFERENT COUNTRIES WILL RALLY,MARCH,ORGANIZE EVENTS TO PROMOTE GREEN ENERGY . . . AND . . .EMISSION REDUCTIONS. . . . .IN TORONTO . . . .THE EVENTS . . WILL HAPPEN AT DUNDAS SQUARE .. .AT . .NOON.

WORLDS-WORST-POLLUTER

. . . . . . . . Australia is the worst polluter in the world per capita, according to a new international study.

The Washington-based Centre for Global Development says Australian power plants produce 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide per person each year - five times as much as China and 20 times as much as India.




According to the report, Australia came seventh overall on a list of the top 50 countries by carbon dioxide-emitting power sectors, with 226 million tonnes.






But it came in ahead of many countries with larger populations and "on a per capita basis, Australians are some of the largest CO2 emitters in the world, producing more than 11 tonnes of power sector CO2 emissions per person per year", the report said.

The US, the world's largest overall CO2 emitter, emits nine tonnes per person each year, it said.

Global warming has become a key issue in Australia's upcoming election and Kevin Rudd, the opposition leader tipped to become the next prime minister, has promised …

BIG-BOX-STORE

For a good chuckle, click here for Big Box Mart.
. . . . . . .. .IF ONE PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS THEN THIS CARTOON IS WORTH 10,000 WORDS . . MY HUMBLE OPINION . . .IT'S A MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS REGARDING OUR CONSUMER ORIENTED SOCIETY AND THE WORLD WIDE TRADING THAT GOES ALONG WITH IT.

ANOTHER-OIL-SPILL

NOV 11,2007. . . . .The Cosco Busan's collision with the bridge Wednesday left a gash nearly 100 feet long on the side of the 926-foot vessel and ruptured two of the vessel's fuel tanks, causing about 58,000 gallons of heavy bunker fuel to leak into the bay. The spill has killed dozens of sea birds and spurred the closure of nearly two dozen beaches and piers. . . .THIS NEWS SNIPPET FROM ASSOCIATED PRESS IN SAN FRANSISCO ABOUT A COLLISION OF A BOAT ONTO A BRIDGE ON WEDNESDAY,NOVEMBER 7,2007. . . . . . .ANOTHER BLACKMARK FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

OIL-TANKER-BREAKS-UP

november 11,2007. . . .
A severe storm has broken a Russian oil tanker in two between the Azov and Black Seas, spilling fuel oil, in what a Russian official has called an "environmental disaster".

According to Rosprirodnadzor, the state environment agency, about 2,000 tonnes of fuel oil had spilled from the tanker.

But Viktor Beltsov, the emergencies ministry spokesman, said approximately 1,200 tonnes had leaked into the sea.

The Volganeft-139, the tanker, was on its way from the port of Azov in the southern Russian region of Rostov to Kerch in Ukraine's eastern Crimea when high waves broke its hull at around 0445 (0145 GMT) on Sunday, Russian media reported.The tanker, designed primarily for rivers and in service since 1978, was carrying 4,000 tonnes of fuel oil in total. . . . . . . . .. .. . .. . . . .. THE ABOVE NEWS ITEM COURTESY OF AL JAZEERA . . . . . . . . . . . .IT IS BEING CALLED AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER BY SOME OF THE WITNESSES.OTHER SHIPS CARRYING CORROSIVE CHEM…

WHAT IS AT STAKE

WHAT IS AT STAKE We live in an era and society where environmental ignorance prevails, yet we and every thing around us jointly make up the environment. As a result, what ever action or decision we make has an impact on the environment and consequently on mankind as a whole. Because of lack of environmental awareness or the failure to practice enviro-friendly principles, mankind today is faced with some major threats like global warming, draughts and floods. Considering the fact that humans can not survive without tempering with natural resources which are either fixed or not easily renewable, it is of utmost importance that we implement policies and practices that will ensure that we use resources in a way that will not endanger the ecosystem as well as ensure the continuity of nature’s bounty for posterity. The idea of environmental preservation and protection before now has always been regarded as a continent’s, a nation’s or a government’s affair but it is time we look at it as an…

ITS STILL NOV 10

. . .AND I'M STILL WORKING ON THE GLITCH.

SATURDAY,NOVEMBER 10-07

. . . . .WHILE I TRY TO CORRECT A TECHNICAL GLITCH I WILL PUT THE DATE IN THE HEADING.

