Environmental News! 19th June 2012

1) Canadian cycles to Earth Summit in Rio.

Naomi Devine, a 33 year old Canadian woman has given “fuel efficient” travel a whole new meaning this week. Naomi decided to hope on her bike in Vancouver, British Columbia, and pedal down to the Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil. She had some help with trains along the way but her journey is estimated to have been 1000 miles long. Hopefully, this will ignite the Earth Summit into producing some decent conclusions. Kyoto Protocol “take two” anyone?

Considering her worst part of the trip was as follows, ‘the idea that you might get hit and be seriously injured or die. In those moments you have to dig deep and hope for the best, because it certainly has happened to other cyclists”, would you ever attempt anything so crazy?!

2) Diesel fumes worse than second-hand smoke.


Reports filtering through from the World Health Organisation are showing how diesel fumes can cause lung cancer. The fumes are more carcinogenic than second-hand smoke fumes. So yes, you may get great mileage on your new Ford “eco-friendly” Zetec, but you’re putting people at harm. For more information on why diesel cars aren’t as good as you think, read this. What’s your opinion? With electric cars still years from being ready for everyday use, what other option do we have?

3) Environmental Activists being killed at a rate of two a week.
The death toll in people attempting to protect forests, rivers and land has almost doubled in the last 3 years. Brazil, the site of tomorrow’s UN Earth Summit, has the highest amount of deaths. A shocking 365. This represents the horrifying struggle currently going on for the world’s resources. We must desperately find a balance where all justifying needs can be met, otherwise it won’t just be the environment that suffers.

 

4) The earth IS warming.
Ignore all the “scientific uncertainty”. Ignore the blissfully ignorant. Ignore the lies. The earth currently has the lowest ice surface area in history. In fact, it’s not even been close to being this low. There are over 500,000 square kilometres less of ice than previous ‘low’ years (2007, 2011). Forgive the poor resolution, but you can clearly see the red 2012 line and how it is descending quickly, very quickly.


5) 48 cities to cut 248 million tons of pollution.

To end on a more positive note, it looks like the Kyoto Protocol “take two” is underway! It will be spoken about over the next few days in Rio at the Earth Summit. According to the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, 248 million tons can be cut from 48 major cities by 2020. More information will filter through over the next few days but this is a huge step forward for the earth on the road to a more sustainable planet.

What is your view on this decade’s UN Earth Summit? There are already signs to show how serious some countries are taking these issues now. Will the conference be a success? Will words be turned to positive action? We can only hope so!

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