The 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions

The Guardian / Matthew Taylor, Jonathan Watts / 09 October 2019

The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era.

New data from world-renowned researchers reveals how this cohort of state-owned and multinational firms are driving the climate emergency that threatens the future of humanity, and details how they have continued to expand their operations despite being aware of the industry’s devastating impact on the planet.

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Biodiversity-based agriculture to solve the climate crisis

IPS / Vandana Shiva / 23 September 2019

The Earth is living, and also creates life. Over 4 billion years the Earth has evolved a rich biodiversity — an abundance of different living organisms and ecosystems — that can meet all our needs and sustain life.

Through biodiversity and the living functions of the biosphere, the Earth regulates temperature and climate, and has created the conditions for our species to evolve. This is what NASA scientist James Lovelock found in working with Lynn Margulis, who was studying the processes by which living organisms produce and remove gases from the atmosphere. The Earth is a self-regulating living organism, and life on Earth creates conditions for life to be maintained and evolve.

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An incredible night of 100 debates!

GreenPAC / Sabrina Bowman / 07 October 2019

We’re thrilled to let you know that last week’s 100 Debates on the Environment was a huge success! We’re still crunching the numbers, but here’s a snapshot of what we accomplished together:

  • 104 candidates debates confirmed in almost every province and territory
  • 11,000 people attended the debates nationwide
  • 365 candidates shared their plans to take bold action on the environment
  • 110 media stories, including TV coverage on CTV and Global

The Fast Lane: Tracking the energy revolution 2019

Clean Energy Canada / 03 October 2019

The report finds that Canada’s clean energy sector will employ 559,400 Canadians by 2030—in jobs like insulating homes, manufacturing electric buses, or maintaining wind farms. And while 50,000 jobs are likely to be lost in fossil fuels over the next decade, just over 160,000 will be created in clean energy—a net increase of 110,000 new energy jobs in Canada.

When it comes to getting to Canada’s energy future, there’s a slow lane, fossil fuels, and a fast lane called the clean energy sector.

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‘Depaving’ project carves green space out of Ottawa street

CBC News / Krystalle Ramlakhan / 06 October 2019

Yesterday morning, volunteers removed asphalt by hand “as much as possible,” said Jen Stelzer, manager of community sustainability programs with Ottawa non-profit EnviroCentre, which helped co-ordinate the project.

“A lot of the time, these big community projects can sort of just happen behind the scenes. But in this case, we actually have scored all of this asphalt … and we’ll be using pry bars to lift it out by hand. And the community will come together and really experience that many hands make light work,” Stelzer said.

“It really brings ownership back [to] the spaces in our environment.”

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Renfrew asked to become waterpower champion

InsideOttawaValley.com / Jonathan Mulvihill / 04 October 2019

The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) is inviting Renfrew to show support for community waterpower.

Stephanie Landers, the manager of community relations and public outreach at OWA, appeared before Renfrew council Sept. 24 to explain the need to promote hydroelectric power as a clean, locally sustainable and reliable source of energy.

“It provides local development opportunities while being a renewable energy source and the key to a low-carbon future,” she said.

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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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