Tom Mulcair just announced his plan “to restore Canada’s environmental credibility at home and around the world by putting a price on carbon, making polluters pay and taking meaningful steps to reduce carbon emissions.” Mulcair is right, it is time Canada cleaned up its’ emissions.
At the world’s last “blockbuster” climate summit, in Copenhagen in 2009, the person in the president’s chair was former EU climate commissioner and Danish environment minister Connie Hedegaard. As someone who has led many important international efforts to reduce the risks of climate change but who also presided over what many felt was a frustrating result in Copenhagen, she has a unique perspective on the hype and hopes for December’s crunch climate summit in Paris.
Aside from the cold winter of 2012, Europe’s electric consumption has been declining the past five years. A combination of milder winters, advances in energy efficiency and some industry relocations have brought the numbers down. It is against this background that the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) point to the marked growth of wind and solar energy. According to their report Electricity in Europe 2014, renewables supplied 32.9% of the EU’s electricity.
Editor’s Note: This story is not about Palestinian land claims or any other cause worthy of investigation. The rise in violent anti-Semitic attacks worldwide is one of the vilest forms of hatred.
By Miriam Raftery
February 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—Last week, a young Jewish man was shot and killed outside a Copenhagen synagogue. In Paris, as many as 250 Jewish graves were desecrated. At the University of California in Davis, California earlier this month, swastikas were sprayed on a Jewish fraternity houseafter a demonstration by pro-Palestinian students, one of whom proclaimed on Facebook that Hamas and Sharia law had come to the campus, prompting 23 organizations to demand an investigation to protect Jewish students’ safety. These are the latest in a string of hate crimes targeting Jewish people around the world.
People have been trying to alter grapes since last decade, all over the world. Locally, here’s what Wiki says is the cause: “Pierce’s disease was discovered in 1892 by Newton B. Pierce (1856–1916; California’s first professional plant pathologist) on grapes in California near Anaheim. It became a real threat to California’s wine industry … native to the southeast United States, and was discovered in the Temecula Valley in California in 1996. It triggered a unique effort from growers, administrators, policy makers and researchers to work together in finding a solution for this immense threat”. Continue reading Time To Whine About GMO Wine (And Pot While We’re At It!)→