Posts Tagged ‘Environment’

Natural Burial Co-Operative

December 20, 2007

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logoNatural burial is an alternative to conventional funerals that may be of interest to you if you wish to minimize the consequence of your passing on the planet.

Prepared without chemical preservatives and enclosed in a simple shroud or a biodegradable casket, the body is returned to the earth to decompose naturally and be recycled into new life.

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Reducing CO2 Emissions

December 19, 2007

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“Coal is, and will continue to be, a major source of the world’s energy and emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2)” (report: “Preparing to Capture Carbon”; Science Friday journal).  1

‘Clean’ Coal Technology

An industry group, known as FutureGen Alliance, has committed $400 million to a futuristic power plant project over 10 years.  2

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South Winds’ Guilty Plea

December 17, 2007

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The Corporation of The City of London
December 17, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A London company has committed to a long term 
reforestation program as a result of charges under 
City of London tree conservation bylaw.

In Provincial Court in London this morning, 
South Winds Development Inc. pleaded guilty to 
charges related to an incident earlier this year. 
The firm was fined $2,500.00 with an additional 
$7,500.00 being earmarked to Reforest London. 
In addition to those funds the company 
voluntarily committed to a five year, 
$5,000.00 a year donation to Reforest London 
for thousands of seedlings and trees to be planted 
in areas determined by the volunteer group.

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Procreation Carbon Tax

December 16, 2007

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Every newborn baby…represents a potent source of greenhouse gas emissions for an average of 80 years, not simply by breathing but by the profligate consumption of resources typical of our society” (source: B. Walters )

Barry N. J. Walters (Clinical Assoc. Professor of Obstetric Medicine; University of Western Australia) thinks that the ‘polluter pays’ principle should apply to having children. He proposes that a couple be allowed two kids free, but for each additional child they pay a $4,400 tax at birth, plus $350 to $700 per year “for the life of the child” (‘Personal carbon trading; eMJA; 2007/12/03).

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Open-Air Clothes Drying

December 9, 2007

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On this week’s Planning Committee meeting agenda, a written submission titled “Use of Restrictive Covenants to Limit and/or Prohibit the Use of Clotheslines and Umbrella Clothes Dryers Within the City of London.”

My take on this issue? There ought to be a clothesline or umbrella dryer in every London yard. And the property owner ought to be able to choose which one to employ. Full stop.

Fast-Food Waste

December 9, 2007

A Torontoist sketch.
comic

Human Population

December 8, 2007

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Although the rate of global human population increase has almost halved since it’s 1963 peak, it’s still a serious concern. Currently, our species continues to increase by almost 204,000 every day.

At the same time, global life expectancy has risen from 46 years (in 1950) to 65 years (in 2005), and even higher in developed countries.

As 3rd-world countries progress economically, limited resources will become more depleted. But worse than that, the ability of the environment to withstand the stress of our consumption may well reach a breaking point.

Click HERE to watch David Bleja‘s great learning simulation.

Other Links:
AMP: How much human life can planet Earth sustain?

Exporting Our e-Waste Problem

December 8, 2007

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Although “the environmental and human health costs” of unregulated handling of e-waste “are huge,” many Canadian and U.S. jurisdictions “are caught in a ‘secret cycle’ ” of unsafe disposal that often includes meagerly-paid workers in “China… India and some African nations” (“Chipping Up Computers“; Hilary Feldman; AboutMyPlanet; 2007/12/02).

Links:
2006/12/19 – AMP: Many “Recycled” Computers Go To Digital Dump

Pssst… Wanna Buy a Windmill?

November 30, 2007

It seems that there’s a UWO prof who’s peddling a 4′ wind turbine which “has been on display at the university for several months” and which “works perfectly!”
(‘UWO wind turbine for sale’; Wind Chasers; 2007/11/27).

It’d be interesting to know what restrictions there are on using this technology. For example, does each municipality decide for itself if/how they can be designed/constructed/located/used ? Any experts out there?

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Hamilton’s New Garbage Limits

November 30, 2007

It’s more confusing than it has to be. It will take a lot longer to put in place than is necessary. But despite all that, Hamilton’s new policy on garbage pickup is going in the right direction, and puts London’s 4-bag system to shame.

2008/03/31-
2009/03/28
3 x 23 kg. containers (MAX). Extra containers get an “oops” tag and are left at the curb.


2009/03/30-
2010/04/03
2 x 23 kg. containers (MAX); one must be a clear bag for non-recyclables and non-organics ONLY (if it contains anything else it will be tagged and left behind). Extra containers get an “oops” tag and are left at the curb.


2010/04/05- 1 x 23 kg. container ONLY. Extra containers will be left behind.


Exemptions Special consideration for households with more than three children under five years old to allow for diapers.

Special consideration for residents with medical conditions.

3 x 3-container days (following Victoria Day, Thanksgiving and New Year’s).


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Links:
2007/11/17 – FMBS: Proposed Hamilton Garbage Limit
2007/11/17 – Spectator: What did we just do?

Making a Difference, One Cup at a Time

November 28, 2007

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paper cup graphicThrow it on the compost pile and it breaks down and nourishes life. International Paper’s coffee cup, the Ecotainer, is also cost-competitive with regular cups. Why is your local coffee shop not using them?” (‘We Can Be Garbage Free‘; The Tyee; 2007/11/28)

Links:
International Paper: ecotainer™ FAQ

“Start SCRUB’IN” Initiative

November 26, 2007

As part of it’s Graffiti Management Strategy, the City of London has proposed a new approach that it hopes will “reduce and discourage unsightly graffiti in London neighbourhoods.”

Contingent upon co-operation by Provincial Court Justices, graffitti vandals “would be ordered to clean and remove graffiti” using product (“including paint, brushes, rollers and graffiti remover“) supplied by the city.

Links:
2007/11/17 – FMBS: Bell’s Public Art Project
2007/11/23 – City of London: media release
2007/11/27 – LFP: Graffitti vandals may face forced cleanup

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Global Warming Speculation

November 16, 2007

An XKCD sketch.
Playing devil's advocate to win

Deadly Auto Emissions

November 6, 2007

Toronto’s public health unit has just released a report (Air Pollution Burden of Illness from Traffic in Toronto) which identifies automobile-generated pollutants (carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide) as being responsible for premature human mortality. The report very clearly draws a corelation between a reduction in the number of automobiles on the road and saving human life.

Links:
http://www.toronto.ca/health/…
http://autos.canada.com/…

Robin Hood’s Shrinking Glen

November 5, 2007

Robin Hood imageThe 13th century legend would be hard pressed to hide out from his nemesis, the Sheriff of Nottingham. Urgent action is needed to save the ancient oaks that are at the core of Sherwood Forest, which has been reduced from 100,000 acres down to about 450.

Links:
http://www.topix.net/…/robin-hoods-forest-is-in-trouble
http://www.robinhood.co.uk/