Global warming and biodiversity.

According to an International study done by the University of Leeds, global warming could wipe out a quarter of all species of plants and animals on Earth by 2050 in one of the biggest mass extinctions since the dinosaurs. The United Nations said the report highlighting threats to creatures ranging from Australian butterflies to Spanish eagles, showed a need for the world to back the Kyoto Protocol, meant to brake rising temperatures linked to human pollution. “A quarter of all species of plants and land animals, or more than a million in all, could be driven to extinction, said Chris Thomas, professor of Conservation Biology at England’s University of Leeds. Prof. Thomas, lead author of the study published in the science journal Nature, said the emissions from cars and factories could push temperatures by the end of the century up to levels not seen for one million to 30 million years. The survey, the largest of its kind to date, studied global warming links to 1,103 species of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs and insects in South Africa, Brazil, Europe, Australia, Mexico ‘and Costa Rica and extrapolated findings as far as 2050. It did not examine the oceans. “Climate change is the biggest new extinction threat, co-author Lee Hannah said at Conservation International in Washington. Many species would simply be unable to adapt or migrate to new habitats. The researchers concede there are many uncertainties in both climate forecasts and the computer models they used to forecast future extinctions. But they said their dire conclusions may well come to pass if industrial nations do not curtail emissions of greenhouse gases.
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Summary of Mineral Exploration Roundup 2004 Sustainability Session

On Monday, January 26, the 2004 Mineral Exploration Roundup in Vancouver, BC hosted a sustainability session that outlined the progress the Canadian mining industry is making towards sustainability. Participants included the Mining Association of Canada, The World Wildlife Fund, First Nations and BC Government Representatives. Follow the link below to view a summary of this event and find links to more information.
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Environmental Excellence in Exploration

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada has developed Environmental Excellence in Exploration, a comprehensive reference of best environmental practices for exploration. This tools shows mineral exploration organizations how to take responsibility for environmental sterwardship and minimize the impact of exploration. It also addresses community consultation and involvement. Click on the web link below to find out more.
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ExxonMobil and Climate Change

According to Agence France Press, 29 January 2004, a recently released report claims that ExxonMobil is responsible for about 5% of global greenhouse gas emmissions. The report claims that ExxonMobil’s oil and gas products have released 20.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere since the company began as Standard Oil in 1882, which is equivalent to between 4.7 and 5.3 percent of the world total of man-made carbon dioxide. The report goes on to say that the company’s biggest years for emissions have been since 1996, when the UN’s top scientific panel on climate change found unmistakable evidence of man-made involvement in global warming. The studies for the report were carried out on behalf of Friends of the Earth International by Richard Heede of Climate Mitigation Services, Colorado, and by Jim Salinger and Greg Bodeker of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand. Click on the link below to view the report in pdf format, or follow the weblink.
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the Corporation (the Film)

Documentary film looks at the role of the Corporation in modern society, including Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability. The film goes over many ideas regarding the influence of “the corporation” in the world today, the beginnings of “the corporation” and the powers that “it” has gained over the years, an interesting comparison of attributes of “the corporation” to the attributes of a psychopath, and ways to steer the world in a different direction from that to which “the corporation” is leading us. **** a must see ****
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Asking a corporation to be socially responsible makes no more sense than asking a building to be. The Corporation – movie Milton Friedman


A frightening creature compounded of incongruous elements. Frankenstein was a monster. A large hideous animal or thing  a monster house. Monstrous Hybrids, according to Jane Jacobs, occur when private and public interest get mixed like in the mafia system Frankenstein products or monstrous hybrid material occur when material get mixed in a way that their future recycling is made extremely difficult if not impossible.
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To put away… but where is away? Of course, away does not really exist. Away has gone away.– Bill McDonough