Monday, 28 January 2013

State Waters Might See More Oil-Tanker Traffic


Seattle Times
Oil-tanker traffic is expected to increase in Washington waters under an expansion proposal by a Canadian pipeline company. Full story here.

PLT: It just never stops, does it? The oil creeps continue to spread their poison like a deadly cancer. Do they ever sleep?

Could Hockey Become an Endangered Sport?


by David Suzuki


Photo Credit: kris krüg
One benefit of the National Hockey League strike: it gave people time to play outside on real ice! But outdoor skating could face the same difficulties as the NHL – a drastically shorter season or outright cancellation. Research from Montreal’s McGill and Concordia universities shows global warming is already having an effect on outdoor rinks in Canada

“Many locations across the country have seen significant decreases in the length of the OSS [outdoor skating season], as measured by the number of cold winter days conducive to the creation of rink ice,” their study states. “This is particularly true across the Prairies, and in Southwest Canada, which showed the largest (and most statistically significant) decreases in the calculated OSS length between 1951 and 2005.”

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Canadian Approach to Water Desalination Holds Great Potential


Toronto Star

Canada, the land of abundant fresh water, has little need for desalination technologies to quench the thirst of its citizens. This makes it all the more amazing that Canadians are behind some of the most innovative new approaches to taking salt out of seawater, the need for which is expected to rise substantially over the coming years. Details here.

From Walden Pond to the White House


Huffington Post - If you could do it nonstop, it would take you six days to walk from Henry David Thoreau's Walden Pond to President Barack Obama's White House. For the Sierra Club, that journey has taken much longer. For 120 years, we have remained committed to using every "lawful means" to achieve our objectives. Now, for the first time in our history, we are prepared to go further. Full story here.

PLT: It's about time!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Edgar Schmidt and Canadian Democracy


By Dennis Gruending
Edgar Schmidt, a senior lawyer in the federal Department of Justice, has taken a courageous and highly unusual step. Details here.

As Temperatures Rise, Will Costs Follow? CBC Radio Podcast


The Current
Farm machinery threatened by flood water in Manitoba. PLT photo.
A decade ago, the insurance industry's biggest payouts to homeowners were for fire or theft. But for the past five years or so, damage payouts related to heavy rain and high winds are more common, just one very concrete example of the consequences of rising temperatures. Today, we're asking about what's changing ... and what has to change in agriculture, business, construction and infrastructure to accommodate what Environment Canada says will be a hotter, wetter nation. Listen here.

PLT: Once again, The Current has made a valuable and important contribution to the conversation about climate change. Missing from the piece, sadly, is the rather significant fact that we humans are behind it all and that we are also capable of finding a solution, if we only possessed the wisdom and the backbone!

Monday, 21 January 2013

Of Parrots and Parables. The Silent Majority Must Speak Out.

by John Fefchak - Virden, MB

Family members were excited when a large box arrived at their house. A relative in the tropics had told them to expect a gift in the mail.

A week passed. The phone rang. It was the relative. "How did you like the gift that I sent"?

“We really enjoyed it,” replied a family member. "It was delicious!”

"WHAT?" exclaimed an angry voice. “You ate the parrot? That was a very expensive bird. It could speak both official languages! It wasn't meant to be eaten!”

"Too Bad" replied the family member. “It should have spoken up and said something.”

Like the parrot, have we humans waited too long to speak up, too?

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Lake Ontario's Troubled Waters


Syracuse Post-Standard
Oswego, NY -- Lake Ontario is the most stressed of the five Great Lakes, a new study that maps environmental threats to the lakes shows. Details here.

Pasture News of the Week


Grass Notes Awakening
The Harper government is putting more than 2 million acres of community pastures up for sale in western Canada, including Manitoba. These pastures represent one of the largest reserves of remaining native prairie in North America and home to a significant number of endangered species. 
Prairie crocus - PLT photo
The fact that public hearings are being held into this decision, has been hailed as good news by some observers. Please click here, read on, then come back and tell PLT's "comment section" what you think!

Another Troubling Climate Assessment


Living on Earth
The third National Climate Assessment of the US government finds humans unquestionably responsible for recent climate disruption...Full story (& podcast) here.
The shrinking Columbia Icefields of 
the Canadian Rockies. PLT photo

Friday, 18 January 2013

Supreme Court Rejects Appeals on CWB Rulings


The Manitoba Co-Operator

Top court's decision won't affect plans for class-action: Details here.

Wheat Board supporters demonstrate at 
"Occupy Winnipeg" Oct. 2011. PLT photo.

Monday, 14 January 2013

As Australia Burns, Attitudes are Changing. But Is It Too Late?


Tim Flannery - The Guardian
Raging wildfires are forcing many to rethink their stance on climate change. But there's little time left to reduce emissions.  Details here.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Oil Sands Development Polluting Alberta Lakes: Study

Globe & Mail
Oil-sands development is polluting nearby remote Alberta lakes with rising levels of a toxic carcinogen, refuting long-standing claims that waterway pollution in the region is largely naturally occurring, a study has found. Details here.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

America's (& Canada's?) Real Criminal Element: Lead

MotherJones
New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than doing nothing. Full story here.

Please also read: "The Grime Behind the Crime" by George Monbiot

Monday, 7 January 2013

Shale Gas: Myth and Realities

By Andrew Nikiforuk, Today, TheTyee.ca 

Nikiforuk tackles top claims fracking industry uses to reassure public. First in a series. Full story here.

How First Nations and Eco-Groups Won Over Shell in B.C.

Toronto Star
Was it the petition with 100,000 signatures and intractable First Nations and environmentalists that forced Shell Canada Ltd. to back off a project to drill for coal-bed methane gas in a pristine B.C. wilderness? Full story here.

Photo Credit: Sacred Headwaters

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Revealed: How the FBI Coordinated the Crackdown on Occupy

The Guardian
New documents prove what was once dismissed as paranoid fantasy: totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent. Details here.

Annus Horribilis

George Monbiot - the Guardian
2012 was the worst year for the environment in living memory. Details here.


Nebraska Drought Likely To Worsen In 2013

Huffington Post
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans should expect the impact of the drought to worsen next year if the current dry forecast for the winter holds up. Details here.

At least 80 million children under one are at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio as COVID-19 disrupts routine vaccination efforts

World Health Organization A WHO photo. Agencies call for joint effort to safely deliver routine immunization and proceed with vacci...