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it’s OK to get angry at climate deniers, but it's NOT OK to be one. finding solutions to our climate crisis is looked upon as a rational, not a wacky response. our schools begin teaching our children, not just the way the world is, but the way it could be. helping the world’s downtrodden - or finding a cure for cancer - becomes more important than a “killer” golf shot or a winning goal. sports become simple enjoyment, rather than mass hysteria and a lust for a gold medal. opposing hockey players drop their gloves, our children shout “Stop!” NOT; “Fight. Fight! Fight!" finding a cure for cancer means removing contaminants from our food, not endless marches for a “magic bullet cure” or an “ice-bucket challenge.” science becomes as influential as religion. the faithful explain, how are we being blessed by the divine hand of a loving God, when war continues to rage, a deadly virus runs rampant across the Earth and violent weather events, spawned by climate change, tighten their

From Hog Barns to Algae Blooms: The Deadly Connection to Lake Winnipeg’s Algae Crisis - Winnipeg Free Press

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Posted: Jun. 21, 2024 SPONSORED BY: Over 30 years ago, large factory style barns, used for raising pigs, started dotting the landscape across southern Manitoba. Not surprisingly, within just a few years, smelly and sometimes toxic bluegreen algae blooms began to dominate Lake Winnipeg, and other southern Manitoba lakes. Was this just a coincidence? Not quite. In these factory style barns, often thousands of pigs are kept confined together on slatted floors through which their urine and feces fall, collecting in pits underneath. Toxic fumes of hydrogen sulphide, methane, ammonia and carbon dioxide rise from these pits and are blown out into the neighbouring communities by large industrial fans. Should those fans fail, the fumes are so poisonous that the pigs will suffocate within a few hours. Factory hog barn. These waste pits are routinely emptied into open lagoons near the barns, once again causing nauseating odours for neighbours. Those lagoons are then emptied twice a year when that

Let's celebrate International Day of Biological Diversity!

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The unrestricted exploitation of wildlife has led to the disappearance of many animal (& plant) species at an alarming rate, destroying Earth's biological diversity and upsetting the ecological balance. (UN) A pheasant in Saskatchewan. A swallowtail butterfly in Manitoba, CA. (Papilio canadensis) Prairie dogs in Saskatchewan. Blue jays in Manitoba. A cow m oose in Manitoba. A skunk in Manitoba.      A subspecies of the swallowtail  (p apilio machaon britannicus) .                                                                       Photo by Bill Dean - UK.  One of several species at risk in Canada, the small white lady's slipper, (Cypripedium candidum). Photo by Mason Brock.  All photos by  PinP, except where otherwise noted.

‘To say nothing is not public service’: former Agriculture Canada official raised red flags on pesticide

By Marc Fawcett-Atkinson | News | May 16th 2024 National Observer A former official in Canada's agriculture ministry accused the federal pesticide regulator of failing to assess the health risks posed by the controversial herbicide glyphosate, a key ingredient of Roundup, months before leaving the ministry. The concerns from David Cox, who at the time was deputy director at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), were revealed in a trove of emails distributed to high- and mid-level AAFC officials — including deputy minister Stefanie Beck — in June and October 2023. They were obtained by Canada's National Observer through an access to information request. "I am not an expert but I do believe in raising red flags where I see large-scale risk exposure and peer-reviewed papers stating there are harms. To say nothing is not public service," wrote Cox in a June 14, 2023 email distributed to eight senior AAFC officials, including Beck. A spokesperson for AAFC said this week

The ICC could issue warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders. How does the court work?

CBC News International Criminal Court prosecutor seeks arrest warrants for Israeli, Hamas leaders. Leaders of Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas may soon be the subjects of international arrest warrants over allegations they are responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Story here.

In Seawater, Researchers See an Untapped Bounty of Critical Metals

Yale Environment  360  Researchers and companies are aiming to draw key minerals, including lithium and magnesium, from ocean water, desalination plant residue, and industrial waste brine. They say their processes will use less land and produce less pollution than mining, but major hurdles remain.  Story here.

Axe the Tax: Here's what happened after Australia killed its carbon pricing regime

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INVESTIGATIVE  JOURNALISM  FOUNDATION   Bushfires - Kangaroo Island, Australia. 2020.                                New Matilda from Brisbane. Can Canada learn anything from Australia's carbon tax experience?   STORY HERE.