Canada receives first-place Fossil award on Day 3 of Copenhagen

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      Environmental groups from around the world expressed their unhappiness with Canada by presenting the country with the first-place Fossil of the Day award on the third day of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

      It’s the third time in as many days that Canada has received a Fossil, a dubious honour reserved for countries that do the most to delay and disrupt negotiations toward a global agreement on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

      “Canada and Croatia share first for pushing in a Kyoto Protocol contact group against the 1990 base year,” the Climate Action Network stated in a post today (December 9) on the Fossil of the Day Web site. “Canada in particular has been relentlessly opposed to measuring emissions in relation to the internationally accepted base year of 1990, in favor of–as a senior negotiator put it in a stakeholder meeting–a “more contemporary” base year. Could Canada’s desire to erase the past have something to do with fact that tar sands emissions have more than doubled from 1990 to now? Or is it just an effort to make its tiny little 3% target look a bit bigger?”

      Today’s second-place Fossil went to Russia.

      On Tuesday (December 8), Canada was featured in a group of non-European Union industrialized countries that took second place in the Fossil of the Day awards. That group also included Iceland, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Ukraine, the United States, and Australia.

      Canada received the 3rd-place Fossil on Monday (December 9), the opening day of the Copenhagen conference, also known as COP15.

      The country was named Fossil of the Year in 2007 and 2008.

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      7 Comments

      Thomas

      Dec 9, 2009 at 5:37pm

      Good! Give them hell Harper!
      Listen to this guy (Lamumba Stanislaus) he's got it right. This (COP15) is a power grab, not environmental "peace" treaty.

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      Clovis 1

      Dec 9, 2009 at 11:14pm

      Maybe we should start thinking about joining the European Union, be a nice way to distances our selves from you know who.

      Judy Cross

      Dec 10, 2009 at 4:14pm

      "The Urban Heat Island effect on temperature records is real, despite what some people wish you to believe. Peter, a sixth grader, and his dad, thought so too, and take the data from NASA GISS and show in a simple video, what we’ve been saying for years here at WUWT. Urbanization, land use, and station siting matter.They used a simple pairing of rural and urban sites to show the differences. This shows why homogenization, which smears all the data from urban and rural sites together, is a bad idea, and gives trends that don’t exist in reality.

      I like the ending where he says in the rolling credits “Peter’s dad is not employed or funded by any energy or oil companies”. It’s funny that they’d feel a need to say this. No National Science Foundation funding needed either."

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      We are being defrauded by the biggest scam in history

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      Travis Lupick

      Dec 10, 2009 at 4:38pm

      @Judy Cross: The way that several respected climatologists have explained the analysis of global temperature to me, urbanization, etc, is taken into account and compensated for.

      Here's a previously-unpublished quote from a conversation I recently had with David Barber, Canada Research Chair for Arctic System Science at the University of Manitoba. It's a little choppy, but you get the idea.

      "Its not a trivial thing to try and get a global temperature. Just think about it: How do you measure that? Well nowadays, we can take climate reporting stations all around the world, we can take all of that data into a computer, and we can sum it for the world average. But then we have to compensate for certain things, like if the airport that is doing the reporting of a temperature is in a city that grew from 10,000 people to a million people. You have to take into account the fact that there is a whole bunch more asphalt there, and that asphalt is going to bias that temperature upwards, because the temperature has got a lower Albedo. So there will be a local warming effect. So what we have to make sure is what we’re measuring here is not industrialization or urbanization. What we want to be measuring is an independent measure of temperature. And so the temperature records that we use in climate analysis come from many different places and different groups organize and coordinate and test and intercompare these results with other ones. Some come from ships that are out in the ocean, some come from land. And they integrate these together. And there are many of these."

      You can find the story that Barber appeared in here: '<a href="http://www.straight.com/article-273133/vancouver/scientists-dispel-myths... Copenhagen on horizon, Canadian scientists dispel myths of climate e-mails</a>'. And another one here: '<a href="http://www.straight.com/article-273702/vancouver/arctic-sea-ice-still-di... sea ice still disappearing, new study finds</a>'.

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      Judy Cross

      Dec 10, 2009 at 5:22pm

      Australia and New Zealand also show evidence of tampering with the land-based record, not just CRU. And what is always left out of Arctic melting stories is that it happens every 70 years and the last time was the 1920-1940 period.

      "The general situation from the late 1910s to the 1940s is well illustrated by the annual temperature records from Spitsbergen, Angmagssalik, and Andenes (Fig. 4 to 6). They indicate a shift of the mean temperature level of approximately 1.5 to 3 degrees between the decade prior and after 1920, and that the period with an increased mean lasted until about 1940"
      http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/past-arctic-warming-also-cre...

      Ice levels are returning to "normal" after this generation's warming .
      http://www.ijis.iarc.uaf.edu/en/home/seaice_extent.htm

      KingH

      Dec 10, 2009 at 9:05pm

      Copenhagen (COP-15) is not about climate change at all. It is about global governance; control over YOU and over the sovereignty of Canada. What it means, should we be stupid enough to sign this tyrannical treaty, is that Canada would be subject to laws, taxation, even patent law and lifestyle changes that are dictated to us by an unelected body of elite socialists. The Treaty mentions nothing about candidates, elections, voting or anything else democratic.

      Is that what you really want?

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      Ecocomunist

      Dec 16, 2009 at 11:10pm

      I am sick of this "Stephen Harper" character, or should I say "Stephen Harpy" the way he is sucking the life out of this country. If any of you feel the same join the protest: Vancouver 2010: Protest Harper's Embarrassing Policies - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=234328346647

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