THE-GOOD-BAD-AND-UGLY

. . . And that U.S. auto demand, on which Canadian suppliers are reliant for more than 90 per cent of output, is forecast to drop next year to as few as 15.5 million vehicles – or less than 16 million for the first time in a decade. That compares with 17.5 million vehicles in the banner year of 2000. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .THANKS TO THE TORONTO STAR FOR THAT NEWS ITEM . . . . . . . .THE GOOD . . . . WORKERS ARE EMPLOYED IN A HI-PAYING INDUSTRY,THE BAD. . . . . .THEY ARE MAKING PRODUCTS OF EARTH DESTRUCTION . . . . .THE UGLY . . . .THE CARS, SO MANY OF THEM(16,000,000) PER YEAR ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE TO PLANET EARTH . . .IT MAY BE THAT 10 OR 20 YEARS AGO WE COULD HAVE IGNORED THESE FACTS . . . BUT . . .NOW THERE IS NO LONGER ANY REASON TO GO ON THIS SELF-DESTRUCTIVE PATH.

OCTOBER-TOMATO-PLANT

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....THIS IS A TRUE DATED PICTURE OF A TOMATO PLANT GROWING OUTDOORS IN THE GARDEN . . . . .NOTICE THE FALLEN AUTUMN LEAVES ON THE GROUND BESIDE THE PLANT . . . .CAN GLOBAL WARMING BE FAR BEHIND . .? . . .ITS ALMOST NOVEMBER ALREADY . . . .TOMATOES GROW BEST IN HOT 28 DEGREES CELCIUS (82 F) . . . .GO FIGURE .

SUDAN'S UNTOLD STORY

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The vast majority of this oil, 64 percent, is sold to China, now the world's second-largest consumer of oil. And while neither Khartoum, China, nor Petrodar release any statistics – this is generally believed to be an oil deal worth at least $2 billion a year.
China's National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) is the majority shareholder in both Petrodar and the Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company, two of the biggest oil consortiums in Sudan.
CNPC has invested billions in oil-related infrastructure here in Paloich, including the 900-mile pipeline from the Paloich oil fields to the tanker terminal at Port Sudan on the Red Sea, a tarmac road leading to Khartoum, and a new airport with connecting flights to Beijing.
But they have not invested in much else here. . . .. . ... .. .. .. . ... ... . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE ABOVE NEWS EXCERPT CAME FROM A NEWS ARTICLE IN THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR SEVERAL MONTHS AGO . . . . . .I WAS UNAWA…

ADDICTION TO COAL

World's addiction to coal growing, despite worries about global warming
October 25, 2007, 12:00 a.m. EST
Associated Press
JUNGAR QI, China (AP) _ Almost nonstop, gargantuan 145-ton trucks rumble through China's biggest open-pit coal mine, sending up clouds of soot as they dump their loads into mechanized sorters.
The black treasure has transformed this once-isolated crossroads nestled in the sand-sculpted ravines of Inner Mongolia into a bleak boomtown of nearly 300,000 people. Day and night, long and dusty trains haul out coal to electric power plants and factories in the east, fueling China's explosive growth.
Coal is big, and getting bigger. As oil and natural gas prices soar, the world is relying ever more on the cheap, black-burning mainstay of the Industrial Revolution. Mining companies are racing into Africa. Workers are laying miles of new railroad track to haul coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana.
And nowhere is coal bigger than in China.
But the expl…

THANK-GOD-I-GET-A-SECOND-CHANCE

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Eighty-one workers and five rescue personnel abandoned a subcontractor's drilling rig known as the Usumacinta on Tuesday, after it hit the Kab 101 light-production platform and damaged a valve amid 25-foot (8-meter) waves and winds gusting to 80 mph (130 kph)."All night long I was alone at sea, sad, and thinking of my family," survivor Jesus Manuel Garcia, who floated on the ocean for 16 hours before his rescue off the Gulf coast state of Tabasco, told the Televisa television network in an interview Thursday. "I saw a lot of my colleagues floating around. ... Thank God I get a second chance."Another survivor, Eder Ortega Flores, 25, told Televisa that workers abandoned the rig and braved the raging seas only after leaking gas rose to unbearable levels and the supply of air from emergency breathing devices ran out.Flores said the covered life raft in which he and others escaped broke apart under the force of the waves and "all my co-workers went into the se…

PLANET-IN-PERIL

CNN takes viewers around the world in a two-part, four-hour documentary that examines our changing planet. This worldwide investigation, shot in high definition, looks at four key issues: climate change, vanishing habitats, disappearing species and human population growth. To tell this story, Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin traveled to some of the most remote and remarkable places on Earth. From exposing illegal wildlife trading undercover in Southeast Asia to seeing first–hand the devastating effects of deforestation in Brazil, they have gathered evidence on the unsettling changes taking place all around us. . . . . . . . . . . . . .THE ABOVE TV SHOW IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED . . . . .

