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The Disaffected Lib: The Unholy Trinity

The Unholy Trinity, the Three O’s – Overpopulation, Overconsumption and Overshoot – are mankind’s plague on the Earth.

Surf’s Up, Indonesia

Despite claims that, with just a bit more efficiency, we can grow our species to nine, perhaps even twelve billion, there are already far too many of our species attacking, devouring and contaminating our . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Unholy Trinity

reeves report: New ‘Tipping Point’ Model Could Help Predict Species Extinction

Snowshoe hares are facing increasing challenges as snow patterns shift dramatically as a result of climate change.

ENVIRONMENTAL “TIPPING POINTS” can provide researchers with valuable clues to detect when species . . . → Read More: reeves report: New ‘Tipping Point’ Model Could Help Predict Species Extinction

The Disaffected Lib: Think of It as the "Noah’s Ark" of Climate Change

What would Noah do?  WWND?Let’s pretend there was a Noah and he built an ark within which he accommodated species, two by two, so that life on Earth would not be wiped out in God’s incredibly vindictive Great Flood.

First thing we know, from the biblical description, is that Noah’s ark would not possibly . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Think of It as the "Noah’s Ark" of Climate Change

The Disaffected Lib: Living Planet Report 2014 – Biodiversity Body Blow

  Forty years and counting.  That’s how long mankind has been outpacing nature’s replenishment rate of essential natural resources – water, biomass, the atmosphere.  For 40-years we’ve been running ecological deficits at a steadily increasing rate.  Not only are we consuming more than the Earth can provide, our shortfall is getting worse year by . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Living Planet Report 2014 – Biodiversity Body Blow

Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio April 25: The Future of Cities | Bike to Work month | Thomas Lovejoy

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This week on Earthgauge, we have a veritable green medley with a jam-packed show covering everything from urban sustainability, climate change, biodiversity, biking to work and even the latest green news. I have 4 features today:

Presentation by Alex Steffen called The Shareable Future of Cities Alex Smith’s interview with . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio April 25: The Future of Cities | Bike to Work month | Thomas Lovejoy

Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio April 11, 2013: Our 50th show! EcoBricks, Ontario Home Comfort and Rachel Carson

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This week marks our 50th program since Earthgauge Radio was launched in the fall of 2011! So we’re celebrating a big milestone today and are sending out our thanks to all the guests we’ve had in the past year and a half, the numerous people who have contributed to . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio April 11, 2013: Our 50th show! EcoBricks, Ontario Home Comfort and Rachel Carson

Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio March 14: food glorious food!

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On Earthgauge this week, we discuss food security from the global to the local level, and what we can do to help build a more equitable and sustainable food system. From the geopolitics of global food (in)security to the benefits of eating locally, this special program considers how the food . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio March 14: food glorious food!

Earthgauge Radio: Tomorrow on EG Radio: food glorious food!

Tomorrow on Earthgauge, we’re discussing food (in)security. From the geopolitics of global food security to the benefits of eating locally, this special program will consider how the food choices we make on a daily basis have a real impact both on our environment and on the people who produce our food. We have perhaps no . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: Tomorrow on EG Radio: food glorious food!

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Land Use Planning for Nature, Climate and Communities

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

In December 2012 the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria published a collection of environmental law reform proposals, with contributions from a variety of leading environmental lawyers, which included a number of essays from West Coast Environmental Law. This essay, by West Coast Environmental Law Executive . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Land Use Planning for Nature, Climate and Communities

Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio March 7 2013: Reconnecting with the natural world around us

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Ever wondered where your water comes from and where your wastewater goes? How much garbage do we produce in Ottawa and where does it go? What did the city look like a couple hundred years ago? Where does the gas come from that fills up our tanks? How much of . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio March 7 2013: Reconnecting with the natural world around us

Earthgauge Radio: Moving, must-see video tribute from Sanctuary Asia to all those who have died fighting for the planet

Check out this beautiful video from Sanctuary Asia called ‘She’s Alive…Beautiful…Finite…Hurting…And Worth Dying For’. The video is an attempt to highlight the fact that “world leaders, irresponsible corporates and mindless ‘consumers’ are combining to destroy life on earth. It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: Moving, must-see video tribute from Sanctuary Asia to all those who have died fighting for the planet

Earthgauge Radio: December 20, 2012: Buy Nothing Christmas and the shark fin import ban in Canada

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This week on Earthgauge Radio, I have a feature interview with Aiden Enns of BuyNothingChristmas.org. We discuss some ideas about how you can have a “greener” and less stressful holiday season. I also have an update from NDP MP Fin Donnelly on his private member’s Bill C-380 to ban . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: December 20, 2012: Buy Nothing Christmas and the shark fin import ban in Canada

Earthgauge Radio: December 20, 2012: Buy Nothing Christmas and the shark fin import ban in Canada

Download: earthgauge-podcast-dec20-2012.mp3

This week on Earthgauge Radio, I have a feature interview with Aiden Enns of BuyNothingChristmas.org and we discuss some ideas about how you can have a “greener” and less stressful holiday season. I also have an update from NDP MP Fin Donnelly on his private member’s Bill C-380 . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: December 20, 2012: Buy Nothing Christmas and the shark fin import ban in Canada

