Showing posts from February, 2014

Ex-Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark Blasts the Current PM for Attacks on Environmentalists

WASHINGTON – Former prime minister Joe Clark says he can’t understand why the Harper government would bar the opposition from a delegation to Ukraine and suggests its combative approach to international issues sometimes hurts the country. Details here.

Canada Agrees to Work to Prevent Fishing in High Arctic

CBC News Five nations work on deal to block commercial fishing until more studies done. Details here.

Is the Solution to Climate Change in British Columbia? An American Perspective.

climate progress There’s something happening north of the border that can give Americans a glimmer of hope.  It’s a carbon tax. And it seems to be working fine.  Details here. Related: "Manitoba's Climate Change Chickens."

Council of Canadians Celebrates Federal Rejection of New Prosperity Mine

Council of Canadians The Council of Canadians applauds the Tsilhqot’in Nation and celebrates the federal decision to reject the contentious Taseko Mines Limited New Prosperity Mine. Details here. Fish Lk. Environment CA

Fertilizer Limits Sought Near Lake Erie to Fight Spread of Algae

New York Times A United States-Canadian agency called on Wednesday for swift and sweeping limits on the use of fertilizer around Lake Erie to reduce the amount of phosphorus entering the water and creating a vast blanket of algae each summer, threatening fisheries, tourism and even drinking water. Details here.  A duck family labours through an algae-clogged river in Manitoba, CA. PLT photo.

Large Dams of Mining Waste Leaking Into Athabasca River: Study

The Tyee Polluted water from large man-made lakes of oilsands mining waste is fouling the Athabasca River, says a new federal study. Details here.

Limits Sought in the States on Weed Killer Glyphosate (Roundup) to Help Monarch Butterflies

Los Angeles Times With monarch butterfly populations rapidly dwindling, a conservation organization on Monday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement tougher rules for the weed killer glyphosate — Details here. Please also read:   " Field of Nightmares -  Ottawa continues to embrace the widespread use of Roundup on Canadian farms by letting corporate seduction trump scientific evidence." "Dangerous Ditches -   Manitoba’s “war on weeds” comes complete with powerful herbicides, questionable spraying practices and collateral damage."

China's Toxic Air Pollution Resembles Nuclear Winter, say Scientists

the guardian Air pollution now impeding photosynthesis and potentially wreaking havoc on country's food supply, experts warn. Full story here. Shenyang, China. Photograph: Sheng Li/Reuters

Climate Impacts ‘Are Very Evident, They’re Widespread’ And ‘We Are Not Prepared’

climate progress A vicious plow-wind tore through wide areas of central Manitoba and Saskatchewan in the summer of 2012. It knocked out power and caused widespread damage. PLT video. The next big report from the world’s leading climate scientists is on impacts, it’s due the end of March, and it isn’t pretty. As the AP summarized the draft report on “Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability” from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, “starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease [are] likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change.” Full story here.

Canada’s Whale Whisperer: Scientist - Fired by Prime Minister Harper - Will Keep Telling Tales of his Ocean “Colleagues”

Environmental Health News Scientist Peter Ross has dedicated his life to understanding ocean inhabitants, or as he calls them, his “colleagues.” As one of the world’s leading ecotoxicologists, Ross examined how ocean pollution harms some of the world’s most compelling creatures, including killer whales, ....  Full story here. A dolphin park in Mexico. PLT photo.

The Cancer of Growth

The RAM'S HORN - Brewster Kneen There is a cancer referred to as The Economy which is growing world-wide – in Canada, the USA, Brazil, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey, Mexico. It accompanies a notion – nay, ideological fantasy – that growth is a universal remedy for an ailing – or failing – economy. This is profoundly odd since the primary characteristic of cancer is that it endeavours to consume its host. Details here. The City of Vancouver, CA - another of the  world's "growth centres." PLT photo.

Could A Climate Scientist’s Defamation Suit Shut Down America's Leading Conservative Magazine?

