Author Archives: Alan Burke


It is with great sadness that we wish to announce that Alan passed away unexpectedly on January 30, 2012.  He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and the environmental advocacy community. Alan felt very passionately about the future … Continue reading

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Phasing out fossil fuel subsidies ‘could provide half of global carbon target’


Such a move could save the equivalent of Germany’s annual emissions by 2015, says chief economist at the IEA Eliminating subsidies for coal, gas and oil could save as much as Germany’s annual greenhouse gas emissions each year by 2015, … Continue reading

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Climate, health and food


How to tackle the climate, health and food crises, all at the same time. Reducing the soot pumped out by cars and cooking fires and the methane from coal mines and oil wells would rapidly curb global warming, prevent air … Continue reading

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Natural-gas plans threaten greenhouse-gas targets


In a comment made 7:09 PM on January 5, 2012 to an article titled “Natural-gas plans threaten greenhouse-gas targets” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/bc-politics/natural-gas-plans-threaten-greenhouse-gas-targets/article2291990/comments/  “GlynnMhor of Skywall” claimed “All four of the major global temperature datasets show how temperature increases have stalled over the … Continue reading

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Why is it so easy to save the banks – but so hard to save the biosphere?


Agreements to bail out banks happen in days – but despite some good progress at Durban, we still don’t have a legally binding deal to bail out the planet? They bailed out the banks in days. But even deciding to … Continue reading

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Environment : 2011 rewrote the record books


The ecologically tumultuous year saw record greenhouse gas emissions, melting Arctic sea ice, natural disasters and extreme weather – and the world’s second worst nuclear disaster. The year 2011 was another ecologically tumultuous year with greenhouse gases rise to record … Continue reading

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Shift to clean energy


The following essay was written by Cheryl McNamara, Communications Officer of the Citizens Climate Lobby. I am pleased to present it here. Earlier this month, the world convened once again to nail down a post-Kyoto commitment on climate change. And … Continue reading

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