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Climate Crisis - General

Canadians have one of the highest per capita rates of carbon emissions in the world. This is because we have:

• A resource intensive economy,
• Large vehicles driven long distances
• Large houses in a cold climate
• High levels of material consumption
• Frequent plane travel.

Our inability to cut carbon emissions has given us the worst record of carbon emissions growth in the industrialized world. Canadas commitment to the Kyoto Accord took the form of a pledge to reduce our carbon emissions by the year 2012 to a level 6% below that of our emissions in 1990.

In 2013 our emissions were 30% higher than our Kyoto target making our record the second worst of the Accord's 58 signatories, just ahead of last place Saudi Arabia.

Where is the growth in emissions coming from? The two main drivers are mass immigration and the Alberta oil sands. (Balanced immigration would maintain our population at a stable level. Mass immigration is being used to increase our population by over 1 Toronto every decade)

Doubling our population will mean our per capita GHG emissions will have to be cut by 50% just to stand still. Clearly, cutting emissions while continuing to increase our population is not a viable plan.

In 2014 the oil sands were a rapidly growing but still minor (10%) contributor of national emissions compared to the 20% increase in population (6 million people) for which immigration is largely responsible.

Oil sands production will plateau at some level. Given the world economy and calls to leave the dirtiest oil in the ground, that level could be double that of today or half of it. In 2016, oil sands future production is cloudy. But the current national plan on the largest source of ghg emissions increase is to continue Canada's population growth forever.

In a finite world with an environment in decline, that plan must be challenged and reversed. Send a link to your friends and include a cartoon. Get the word out and start asking questions.

Climate Crisis - Advanced

Human generated carbon emissions are a major driver of climate change and are the focus of intense concern around the world.

In the past, Canada has enjoyed a reputation in the world as an active nice guy working towards the goals of human betterment and world peace from a base of a just and progressive society.

But Canada's status undergoing a massive downgrade. We are pursuing a policy of rapid growth and reckless exploitation of our natural resources. Our carbon emissions growth is currently second worst of 58 Kyoto signatories. Whereas our Kyoto commitment was to reduce emissions to 560 megatonnes - 6% under the 1990 levels - by 2012, they actually increased by 25%.

While many European nations expect to achieve 40% cuts by 2020, Canada's GHG emissions will continue to soar to 60% over the 1990 level.

Our abysmal emissions record is well known in scientific and technocrat circles. William Ruddiman author of Plows, Plagues & Petroleum, jokingly referred to Canada's carbon track record by saying, and you are the new bad boys. Unfortunately it is no longer a laughing matter. In a far less affable critique, Yvo de Boer, the head of the UN's climate change agency, blasted Canada's double speak. In 2008, Al Gore ripped Canada's carbon performance as Apure fraud.

Where is the growth in emissions coming from? The two main drivers are mass immigration and the Alberta oil sands. In the period 1990 - 2012 the oil sands are a rapidly growing but still minor (5%) contributor of national emissions compared to the 20% increase in population (5 million people) for which immigration is largely responsible. To this point in 2012, immigration is responsible for 2 to 3 times more of our Kyoto overshoot than the oil sands.

With scores of square kilometers of open pit mines and tailing ponds the oil sands has greater visual impact than the suburbs, highways, offices and malls spawned by the immigrant influx. Urban structures require a great deal of resources and energy to build and a great deal of energy to run as long as they are standing. Carbon emissions from these population growth sources are both greater in magnitude and harder to minimize due to their multiplicity than those of the oil sands.

No conserver society can counter the effects of continued population growth but mass immigration and ever higher consumption are the core of Canada's simple growth-forever mantra.

Ontario has brought more than 550 megawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity online since 2003. In that 10 year period its population has grown by 1.2 million people which translates to an increase in electricity demand of 2,800 megawatts. The policy of mass immigration has overwhelmed, by a factor of 5, any benefits of the province’s solar efforts,

Growth forever, whether in the form of population, per capita consumption increases or increased resource exploitation is unable to deliver the emissions reductions critical to live up to our international commitments to fight extreme climate change.

Climate Crisis - Reference

Subject MatterSource

Climate mapping
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The Atlantic Cities Place Matters

A new study on global warming pinpoints the probable dates for when cities and ecosystems around the world will regularly experience hotter environments the likes of which they have never seen before.
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CBC News

Norway abandons carbon capture project
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BBC News

Flood maps

Flood maps
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Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks in Canada

National Inventory Report 1990-2011: Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks in Canada - Executive Summary
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Environment Canada

When we think about global warming at all, the arguments tend to be ideological, theological and economic. But to grasp the seriousness of our predicament, you just need to do a little math.
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Rolling Stone Politics

Historical aspects of global warming

To help people who want to know more about the historical aspects of global warming and climate change
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CO2 Now

Carbon capture & storage

Why carbon capture and storage will never pay off
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Smart Planet

Climate Challenge

Did Climate Challenge the Creativity of Early Homo sapiens?
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International Emissions data

International Emissions data by country and source
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Understanding Carbon emissions, climate change and the Kyoto Agreement
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Kyoto Protocol

International Panel on Climate Change website
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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

CO2 time series 1990-2011

CO2 time series 1990-2011 per capita for world countries
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Joint Research Centre

Never ending growth is impossible but growth forever is our society's assumption
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Motion Graph: Carbon Emmissions vs CCCno2%

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Impact Index


Immigration Impact

Sources of Canadian Carbon Emission Increase Since 1990
  • Immigration 65%
  • Oil Sands 25%
  • Per Capita Consumption 10%

The expansion of domestic fossil fuel energy consumption is due to the high levels of immigration which has increased the Canadian population by over 5 million since the Kyoto base year of 1990.  The oil sands which is the focus of most concern is a significantly smaller contributor to Canada’s overall carbon emissions growth. Note that switching from coal to natural gas electric power generation is the biggest source of carbon emissions reduction.  Loss of manufacturing capacity is another.

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