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Canada natural gas emissions far worse than feared

The Guardian / Ashifa Kassam / 17 October 2017

Alberta’s oil and gas industry – Canada’s largest producer of fossil fuel resources – could be emitting 25 to 50% more methane than previously believed, new research has suggested.

The pioneering peer reviewed study, published in Environmental Science & Technology on Tuesday, used airplane surveys to measure methane emissions from oil and gas infrastructure in two regions in Alberta. The results were then compared with industry-reported emissions and estimates of unreported sources of the powerful greenhouse gas, which warm the planet more than 20 times as much as similar volumes of carbon dioxide.

“Our first reaction was ‘Oh my goodness, this is a really big deal,” said Matthew Johnson, a professor at Carleton University in Ottawa and one of the study’s authors. “If we thought it was bad, it’s worse.”

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The great nutrient collapse

Politico / Geoff Johnson / 13 September 2017

“A higher concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere would aid photosynthesis, which in turn contributes to increased plant growth,” the Texas Republican wrote. “This correlates to a greater volume of food production and better quality food.”

But as the zooplankton experiment showed, greater volume and better quality might not go hand-in-hand. In fact, they might be inversely linked. As best scientists can tell, this is what happens: Rising CO2 revs up photosynthesis, the process that helps plants transform sunlight to food. This makes plants grow, but it also leads them to pack in more carbohydrates like glucose at the expense of other nutrients that we depend on, like protein, iron and zinc.

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BAC screening: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Transition Brockville / 18 September 2017

BROCKVILLE ARTS CENTRE FEATURE FILM

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER
A documentary featuring Al Gore

Wednesday, October 18 at 10 AM, 2 PM & 7 PM
Thursday, October 19 at 10 AM, 2 PM & 7 PM
Tickets $10.00 (HST Included) General Admission

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth (2006) brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

Ontario supporting municipalities in fighting climate change

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 14 August 2017

Province Funding Local Projects to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Pollution

Ontario is investing in local projects that will help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by launching a new program for municipalities across the province. This initiative is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s carbon market.

Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, made the announcement today at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Ottawa.

Municipalities are important partners in the fight against climate change. Ontario’s new Municipal GHG Challenge Fund will support projects such as renewable energy and energy efficiency retrofits to municipal facilities like arenas, and making energy-efficiency upgrades to drinking water or wastewater treatment plants, to achieve long-term and cost-effective pollution reductions.

Fighting climate change while supporting growth, efficiency and productivity is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

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Zooming to both coasts, with zero emissions

Recorder & Times / Elizabeth Munro / 3 August 2017

Buddy Boyd and Barb Hetherington decided that on Canada Day, they and their dog Piper would be taking a coast-to-coast road trip from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland in their new electric Chevrolet Bolt.

Although one reason for their trip is vacation, their primary objective is to promote sustainable energy in different communities en route to St. John’s – and prove that zero-emission transportation is possible despite the sparsity of direct current charging stations across Canada.

The couple arrived in Brockville on August 1, just in time for the grand opening of the city’s first Level 3 high-speed charging station at the local Riverside GM dealership.

The dealership already has two Level 2 charging stations for hybrid cars, and the newest one is designed for all-electric cars like the Bolt. There are also Level 2 charging stations at St. Lawrence College and in the Aquatarium’s parking garage.

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Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children

The Guardian / Damian Carrington / 12 July 2017

The greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one fewer child, according to a new study that identifies the most effective ways people can cut their carbon emissions.

The next best actions are selling your car, avoiding long flights, and eating a vegetarian diet. These reduce emissions many times more than common green activities, such as recycling, using low energy light bulbs or drying washing on a line. However, the high impact actions are rarely mentioned in government advice and school textbooks, researchers found.

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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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