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Delta/Surrey Residents Raise Dust Over U.S. Coal Exports
June 17, 2013 09:55 AM - Burns Bog Conservation Society
Prior to the Metro Vancouver meeting Friday, June 14th over the import/export of U.S. coal in the Lower Mainland, a forum on coal was held by Burns Bog Conservation Society and the Wilderness Committee. The forum, held on Wednesday June 12th at the Delta Golf Course (11550 No. 10 Road), was attended by over 200 Delta and Surrey residents. The forum told residents that the coal terminal expansion at Fraser Surrey Docks would result in 175 car train travelling through the community, 4 times a day. At the time, a coal train was sitting on the tracks less than 50 meters from the meeting.
US and China Agree to Use Montreal Protocol to Cut Super Greenhouse Gases
Agreement on HFCs Opens Door to Biggest Climate Mitigation Through 2020
June 14, 2013 10:03 AM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
Washington DC –President Obama and President Xi concluded their first-ever summit June 8th with two successful outcomes: an agreement to work together to reduce the threat from North Korea, and an agreement to “work together and with other countries through multilateral approaches that include using the expertise and institutions of the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs….”
Black Carbon Emissions Cut 90% in California; Model for Polluted Mega Cities of the World (Fast climate mitigation possible from controlling diesel engines; extra warming from previously ignored brown carbon also confirmed)
June 13, 2013 12:14 PM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
Washington DC, — In a first-of-its kind study examining the impact black carbon has on climate in California, researchers found the state’s efforts to reduce air pollution, particularly from diesel engines, has cut black carbon concentrations by 90% since 1966, without any noticeable disruption to the lives of the citizens of California, but with tremendous benefits to their health, as well as to climate protection.
Fraser Surrey Docks coal issue
June 11, 2013 07:38 AM - Burns Bog Conservation Society
While the coal issue continues to heat up with potential coal port expansion at Fraser Surrey Docks, on River Road, Delta's Burns Bog Conservation Society has announced a forum, 'Coal, Climate Change, Burns Bog and You.' June 12, 7-9 pm, at Delta Golf Course (#10 and Hwy 91),
Coal trains, climate change and their implications for the Bog will be addressed by Burns Bog Conservation Society President Eliza Olson, Wilderness Committee's Eoin Madden and Bellingham, Washington resident Frank James, M.D. These three speakers will be teaching the art of communicating with your government as well as covering the facts of coal port expansion. James will be bringing his experience as an advocate against the Blaine, WA, Cherry Point coal port expansion, currently in environmental review.
Obama, Xi can secure critical climate victory this week
Leadership by two presidents would ensure successful HFC phase down;
Montreal Protocol victory would produce fast climate protection
June 10, 2013 09:42 AM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
Washington, D.C.- President Obama and President Xi have the opportunity when they meet tomorrow and Saturday to secure the biggest climate victory available before 2020 by agreeing to phase down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol. In a letter sent yesterday, the Bicameral Climate Change Task Force from the U.S. Congress urged President Obama to pursue a Montreal Protocol victory during his meeting with China’s new President in Rancho Mirage California
CARL SAFINA LEAD SCIENTIST FOR GYRE EXPEDITION, SOUTHWEST ALASKA
Scientists, Artists and Educators Explore Marine Debris Crisis,
Museum Exhibition to Follow
June 4, 2013 11:10 AM - Blue Ocean Institute
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – On June 7, an international team of scientists, artists and educators will launch an expedition to study the global marine debris crisis from one of the most breathtaking places on the planet: southwest Alaska. The Gyre project is a collaboration between the Anchorage Museum and Alaska SeaLife Center, in partnership with several national and Alaska-based organizations.
First-Ever National Ranking Shows Most Coastal States Failing to Protect Oceans
May 29, 2013 03:49 PM - Marine Conservation Institute
Seattle WA - Today two leading marine science and conservation organizations, the Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue, issued the 1st-ever quantitative, scientifically rigorous national ranking of states’ protection of their ocean waters. SeaStates:How Well Does Your State Protect Your Coastal Waters? shows that most states and territories are failing to safeguard our nation’s marine life, seafood and coasts.
Record number of Jamaican Iguanas released as part of ongoing recovery program.
World's 'most endangered lizard' making remarkable comeback.
Efforts could be futile if charcoal burning continues to destroy iguana’s dry forest habitat.
May 20, 2013 04:04 PM - International Iguana Foundation
FORT WORTH, TX - The International Iguana Foundation (IIF) today announced the release of a record 52 Jamaican Iguanas (Cyclura collei) in April. This brings the total number of iguanas to 226 that have been reintroduced to their native Hellshire Hills since 1996 as part of a recovery program aimed at restoring this species in the remnant dry forests of southern Jamaica.
Arctic Council Calls for HFC Phase Down under Montreal Protocol;
Reaffirms need for fast action to reduce black carbon, methane, and HFCs,
in addition to carbon dioxide
May 16, 2013 12:49 PM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
Washington, D.C. — Arctic Council Ministers from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation, and the United States yesterday called for taking action “as soon as possible” to phase down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol and for reducing black carbon and methane emissions in the Arctic.
Awash in Waste in the Gulf of Honduras
May 13, 2013 12:29 PM - Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide
Cigarettes, plastic bags, food containers, caps, plastic bottles, and more litter the beaches in Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. Inadequate management of waste at the local level poses a regional challenge, according to a new report by the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW).