• Tell the EU to set an equitable and science-based carbon emissions reduction target of 80% by 2030.
    There is now little to no chance of maintaining the global mean surface temperature at or below 2◦C. The only way to avoid dangerous man-made interference with the climate system is to stop burning fossil fuels and reduce our carbon emissions by 80% by 2030. Climate scientists say we have years, not decades, to reduce our carbon emissions before it’s too late to prevent ‘extremely dangerous’ climate change. Currently we are heading for a global temperature increase of 4°C by the end of this century. This is because we are still pumping greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas), into the atmosphere. New efforts are underway to expand fossil fuel extraction by drilling into the Arctic region, extracting oil from tar sands, and using hydraulic fracking techniques to extract natural gas and oil from shale formations. The increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is causing the Earth to store heat instead of releasing the heat energy to space, and as a consequence altering the global climate. The safe level of atmospheric carbon dioxide is no more than 350 parts per million (ppm) if we are to preserve a planet similar to which life on Earth is adapted. In 2013, the global concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passed the level of 400 ppm. The impacts associated with a rise in global mean surface temperature of 2◦C (450 ppm) represents the threshold between ‘dangerous’ and ‘extremely dangerous’ climate change. This means we can except to see rising sea levels, shrinking sea ice in Greenland and Antarctic, and more severe and frequent climate impacts like heavier rainfall, extreme flooding, heatwaves, storms and droughts. The EU is responsible for 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The EU must take leadership and responsibility for the present dangerous situation. In January 2014, the European Commission announced their 2030 climate and energy plans. The European Commission’s proposal calls for greenhouse gas emissions to be cut by 40% by 2030. The Commission did not set binding targets for increasing renewable energies or for reducing energy use. The Commission’s climate proposal is irresponsible, and inconsistent with scientific evidence-based climate data analyses. Based on climate science, carbon emissions must be reduced by at least 80% by 2030, and there must be binding targets to reduce energy use by 50% and increase the share of renewables to 45%. European energy and environment ministers will begin discussions on 20-21 March, and the EU is expected to agree the 2030 climate and energy targets by the end of this year. The EU’s 2030 climate and energy plans will set the tone for negotiations (Paris COP summit) on global efforts to rein in carbon emissions next year, and hence the direction of future climate impacts. Tell the EU to set an equitable and science-based carbon emissions reduction target of 80% by 2030. Anything less will leave future generations a legacy of “devastating impacts”. Sources: Letter to President Barroso on 2030 Decarbonisation targets from Dr Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, University of Manchester: http://kevinanderson.info/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Letter-pdf-to-President-Barroso-on-2030-decarbonisation-Dec-2013.pdf Anderson K, Bow A (2010) Beyond ‘dangerous’ climate change: emission scenarios for a new world. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2011 369, doi: 10.1098/rsta.2010.0290 Hansen J, Kharecha P, Sato M, Masson-Delmotte V, Ackerman F, et al. (2013) Assessing ‘‘Dangerous Climate Change’’: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature. PLoS ONE 8(12): e81648. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081648 Betts R, Collins M, Hemming D.L., Jones C.D., Lowe J. A, and Sanderson M.G. When could global warming reach 4°C? Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A (2011) 369, 67–84 doi:10.1098/rsta.2010.0292 IPCC, 2013: Summary for Policymakers. In: Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Stocker, T.F., D. Qin, G.-K. Plattner, M. Tignor, S. K. Allen, J. Boschung, A. Nauels, Y. Xia, V. Bex and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA. According to 2012 research by Fraunhofer ISI for the German Environment Ministry, the EU could reduce its energy consumption by 50% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. Concrete Paths of the European Union to the 2°C Scenario: Achieving the Climate Protection Targets of the EU by 2050 through Structural Change, Energy Savings and Energy Efficiency Technologies.
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  • Ask President Obama to Evaluate a "Solar" Pipeline Alternative to the Keystone XL Project
    See all the reasons at the web link below. To help in the fight to mitigate Climate Change the President needs to understand that the Keystone XL Project can not be approved. We should use the 1,200 miles of land earmarked for the pipeline to build a "solar" pipeline that will deliver the same amount of energy with essentially 0 carbon emissions. We should ask the President through this petition to support a clean energy project alternative to the proposed leak-prone oil pipeline. As an alternative to a crude oil pipeline running through the heartland of this country, the property earmarked for the pipeline should be used to construct a “solar pipeline” because the miles of property needed to run an oil pipe line is long enough to build a solar panel network that will generate approximately the same amount of energy every day that the crude oil would produce when combusted in power plants to generate electricity. Sure, the investment cost, estimated to be approximately 45 billion dollars would be significantly more than the 5 to 10 billion price tag for the oil pipeline but instead of generating a product that will have a direct cost to American consumers of more than 30 billion dollars a year (303,000,000 barrels/year x 100 dollars/barrel) and have a social cost of approximately 6 billion dollars a year in environmental and public health damage, the “solar pipeline” will generate essentially 0 tons a year of carbon dioxide, generate electricity at little or no cost, and avoid approximately 6 billion dollars a year in environmental and public health damage. So in essence, when the direct cost to consumers (30 billion dollars) and cost to the environment and public health (6 billion dollars) are considered against the investment cost of 45 billion dollars, the return on investment of the solar pipeline is approximately 1.5 years. This petition will also show that individuals can make a difference by aligning and taking steps together to mitigate climate change--for more on the Power of Many go to www.facebook.com/Earthbook and find out how to take "Two Steps With Me" to Fight Climate Change The technical basis follows: The “solar pipeline” would be the same length of the oil pipeline (6,230,400 ft.) and only slightly wider (~ 786 ft.) and cover 112,422 acres of land. Each acre would produce 2.76 million BTUs/hr./day and with an average 5 hours of sunlight a day, generate approximately 1,500, 000 million BTU a day of essentially carbon free energy. The 830,000 barrels of oil produce 1,600,000 million BTU a day of carbon intensive energy. (830,000 barrels/day x 42 gallons/barrel x 140,000 BTU/gallon)/ (1,000,000 BTU) x.33 efficiency= 1,600,000 million BTU a day). Approximate cost –809,000 watts per acre, cost of thin film PV projected to be .50 dollar per watt by 2015, so ~ $400k per acre. $400,000 x 112,422 acres= 45 billion dollars.
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  • Encourage sustainable development and promote zero-carbon housing
    There doesn’t seem to be a week go by now where there is not another significant weather or climate event. Whether its severe flooding, the warmest month or year on record, severe storms, or droughts. There is little doubt that this is caused by climate change. And, there is little doubt that increased CO2 emissions play a significant role. In the UK, buildings account for around 43% of the national carbon emissions. The urgency of addressing climate change, and general lack of awareness is staggering. UK houses are some of the worst in the developed world. It is dreadful to watch the heat (and CO2) haemorrhaging through doors, windows, walls and roofs. And power stations chocking the atmosphere trying to keep up. It is shocking that the technology exists to almost eliminate this waste, but the UK is decades behind much of the world in using this technology. From personal experience, we know that it is difficult to gain support for building sustainable buildings (despite central government intentions). Please see www.dsewell.co.uk for our personal challenge on making a difference. There is still time. But the next few years are critical. Awareness needs to increase and policies need to be enforced. If we miss our chance the future could be very grim indeed. It feels deeply unethical to do nothing!
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  • Carbon Tax for a Healthy World and Green Economy
    This is the single most effective policy to lower emissions while enabling the economy to transition to a cleaner and greener energy future. It uses the market to reorganize human endeavor, to seriously lower greenhouse emissions, while creating opportunity for millions of people to do the important transition work! It strengthens the divestment work, by making divestment the best financial as well as moral choice. It strengthens renewable energy efforts, as well as making coal and fracked gas less viable. We need this as part of the solution! It is working in British Columbia and Ireland already, with proven track records! Let us do this right, for the Earth and for the humans! We need to be sure that: * the carbon tax is high enough to make a difference * the revenue goes to lower taxes on work, to create jobs * fracked gas is charged on leaked methane as well as carbon dioxide With these three basics, a carbon tax will help to transition our economy into a healthy future!
