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anonymous World Environment Day~June 5 June 02, 2007 10:18 AM

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World Environment Day (WED) falls each year on 5 June.

World Environment Day can be celebrated in many ways, including street rallies, bicycles parades, green concerts, essay and poster competitions in schools, tree planting, recycling efforts, clean-up campaigns and much more. In many countries, this annual event is used to enhance political attention and action.

It is a day when people focus on the environment and it is celebrated in over 100 countries. World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.

World Environment Day is created to promote environmental issues to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development. It promotes an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues and advocates partnership that will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future. World Environment Day embodies this approach, raising awareness, encouraging people to voice their thoughts and do their utmost to improve the environment.


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anonymous Other Mother Foundation(OM Foundation) is dedicated to the salvation of the ecosystem known as Gaia May 30, 2007 3:50 AM

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anonymous Rallies nationwide urge Congress: Step it up on climate April 15, 2007 1:33 AM

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Gifted in writing or have a passionate cause April 13, 2007 4:27 PM

I have just published www.agendaearthrescue.com and am looking for anyone to contribute to this rewarding cause.  Look at the topics and email me if any interest you or you have a cause, we at A.E.R. will give you webspace and a email on site  to support your effort.

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anonymous 5 Ways to Change the World April 11, 2007 2:27 AM

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On Sunday, April 22, people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities will gather to celebrate Earth Day. But while it’s wonderful to set aside one day each year, in order to have a positive effect on the environment, we need to incorporate Earth Day principles into our everyday lives. Here are five easy steps that anyone can take to help protect our world.

 PROTECT BIODIVERSITY

 Support missions like the Great Apes Survival Project (unep.org/grasp), an initiative to help save the endangered apes of Africa and Asia.

USE SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS

Planet Earth isn’t an all-you-can-eat buffet. Th at means, first and foremost, recycle. It’s amazing how much of your waste you can recycle these days: paper, plastics, aluminum, steel— even electronics, from batteries to computers to cell phones. You can compost food scraps, veggie peelings and flowers  “How to Compost,”  And you can reuse paper and plastic bags at the grocery store, or try fabric sacks, which can be used for many years. Keep a few in your car so that you’ll have them handy whenever you feel like shopping. You can also buy recycled products—even shoes. Nike recently introduced its Considered line, which boasts a more sustainable profile than its other shoes. The Considered Boot, for instance, uses 89 percent fewer solvents in production, hemp in the woven materials and recycled factory rubber in the outsole. The end result: 61 percent less waste and 35 percent less energy consumed during production compared to a regular Nike shoe.

DRIVE RESPONSIBLY

The most important environmental choice you make as a consumer is the vehicle you drive and how you drive it. So what can you do? Aside from taking public transportation, the best option is to drive the most fuel-effcient car you can.


WATCH WHAT YOU EAT

If you want to be a friend to the Earth, an organic diet is the way to go. Organic produce is grown without chemical pesticides or fertilizers, so the process doesn’t cause the amount of contamination that conventional farming does. Instead, organic farming reduces greenhouse gas emissions and soil erosion, and promotes cleaner groundwater. But the process doesn’t benefit just the environment. It can also directly benefi t your health.  Since organics are grown without using these potentially harmful chemicals, you can reduce your family’s exposure by switching to organics.

VOTE

According to a survey conducted by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, 79 percent of those polled favor “stronger national standards to protect our land, air and water,” but only 22 percent voiced their concern at the ballot box. To save the planet, you must empower politicians who share your beliefs.

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anonymous Investors Managing $4 Trillion Call on Congress to Tackle Global Climate Change April 11, 2007 12:43 AM

Investors Managing $4 Trillion Call on Congress to Tackle Global Climate Change

March 19, 2007

WASHINGTON DC – For the first time, dozens of institutional investors managing $4 trillion in assets today called on US lawmakers to enact strong federal legislation to curb the pollution causing global climate change. Joined by a dozen leading US companies, the investor group outlined the business and economic rationale for climate action as they called for a national policy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions consistent with targets scientists say are needed to avoid the dangerous impacts of global warming.

The group, organized by Ceres and the Investor Network on Climate Risk, issued a Climate Call to Action at a press conference today in Washington DC. The 65 signers include institutional investors and asset managers such as Merrill Lynch, and the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPER, as well as leading corporations such as BP America, Allianz, PG&E, DuPont, Alcoa, Sun Microsystems and National Grid. (See full list below)

In endorsing the statement, investors and companies sent a strong message that climate policy uncertainty and the lack of federal regulations may be undermining their long-term competitiveness because it is preventing them from investing in clean energy and climate-friendly technologies and practices.

"Global warming presents enormous risks and opportunities for US businesses and investors,” said Fred R. Buenrostro, chief executive officer at CalPERS, the country’s largest public pension fund with $230 billion in assets. "To tap American ingenuity and drive business to a leadership position in the low-carbon future, we need regulations to enable the markets to deploy capital and spur innovation.”

