The oil industry says the pipeline can pass the test, but critics say it will lead to more oil sands extraction, and thus, more greenhouse gases.
CONKLIN, Canada — Can the Keystone XL pipeline be built without significantly worsening greenhouse gas emissions and climate change? For President Obama, that is the main criterion for granting a federal permit to allow the pipeline to cross from southern Alberta into the United States.
Canadian authorities and the oil industry say measures already in place or under consideration to cut greenhouse gases ensure that Keystone XL can pass that test.
“We absolutely think we can maintain growth in oil and gas, and achieve greenhouse gas reductions,” said Nicole Spears, a climate policy expert with Alberta’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.
Yet the most compelling counterpoint comes from another government agency, Environment Canada, which is responsible for monitoring greenhouse gas trends. An October report by the agency forecast sharp, sustained growth through 2020 in carbon dioxide emissions from the exploitation of oil sands. By that year, nearly all of Canada’s emissions increase will be due to oil sands extraction, the report says.
Stewart Elgie, professor of law and economics at the University of Ottawa, questions whether the oil sands companies can reduce emissions substantially. “The biggest issue for them is greenhouse gases, and they have to do better,” he said.
RFD’s LAX locale will offer healthy, plant-based fare such as salads, sandwiches, fresh fruit-and-veggie juices, and “Basic” meals, as well as grab-and-go snacks. Travelers are already ecstatic about the nutritious offerings, according to RFD founder, Ann Gentry’s Facebook page. She shared a picture of singer, Jackson Browne in front of the chainlet with the caption, “Jackson Browne stopped by RFD at LAX on Day 2. He ate a Basic 3 with his own bamboo cutlery. No wonder he is so gorgeous.”
A western lowland gorilla family from Port Lympne Wild Animal Park has started a remarkable journey home to Africa. The family is headed by Djala, a 30 year old silverback. As a baby Djala was rescued from Africa and flown to the safety of Port Lympne where he has become one of the largest silverbacks in captivity, weighing 200kgs and fathering a total of 15 offspring. Djala and his family have now arrived in Africa and are settling into their new home but they are just at the start of a long journey back to the wild.
John Aspinall started his famous animal collection in 1957 when he bought Howletts Wild Animal Park. In 1973 he bought Port Lympne Wild Animal Park to help house the growing groups of animals. Today the two wild animal parks are home to over 1,000 animals and 100 different species.
Bicycles are currently a big part of the clean transportation revolution, and the interest in biking, whether for transportation or health or just for fun, is growing every day (well, maybe less in the winter…).
So we already know they’re awesome just as they are, from the old-school to the e-bike, but a new bike concept takes that awesomeness one big step further, by turning a two-wheeler into an air purifier.
The pollution-eating bike, from Bangkok’s Lightfog creative studio, is an electric bicycle concept that is said to include not only a handlebar-mounted air filter, but also a “photosynthesis system” that can generate oxygen from a reaction with water and electricity from the lithium-ion battery that powers the bike.
OSLO, Dec 8 (Reuters) – A thaw of Arctic ice and snow is linked to worsening summer heat waves and downpours thousands of miles south in Europe, the United States and other areas, underlying the scale of the threat posed by global warming, scientists said on Sunday.
Their report, which was dismissed as inconclusive by some other experts, warned of increasingly extreme weather across “much of North America and Eurasia where billions of people will be affected”.
The study is part of a drive to work out how climate change affects the frequency of extreme weather, from droughts to floods. Governments want to know the trends to plan everything from water supplies to what crops to plant.
But the science of a warming Arctic is far from settled.
Who doesn’t love a beautiful, sparkling Christmas tree in their home this holiday season? This year how about going the eco-friendly route by renting a living tree that can be replanted after your use. The Living Christmas Co. has several locations for renting potted trees, roots still intact. They will deliver from various locations in California, and even pick it up when you are ready to take down your Christmas decorations.
Avoid the holiday shopping stress and show loved ones you care by thinking green this holiday season. Alternative and experience gifts are not only good for the environment, they also add more meaning your celebrations.
Here are some of our favorite Green Gift Guide resources from our member charities and others to help you make responsible, earth and people-friendly purchases:
WASHINGTON — Climatic changes — and the results of those changes — could occur within decades or even sooner, and they are becoming a greater concern for scientists, according to a new paper from the National Academy of Sciences.
“The most challenging changes are the abrupt ones,” said James White, a professor of geological sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder and chair of the report committee. White and several coauthors of the paper spoke at a press conference Tuesday morning.
The paper focuses on those impacts due to climate change that can happen most quickly. Among these are the rapid decline in Arctic sea ice that scientists have seen in the last decade and increased extinction pressure on plants and animals caused by the rapidly warming climate.
Many such changes, according to Tony Barnosky, a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, are “things that people in this room will be around to see.” He emphasized that scientists are “really worried about what’s going to happen in the next several years or decades.”