Archive for 2008 February
2008 Mar 2: Concert in memory of John O’Keefe
Concert in memory of John O’Keefe
Sunday, 2008 March 2
Doors open 7 pm, showtime 8 pm
The Mod Club, 722 College Street
PWYC, all proceeds to the aid and education of Iain O’Keefe-Kaufman, John O’Keefe’s son Read more »
I think I need a new category. This post isn’t exactly scaremongering, it’s more like guilt-tripping. I discovered this post from George Monbiot while looking up background information for my previous post, which was also one massive guilt trip. Guilt-tripping is not what I like to do, and clearly it’s not something Mr. Monbiot feels entirely comfortable with, either. In this video, he repeats what he articulated to a Toronto audience in 2006: Read more »
It makes it clear that the wealthiest nations and the wealthiest people are overwhelmingly responsible for climate change, but that the costs will be borne overwhelmingly by the poorest people in developing nations. As one researcher finds, “the world’s rich countries owe the world’s poor $2.3 trillion — an amount that easily eclipses the total of Third World debt ($1.8 trillion)”. At a personal level, one study the article refers to “showed that people in the U.S. who earned more than $75,000 emitted nearly four times as much C02 as those who earned less than $10,000”.
In fact, Stephen Pacala, the director of the Princeton Environmental Institute, said “the world’s 500 million richest people were responsible for a breathtaking 50 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions”. Read more »
This is a good article in the Globe and Mail about the problems in AECL (Atomic Energy of Canada Limited) and the relationship between the federal government and the nuclear regulator. What’s missing is a critical observation. If we accept the AECL is hobbling and must cut corners on safety measures despite enormous government subsidies, what is the true cost of nuclear power?
A new U.N. report predicts the imminent collapse of the world’s fishing stocks due to climate change, according to this Associated Press report.
PARIS (AP) — Major world commercial fish stocks could collapse within decades as global warming compounds damage from pollution and overfishing, U.N. officials said Friday.
A U.N. Environment Program report details new research on how rising ocean surface temperature and other climate changes are affecting the fishing industry. It says that more than 2.6 billion people get most of their protein from fish.
“You overlay all of this and you are potentially putting a death nail in the coffin of the world fisheries,” Achim Steiner, head of the program, said in a telephone news conference from Monaco.
Come to this non-partisan talk I’ve organized:
Tuesday, 2008 March 4, 7 pm
OISE room 5250
252 Bloor Street West
The world we’re moving into will be radically different from the one we move in today. So different that it’s hard to imagine. It’s even harder to imagine the transition.
Global warming demands that we stop using oil. The age of cheap plentiful oil is ending anyway. We’ve built up a society where we drive everywhere, and most of what we buy, including almost all of our food, is now brought from long distances. Hybrid cars and other incremental efficiency measures have their place, but are not nearly enough to get us where we need to go.
What will future transport look like and how can we make the transition with the least disruption?
Anthony Perl and Richard Gilbert have worked through the details of a carbon-free future for transportation, including such innovations as wind-assisted shipping and personal rapid transit. They’ve done the math to show that their vision is workable, and they’ve plotted out a practical step-by-step process to get our society to where it needs to be.
Based on their book Transport Revolutions, Anthony will present where we are now, the challenges we face, and what potential exists for the future. Richard will then lead a discussion of the issues.
Dr. Anthony Perl is the Director of the Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University. His work has focused on public policy, transportation and the environment. Transport Revolutions is his fourth book.
Dr. Richard Gilbert is an independent consultant, popular and academic author, and teacher at various universities. He served as a Toronto City Councillor for 15 years.
Sponsored by Post Carbon Toronto and the Coalition for a Green Economy
The youth wing of Chris Tindal‘s by-election campaign is organizing a series of reading week volunteer events. It is a series, because university and college campuses across Ontario have their breaks scheduled on different dates, but the idea is the same throughout: canvass, and have fun. Read more »
During the last federal election, Jane Creba from this riding was gunned down in Dundas Square on Boxing Day. Our local candidate Al Hart, a criminal lawyer and former prosecutor spoke eloquently about the judicial, legislative and community needs that would help prevent such tragic crimes.
A couple of weeks ago, an innocent bystander was shot dead in East Chinatown, the second innocent shot in a single week. Read more »