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In the 08/30/2015 edition:

Green is the New White

Aug 30, 2015 12:42 pm
GreenPAC
By Devika Shah
August 24, 2015

I remember learning in grade school that white light is composed of all other colours of the spectrum, whereas every other colour is only a fragment of it. For most of my life, I have felt that the Canadian ‘green’ movement is much like the colour green, representing only a narrow demographic – nature-loving, socially conscious, engaged, intelligent, well-intentioned, privileged, white Canadians. It certainly didn’t represent most of the people in my world!…
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Halifax sea levels spiked by 11cm in two years

Aug 30, 2015 12:09 pm
CBC NEWS
by Zachary Markan
February 27, 2015

U.S. scientists hope research will help Nova Scotia with coastal management plans

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The University of Arizona graphs show the rise in Halifax. (CBC)

A new study from a group of U.S. scientists is raising concerns about the potential for extreme sea-level rises in Atlantic Canada in the years to come.

The report is in the journal Nature Communications.

Scientists at the University of Arizona and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) …
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TransCanada drilling boreholes in Bay of Fundy before project is approved

Aug 30, 2015 12:01 pm
The Council of Canadians
August 27, 2015

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OTTAWA – The Energy East terminal project in the Bay of Fundy has not been approved, but that isn’t stopping TransCanada from moving ahead with disruptive borehole testing as early as today. Borehole drilling creates marine noise and can result in flaring, both of which are detrimental to whales and other wildlife in the surrounding land and waters.

“TransCanada is testing in the Bay of Fundy precisely when migratory birds and endangered right …
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Climate change threatens 50 years of progress in global health, study says

Aug 30, 2015 11:54 am
The Guardian
by Damian Carrington & Sarah Boseley
June 23, 2015

But slashing fossil fuel use also presents greatest global opportunity to improve people’s health in 21st century, says Lancet and UCL commission

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Children are treated for air pollution related illness at Xi’an children’s hospital in Xi an, China. Photograph: ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

Climate change threatens to undermine half a century of progress in global health, according to a major new report.

But the analysis also concludes that the benefits to …
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Here’s what happens when you try to replicate climate contrarian papers

Aug 30, 2015 11:42 am
The Guardian
by Dana Nuccitelli
August 25, 2015

A new paper finds common errors among the 3% of climate papers that reject the global warming consensus

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Galileo demonstrating his astronomical theories. Climate contrarians have virtually nothing in common with Galileo. Photograph: Tarker/Tarker/Corbis

Those who reject the 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming often invoke Galileo as an example of when the scientific minority overturned the majority view. In reality, climate contrarians have almost nothing in common with Galileo, whose …
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Lubicon Lake First Nation using solar to power health centre

Aug 30, 2015 11:37 am
CBCNEWS
By Angela Sterritt
August 21, 2015

‘We can’t just say no to the problem, we need to say yes to a solution,’ says project organizer

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The Lubicon Lake First Nation will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for its solar power project on Sunday. (Melina Laboucan-Massimo/Greenpeace)

An indigenous community in northern Alberta is taking power into its own hands.

Lubicon Lake First Nation is setting up 80 solar panels to heat and light a community health center in Little Buffalo.…
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Canada’s carbon moment has arrived

Aug 30, 2015 11:16 am
The Globe and Mail
by Jeff Rubin and David Suzuki
August 18, 2015

Jeff Rubin is an author and former chief economist at CIBC World Markets; David Suzuki is a scientist and emeritus professor at UBC

As Canadians prepare to vote in an upcoming federal election, it’s time to reassess the country’s economic prospects, once touted as the strong suit of Stephen Harper’s government. For almost a decade, Canadians have been told massive expansion of Alberta’s oil sands would be …
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