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Sunspots affect Global climate

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Sunspots appear to have played a major role in the climate changes that have affected the planet for millenia.
From fish stock fluctuations to hot, dry summers or cold, wet summers, climate change has been a very real part of our earth's history.
"Ten thousand years ago, temperatures rose as much as 6C in a decade. Six thousand years ago, it was about 3C warmer than now."

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The following article is by R. Timothy Patterson, professor and director of the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Carleton University.   Financial Post, published June 20, 2007  

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Update on August 20th Oil Spill in Robson Bight

Planet Earth

To bring you up to date re the  aftermath of the August 20th oil spill in Robson Bight, we're attaching a story about the underwater investigation. ( www.orcalab.org).  .  As you'll see, Nuytco's mini-sub successfully located all the equipment spilled from the barge, including the fuel tanker truck.  We're now awaiting analysis of the video from the inspection dives, and are hopeful that it will lead to a cleanup of the spill site before the orcas return next summer.


Link given by Paul and Helena

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Oil Spill ~ Robson Bight

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Environmental groups have cancelled plans to self fiance the underwater investigation of the oil spill in Robson Bight.On Aug. 20 a barge filled with logging equipment spilled 19,000 litres of mostly diesel fuel into this ecological reserve near Telegraph Cove.

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The Orca Oil Spill Aftermath: HELP!

Planet EarthThis update is from Paul & Helena Spong of the ORCA LAB


Subject: Robson Bight oil spill action alert
From: orcalab

Hello everyone,

Many of you already know about the August 20th oil spill that happened when a barge tipped its load of logging equipment into the waters of the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve in British Columbia, Canada. The Reserve was created in 1982 to protect vital orca habitat. Nearly 60 orcas, fully 25% of the Northern Resident orca community, were exposed to toxic diesel vapours in the aftermath of the accident. Severe health consequences (e.g. lung lesions, pneumonia) are possible, though it may take considerable time for them to appear. Next year, we may know more.

In the meantime, the equipment, which carried 19,000L of diesel and other oils, remains on the bottom in an unknown state. It needs to be inspected as a matter of urgency, before winter storms arrive, to assess the remaining danger. Canada's Coastguard, the responsible agency, is dragging its feet on the inspection issue, despite pressure from provincial and local governments, and the public at large. NGOs, led by the Living Oceans Society and Greenpeace, have vowed to undertake the inspection if Canada's federal government refuses. The orcas are simply too important to allow uncertainty.

We are writing this to ask you to do two things that will help:

1. Go to the Living Oceans web site and send a message to Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans:

2. Contribute what you can to NGO funds being raised for the underwater inspection. $16,000 more is needed:

Canada's government needs to hear our voices. NGOs need our support, so they can act if governments refuse.
What we are asking will take just a few minutes of your time, and money you can afford. Please act now.

For the orcas, thank you very much!

Paul & Helena



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