MONTREAL - The federal government has been funding an asbestos lobby group that promotes the work of prominent climate-change skeptics.
The revelation comes as Canada's delegation struggles to avoid being cast as the villain at the Copenhagen climate conference, and environmentalists are urging the government to stop financing the group.
On its website, the Chrysotile Institute promotes a chapter that it says debunks the asbestos health-risk hoax from the 2007 book titled Scared to Death - From BSE to Global Warming: Why Scares Are Costing Us the Earth.
Ottawa has been frequently knocked by opponents for cutting cash to organizations that believe in fighting climate change.
But Chrysotile Institute president Clement Godbout said Monday that his organization - which has received more than $20 million over two decades - actually has no position about the book's chapter on climate change.... Read more »
World leaders, gathering in Copenhagen to come up with a new agreement on climate change, are focusing on the need for carbon storage -- and Vancouver Island has huge, natural carbon sinks.
"B.C.'s coastal forests are among the best carbon storehouses on the planet and one of the world's most powerful tools in the fight against climate change," said Jens Wieting, Sierra Club coastal forest campaigner and a primary author of the report.
Coastal temperate rainforests store about 1,000 tonnes of carbon a hectare, he said. But B.C. is in danger of losing its most valuable resource, the report says.
"We are running out of old-growth forests," Wieting said.... Read more »
Just got back from spending an afternoon strategizing about next week with other members of the Climate Action Network International. Venue was a large classroom at Copenhagen University. We broke up into smaller groups to focus on 4 major issue areas: Mitigation targets for industrialised countries, adaptation, finance and legal matters.
One conclusion. We are nowhere near where we should be in terms of a moderately successful outcome for avoiding dangerous levels of climate change. The mitigation pledges of industrialised countries like Canada are nowhere near what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change demands. Financial promises for financial aid remain below expectations and the promises that have been made so far are not really additional, i.e. 'normal' development aid will be redirected towards climate goals. Still a lot of work in the week ahead.... Read more »