‘Energy superpower’ status threatened as world shifts to RE

CBC News / Robson Fletcher / 30 May 2016

oil-vs-renewablesCanada’s status as an “energy superpower” is under threat because the global dominance of fossil fuels could wane faster than previously believed, according to a draft report from a federal government think-tank obtained by CBC News.

“It is increasingly plausible to foresee a future in which cheap renewable electricity becomes the world’s primary power source and fossil fuels are relegated to a minority status,” reads the conclusion of the 32-page document, produced by Policy Horizons Canada.

The little-known government organization provides medium-term policy advice to the federal bureaucracy, specializing in forecasts that peer a decade or two into the future.

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Farmersville Community Abattoir (FCA) survey

Farmersville Community Abattoir

Farmersville Community AbattoirThe purpose of this survey is to gauge the level of interest and assess the need for Farmersville Community Abattoir (FCA) as an important part of our local food network in Eastern Ontario.

The Need

Eastern Ontario has lost 35 percent of its provincially licensed slaughterhouses over the past 10 years. Of the currently remaining 16 slaughterhouses comprising the area between Kingston to the west, Pembroke to the north, and all points east to the Quebec border, only 10 offer slaughter for cattle, sheep, goats and swine. Only 3 offer slaughter for poultry (and one of these is expected to discontinue soon).

In February 2016, Rideau Meats of Smiths Falls (one of the largest facilities serving the counties of Leeds and Grenville, Frontenac, Lanark and Ottawa-Carleton) closed its doors. They processed about 2,000 animals annually for 1,000 customers. This facility operated at full capacity with a long waiting list. As of the end of May, the two remaining full service slaughterhouses within a 90 minute drive of the area are fully booked until the fall. This means that animals ready for slaughter will have to wait for up to 4 months. The cost to farmers is substantial.

Meanwhile, over the past 10 years, there has been a 12 percent increase in the number of farmers’ markets in Ontario. Established markets are expanding in both months of operation (winter markets) and numbers of vendors spurred by increasing consumer demand for local food. A new wave of farmers is stepping up to meet this demand. Services to farmers should be increasing, not decreasing.

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More than 330,000 lightning strikes hit Europe in just 8 hours

Robert Scribbler / 28 May 2016

lightning-strikes-europeAccording to a Science study published during 2014, lightning strikes are expected to increase by 50 percent in the United States alone due to the human-forced warming of our world. Europe, which sits between numerous unstable air masses — the Arctic Ocean air mass to the north, the Greenland air mass to the northwest, and the rapidly changing North Atlantic air mass — is likely to see ramping climate instability even as overall atmospheric moisture levels and storm-generating potentials increase.

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Solder, stitch, patch: Fix your life with Repair Matters

The Story of Stuff Project / Andrea Newell

Repair-Matters-TeamAlong with the wave of tool libraries that are popping up around the globe, repair cafés, repair popups, bike kitchens and so much more are coming to life and (yes, we’ll say it) disrupting the make-take-waste cycle that defined the last century.

Repair Matters was started by four women in Vancouver. They wanted to bring together talented tinkerers and fixers at community events to show people that their items can have a longer life. What began as a simple grad project has now evolved into a full-fledged community.

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Meteorologists seeing global warming’s effect on weather

The Guardian / Paul Douglas / 27 May 2016

4096Whatever happened to normal weather? Earth has always experienced epic storms, debilitating drought, and biblical floods. But lately it seems the treadmill of disruptive weather has been set to fast-forward. God’s grandiose Symphony of the Seasons, the natural ebb and flow of the atmosphere, is playing out of tune, sounding more like a talent-free second grade orchestra, with shrill horns, violins screeching off-key, cymbal crashes coming in at the wrong time. Something has changed.

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82 sustainable gardening tips

Mother Earth News / Shelley Stonebrook / October/November 2011

Window Hay Cold FrameMost gardeners have sustainability on their minds. After all, growing your own food is a huge step toward leading a sustainable lifestyle. Organic, chemical-free methods are inherently more sustainable — for human health, wildlife, the soil and the water supply — than non-organic techniques. But sustainable gardening goes beyond just using organic methods. From water and energy conservation to waste reduction and smart seed-sourcing, there are infinite ways we can make our practices more sustainable.

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The Transition Framework

The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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Kristina Hubert, Hub Coordinator: Brockville Community Hub

Sunday, June 26, 2:00 pm
Brockville Public Library
23 Buell Street, Brockville

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