By Tony Burman Foreign Affairs Columnist Fri., Oct. 12, 2018 So, there it is — in simple language. A red alert for Planet Earth. We have about 10 years left to save our world. Many decades from now, when the history of this 21st century is written, there will be a special place in hell reserved for the politicians who — through their greed, stupidity or apathy — did their best to wreck the planet that we are passing down to our children and grandchildren. That will be little consolation for their inheritors, of course. The world they receive — in a matter of years, or perhaps decades, but not centuries — will be vastly more impoverished than it is now. It will be a planet with hotter temperatures and extreme heatwaves, dangerously threatening sea levels, more frequent droughts and floods, the extinction of many species, the disappearance of coral reefs, an Arctic without sea ice that will endanger polar bears, whales, seals and … [Read more...] about As the world burns, remember the Canadian politicians fuelling the flames
Global warming on polar bears
TAMPA, Florida: Greenhouse gas emissions surged to new highs in 2017 as abnormally hot temperatures swept the globe and ice melted at record levels in the Arctic last year due to climate change, a major US report said Wednesday. A handout photo provided by the European Geosciences Union on shows a polar bear testing the strength of thin sea ice in the Arctic The annual State of the Climate Report, compiled by more than 450 scientists from over 60 countries, describes worsening climate conditions worldwide in 2017, the same year that US President Donald Trump pulled out of the landmark Paris climate deal. The United States is the world's second leading polluter after China, but has rolled back environmental safeguards under Trump, who has declared climate change a "Chinese hoax" and exited the Paris deal signed by more than 190 nations as a path toward curbing harmful emissions. The 300-page report issued by the American Meteorological Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric … [Read more...] about Greenhouse gases ‘hit new highs’ in 2017
MANILA, Philippines — After almost a decade since the destructive Typhoon Ondoy, two decades since the millennials started making an impact, and three decades since the first People Power Revolution (and the birth of The Philippine STAR), defining the Filipino has only become more complicated. We gathered insights from Filipinos who embody unconditional resiliency and advocate empowerment in the face of modern challenges; local globetrotters who have traveled around the world, to refine our idea on where we stand at present; multi-hyphenate individuals, whose list of accomplishments may give us an idea on how to improve ourselves; and modern Filipino heroes, to ground us through our continuous search for peace and freedom. * * * Manny Gonzalez How can Filipinos positively impact the nation and the whole world? Filipinos blame our problems and our poor economic performance on everything and everyone but themselves. But most of the symptomatic problems — drugs, corruption … [Read more...] about What have we learned so far?
Polar bears and other iconic animals could be extinct by the end of the century if ocean temperatures continue to rise at the current rate, marine biologists warned Monday. Warming temperatures caused by climate-changing emissions may result in a catastrophic loss of marine wildlife and drastic changes to ocean food webs by 2100, scientists at the Florida Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina said in a paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Much current marine life will be unable to tolerate ocean temperatures that are projected to increase by 2.8 degrees Celsius on average, according to the study. “With warming of this magnitude, we expect to lose many, if not most, animal species from marine protected areas by the turn of the century,” said the study’s lead author, John Bruno, a biologist at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Marine protected areas, established as sanctuaries for polar bears, coral reefs and other … [Read more...] about Hotter seas threaten marine wildlife with extinction: Researchers
MONTREAL—Annie Roy and Pierre Allard chose an explosive name for the artistic collective they launched two decades ago.Socially Acceptable Terrorist Action, or ATSA, as it was called by its French acronym, did not shy away from controversy.They once asked the Canadian military for a field camp to serve as the setting for a mock refugee camp to draw attention to homelessness, only backing away when the force tried to turn it into a public relations exercise.They have turned a section of Montreal’s Saint Laurent Blvd. into a scene out of war-torn Baghdad or Kabul to denounce the world’s dependence on oil; created a fake archeological site made of garbage to comment on overconsumption; launched a sock bank to make people think about bank profits and poverty; and trashed the trailer home of a fictional family of polar bears, part of a dystopian twist on the Goldilocks and the Three Bears tale to make people think about global warming.Their projects have had provocative … [Read more...] about Quebec art group ATSA clings to its ‘radical’ roots