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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Governments must plan for migration in response to climate change, researchers say


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Governments around the world must be prepared for mass migrations caused by rising global temperatures or face the possibility of calamitous results, say University of Florida scientists on a research team reporting in the Oct. 28 edition … Continue reading

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Space Debris, More Efficient LEDs, and Thinner, Cheaper Solar Cells


The Optical Society’s Renewable Energy & the Environment Congress highlights the role of optics in energy generation and conservation WASHINGTON, Oct. 25—Scientists and engineers from around the world will convene in Austin, Texas next week as experts gather to discuss … Continue reading

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Weather satellite budget cuts a ‘disaster in the making’


Jane Lubchenco, head of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency, criticises GOP moves to cut funding for critical satellite «America and Europe face a “disaster in the making” because of Congress budget cuts to a critical weather satellite, one of Barack … Continue reading

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Reports of the death of solar power are greatly exaggerated


US solar company Solyndra‘s bankruptcy filing was a result of a drop in the cost of silicon, not scandal and impropriety The solar company Solyndra recently filed for bankruptcy, which media reports have depicted as the end of solar power … Continue reading

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Climate action a ‘moral responsibility’


Chinese climatologist says the world must work together on global warming. “Global warming is causing changes in glaciers, permafrost and snow cover in Central Asia, threatening the livelihood of millions of people in the region. Nature spoke with Qin Dahe, … Continue reading

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Ottawa Solar Power Installs FIT Compliant Solar Energy System at Drouin Farms


One of first FIT projects installed in Ontario with Conergy’s FIT Compliant Conergy ON modules Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) October 06, 2011 Drouin Farms, a large family run egg producer who has made the commitment to move to organic farming, is … Continue reading

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Andasol Now Europe’s Biggest Solar Plant


As reported at EarthTechling by Lauren Craig, October 18th, 2011, the largest solar power plant in Europe is officially up and running. The 50-megawatt (MW) Andasol 3 parabolic trough plant, together with the Andasol 1 and 2 plants, creates a … Continue reading

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No simultaneous warming of northern and southern hemispheres as a result of climate change


New study shows no simultaneous warming of northern and southern hemispheres as a result of climate change for 20 000 years A common argument against global warming is that the climate has always varied. Temperatures rise sometimes and this is … Continue reading

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Global warming study finds no grounds for climate sceptics’ concerns


Independent investigation of the key issues sceptics claim can skew global warming figures reports that they have no real effect The world is getting warmer, countering the doubts of climate change sceptics about the validity of some of the scientific … Continue reading

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Washington’s Failure To Act On Climate Change Is Blameworthy & The Consequences Profound


With thanks to Christine at “350 or Bust”  here’s a speech by US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on climate change: Washington’s Failure To Act On Climate Change Is Blameworthy & The Consequences Profound Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gave a powerful speech in … Continue reading

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Urban ‘heat island’ effect is a small part of global warming


Urban ‘heat island’ effect is a small part of global warming; white roofs don’t reduce it Cities release more heat to the atmosphere than the rural vegetated areas around them, but how much influence these urban “heat islands” have on … Continue reading

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U.S. Rivers and Streams Saturated With Carbon


Significant amount of carbon in land is leaking into streams and rivers, then to the atmosphere October 16, 2011 Rivers and streams in the United States are releasing substantially more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than previously thought. This according … Continue reading

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US row threatens Chinese links


Dispute intensifies over a ban on some types of scientific cooperation with China. Eugenie Samuel Reich, 18 October 2011 | Nature | doi:10.1038/478294a When US presidential science adviser John Holdren hosted a dinner and meetings between US and Chinese science … Continue reading

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Links in the chain: Global carbon emissions and consumption


Washington, D.C. — It is difficult to measure accurately each nation’s contribution of carbon dioxide to the Earth’s atmosphere. Carbon is extracted out of the ground as coal, gas, and oil, and these fuels are often exported to other countries … Continue reading

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U.S. Solar Jobs Census Finds Solar Employment Soars As U.S. Economy Lags


Solar Jobs Growing Nearly 10 Times Faster Than Employment as a Whole The Solar Foundation Press Release, October 17, 2011: DALLAS – The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit solar education and research organization, today released its second annual review of the … Continue reading

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Sea levels will continue to rise for 500 years


Rising sea levels in the coming centuries is perhaps one of the most catastrophic consequences of rising temperatures. Massive economic costs, social consequences and forced migrations could result from global warming. But how frightening of times are we facing? Researchers … Continue reading

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Globe and Mail Censorship of Online Commentary


The Globe and Mail newspaper published an article titled “Ontario’s solar industry seeks its place in the sun” on the evening of Sunday, October 16 2011. Between 12:58 PM and 1:22 AM I posted a series of relevant comments, in … Continue reading

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Panel would change Canada’s research landscape


In an effort to address Canada’s problem with innovation, an independent panel has recommended a radical overhaul that includes the creation of a new funding council and transforms the country’s largest research entity, the billion dollar National Research Council (NRC). … Continue reading

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