Papers Archive

  • " With this formulation, the UN's GEP assumes that forests, species, stable climates, etc. are somehow replaceable by the wizardry of financial markets. This new conceptualization of the natural world creates sets of financial commodities thatwill be conserved in order in order to provide ecosystem services – or traded (i.e.sold) to enable development (and ensuing ecological degradation). This project will undoubtedly create "opportunities" for business at first, but one destroyed ecosystems cannot be saved by other preserved ecosystems elsewhere."

    Re-Imaging the Commons as ‘The Green Economy’ – A Critical Analysis by Dr.Joanna Boehnert

    " With this formulation, the UN's GEP assumes that forests, species, stable climates, etc. are somehow replaceable by the wizardry of financial markets. This new conceptualization of the natural world creates sets of financial commodities thatwill be conserved in order in order to provide ecosystem services – or traded (i.e.sold) to enable development (and ensuing ecological degradation). This project will undoubtedly create "opportunities" for business at first, but one destroyed ecosystems cannot be saved by other preserved ecosystems elsewhere."

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  • When permafrost ['frozen dirt'] thaws, so do the microorganisms. With no oxygen, the microorganisms make methane, and with it they make carbon dioxide, Kevin Schaefer of the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Centre explains. The concern is that much of the carbon stored in permafrost -- in frozen dirt -- could be released into the carbon cycle, says scientist Charles Miller of NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Arctic, Miller says, is being affected by warming faster and more significantly than models had predicted. Methane concentrations, and even CO2 concentrations, "that one might associate with flying near a large oil or natural gas production facility or even flying through the middle of a large city" can be observed from an airplane, he says.

    WATCH: ‘Frozen Dirt’ and Methane … ‘We Cannot Go There’

    When permafrost ['frozen dirt'] thaws, so do the microorganisms. With no oxygen, the microorganisms make methane, and with it they make carbon dioxide, Kevin Schaefer of the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Centre explains. The concern is that much of the carbon stored in permafrost -- in frozen dirt -- could be released into the carbon cycle, says scientist Charles Miller of NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Arctic, Miller says, is being affected by warming faster and more significantly than models had predicted. Methane concentrations, and even CO2 concentrations, "that one might associate with flying near a large oil or natural gas production facility or even flying through the middle of a large city" can be observed from an airplane, he says.

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  • Following an overview of the environmental impacts of meat production, this report turns to an outline of the research addressing changing to meat free diets and by doing so I review research into both the barriers and incentives to adopting a meat free diet. I then turn to a more sociological consideration of meat-eating and discuss the cultural and social practices which surround our food choices and beliefs about the necessity of meat in our diets.

    Desperate Times Require Intelligent Measures | Reversing Meat-Eating Culture to Combat Accelerating Climate Change

    Following an overview of the environmental impacts of meat production, this report turns to an outline of the research addressing changing to meat free diets and by doing so I review research into both the barriers and incentives to adopting a meat free diet. I then turn to a more sociological consideration of meat-eating and discuss the cultural and social practices which surround our food choices and beliefs about the necessity of meat in our diets.

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  • One hundred tons of an iron-rich dirt-like material was dumped into the ocean near Haida Gwaii, an island off the shores of British Columbia and Alaska, in an effort to enhance the growth of phytoplankton and improve fishery [1]. It was done without permits as part of a $2-million project, initiated by the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation in the hope of obtaining carbon credits, and has sparked considerable controversy.

    Ocean Fertilization Promotes Toxic Algae in Haida Gwaii

    One hundred tons of an iron-rich dirt-like material was dumped into the ocean near Haida Gwaii, an island off the shores of British Columbia and Alaska, in an effort to enhance the growth of phytoplankton and improve fishery [1]. It was done without permits as part of a $2-million project, initiated by the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation in the hope of obtaining carbon credits, and has sparked considerable controversy.

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  • "The free flow of species at the northern end of the two oceans previously covered by sea ice can have unpredictable ecological consequences."

    The Northwest Passage Opens for Bowhead Whales

    "The free flow of species at the northern end of the two oceans previously covered by sea ice can have unpredictable ecological consequences."

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  • "We now know that that major regional and global climate shifts have occurred in just a few decades or even a single year. The most recent of these shifts occurred just 8200 years ago."

    The Science of Abrupt Climate Change: Should we be worried?

    "We now know that that major regional and global climate shifts have occurred in just a few decades or even a single year. The most recent of these shifts occurred just 8200 years ago."

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  • "Satellite data has shown us that a dome of fresh water has been building up in the western Arctic over the past 15 years, due to the wind. Our findings suggest that a reversal of the wind could result in the release of this fresh water to the rest of the Arctic Ocean and even beyond ..."

    Huge Pool of Arctic Fresh Water Could Cool Europe: Study

    "Satellite data has shown us that a dome of fresh water has been building up in the western Arctic over the past 15 years, due to the wind. Our findings suggest that a reversal of the wind could result in the release of this fresh water to the rest of the Arctic Ocean and even beyond ..."

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  • Journalist John Vidal from The Guardian interviewing Pablo Solon, former Ambassador and Bolivia's lead negotiator at the United Nations Climate Change negotiations.

    THE DAY AFTER – COP17 John Vidal and Pablo Solo (Saturday, Dec 10th 2011) PART1

    Journalist John Vidal from The Guardian interviewing Pablo Solon, former Ambassador and Bolivia's lead negotiator at the United Nations Climate Change negotiations.

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  • "After one week of negotiations in Durban, a compilation of negotiation texts was presented, which essentially builds on work during the whole year. There are several very problematic issues in this text, but let’s start with the good news: several issues from the Peoples’ Agreement are present in the text, especially in the Shared Vision chapter1."

    Key issues of the Peoples Agreement Present in Durban Negotiation Text

    "After one week of negotiations in Durban, a compilation of negotiation texts was presented, which essentially builds on work during the whole year. There are several very problematic issues in this text, but let’s start with the good news: several issues from the Peoples’ Agreement are present in the text, especially in the Shared Vision chapter1."

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  • The Commodification of Earth's Forests: The Key Players Behind REDD

    "The WWF, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Environmental Defense Fund, Woods Hole Research Center, CIFOR, Wildlife Conservation Society and other “conservationist” NGOs are among those who stand to make billions of dollars from REDD+. The interests of these conservation NGOs and large corporations have become more clear. Corporations on one hand have been using these NGOs as their best green public relations’ agencies – if paid the right amounts of money, and the NGOs funds on the other hand, have grown more dependent on the “contributions” from these same corporations."

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