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Black Carbon Pollution Emerges As Major Player In Global Warming

Posted: Tue March 25, 2008
Black carbon, a form of particulate air pollution most often produced from biomass burning, cooking with solid fuels and diesel exhaust, has a warming effect in the atmosphere three to four times greater than prevailing…

The Home Depot Launches National CFL Recycling Initiative

Posted: Tue March 11, 2008
One way to cut down on Green House Gas emissions is to switch to energy-efficient light bulbs like Compact Flourescents. Unfortunately the drawbacks is that they contain mercury and need to be disposed of properly and can't just be thrown in the Garbage dump. Home Depot is one store that accepts old CFLs. Below is a news release on this topic. In February 2007, the Home Depot stood beside Environment Minister John Baird to announce to the world that Canada was phasing out the sale of incandescent lightbulbs by 2012. At this announcement, the Home Depot Canada committed to two key initiatives that would support the Government of Canada’s announcement: 1. Phasing out the sale of incandescent lightbulbs in our own stores by 2011 – a year ahead of schedule 2. The development of a National CFL Recycling program that allowed Canadians to return old CFL bulbs to our stores any time. Both initiatives are well under way. We are on our way to eliminating the sale of incandescent bulbs in 2011 and we launched a CFL recycling program in November 2007. This second commitment is very important because CFLs should not be put in regular household waste, they should be responsibly recycled. The Home Depot’s program has addressed this by providing Canadians from coast-to-coast with an avenue to responsibly recycle their old CFLs. Canadians can now bring their expired CFLs to any of the 160 Home Depot store in Canada during regular business hours and deposit them in the recycling station at the entrance of the store. The program is being run in partnership with Philips Canada. We will be working with FLR (Fluorescent Lamp Recyclers), based in Ayr, Ontario to collect and handle all used CFL bulbs. This includes containing and storing mercury, as well as recycling all metals and glass. As part of our continuing efforts to encourage all Canadians to participate in this important initiative, we are seeking your help to spread the word to all of your customers/members, including: 1. Posting information about the CFL Recycling Program on your company website 2. Drafting a memo to your call centre staff to let them know about the CFL Recycling Program, in the event customers call with queries. The following is an example of information that you could post on-line or send to your customers. Now available – compact fluorescent light bulb (CFLs) recycling at The Home Depot! CFL bulbs should not be disposed of with regular household waste so bring your expired CFLs to any The Home Depot store, and be assured that each bulb will be recycled safely. At all Home Depot stores across Canada, customers will find a CFL bulb recycling unit located at the entrance by the special services desk. Customers can simply bring in their expired CFL bulbs, place them in one of the plastic bags provided and deposit it into the display. For more information visit homedepot.ca/EcoOptions.

Air Quality and Your Health videos

Posted: Fri February 22, 2008
The award-winning video Making a Difference: Air Quality and Your Health was created to advance public understanding of air pollution, its sources and health effects. A collaborative, multi-agency effort to address shared air quality management…

District of Sechelt Council adopted the Bylaw to Ban the Cosmetic Use of Pesticides

Posted: Fri February 22, 2008
February 2008: District of Sechelt Council adopted the Bylaw to Ban the Cosmetic Use of Pesticides - congratulation to the SCCAS Pesticide Committee, and to all the others involved! The Sunshine Coast becomes a healthier…

General meeting announced

Posted: Fri February 15, 2008
SUNSHINE COAST CLEAN AIR SOCIETY general meeting: Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 1.30 p.m. in the Stalashen Clubhouse, Wilson Creek.

Highligts from Greenhouse Gas Emmission Data 1990-2004 (pdf)

Posted: Mon February 11, 2008
Check it out: Highlights from Greenhouse Gas Emmission Data 1990-2004 (pdf)

What a diesel filter can do to improve air quality

Posted: Thu February 22, 2007
This photo was published in 2005 in the ADAC magazine, from the German automobil association. To the left you can see the amount of carbon-particulate matter (grime) released into the air with a filter -…

An (Un) Neighbourly Nuisance, by Michael Jessen

Posted: Sat April 22, 2006
click here to read - pdf

A poem - by Rosemary Holmes-Smith, Sechelt BC

Posted: Wed February 22, 2006
DESPERATION by Rosemary Holmes-Smith, Sechelt, B.C We’re living in a world of faded dreams Clinging to our lifestyle to avoid the screams Of third world hunger, poverty and war, But all our actions are within the law. Now Kyoto’s down the drain Our planet is indeed in pain. The birds and beasts are going fast Fishing surely will not last. As glaciers melt, the penguins cry “Remember us?” and wonder why. We need clean water; we need clean air, Our present grade is only fair. As trees come down and end in smoke, It’s really time we all awoke. Turn back the clock and slow the pace Of self destruction and the human race. Let’s clean up the world; it’s not too late To change our thinking and change our fate. This poem has been accepted by the Poetry Institute of Canada for its 2006 publication.

District of Sechelt: Bylaw 446, 2005 to Prohibit Backyard Burning.

Posted: Wed February 22, 2006
Now what is allowed, and what is prohibited! Burning Bylaw 446 PDF

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