CLIMATE PROGRESS The National Review has held great influence among Republicans and conservative thought leaders for nearly 60 years, but a lawsuit from a climate scientist could threaten its very existence. Details here.

Canadian Environmental Groups Celebrate Victory in Endangered Species Protection Case

Sierra Club BC Court rules federal government acted ‘unlawfully’ in delaying recovery strategies for at-risk species. Details here. Whooping crane.  US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Trading Water for Fuel is Fracking Crazy

Eco Watch - by David Suzuki It would be difficult to live without oil and gas. But it would be impossible to live without water. Yet, in our mad rush to extract and sell every drop of gas and oil as quickly as possible, we’re trading precious water for fossil fuels. Details here. A Canadian waterfall. Quantity? For now .  Quality? Not so much! PLT photo.

U.N. Focuses on Faltering Goals: Water, Sanitation, Energy

INTER PRESS SERVICE The Jangwani slum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,  was flooded during recent heavy rain . Credit: Muhidin Issa Michuzi/IPS When the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reach their deadline in 2015, there will still be a critical setback: millions of people in the developing world without full access to safe drinking water, proper sanitation and electricity in their homes. Details here.

16,000 Landless Workers Protest for Agrarian Reform in Brasilia

La Via Campesina (Brazilia) The ministry esplanade was covered in red yesterday afternoon. Around 16 thousand landless workers participating in the 6th Landless Workers’ Movement National Congress made the 9km journey to the Plaza and back. Details here.

‘Swine Flu’ Strain Returns in US; Dramatic Rise in Deaths of Young Adults, Children

The Washington Post The H1N1 virus responsible for the 2009 global pandemic is back. State health officials from across the country say the resurgence is resulting in a dramatic rise in flu deaths in young and middle-aged adults and in children this season. Full story here.

Autosaurus Rex: A Story of Dinosaurs

Transparency,Please! Time to Come Clean, Rex! - Sierra Club Should a CBC radio & TV  commentator be  accepting speaking fees for pro-Tar Sands speeches on the side without publicly disclosing the financial conflict of interest to viewers? Should a national newspaper consider--let alone sign--a strategic partnership with the oil industry (a.k.a. Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers) to produce content? Would such a move render the paper a non-news organization? Should it? Rex Murphy caricature courtesy  of By the Bay Art Studio These two stories emerged over the last week and received almost no attention in the media. There has to be a better explanation than Olympic coverage eating up air time.

Kerry: Climate Change is World's 'Most Fearsome' WMD; Slams Deniers as 'Flat-Earthers'

Brandon Sun A raging stream where none had been before during Manitoba's  epic flooding of 2011.  PLT photo. JAKARTA, Indonesia - Climate change may be the world's "most fearsome" weapon of mass destruction and urgent global action is needed to combat it, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. He compared those who deny its existence to people who insist the Earth is flat. Details here.

Keystone XL Pipeline: 4 Animals and 3 Habitats in Its Path

National Geographic Power line impact on the whooping crane just one of the wildlife concerns. Details here. Please also read:  Unsung Victims of the XL Pipeline   Keystone XL's Ugly Toll on America's Endangered Species

Will Canada's Experimental Lakes Area Rise From the Dead?

International Institute for Sustainable Development OTTAWA—The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) welcomes today’s announcement of proposed new regulations that would allow the important scientific research at the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) to continue.  One of a countless number of freshwater lakes in Manitoba, Canada. PLT photo. The proposed regulations are published in the  Canada Gazette  and are entitled “ Experimental Lakes Area Research Activities Regulations ” and “ Regulations Establishing Conditions for Making Regulations under Subsection 36(5.2) of the  Fisheries Act . ” This step, together with the Ontario government’s  regulation proposal notice  last month, is of critical importance to allow the operation of ELA by a third party. IISD seeks to ensure that the long-term scientific work to understand Canada’s changing freshwater management challenges continues.  “IISD continues to negotiate with both Ontario and the federal go

California Farms Are Slow to Adopt Water-Saving Technology - Higher Food Prices on the Way.