“Investors and companies are asking Washington to set a clear policy direction to address the risks of climate change,” said Ceres president Mindy S. Lubber, whose organization also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk. “The greatest climate risk facing investors and business is the uncertainty caused by the absence of U.S. policy.”
Climate change presents far-reaching risks and opportunities for businesses and investors. Some companies in sectors such as electric power, oil and automotive will face high financial risks from carbon-reducing regulations if they are not prepared to act. Insurance companies and businesses with infrastructure in places vulnerable to extreme weather events also face financial exposure. On the flip side, climate change presents significant economic opportunities for businesses that invest in new technologies and products to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Citing these trends – as well as recent scientific reports concluding that climate change is taking place and that human activities are the primary contributor – investors and companies called for the following three actions:

  • Leadership by the US government to achieve sizable, sensible long-term reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in accordance with the 60-90% reductions below 1990 levels by 2050 that scientists and climate models suggest is urgently needed to avoid worst case scenarios. Wherever possible, the national policy should include mandatory market-based solutions, such as a cap-and-trade system, that establish an economy-wide carbon price, allow for flexibility and encourage innovation.
  • A realignment of national energy and transportation policies to stimulate research, development and deployment of new and existing clean technologies at the scale necessary to achieve GHG reduction goals.
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to clarify what companies should disclose to investors on climate change in their regular financial reporting.

The entire statement and more information on the climate call to action can be found at: http://www.ceres.org/Call_to_Action/

“As institutional investors focused on the long-term financial performance of a company, we expect a thorough analysis of all significant business liabilities,” said Connecticut State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier. “Leading companies have already made progress working to not only assess and report the risks posed by climate change, but to also set in place strategic plans to foster future growth and success. In the face of mounting evidence demonstrating the economic implications of climate change, we strongly urge the SEC to acknowledge it as a material consideration and require all companies to disclose its impact to shareholders.”

“Allianz SE believes it is essential to put a price tag on carbon, thereby enabling market mechanisms to drive emissions reductions and climate protection,” said Joachim Faber, member of the Board of Management at Allianz SE, which manages $1.6 trillion of assets. “Despite challenges in the application of the European carbon emissions trading system, we firmly believe that appropriately structured carbon cap and trade programs play a central role in addressing the challenge of global climate change.”

“The lack of a national climate policy is hindering the business community’s ability to respond,” said Jack Ehnes, chief executive officer of the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTR. “In addition to providing a clear regulatory roadmap, Congress needs to realign energy and transportation policies to stimulate new technologies that will enable us to achieve dramatic greenhouse gas reductions.”

“The investor and the business community are demonstrating that they are ahead of the political process. Like most responsible observers, they’ve seen the science, know it is real and must be responded to,” said Timothy E. Wirth, president of the United Nations Foundation. “Through their actions, they are demonstrating that preventing cl  [report anonymous abuse]

 
Hmmm... April 05, 2007 7:52 AM


Thanks, Randy...Great posts...But this is the Help Wanted Section!  I think you might have posted these to the wrong thread...

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anonymous U.N. to discuss climate as security issue April 05, 2007 1:26 AM

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council will discuss potential threats to international security from climate change for the first time later this month.


Britain's U.N. Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry, the current council president, said Wednesday the meeting will highlight "what a sensitive, difficult issue" climate change is and the importance of addressing its potential security ramifications -- from rising temperatures increasing water levels and swallowing up island nations to possible famine.

"This is a very complex issue and one of the big challenges for the world for the next century, literally," he said.


British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett will chair the April 17 meeting and has invited the 14 other council nations to be represented at ministerial level if they wish, Jones Parry said.


"The traditional triggers for conflict which exist out there are likely to be exacerbated by the effect of climate change," he said.


The council will look at the impact of climate change on water, agricultural production, the potential for famine and crop surpluses, he said.


"I don't want to state these are factors that determine conflict, no," Jones Parry said. "But they will, at the margin, and sometimes more than the margin, have a contributing effect, too, so that's part of our argument.'


In the Maldives, for instance, a 1.5-degree or 2-degree Centigrade change in temperature will increase the ocean level by 10 feet, or three meters, which would put the country under water, he said.


"If you therefore know your state will not exist, to talk to them about security is something they wouldn't doubt," Jones Parry said.


Britain also wants to hold the meeting to have the Security Council "accept that there is a dimension of this which is a potential threat," he said.


In other countries such as Bangladesh, large numbers of people will have to move, he said.

"They're all factors that can give rise to potential instability," Jones Parry said, "and what we want to see is that they, too, take their place along with energy, environment, economic issues, the scientific aspect" of climate change.


He said the meeting will not produce a council statement or resolution.


"But the fact of holding it and highlighting these issues, we think is important," Jones Parry said.


