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February 28, 2008 The Honoured Reader (free) edition of the Gallon Environment Letter Vol. 13, No. 2, February 12, 2008 has been posted click here.

Editorial by Colin Isaacs: CANADIAN LEADERSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES

Theme: ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY CONFERENCE TUCSON JANUARY 27-30, 2008


SECURING A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE: THE EUEC KEYNOTE

DTE: VIEW FROM A MAJOR UTILITY

CANADIAN COMPANIES AT EUEC
Jacques Whitford
Carbonetworks
intelex
Carbon Busters
Other Canadians
Links

CATCHING THE EYE WITH A MESSAGE

CATCHING ENVIRONMENTAL DECEIT: CARBON CERTIFICATION OF BIO-BASED MATERIALS

YOUTUBE: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY MARKETING TO YOUTH

US REGIONAL CARBON MARKETS
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI
Western Climate Initiative
Midwestern Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction

CALIFORNIA'S GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTIONS ACT

CLIMATE REGISTRY

ACCOUNTING FOR CARBON

US MERCURY CONTROL

EUEC MERCURY WORKSHOPS

TIDAL POWER

Verdant Power

Marine Power Early Stages

LETTER TO EDITOR

MAPPING ASBESTOS HAZARDS AND BODIES

GUEST COLUMN: SUMMARY OF TRANSPORT REVOLUTIONS BY RICHARD GILBERT AND ANTHONY PERL

BC: CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATIVES

NRTEE: GHG EMISSIONS TRADING AND OTHER CARBON PRICING

THE BIOSPHERE RULES.

BIOSPHERE II

FTC: GREEN MARKETING GUIDES

PAT MCNAMARA: PORT HOPE NUCLEAR PROBLEMS CONTINUE

Environmental Petition on Port Hope

AUDITOR-GENERAL - CESD: ENVIRONMENTAL PETITIONS

CHALK RIVER: ISOTOPE STORY CONTINUES

NOTICE OF ONTARIO-WIDE COSMETIC PESTICIDE BAN PROPOSAL

JOBS BLOWING IN THE WIND

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ABOUT THIS ISSUE

Our feature in this issue is the 2008 Electric Utilities Environmental Conference, recently held in Tucson, Arizona, and billed as the USA's largest Energy & Environment Conference & Expo. It certainly was a big event, with at least six tracks of twenty minute presentations filling three very full days. Much of the conference focussed on solutions to the environmental problems of the electricity industry but there was much to interest decision-makers and environmental managers in all kinds of resource and manufacturing industries. Most importantly, the conference provided a major showcase of the real progress that is being made on environment, and especially on climate change, in a significant portion of US industry. In this issue we have space only to touch on some of the more interesting and Canadian-relevant presentations but we will be returning to sharing EUEC content as articles in future issues. Donít think this is an issue only for electricity utilities: we even tell you of a marketing consultant who sells green power on YouTube. We report on presentation on carbon credits, tidal power, mercury emissions, and much more.

Beyond the EUEC report this issue contains a Letter and an accompanying article on asbestos, a Guest Column by Richard Gilbert and Anthony Perl on Transport Revolutions, a report on BC (British Columbia, not BC in a historic sense!) Climate Change Initiatives, a summary of the recent NRTEE climate change recommendations, a review of a Harvard Business Review article entitled The Biosphere Rules, a report of the GL visit to Biosphere II, where a team of eight lived in isolation for two years and certainly did not rule, and an update on US ďrulesĒ for marketing claims for carbon products. We also summarize the account of a public meeting held in Alberta, with perspectives from Port Hope, Ontario, on a possible new nuclear reactor location. While GL does not take a position for or against nuclear power we expect that we will be presenting a fair bit of information from nuclear power opponents in the months ahead since proponents have the money to pay to publicize their perspectives.

The Office of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development reminded us that it would be a helpful addition to our coverage of the Commissionerís report to tell readers of the environmental petition process. We agreed and are so doing in this issue. We also update our coverage of the Chalk River fiasco and alert our Ontario readers to the need to review the Governmentís questions about a province-wide ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides.

We nearly forgot the regular funny but we could not resist. We conclude this issue with an article entitled Jobs Blowing In The Wind about jobs in the US wind power industry. Funny, as long as you are not one of the people affected.

Donít forget our EcoCouncillor award - see our last issue http://www.gallonletter.ca/ecocouncillor.htm for details and keep those nominations coming.

Next issue we plan to update our coverage of environmental marketing in Canada, the US, and Europe.

[Editors note: As a mark of appreciation to the great folks at EUEC Energy and Environment Conference & Expo who provided GL with complimentary registration for the conference, all GL readers are receiving the full content of GL this one time only.]

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February 28, 2008 Events Posted click here

New additions are:

March 2008 Warwick Healthy Housing Conference. Coventry, UK

Environmental Business Opportunity Breakfast (EBOB). Toronto, Ontario.

April 2008 Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA). 8th Annual Environment Industry Day. Toronto, Ontario.

May 2008 International Trade Fair for Water – Sewage – Refuse – Recycling. Munich,Germany

Waste: the social context. Edmonton, Alberta Canada

October 2008 World Urban Forum Nanjing, China.

June 2009 EUEC Energy & Environment Conference. Phoenix, Arizona ..........................................................................................................................................................................................

February 4, 2008 The Honoured Reader (free) edition of the Gallon Environment Letter Vol. 13 No. 1 January 24, 2008 has been posted click here.

