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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.