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  • First Nations: We believe you, not Big Oil CEO's
    Neil Young continues to make national headlines with his cross-Canada concert tour this week, and Canadians are responding in droves, crowdfunding almost $60,000 for ACFN’s legal defence at www.HonourTheACFN.ca. Young’s response to the Prime Minister’s attacks was brilliant: “... to the thousands of hard-working Canadians… we have respect for all working people. The quandary we face is the job they are working on. They are digging a hole that our grandchildren will have great trouble digging their way out of. … There are better jobs to be developing, with clean energy industries to help make the world a safer place for our grandchildren.” Canada must clean up its act in the oil sands, and stop denying the significant downside to out of control resource exploitation that only benefits a few yet leaves such a great cost for the rest of us. Now is the time to push: thanks to Neil’s concerts this week, the media's attention is finally on the reality of tar sands impacts, and his message is reaching ordinary Canadians across the country. Let's show the Athabasca Chipewyan and other First Nations that Canadians acknowledge their reality and want solutions for the tar sands disaster, not more denial and empty talking points. Please sign and share. Let’s do this, Jason P.S. 100% of the funds from Neil’s tour are going to the legal defence fund of the ACFN, and over 1,000 generous supporters have donated to their crowdfunding website! They are ¾ of the way to their goal of $75,000. Can you chip in $10? www.HonourTheACFN.ca Sources: Neil Young Comments get massive support in Alberta: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/01/14/neil-young-oilsands-comments_n_4597793.html Neil Young Responds to PMO’s Defence of Oilsands: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/neil-young-responds-to-pmo-s-defence-of-oilsands-1.2494950
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  • Say no to corporate power grabs - reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a highly secretive and expansive free trade agreement between the United States and twelve Pacific Rim countries, including Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Australia. Leaked text reveals that the TPP would empower corporations to directly sue governments in private and non-transparent trade tribunals over laws and policies that corporations allege reduce their profits. Legislation designed to address climate change, curb fossil fuel expansion and reduce air pollution could all be subject to attack by corporations as a result of TPP. Additionally, the deal could criminalize internet use, undermine workers’ and human rights, manipulate copyright laws, restrict government regulation of food labeling and adversely impact subsidized healthcare. The movement we are building locally, nationally and globally to move beyond fossil fuels and create a safe climate future is growing by the day and the fossil fuel industry is getting scared of the uncertainty ahead. The TPP is a symptom of this fear – a massive bid to overthrow any restrictions we might throw at them. But we can stop this. The might of our movement is greater than their money or manipulation. Sign this petition to show our governments that we won’t stand for foreign corporations disabling our sovereignty, democratic processes or the right to a safe future. https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.350.org/images/TPP-relaced.png
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  • Nothing Free, Except Sun: Solar Streetlights in University of the Punjab
    Pakistan is contributing very little to the greenhouse gas emissions, but is getting severely impacted by the disastrous impacts of climate change. Additionally, it is going through a worst energy crisis, which requires an urgent solution. Developing new power generation plants based on non-renewable energy resources can put a long term economic pressure on Pakistan. With reasonable supply of solar radiation in Lahore, solar technology can provide an easy and cost effective solution to a population of almost 10 million. However, due to lack of knowledge about this clean power source and poor marketing strategies used by the solar companies, few households from upper class of the city are benefiting from it. University of the Punjab is Asia's largest and one of the oldest educational institutions of Pakistan. Shifting the whole campus to solar energy can motivate youth and middle class of the city to adopt this technology. This petition will be presented to the Vice Chancellor of the university to advise him to convert energy supply of the street lights in Quaid-e-Azam Campus to solar power. This will not only reduce dependency of the university on fossil fuels but will also protect environment. Enthusiastic volunteers of Pakistan Sustainability Network from University of the Punjab and other universities of Lahore have taken the task to ask the VC of the university to take this green initiative. The organization stresses that rather than looking towards the Government, we must take steps to conserve our environment. So are you with PSN?
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  • Ecocide is a Crime against Peace and needs an additional International Law to Stop it.
