Friday, July 31, 2009

G8 moves forward on climate change - but is it enough?


July 31, 2009 - By David Suzuki with Faisal Moola

The world’s richest countries appear to be taking climate change seriously. At their recent meeting in L’Aquila, Italy, G8 countries agreed that global warming should not exceed two degrees Celsius, on average, over the pre-industrial temperature. The European Union, along with more than 100 other countries, heeded the advice of climate scientists some time ago in committing not to breach the threshold – but it took this meeting to get Canada, the U.S., and Russia on board.

The reason for the limit is simple. Scientific research shows that the impacts of climate change would be dramatic if average global temperatures were to rise above this level. Crop yields would decline, many more of the world’s plants and animals would be at risk of extinction, water availability would decrease significantly for many human populations, violent storms would become more frequent, and oceans would rise more quickly...see full article.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

I left my heart in San Francisco




Check out Cayman Eco Managing Editor Tammy Kelderman's travelog on her recent trip to San Francisco...

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Sandwatch Project

The latest issue of The Sandwatcher (July '09) is now out and available online:
The Sandwatch Project

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More dolphins held captive

(CNS): Two more dolphins have arrived in the Cayman Islands and have been taken to the captive facility at Dolphin Discovery in North West Point Road. According to a release from the company the two Atlantic Bottlenose marine mammals arrived last Friday, bringing the total number of Dolphins held at the marine facility to eight. The Department of Environment confirmed that the two marine mammals, which have reportedly come from Tortola, had CITES certificates. However, the facility still does not have an operating license.

There are now 14 dolphins held in captivity in the Cayman Islands at two different facilities in West Bay, both of which have caused considerable controversy as a result of the declining acceptability world wide for what is seen by many as an exceptionally cruel form of entertainment...see full article.

Climate change video FAQ

You want the truth - check out Greenpeace's response to questions about climate change and their climate campaign:
Climate change video FAQ

Thursday, July 16, 2009

EU teams up with MTV on climate change

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Reader Report: The World's First Real Time Carbon Counter



Last Thursday was the launch of the Know The Number
greenhouse gas emissions counter: the first real-time counter that advertises the increasing amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

At 10 characters wide and atop its own 70-foot tall billboard, Deutsche Bank’s latest project looms large over all who enter New York City’s Time Square. The digital billboard displays the amount of equivalent greenhouse gas emissions in terms of carbon in the atmosphere, and is constantly updated based on measurements from NASA, NOAA, and supporting research from MIT...see full article.