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NOMINATE NOW FOR THE 2007 ECOCOUNCILLOR AWARD

Nominations for Canada's Fourth Annual Eco-Councillor Award and Roll of Honour are now being received.

Editorial by Colin Isaacs: ENVIRONMENT & BUSINESS: A ROCKY PROGNOSIS FOR CANADA

Theme: Asbestos Part 1 Domestic Canada and US 

ASBESTOS PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS ARE COSTING AMERICA A FORTUNE
Asbestos Use
Asbestos Litigation
The Manville Personal Injury Trust
Bankruptcy

ASBESTOS: A CANADIAN KILLER
What Is Asbestos
Asbestos is permitted for use in Canada.
Risks and Management Options
Health Effects

THETFORD MINES: COMMUNITY RISK FROM ASBESTOS

CHRYSOTILE INSTITUTE

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY: PHASE OUT ASBESTOS

CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ALLOWS ASBESTOS IN TOYS
CSI Fingerprint Toy

W. R. GRACE: A REGULATORY DISGRACE
Bankruptcy Court Makes Compensation Decisions

EBR PETITION: ASBESTOS IN SOLID WASTE LANDFILLS

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

30 SECOND SUMMARY

BOOMERS PLAY A KEY ROLE IN GROWTH OF ORGANICS

LESTER BROWN

GUEST COLUMN: EXCERPT FROM PART OF CHAPTER 13: THE GREAT MOBILIZATION FROM PLAN B 3.0
by Lester Brown

BOOK: THE CULTURE OF FLUSHING
Economics Trumps Ecosystem

DAN JOHNSON AND CLIMATE CHANGE SCEPTIC: TIM BALL
Response to Ball's Claims of Defamation

GL INTERVIEW WITH DAN JOHNSON

CALGARY UNIVERSITY: CONFLICTS IN FUNDING?

INTERFERING WITH ARMS LENGTH INDEPENDENT GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

AUDIT OF AECL

CHALK RIVER NUCLEAR REACTOR

LINDA KEEN: HOW DO YOU DISPROVE PARTISANSHP

CHIEF NUCLEAR PHYSICIST STEPHEN HARPER BOARDS THE GOOD SHIP TITANIC

KEITH MARTIN CRAP EMBARRASSES DION
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ABOUT THIS ISSUE

Many people think that asbestos is one of those chemicals from the past, with little impact today, but Canada and other industrial countries continue to mine and export asbestos, mostly to the developing world, and allow its use in products used in Canada and the US. Public health officials and worker activists as well as actuaries are sending out an alarm that asbestos disease has yet to peak and continued asbestos production and use will lead to an 'asbestos time bomb' of disease and death. In industrial countries, occupational protection of workers may be growing stronger but end-users of products often have little protection and may not even know if and when they are exposed to airborne asbestos fibres. We begin 2008 with a powerful exposť about asbestos. This is the first of a two part asbestos update, with the second part to come in a near future issue.

We have shifted our EcoCouncillor Award nomination schedule from Fall to Winter so that nominees can include a full year of environmental activities by their favourite local politician. But the nomination is not limited to one year of activities - everything the nominee has done while a member of a municipal or band council is fair game. Nominations for the 2007 award will close on Thursday 20 March and details of how to nominate or self-nominate for the Gallon Environment Letter Fourth Annual EcoCouncillor Award are included in this issue.

There is a plethora of environmental action, or perhaps it is mostly environmental talk, at the moment and our editorial presents not-too-rosy green vision of Canada in 2008. We receive, and encourage, letters to the editor and this issue we have one that argues with the Chief Hydrogeologist of Canada (see Letter in last issue). We will leave it to you to judge this one.

One of our book reviews this issue is Plan B 3.0 from Lester Brown. Brown will be well known to many of our readers. As time goes by it seems he is becoming yet more controversial but his ideas are at least always stimulating. A second reviewed book, maybe even more profound than Plan B 3.0, is called The Culture of Flushing, and it is not about Flushing, N.Y.. Our humourous afterword is on the same topic.

GL's editor is familiar with noted Canadian climate change sceptic Tim Ball. Readers may also know that Tim sued University of Lethbridge (Alberta) professor Dan Johnson for defamation. We have been wanting to cover this slap suit for some time but it was unwise for all involved to do so while it was before the courts. Now it is over and GL is pleased to bring you an exclusive interview with the slappee. While we do not have proof, various commentators have suggested that Tim Ball's efforts were funded by the friendly motoring petroleum people and others. Some friends!

Finally, while we generally try not to cover stories that have been so well covered in the mainstream press, how could we not touch on the Chalk River mess. We are absolutely thrilled to know that Stephen is now in charge of our 'nucular' (as pronounced by George W. Bush) safety.

Next issue we may bring you part two of the asbestos mess. But then again, we might not. That's the nature of the environment business today. Happy Motoring through this issue.
 

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February 4, 2008 Events Posted click here

New additions are:

March 2008 IISD Post-2012 Climate Policy, Ottawa, Ontario

World Biofuels Markets. Brussels, Belgium

April 2008 EcoCity World Summit. San Francisco, California

Alberta's Environment Conference, Edmonton, Alberta

May 2008 Second International Conference on Environmental Economics and Investment Assessment. Cadiz, Spain.

June 2009 ICLEI 2009 World Congress. June 14-18, 2009 Edmonton, Alberta.

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