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Carbon emissions are priced too cheap for climate change

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[In most of the world, 70 percent of emissions are priced at zero. See also: Clinton and Trump Spent Less Than Two Minutes on Climate Change*RON*]
Alejandro Dávila Fragoso, ThinkProgress, 26 September 2016

Most carbon emissions around the world are priced too cheap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions driving global warming, according to an Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report released Monday.

The report, which analyzed OECD countries responsible for some 80 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, found a major gap between current carbon pricing policies and what should be the bare minimum estimated cost for carbon given its climate impact.

According to the report, a metric ton of carbon should be priced at least 30 Euros — about $34 — to account for the damage done to the climate. Across the 41 countries the OECD analyzed, some 70 percent of emissions are priced at zero, while less than 5 percent actually meet …

Why's The Private Sector Playing Taxpayers' Foreman In B.C.?

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["How did B.C. end up in the peculiar situation of having to rely on the private sector to oversee private sector construction companies working on public sector infrastructure projects, potentially signing off on billions of tax dollars in cost overruns along the way?" *RON*]
Dermod Travis, Huffington Post, 27 September 2016

In 2009 -- with the B.C. election fast approaching -- the B.C. government went on a full-court press to get the Port Mann/Highway 1 improvement project deal signed and past the point of no return.

Now, with the 2017 election on the horizon, history is repeating itself, but this time with two megaprojects: Site C and the Massey Tunnel replacement project.

Yet, one aspect to these multibillion-dollar projects remains shrouded in mystery for most British Columbians: who's in charge?

Bills for Tri-City MPs moving through House of Commons

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[An ePetition to back a private members' bill to ban open net-cage fish farms on the west coast by Port Moody-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly. *RON*]

Janis Warren, Tri-City News, 27 September 2016

An ePetition to back a private members' bill by Port Moody-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly has nearly 5,000 names.

Donnelly, the NDP's critic for fisheries, oceans and Canadian Coast Guard, is gaining signatures for Bill C-228, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (closed containment aquaculture) that — if passed — would ban open net-cage fish farms on the west coast.

Next month, at a press conference at Mossom Creek hatchery in Port Moody, Donnelly is expected to unveil the name of a Canadian celebrity who supports the planned legislation.

To sign Donnelly's ePetition, visit ow.ly/WSYA303wjT6.

Also, in the riding of Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam, Liberal MP Ron McKinnon's bill received unanimous support — without amendment — from the federal health commit…

Welcome to the age of the Anthropocene

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["...the present level of carbon dioxide is unprecedented in the last 800,000 years and unprecedented in other geological evidence over the last 3 million years. The rise in carbon dioxide to today's level of 400 parts per million has mostly occurred in the last 100 years as a consequence of our use of fossil fuels and has driven Earth's average temperature up by almost 1C. The warming has produced dramatic physical changes to the surface of the Earth. The area of Arctic summer sea-ice has retreated by 50 per cent, the polar ice sheets are melting, virtually all the world's glaciers are shrinking, the ocean is warming to a depth of 4000m and sea-level has risen by 20cm." *RON*]

Stuff - Science, 26 September 2016

University of Washington scientists place a GPS system into the Greenland ice sheet in July 2013 to monitor the evolution of surface lakes and the motion of the ice as a result of climate change.

Is the "Anthropo…

The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently

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[I sent this to both Christy Clark and Justin Trudeau. They can be reached at premier@gov.bc.ca, and justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca should you care to express on opinion on Lelu Island. *RON*]
By Brian Kahn, Climate Central, 27 September 2016

In the centuries to come, history books will likely look back on September 2016 as a major milestone for the world’s climate. At a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide is usually at its minimum, the monthly value failed to drop below 400 parts per million.

That all but ensures that 2016 will be the year that carbon dioxide officially passed the symbolic 400 ppm mark, never to return below it in our lifetimes, according to scientists.


Because carbon pollution has been increasing since the start of the Industrial Revolution and has shown no signs of abating, it was more a question of “when” rather than “if” we would cross this threshold. The inevitability doesn’t make it any less significant, though.

Justin Trudeau approves $36-billion LNG ‘carbon bomb’ on B.C. coast

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[The massive Petronas export development threatens crucial salmon habitat; was approved in opposition to hereditary chiefs; Petronas' environmental record 'jaw-dropping'; this is a huge political risk for Trudeau. See also: Liberal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna's Twitter mentions are a total disaster right now. *RON*]

Derrick O'Keefe, ricochet, 27 September 2016

Just a day after royals William and Kate visited and trumpeted new protections for the Great Bear Rainforest in B.C., the federal government has announced it’s giving the greenlight to a controversial fossil fuel mega-project that threatens both an ecologically sensitive stretch of the Pacific coast and any chance Canada has of meeting its international climate commitments under the Paris Agreement.

On Tuesday evening in Richmond, B.C., three members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet announced the approval of a $36-billion liquefied natural gas devel…