THIS-JUST-IN

. . . . . . .ACCORDING TO CFRB RADIO,THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT HAS AGREED TO INCREASE ROYALTIES ON OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION BY A WHOPPING TWENTY(20) PERCENT (YIPPEE) . . . THATS THE GOOD NEWS . . . .NOW THE BAD NEWS . . . .THE NEW ROYALTY SCHEME WON'T BE IN EFFECT TILL THE YEAR 2009... . . .(GLOOM). . .IN MY OPINION,THATS ENOUGH OF A LOOPHOLE THAT WILL GAURANTEE THAT ALBERTA WILL BECOME DRIED UP WASTELAND RESEMBLING THE MOON LANDSCAPE . . . .. AT THE RATE THAT THE TAR SANDS ARE BEING PROCESSED RIGHT NOW.

OIL PRICE

. . . . . . . . .IS NOW OVER . . . . .$90.00 . . . A BARREL . . .A NEW RECORD HIGH PRICE . . . . . . AND . . .GUESS . . . .WHO . . .JUST GOT RICHER ? . . . . . .THE OIL . . .COMPANIES . . . .LOOK FOR AN OIL DRILLING RIG IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD . . . .SOON . . .THEY GOT TO DO SOMETHING WITH ALL THAT MONEY OTHER THAN BUYING GOLD PLATED HUMMERS.

NEED-MORE-EVIDENCE ?

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. . . . . . . . . . . . .WEST WYALONG, Australia (Reuters) - Farmer John Ridley won't be harvesting so much as a bag of wheat this season from fields that stretch to the horizon as Australia's worst drought in 100 years takes its toll on the country's grain belt.
Beneath a cloudless sky, 60-year-old Ridley, a descendant of one of Australia's pioneering farming families, pulls a clump of brittle stubble from the dusty earth.
"It should be this high, waving green in the breeze," he says. "Farmers are in a stunned state at the moment. In a state of disbelief, shock, helplessness."
Ridley's farm is in the epicenter of devastation from the drought, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) west of Sydney. Prime wheat growing territory, the district normally grows much of the wheat that makes Australia the world's second-biggest exporter. Yet this year the district will produce almost nothing.
Drought which has struck intermittently since 2002, and which farme…

COLLISION-OIL-RIGS-GULF

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. . . . . . . . . . . . .A COLLISION BETWEEN TWO (2) OIL DRILLING PLATFORMS TOOK PLACE IN THE ROUGH WATERS OF THE GULF OF MEXICO TODAY KILLING 18 MEN .MANY MORE MISSING . . . . . REPORTED BY AL JAZEERA WEB SITE OCT 25,2007.
ESCAPING GAS AND OIL INTO THE GULF WATERS IS NOT EXPECTED TO BE SEALED FOR SEVERAL DAYS.

CHINA-MOON-ROCKET

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. . . . . ..YESTERDAY CHINA LAUNCHED A ROCKET THAT WILL CIRCLE THE MOON . . . . . . .THE PICTURE IS FROM THE SPACE COMMAND CONTROL ROOM . . . .

WILD-FIRES

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. . . . . . . . . . . . .WILD FIRES IN CALIFORNIA AND RECORD BREAKING TEMPERATURES IN TORONTO,CANADA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN ? . . . . . I . .DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS . . . . . . BUT . .MY OPINION . . . . . . .IS THAT ITS CONNECTED TO GLOBAL . . . WARMING . . . .( I CAN ALMOST HEAR THE HOWLS FROM THE . . . . .DENIALISTS) THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE BAD SIDE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. . . . . . . .ACCORDING TO NEWS REPORTS TODAY OVER 250,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DISPLACED BY THE FIRES AND ITS PREDICTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK BEFORE ANY RAIN.

OIL-AT-THE-SOUTH-POLE ?

. . . . .Britain last week said it is preparing a claim under a U.N. treaty that allows countries to claim continental shelf up to 350 nautical miles (402 statute miles) off their shores. The treaty also gives countries the right to search for oil and natural gas there. . .. . .. . .... . . . . . . . .WHILE THE REST OF THE WORLD IS TRYING TO BATTLE THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE CERTAIN COUNTRIES LIKE BRITAIN AND CHILE ARE QUIETLY LAYING CLAIM TO THE MINERAL RIGHTS IN ANTARCTICA AT THE SOUTH POLE . . . . . . ..YOU CAN BET THAT SHORTLY THEREAFTER .. . . . . . . .. . . . OIL DRILLING RIGS AND PLATFORMS WILL . . BE APPEARING AT THE SOUTH POLE . . . AND ALSO THE NORTH POLE . . . .IS THERE NO LIMIT TO MAN'S GREED ?