Last month, an international panel of scientists presented the United Nations with a sweeping, detailed plan to combat climate change, warning that failure would produce a turbulent 21st century of weather extremes, spreading drought and disease, expanding oceans and displacing coastal populations.


That report was issued just three weeks after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an authoritative U.N. network of 2,000 scientists, reported that global warming is being caused largely by the accumulation of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, mostly from man's burning of coal, oil and other fossil fuels.


If nothing is done, it said, global temperatures could rise as much as 6 degrees Celsius (11 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100.


Jones Parry said he expects negotiations next year on how the world should address global warming, "and my guess is that sometime next year, there will be a summit devoted to climate change."


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anonymous Draft of climate report maps out 'highway to extinction' April 01, 2007 10:19 AM

Draft of climate report maps out 'highway to extinction'
April 1, 2007
• Climate change report due Friday in Belgium charts effects by degree
• Minimal heat rise means more food production in northern regions
• Scientist: "Worst stuff is not going to happen because we can't be that stupid"
• Report will be second in a U.N.-guided, four-volume review, updating 2001 version
 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A key element of the second major report on climate change being released Friday in Belgium is a chart that maps out the effects of global warming, most of them bad, with every degree of temperature rise.

There's one bright spot: A minimal heat rise means more food production in northern regions of the world.

However, the number of species going extinct rises with the heat, as does the number of people who may starve, or face water shortages, or floods, according to the projections in the draft report obtained by The Associated Press

Some scientists are calling this degree-by-degree projection a "highway to extinction."

It's likely to be the source of sharp closed-door debate, some scientists say, along with a multitude of other issues in the 20-chapter draft report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. While the wording in the draft is almost guaranteed to change at this week's meeting in Brussels, several scientists say the focus won't.

The final document will be the product of a United Nations network of 2,000 scientists as authors and reviewers, along with representatives of more than 120 governments as last-minute editors. It will be the second volume of a four-volume authoritative assessment of Earth's climate being released this year. The last such effort was in 2001. (Volume 1: Humans 'very likely' cause warming)

Andrew Weaver, a climate scientist with the University of Victoria in British Columbia, said the chart of results from various temperature levels is "a highway to extinction, but on this highway there are many turnoffs. This is showing you where the road is heading. The road is heading toward extinction."

Weaver is one of the lead authors of the first report, issued in February.

While humanity will survive, hundreds of millions, maybe billions of people may not, according to the chart -- if the worst scenarios happen.

The report says global warming has already degraded conditions for many species, coastal areas and poor people. With a more than 90 percent level of confidence, the scientists in the draft report say man-made global warming "over the last three decades has had a discernible influence on many physical and biological systems."

But as the world's average temperature warms from 1990 levels, the projections get more dire. Add 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit -- 1 degree Celsius is the calculation scientists use -- and between 400 million and 1.7 billion extra people can't get enough water, some infectious diseases and allergenic pollens rise, and some amphibians go extinct.

But the world's food supply, especially in northern areas, could increase. That's the likely outcome around 2020, according to the draft.

Add another 1.8 degrees and as many as 2 billion people could be without water and about 20 percent to 30 percent of the world's species near extinction. Also, more people start dying because of malnutrition, disease, heat waves, floods and droughts -- all caused by global warming. That would happen around 2050, depending on the level of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels.

At the extreme end of the projections, a 7- to 9-degree average temperature increase, the chart predicts: "Up to one-fifth of the world population affected by increased flood events" ... "1.1 to 3.2 billion people with increased water scarcity" ..."major extinctions around the globe."

Despite that dire outlook, several scientists involved in the process say they are optimistic that such a drastic temperature rise won't happen because people will reduce carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming.

"The worst stuff is not going to happen because we can't be that stupid," said Harvard University oceanographer James McCarthy, who was a top author of the 2001 version of this report. "Not that I think the projections aren't that good, but because we can't be that stupid."

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 March 31, 2007 6:50 AM

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2007 is the 27th Anniversary of the Environmental Career Center and the 12th anniversary of EnvironmentalCareer.com.  Thank you, and please let us know how we may better serve you.

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anonymous Other links I found on a localized group I joined.... March 28, 2007 2:12 PM

http://www.ecojobs.com/index.php

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http://www.ecoemploy.com/jobs/

http://www.ag.ohio-state.edu/~envjobs/env5.htm

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Help Wanted in Healing the Earth! March 27, 2007 1:59 PM

Anyone looking for rewarding work that will help heal the Earth? Let's post job interest and job openings here!

Here's a new listing that I found in Australia:

Work for Planet Ark

Position Available

Job Title: PR & Media Manager

Organisation: Planet Ark Environmental Foundation

  • Planet Ark seeks a bright, highly motivated and organized professional with a keen interest in the environment.
  • A unique and challenging opportunity to contribute to a dynamic team, organization and movement at a critical time.
  • Ideally suited to a media savvy team player and self starter looking apply themselves creatively and strategically in communications management.

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