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Friday, April 16, 2010

Canada's Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions Decreased in 2008

OTTAWA, Ont. -- April 15, 2010 --" Today, the Government of Canada submitted its annual report on greenhouse gas emissions which showed a decrease in Canada's total emissions for 2008. The annual national greenhouse gas inventory report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is a summary of data on Canada's greenhouse gas emissions at the national, provincial and sector levels."
"This decrease is a positive step in our action against climate change," said Environment Minister Jim Prentice. "While there is still work to be done, improvements in our emissions levels strengthen the Government's commitment to continue tackling climate change and reduce Canada's greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020, a target which reflects the importance of aligning with the United States, while maintaining economic competitiveness and prosperity."
"Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions dropped 2.1 per cent in 2008. In 2008, emissions were about 734 megatonnes which represents a decrease of 16 megatonnes from the updated 2007 total of 750 megatonnes, and a 6.2 megatonnes or 0.8 per cent decrease over the last five years."
"The decrease in emissions between 2007 and 2008 is attributed to Canada's efforts to use greater amounts of clean energy power generation, which is part of the Government's efforts to target greenhouse gas production, and to the slow-down in economic growth at the end of 2008."
"The Government of Canada is a strong supporter of renewable energy technologies and Canada boasts one of the cleanest electricity systems in the world with three-quarters of our electricity supply emitting no greenhouse gases."



National greenhouse gas emissions, Canada, 1990 to 2006

Emissions in 2006 were 22% higher than in 1990. Emissions peaked in 2004 at 743 megatonnes and then declined by 3% from 2004 to 2006.

Greenhouse gas emissions per person, Canada, 1990 to 2006

Emissions per person increased by 3% between 1990 and 2006. Between 2003 and 2006, emissions per person declined by 6%.

It is great to see Canadian businesses and individual Canadians have been so responsive to requests by Government and scientific experts to reduce our  greenhouse gas emissions well done everybody!

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.