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Scripturient: 552 kWh? We can do better

I received a report in the mail from Collus PowerStream giving me an overview of my electricity usage for the one-month period of August. A hot, humid August that no doubt had us running the air conditioner and ceiling fans more often than we normally do (we actually like it warm most of the time). . . . → Read More: Scripturient: 552 kWh? We can do better

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday with a Deep Blue Sea Legacy: Nominating New Canadian Marine World Heritage Sites

Thursday, August 25, 2016 Next year Canada turns 150. What better present than a gift to the futur… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday with a Deep Blue Sea Legacy: Nominating New Canadian Marine World Heritage Sites

reeves report: Climate change could boost visitation to US National Parks by 2060

In silver lining news: the latest report from the U.S. National Park Service has found that increases in global temperature could boost tourism traffic to national parks from Alaska to Guam.

The report, released this week in the open access journal PLoS ONE, compared historical monthly mean air temperature information with data on park visitation . . . → Read More: reeves report: Climate change could boost visitation to US National Parks by 2060

Things Are Good: Norway Pays to Protect Liberia’s Forests

Deforestation is killing the planet and has been linked to the current ebola outbreak. Still, many places (Canada included) cut down hectares of land as if it’s nothing. Norway is apparently sick of tho attitude and has made a deal with Liberia to protect their woodlands.

“We have funded efforts in Indonesia and Brazil, but . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Norway Pays to Protect Liberia’s Forests

Bill Longstaff: Why is the environment considered primarily a left-wing concern?

Conservative and conservation are almost the same word, both deriving from the Latin conservare, “to preserve,” and differing only by two letters. We might expect, therefore, that conservatives would be great conservationists, deeply concerned about preserving the natural world, foremost stewards of the environment.

Yet that doesn’t seem to be the case. Not that conservatives . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Why is the environment considered primarily a left-wing concern?

Earthgauge Radio: The Challenges of Sturgeon Stewardship

A sturgeon rearing facility in Allegan County Park, in New Richmond on the Kalamazoo River. Photo: Mark Brooks

Thanks to a fellowship from the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources, I was able to join a group of journalists on a learning expedition in Michigan last year. One of the projects we investigated . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: The Challenges of Sturgeon Stewardship

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

Wow. Don’t try this at home! * Man Tries To Hug A Wild Lion, You Won’t Believe What Happens Next!

Bill Longstaff: Pembina praises Ontario’s new energy plan

The Pembina Institute, one of the country’s leading environmental advocacy organizations, has good things to say about Ontario’s new long-term energy plan.

In a press release this week, the Institute praised the province for wisely investing in conservation. According to Tim Weis, Pembina’s director of renewable energy and efficiency policy, “Energy efficiency is the . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Pembina praises Ontario’s new energy plan

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Mexico City: A study in impermanence, and a lesson to us all

pablo lopez luz photographs the concrete waves (or carpet, as he puts it) of Mexico City The unbelievably sprawling concrete carpet of Mexico City seen in these photos make me think… Gorgeous country, beautiful culture and people, horrible government, amazing capital city – but utterly unsustainable, as most cities are. Watch for the ruins […]

. . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Mexico City: A study in impermanence, and a lesson to us all

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Are we alone? More importantly, are we even awake?

The “man the life boats and head for the stars” answer to our present human dilemmas is simply delusional. We can and should explore space, but if we don’t get our act together here on this planet immediately, we’re dead – extinct: plain and simple. A recent book seems once again to miss that point . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Are we alone? More importantly, are we even awake?

Earthgauge Radio: Arctic expedition radio doc airs on CBC Ottawa

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I was fortunate to participate on the Students on Ice 2013 Arctic Expedition this year, which was a tremendous experience. We traveled up the west coast of Greenland by ship and across the Davis Strait to the Eastern Canadian Arctic. I produced a short audio documentary based on the experiences . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: Arctic expedition radio doc airs on CBC Ottawa

350 or bust: Protecting The Ocean We Love

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 this week: EcoBricks, Ontario Home Comfort and Rachel Carson

On Earthgauge Radio this week, Xerez Bridglall will bring us her interview with two Carleton University undergraduate students who participated in the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program this year. ASB is an immersive year-long program that culminates with a week of cultural exchange and community service over reading week in February. Mario Pizzuto and Megan . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio this week: EcoBricks, Ontario Home Comfort and Rachel Carson

Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio March 28: Federal Budget 2013, urbanization in Kenya and the tar sands “staples” trap

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We love covering local stories on Earthgauge and this week, we get just about as local as we can, focusing on some compelling environmental research taking place at Carleton University in Ottawa. We also take a look at the environmental provisions of last week’s federal Budget 2013. We . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio March 28: Federal Budget 2013, urbanization in Kenya and the tar sands “staples” trap

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!

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: Tomorrow on Earthgauge Radio: The Ecology of Ottawa and Awakening the Skeena

Ever wondered where your water comes from and where your wastewater goes? What about your garbage? Electricity and heat? What did Ottawa look like a couple hundred years ago?

Tomorrow on Earthgauge, we’ll discuss all this and more with Janice Ashworth. She helped put together a handy little booklet called ‘The Ecology of Ottawa‘ and . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: Tomorrow on Earthgauge Radio: The Ecology of Ottawa and Awakening the Skeena

Cowichan Conversations: Fracked Gas Won’t Solve Energy Crunch: Report

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The Tyee series on energy continues, several from the series appear ‘On the Left Side.’ This episode features highly respected geologist David Hughes analysis. It is markedly different than the spin that we are getting from politicians of all flavours.

Our politicians behaviour reminds of the classic trap that gamblers . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Fracked Gas Won’t Solve Energy Crunch: Report

Earthgauge Radio: Keystone XL: Massive Civil Disobedience is Next

Check out my latest article for the Common Sense Canadian on the massive climate change rally last weekend in Washington D.C. Here’s the link:

http://thecanadian.org/item/1950-keystone-xl-massive-civil-disobedience-is-next-mark-brooks

I am pleased to be acting as an Ottawa correspondent for the excellent online publication The Common Sense Canadian, British Columbia’s premier environmental news journal. CSC combines cutting-edge video, audio, . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: Keystone XL: Massive Civil Disobedience is Next

Earthgauge Radio: Earthgauge Radio February 14 2013: Ottawa Riverkeeper Meredith Brown and Climate Science 101

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This week on Earthgauge, I present a feature interview with the Ottawa Riverkeeper, Meredith Brown and we talk climate science with Eric Galbraith of McGill University. Click the audio player above or right click here to download the show.

First up….it’s Climate Change 101! Ever want to know about some . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: Earthgauge Radio February 14 2013: Ottawa Riverkeeper Meredith Brown and Climate Science 101

Earthgauge Radio: This week on EG Radio: Feature interview with the Ottawa Riverkeeper, Meredith Brown

This Thursday on Earthgauge Radio, I’m pleased to present a feature interview with the Ottawa Riverkeeper, Meredith Brown. We’ll discuss the health of the Ottawa River, changes to federal environmental regulations, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival and the Ottawa River Action Plan.

We’ll also talk with Dr. Eric Galbraith (I promise!) of McGill University . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: This week on EG Radio: Feature interview with the Ottawa Riverkeeper, Meredith Brown

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Rinse. Repeat. #nlpoli

Not one, not two, but three provincial cabinet ministers announced a five year ban on hunting George River caribou on Monday.

This is a very serious situation, they said.

It must be serious.  They had very glum faces.

If people don’t stop killing caribou, then bad things will happen, they said.

Justice minister @King_Darin said . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Rinse. Repeat. #nlpoli