4TH LARGEST POLLUTER

. . . . . .Brazil: World’s fourth largest climate polluter Deforestation is responsible for three quarters of Brazil's greenhouse gas emissions, and makes the country the fourth largest climate polluter in the world. Our exhibition using the Brazil nut tree to highlight this has wide support across the country. Governors of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo have already confirmed their attendance.Brazil wants to be recognized as a serious player on the international stage, yet can’t even uphold its own constitution in the Amazon. Greenpeace is calling for including deforestation in the post-2012 Kyoto climate regime to be discussed in Bali, Indonesia this December. As Marcelo Maquesini, one of the team trapped inside the Ibama office said, "If Brazil is to be taken seriously by the international community in negotiations on climate, biodiversity or human rights, then they need to be able to enforce basic law and order in the areas where forests are being destroyed." . . . .…

BUTTERFLY-IN-OCTOBER ?

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. . . . . BUTTERFLIES AND STILL GROWING TOMATO PLANTS WITH BLOSSOMS . . . . . . . . . .APPEARS TO BE THE NEW "NORMAL" IN THE NOW TROPICAL(?) TORONTO,ONTARIO,CANADA . . . . . . . . . .NO FROST IN THE WEATHER FORECAST SO FAR THIS SEASON . . . . . . .THE PLANTS . . .AND ANIMALS . . . . MUST BE . . .UNDERSTANDABLY CONFUSED . . . . . .AND THE HUMANS . . . . . . . .IT SEEMS TO BE BUSINESS AS USUAL . . . .THE POLLUTERS STILL POLLUTE . . . . . .. .. .. .AS THEY SAY IN THE SONG . . . . . WHEN . . WILL . . .THEY EVER . . .LEARN . . . . THE ANSWER IS BLOWING IN THE WIND. . . . . . . . . . . . . . the above picture was taken in the backyard garden on october 21,2007 . . . . . .a butterfly was seen in the same area also . . . .at this time of the year in this region frost would have killed the tomato plants right after labor day (sept-5). . . .but due to global warming this is happening.

REWARDS-FOR-POLLUTERS ? ?

. . . . . . . . . TWO (2) INDUSTRIES THAT CONTRIBUTE MOST TO THE POLLUTION ON PLANET EARTH ARE BEING GENEROUSLY. . . . .REWARDED . . . . .HOW COME, YOU ASK ? ?WELL VIRGINIA YOU SEE, WE (CANADA/USA) HAVE A SYSTEM IN PLACE THAT WHENEVER THE PRICE OF CRUDE OIL GOES UP IN INTERNATIONAL MARKETS,WE INCREASE THE PROFITS to the oil companies IN PROPORTION TO THE NEW INCREASE.FOR EXAMPLE RIGHT NOW THE PRICE OF A BARREL OF CRUDE OIL IS UP TO NINETY DOLLARS ($90) . . . . . . .ALSO AT THE SAME TIME CAR MAKERS CONTINUE UNABATED TO PRODUCE MORE AND MORE CARS(THE BETTER TO DESTROY THE PLANET WE LIVE ON) . . . . . ..OVER 800,000,000 AND COUNTING MOTOR VEHICLES IN THE WORLD NOW AND EVERY ONE OF THESE CARS NEED GAS. . . . . WE HAVE REACHED A LIMIT ON CHEAP OIL . . . AND STILL THEY PRODUCE MORE CARS . . . . .SO YOU SEE VIRGINIA WE HAVE BECOME BRAINWASHED TO BELIEVE ALL THOSE GLOSSY CAR COMMERCIALS . ..EVEN IF IT MEANS WE DESTROY THE PLANET WE LIVE ON. . . WE CANT CHANGE OVER NITE FROM OUR HABITS BUT WE …

REPEATED-BLOG-POSTING

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週一, 2007年10月8日LESSONS-4-TORONTO教訓- 4 -多倫多> HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong's air pollution reached dangerous levels on Monday, reigniting concerns about public health and fears that the city could lose out on crucial foreign investment due to the thick smog.香港(法新社) -香港的空氣污染達到危險水平對週一, r eigniting關注公眾健康和恐懼,這個小城市有可能失去對關鍵的外商投資,由於厚厚的煙霧。
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Across the southern Chinese territory, the Air Pollution Index on Monday passed the critical 100 mark, the point at which the Environmental Protection Department warns anyone with respiratory or heart problems to stay home.橫跨中國南部地區,空氣污染指數週一通過臨界100馬克,而在這環境保護署已發出警告,任何人的呼吸或心臟問題,以留在家中。
At the weekend, the index reached 144.上週末,該指數達到144 。The high on Monday was 113.高對週一為113 。
The poor air quality -- which left the city's Victoria Harbour shrouded in haze -- was recorded even though many factories in the neighbouring Pearl River Delta in mainland China have been closed for a week-long holiday.空氣質素惡劣-使得這個城市的維多利亞港籠罩在煙霾-記錄儘管許多工廠在鄰近的珠江三角洲,在中國大陸已…