Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Climate Change and the Oceans

From - Global Warming: A Threat to Biodiversity is a Northwestern University public outreach program to help the general public understand the reality of global warming and its impact on biodiversity. A panel of five experts discuss- in plain English- the scientific and social issues involved in the ecological aspects of global warming. (3 of 7 - Global Warming) Dr. Richard Feely discusses the broad impact of global warming on our oceans. He examines the damaging effects of retreating arctic ice, coral reef bleaching, and ocean acidification on fragile marine life ecosystems.

Friday, February 22, 2008

A Great YutTube Find

We came across this great video on YouTube entitled:

Climate Change and Biodiversity: A Public Policy Imperative

Thomas Lovejoy will be our Keynote Speaker during our EarthDay Celebration on Friday, April 18th at the Museum of the Earth. Details to come at a later date!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


This video is of a panel discussion from the January World Economic Forum's Annual meeting in Davos. The founders of Google discuss Climate Change. What are your thoughts?

Friday, February 8, 2008

Conserving Energy in Alberta, Canada

Bow River and Cascade Mountain, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

The Canadian state, Alberta, which produces around 70% of U.S. oil is determined to reduce their greenhouse emissions 50% by the year 2050. The main concentration of this plan uses the process of capturing and storing, preserving energy as well as greening energy production.

Alberta’s government has the goal to conserve their energy while not delaying or impairing economical development. Alberta is hopeful with these plans of reducing CO2 emissions from both the state’s oil and sands industry will result in a 70% overall cuts in greenhouse emissions.

Approximately 12% of gas diminutions are going to be through conservation and energy efficiency. They also plan on advancing their technologies to be environment friendly using clean energy including incentives for expanding renewable energy sources are contributing another 18% to the overall 70%.

On the opposing side, this plan will not initiate until the year 2020. Alberta, who is accountable for of the nation’s emissions, cannot afford to wait another 12 years to begin to implement this plan.


Friday, February 1, 2008

A New Energy Plan for Europe...

On January 23rd the European Union released a new energy proposal that will decrease the amount of CO² released into the atmosphere to 20% below what the levels were recorded as in 1990 by the year 2020. This new proposal is called “Brave” in hopes to build a new low-carbon economy. Europe also plans on increasing their renewable energy sources into their current energy by 20% resulting in a 11.5% increase from it’s current state. This is also aimed to be completed by 2020.

Another Important part of this proposal is increasing the use of biofuels throughout Europe. By 2020 the goal is to have 10% of all fuels used for transportation to be biofuel. The downfall to this aspect of the plan is producing biofuels creates a greater amount of greenhouse gas emission into our environment than burning gasoline. Biofuels are also playing a role in the recent jump in food prices. The European Commissions president, José Manuel Barroso, ensures this energy strategy will prove that biofuels are a sustainable source of energy for our environment. However, will producing these biofuels just cause greater energy consumption? The use of biofuels will leave farmers to produce twice as many crops for fuel and food.

The European Commissions has said they would be willing to decrease greenhouse emission by 30% if other surrounding countries such as the U.S. would be willing to do the same.