George Bush

Every clown has a silver lining...

Posted by jossc — 7 January 2009 at 4:15pm - Comments

Marine reserves not only protect the ocean life within them - they help to sustain surrounding ecosystems and animals that pass through them - like whales

Marine reserves not only protect the ocean life within them - they help to sustain surrounding ecosystems and animals that pass through them - like whales

Ok, this might take some believing, but apparently outgoing US President George W Bush just made a major contribution to protecting the oceans.

Yesterday the man better known for threatening our entire planet's future by dragging his feet on climate change and paying less attention to environmental conservation than any US president in history, announced plans for three 'national monuments' to be created in the Pacific. A total of 505,775 square kilometres [195,280 square miles], containing some of the most ecologically-rich areas of the world's oceans, will be protected - creating the largest marine reserves in the world.

Don't panic: Bush has a cunning climate plan

Posted by bex — 18 April 2008 at 1:50pm - Comments

Less than a year after the IPCC warned the world that global emissions need to peak within the next 10 years (and then fall sharply), Bush - with much fanfare - has unveiled his new, cunning climate change plan: emit more for the next 17 years, and make sure developing countries help pay for what the US and the industrialised world has already emitted.

His address yesterday came during the latest Major Emitters Meeting - a series of meetings set up by Bush to undermine run in parallel to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change process (the UN's process being inconvenient because it wants mandatory rather than voluntary emissions targets, and says the industrialised world should bear the burden of responsibility for historical emissions).

Heading for hell and high water in the US

Posted by jamie — 30 January 2008 at 3:21pm - Comments

A projection on the Washington Monument, Washington DC

US climate change policy will deliver hell and high water
© Greenpeace/Bill Auth

Last night, a day after George Bush's final State of the Union speech, Greenpeace volunteers in the US used one of their nation's most iconic monuments to paint a clear picture of what his climate change policies will mean for the planet.

Beating about the bush, yet again

Posted by jamie — 1 October 2007 at 3:35pm - Comments

So, no surprises last week as George Bush's climate change summit ended up being pretty much what everyone expected it would - a futile and elitist talking shop which was a vain attempt for the outgoing president (15 months and counting) to say that he 'did something' about climate change.

Weasel words and hot air

Posted by bex — 7 June 2007 at 5:24pm - Comments

Flooding is amongst the impacts of climate change

It was a bad day for the fight against climate change. The G8 has met and published their deal (pdf) and, despite the spin, it wasn't the deal the world needs.

G8: the story so far

Posted by bex — 7 June 2007 at 11:58am - Comments

Stop global warming

UPDATE - 12.40pm: There have been boat chases and arrests near the G8, as Greenpeace inflatables entered the exclusion zone.

After a week of farcical manoeuvrings and diversions in the run up to the G8, today’s the day of reckoning; this afternoon, Angela Merkel, George Bush, Tony Blair et al will sit down in Heiligendamm to talk about climate change. The interplay of power between them will help determine if, how and when climate change is seriously tackled by the world’s most polluting countries.

US harpoons climate language in leaked document

Posted by bex — 29 May 2007 at 5:20pm - Comments

If we needed more proof that the Bush administration is still ignoring the global scientific consensus on climate change, we now have it - in the form of a leaked document from the G8. Track changes in the Word document - a draft communique on climate change and energy security - reveals the edits made by the Bush administration.

The opening paragraph says it all really:

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