Earthgauge Radio: Tomorrow on Earthgauge Radio: Canadian shark fin import ban and dreaming of a green Christmas

Tomorrow on Earthgauge Radio, it’s our second annual holiday special program. As you probably know, huge amounts of waste are produced during the holiday season – more than any other time of year. In addition, a lot of people find the holidays incredibly stressful. The pressure to buy gifts, social commitments, preparing meals and family . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: Tomorrow on Earthgauge Radio: Canadian shark fin import ban and dreaming of a green Christmas

Earthgauge Radio: Earthgauge Radio December 13 2012: Cancer in the workplace and the crisis of ocean acidification

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This week on Earthgauge Radio, we’re talking about environmental health and ocean acidification. I have two interviews on the program today:

Dr. James Brophy, co-author of a groundbreaking new study demonstrating that women working in particular occupations have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, likely due to exposure to . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: Earthgauge Radio December 13 2012: Cancer in the workplace and the crisis of ocean acidification

Earthgauge Radio: On Earthgauge Radio tomorrow: Getting cancer at work and the ticking timebomb of ocean acidification

Tomorrow on Earthgauge Radio, I am pleased to present a feature interview with Dr. James Brophy, who is the co-author of a groundbreaking new study demonstrating that women working in particular occupations have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Their research found that women employed in the automotive plastics industry, for instance, were almost . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: On Earthgauge Radio tomorrow: Getting cancer at work and the ticking timebomb of ocean acidification

earthgauge: Cohen Commission final report into B.C. salmon decline released

In his much-anticipated report on the decline of Fraser River sockeye salmon in B.C., former B.C. Supreme Court Justice Bruce Cohen took aim at the federal government Wednesday. He said he was “troubled” by recent amendments to the environmental process and the Fisheries Act by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.

“Many experts have emphasized . . . → Read More: earthgauge: Cohen Commission final report into B.C. salmon decline released

earthgauge: Costa Rica passes ban on shark finning

Continuing Earthgauge’s past coverage of the campaign to ban shark finning, Reuters is reporting that Costa Rica is the latest country to ban the practice, which involves catching sharks, slicing off their fins and throwing them back in the ocean to die.

As always with such bans, it remains to be seen whether the enforcement . . . → Read More: earthgauge: Costa Rica passes ban on shark finning

earthgauge: Great Barrier Reef Has Seen Major Decline In Past 3 Decades

New research is showing that Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s largest, is in steep decline, with half of the reef vanishing in the past 27 years. And the culprit? You guessed it. It seems our unending addiction to burning carbon is playing a big role. There are local impacts that are . . . → Read More: earthgauge: Great Barrier Reef Has Seen Major Decline In Past 3 Decades

earthgauge: Costa Rica poised to ban hunting as sport

An environmentalist wearing a frog mask is seen near members of Congress (rear) who are voting on an anti-hunting law inside the Legislative Assembly building in San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

The country’s name in English means “Rich Coast” and it looks as though law makers in Costa Rica want to keep . . . → Read More: earthgauge: Costa Rica poised to ban hunting as sport

earthgauge: Climate Change: Coral Reefs Expected To Suffer Greatly, Study Finds

Did you know that coral reefs are home to fully 25% of the world’s marine life? Me neither. This latest report on the state of the world’s coral reefs would have been bad enough in its own right. Seems, once again, that climate change is a major culprit.

Here’s an excerpt from HuffPo…

“The chance . . . → Read More: earthgauge: Climate Change: Coral Reefs Expected To Suffer Greatly, Study Finds

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

Footage of a day-old adorable Black Rhino. Yes, it’s in a game park, not in the wild, but Black Rhinos are highly endangered in the wild so until humanity starts treating our animal relatives more humanely, this is the safest place for this baby:

earthgauge: A World Without Coral Reefs – NYTimes.com

Just to brighten your day a little more, check out this astonishing article from the NY Times on the state of the world’s coral reefs. It ain’t pretty. The article is written by an ecologist in Australia where the world’s largest reef, the Great Barrier, is experiencing unprecedented declines in coral productivity due to climate . . . → Read More: earthgauge: A World Without Coral Reefs – NYTimes.com

350 or bust: Hope Is A Verb With Its Sleeves Rolled Up

Sometimes it feels like the forces working against a sustainable future for humanity – vested interests like Big Oil, Coal, & Gas, and the politicians they’ve bought, as well as an overall apathy among the general population – are too formidable to be overcome. We are so close to losing the battle, as Bill McKibbon’s . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Hope Is A Verb With Its Sleeves Rolled Up

earthgauge: Earthgauge Radio June 28, 2012: Rio +20 Earth Summit in review and the Emerald Ash Borer beetle

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On Earthgauge Radio this week, we take a look at the recently concluded Rio +20 Earth Summit and we discuss Ottawa’s Emerald . . . → Read More: earthgauge: Earthgauge Radio June 28, 2012: Rio +20 Earth Summit in review and the Emerald Ash Borer beetle