Thursday, March 3, 2011

Texas Activists Ready to Fight Over $7bn Canadian Oil Pipeline in the Home of Black Gold

•Suzanne Goldenberg• 2 Mar'11
US landowners along the proposed route – from Alberta to the Gulf coast – accuse oil firm TransCanada of bullying. Full story here.  
  Pipeline about to be installed in Manitoba, presumably to link to Alberta Tar Sands. Photo Credit: Loozrboy

Shoppers Wary of GM Foods Find They're Everywhere

Feb 25'11 - By MARY CLARE JALONICK - Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- You may not want to eat genetically engineered foods. Chances are, you are eating them anyway. Full story here.

PUBLISHER'S COMMENT: This may be a US story. Unfortunately, Canada is no better! l.p.

Arctic Plankton Blooms Arriving Earlier. Fish May Be Imperiled

Michael Ricciardi - Planetsave - Mar 3 '11
Over the past decade, the Arctic’s annual “bloom” of phytoplankton has been arriving earlier each year.
Full story here.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Climate Change Makes Major Snowstorms More Likely - Union of Concerned Scientists

Heavy Snowpack, “Spring Creep” Raise Threat Of Record Floods

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2011) – Global warming is “loading the dice” to increase the frequency of record-setting snowstorms like those that have pounded the United States and Europe the past two winters. Full report here.

Credit: Reuters

Cougar Declared Extinct in Eastern US

McClatchy News - Mar 2'11

The eastern cougar has been declared extinct, according to a report issued Wednesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read Story here.

The Good Green Blimp

by Staff, Utne Reader - Mar'11
 Air cargo is about to go steampunk. Read more here.
 Illustration: Science Applications 
International Corp.

PUBLISHER'S COMMENT: Might this be considered for transporting goods to northern Manitoba communities, now that climate change is rendering surface transport on ice roads unreliable? l.p.

Limited Nuclear War Could Halt Global Warming, Short Term, NASA Predicts

PlanetSave - Michael Ricciardi - Mar 2 '11
NASA climate scientists are playing with fire… from a nuclear war, to be precise…in a computer simulation, that is. Full story here.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Surely, if anything is provocative, this is! Why not let loose with your thoughts in the "comments" box, below! l.p.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Large Dams Can Affect Local Climate

Joshua S Hill - PlanetSave Mar 1 - '11
 New research has shown that large dams have the ability to affect the local climate, to the point of drastically altering the local rainfall in some regions. Full story here.

The Shellmouth dam and the reservoir behind it, Lake of the Prairies, in western Manitoba. (Note - this is not an area specifically mentioned in this story.) 
Photos by l.p.

Climate Change and Agriculture

By Dr. Vandana Shiva, February 23'11
Biodiverse Ecological Farming is the Answer, not Genetic Engineering. Full story here.

Is Stupid the New World Order?

Q. Is the Arctic Likely to Experience Sudden Loss of Sea Ice This Century?

Alastair Brown - Nature Climate Change - 01 March 2011

Disinformation ruins the conversation on fertilizer policy, MPs say

The National Observer Pervasive disinformation around Canada’s voluntary fertilizer reduction plan makes it hard to have a rational discussi...