Newsweek Coming soon to a grocery store near you: higher food prices, because California, which grows more than half of the nation's fresh fruits and vegetables, is in its third consecutive year of getting only about one-eighth the usual amount of water from snow melting in the High Sierras. Details here.

Beijing Smog Makes City 'Barely Suitable' For Life, Report Says

Some Canadian-made pollution from an ethanol plant in Manitoba, CA. PLT photo. (Reuters) - Severe pollution in Beijing has made the Chinese capital "barely suitable" for living, according to an official Chinese report, as the world's second largest economy tries to reduce often hazardous levels of smog caused by decades of rapid growth. Full story here.

Roundup-Resistant Weeds a Clear and Present Danger

the Manitoba Co-Operator Canadian farmers are being warned to be careful not to lose their most precious weed-control resource. Full story here. (l.) A newspaper ad showing the "kinder, gentler" side of present day agriculture. (Sarcasm intended.) PLT photo.

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Dampen Shift Towards Renewables

INTER PRESS  News Agency Wind turbine in Saskatchewan, Canada. PLT photo. Despite evolving public awareness and alarm over climate change, subsidies for the production and consumption of fossil fuels remain a stubborn impediment to shifting the world’s energy matrix towards renewable sources. Full story here.

Group Wants Lac-Mégantic Contamination Records Made Public

The Gazette The Canadian province of Quebec is refusing to make public all the information it has about the contamination of the Chaudière riverbed caused by the Lac-Mégantic train derailment seven months ago. Details here. Related: "Have our Servants Become our Masters? Why fossil fuels are no longer our friends."

Call to Action! Let's Educate Ourselves About Pesticides!

by David Neufeld Do you pay attention to which pesticides your municipality is using on your local public land – parks, ditches, etc.? This is the time to perk up and speak up. And to share this with your friends. A disposal site for pesticide containers in Manitoba. PLT photo Every spring our municipalities publish Public Notices on Pesticides – telling us which insecticides, herbicides and rodenticides they plan on using this summer. The notices are appearing in local papers now – as they do every spring around this time. Some names you’ll recognise – like Malathion, but mostly you won’t know what they’re talking about. Therein lies the problem. Manitoba Conservation gives us 15 days from the date of notice to comment on specific pesticide programs and specific products being used. Of course they don’t give us any links to information on the products - and - they make it difficult for us to comment by only giving us a postal address in the notices. There’s mounting ind

California Drought a "Train Wreck" for Central Valley Farms

SF Gate California's great Central Valley aquifer and the rivers that feed it, already losing water in the changing climate, are now being drained because of the drought, leaving water levels at… Details here.

Massive Bitumen Seepage in Alberta Continues Unabated

The Tyee Researchers say energy regulator and industry must do more to explain why. Full story here.

Canada's Carbon Emissions Projected to Soar by 2030

The Guardian   Tar sands expected to help drive 38% increase in emissions,  Harper government admits in submission to the UN.  Full story here.                                          Courtesy of Care2

More Unfair Elections Coming Monday in Harper's Canada! Act Now! Sign Petition

Council of Canadians  At this very moment the Harper Conservatives are shutting down democratic debate on their so-called "Fair Elections Act" and trying to ram the 242-page bill through Parliament only three days after it was tabled. Details here. Related:  The Conservative Party of Canada: a Criminal Organization?

7 Environmental Charities Face Canada Revenue Agency Audits

Huffington Post The Canada Revenue Agency is currently conducting extensive audits on some of Canada's most prominent environmental groups to determine if they comply with guidelines that restrict political advocacy, CBC News has learned. Details here. PLT rendering

We Need GMO Wheat (Please read comment)

New York Times THREE crops — corn, soybeans and wheat — account for a vast majority of the value of America’s agricultural crop output. But wheat is different in one important respect.  Full story here. Non-GMO wheat. May you live  long and prosper! PLT photo.

Heed the Warnings in Extreme Weather – or Risk Losing Earth

The Guardian -  Anders Levermann is a professor at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and an IPCC lead author Make no mistake – climate change will hit us hard. We need to clean up the mess before it is too late. Details here