    Our environment is unprotected from the misuse of its abundant assets. Damaging it ultimately damages all living organisms of which Humans are just one. Perils such as climate change, toxification of land, river systems and oceans, loss of tropical and temperate rain forests with all their dependent species and loss of polar and mountain glacial deposits are some of the well known consequences of Ecocide in action, unchallenged by an unaware populace in who's name the destruction is excused. This must stop and we all must say it. The world already has produced 4 laws that protect peace that can be enforced in the International Criminal Court including the crime of Genocide. An additional law, Ecocide would protect all species that enjoy an ecosystem from deliberate harm to the system. This would disincentivise investments in corporations who damage our environment and would make CEO's of them liable to criminal charges if they break the law. This legal process has already been proved to work in a mock trial in 2011 in London, UK. Please will you also sign the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) which has a legal standing? www.endecocide.eu
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  • IMF and World Bank: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies
    In order to avert 2°C global temperature rise, 80% of known fossil fuel reserves need to be kept in the ground. That's the only way we're avoid catastrophic climate change. The business model of fossil fuel corporations is to burn more coal, gas, and oil every year, which ends up in the atmosphere. There business model is at odds with the math of climate name. As a global society, we need to stop subsidizing this world-altering activity.
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  • Make the EBRD a renewable development bank.
    The climate is changing before our eyes. Almost every government in the world has agreed that any warming above a 2°C (3.6°F) rise would be unsafe, risking catastrophic feedback cycles and a planet potentially incompatible with human civilization. If we are are to keep climate change below 2°, we must keep 80% of known fossil fuel reserves under ground. Yet fossil fuel companies continue to develop existing reserves at an alarming rate, while spending billions of dollars of public money each year to find more fossil fuels. If we continue along this trajectory, the world is on track to burn five times as much fossil fuel as is considered "safe" by conservative estimates. It's time for public financial institutions such as the EBRD, to end their support for fossil fuel extraction and development. EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard recently called on the EBRD, EIB, and the World Bank -- which have a combined annual lending pot of €130 billion -- to end support for fossil fuels in their energy lending policy reviews.
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  • BBC news reporting should feature a regular climate change report
    The BBC has a responsibility to licence fee payers to report items of interest to the general public. Arguably, the single most important newsworthy item both now, and into the foreseeable future, is global warming and climate change. Now, more than ever, national -- and international -- education on the facts of human-induced climate change is ever more relevant for informed debate on action. The BBC is perfectly placed to take a leadership role in this important area. Featuring a climate change report in the BBC's standard programming schedule would be immensely useful in counteracting the ongoing, and very damaging, effects of myths and misinformation.
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  • Stop LNG Exports in Oregon!
    Without fracking there would not be enough gas to export. Hydraulic fracturing is a process that pollutes and uses huge amounts of drinking water, compromises public health, and threatens agriculture. This type of gas extraction is bitterly opposed by communities across the country. Liquefied natural gas is also extremely dangerous to transport, because it is highly volatile. An accident at either of the proposed Oregon terminals could easily wipe out large portions of the North Bend, Coos Bay, and Warrenton communities. Close to 17,000 people live in the hazard zones of concern for the Coos Bay project alone. Residents up to a mile away could receive second degree burns within 30 seconds if an LNG pool-fire were to develop. The proposed facility is in sight of the town's mall, schools, and commercial airport. These risks become even more frightening given the high probability of a major earthquake and tsunami in this region over the next 50 years. The proposed terminals would be fed by a series of pipelines that would cross hundreds of fish-bearing rivers and streams, public and private lands, acres of pristine forest, and many Oregon towns. Landowners will have their property taken by eminent domain, receiving a one time payment while assuming the continued devaluation and risk. These LNG export terminals would do nothing to lower energy prices, while threatening North Bend, Coos Bay, and Warrenton residents with increased pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. This means increased respiratory and other health problems, especially for "at risk" children and elders. The terminals would compromise local industries, like farming, fishing, and tourism while deeply impacting unique coastal ecosystems, including a federally protected estuary. Export of LNG is no future for Oregon. We want a better vision!
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