Thursday, 3 December 2015

A dirty deal: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens our climate

bilaterals.org

 The deal fails to even mention the words “climate change”—a clear sign it is not “a 21st-century trade agreement,” as some have claimed. More here.

’Twas the Night Before Christmas…Larry takes crass liberties with the classic old poem to serve his own narrow, selfish ends!

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land 
global warming was here. It was grand! It was grand! 

Cars would start! Ice would melt! Folks wore their light clothes!
While up through their chimneys mere wisps of smoke rose!

On the air one could hear mindless forecasters say
"It's seven degrees. Hope this thaw lasts 'til May!" 

But up at the pole it was not Santa's day.

Two of his reindeer had just passed away. Dasher and Dancer had sadly drowned
while playing with mates confined to the ground. 

There was a river they could normally cross
but its ice had grown thin in the tenuous frost. 

So the two were not helped by the fact they could fly 
and the deep, clear water is where they did die. 

The Great White Bears of the north met similar ends 
just as learned scholars did portend. 

Christmas day dawned in the south 
but alas, 'twas not white
lawns were brown fields were black
it just didn't seem right! 

The skis and toboggans the kids had received 
were soon tossed aside just like old Christmas trees. 

"The moon on the crest of the new-fallen snow 
gave the lustre of midday to objects below." 



But a decade from now when these words are intoned.......
will their image be real - or merely a poem? 

Ecojustice files complaint with Competition Bureau against climate denial groups

NATIONAL OBSERVER

Ecojustice, on behalf of a group of prominent Canadians, has filed a complaint with the federal Competition Bureau, asking it to investigate false and misleading representations made by climate change denier groups. More here.

How palm oil cultivation in Borneo is threatening the ecosystem everywhere

The Washington Post

Ahead of the Paris Sustainable Innovation Forum, COP21, taking place this month, In Sight spoke with wildlife photographer and filmmaker Mattias Klum, who will be among the many conservationists and activists speaking on environmental issues that threaten the Earth’s ecosystem. Klum has traversed the world as a photographer and filmmaker for National Geographic, documenting ecosystems from the Galapagos to the Okavango Delta in Botswana. But he believes that one of the Earth’s most pressing environmental concerns is palm oil cultivation in Indonesia and Malaysia, illustrated here in his stunning series of photographs. More here.

Canadian Court Slams Trump Climate Advisor in Successful Libel Case

DESMOG CLEARING THE PR POLLUTION THAT CLOUDS CLIMATE SCIENCE Dr. Andrew Weaver, Nobel Prize-winning scientist & BC Green Party ...