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Things Are Good: Preemptively React to Disasters to Save Lives

It might sound odd, but if we react to disasters before they happen we can save lives. The Food Security Climate Resilience Facility wants developed nations to release support for impending disasters before they happen. How do we know when disasters will happen when they seem so unpredictable? We can’t foresee all disasters but some […]

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Politics Canada: Stephen Harper’s economic disaster posts a government surplus

The Stephen Harper economic disaster is still unfolding and the latest wrinkle is a projected surplus of $1.9 Billion for the 2014/15 fiscal year.

Oh baby, you better believe the Conservatives are going to beat this one for all its worth. They will try to convince Canadians what great economic managers they are because they . . . → Read More: Politics Canada: Stephen Harper’s economic disaster posts a government surplus

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Notley should avoid getting dragged into oilsands election trap

When Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper claimed on the campaign trail last week that Alberta’s new government was “a disaster,” Premier Rachel Notley and Finance Minister Joe Ceci calmly and cautiously responded. But when Mr. Harper again criticized Alberta’s new… Continue Reading →

PostArctica: Coastal Tar Sands – Journey To Deleted Islands

What happens when a major corporation wants to build an oil pipeline over land to the west coast where it will be loaded on to supertankers that have to navigate some very narrow inlets to pick up their loads? They put out publicity pictures and graphic videos that magically remove the obstacles and make the . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Coastal Tar Sands – Journey To Deleted Islands

Left Over: Making a Molehill out of a Mountain….

Mount Polley mine tailings pond breach followed years of government warnings Imperial Metals issued with latest warning in May due to height of wastewater in tailings pond

By Jenni Sheppard, CBC News Posted: Aug 05, 2014 9:50 PM PT Last Updated: Aug 06, 2014 6:20 AM PT

 

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Things Are Good: Emergency Shelter Packaged Like a Coffee Cup

Reaction Call to Action from Reaction on Vimeo.

Reaction is a new company which recently crowd funded enough money to send a boatload of housing to help refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria. The company makes Exo shelters which are stackable and easily shippable emergency shelters that can be deployed to areas suffering a . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Emergency Shelter Packaged Like a Coffee Cup

Writings of J. Todd Ring: NAFTA, “Free Trade” and the TPP: Fast-Track To Full Corporate Rule

“Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law. At the time, advocates painted a rosy picture of booming U.S. exports creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and economic development in Mexico, which would bring the struggling country in line with its wealthier northern neighbors. Two decades later, those . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: NAFTA, “Free Trade” and the TPP: Fast-Track To Full Corporate Rule

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 […]

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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?

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Say sayonara to seafood – the oceans are no longer safe to eat from in the wake of Fukushima

It looks like sushi time is over – seafood is no longer safe to eat after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Fukushima continues to dump 300-400 tons of radioactive contaminated water into the Pacific every hour. Japanese experts estimate Fukushima’s fallout at 20-30 times as high as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings in 1945. Polar . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Say sayonara to seafood – the oceans are no longer safe to eat from in the wake of Fukushima

350 or bust: This Earth Day, Let’s Focus On Saving Humans

It’s a snowy and cold Earth Day morning in northwestern Ontario. On this Earth Day, Joe Romm over at Think Progress muses about renaming Earth Day – after all, it’s really humans and our civilization that is in peril at this point by our feckless, reckless and cavalier treatment of the ecosystem that gives us . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: This Earth Day, Let’s Focus On Saving Humans

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Mayans, the ecological crisis and the end of the world: a little sanity please

It seems like a lot of people are going to extremes with regards to the Mayan predictions – and I mean the skeptics as well as the fanatics. Some are dismissive of the Mayans altogether, while others are taking a very literal and grossly overly simplistic view, and thinking the world will end on a . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Mayans, the ecological crisis and the end of the world: a little sanity please

350 or bust: Trick, Not Treat, For Canadians: Harper’s Scary Canada-China Trade Deal

It’s All Hallows’ Eve, the time that creatures of darkness are said to come out and haunt humans. That is certainly true in Ottawa today, as Stephen Harper and his minions stir up a cauldron of trouble for Canadians by fast-tracking their Canada-China investment treaty. FIPA or FIPPA (Foreign Investment Promotion Protection Act) is set . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Trick, Not Treat, For Canadians: Harper’s Scary Canada-China Trade Deal

LeDaro: “Burman: Canada’s windows on the world are quietly closing” The Toronto Star

People wait at the door of the Iranian embassy in Ottawa to collect passports, Friday September 7, 2012. Canada has closed its embassy in Iran and is expelling all remaining Iranian diplomats in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Ideology over reality as Harper radically restructures Canada’s role in the world, away from peace-keeper, to a George W. Bush . . . → Read More: LeDaro: “Burman: Canada’s windows on the world are quietly closing” The Toronto Star

DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: Representative Paul Ryan

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With the selection of Wisconsin Republican Representative Paul Ryan has his running mate, Mitt Romney has effectively pushed his campaign into the climate change denying fringe. While Romney hasn’t been considered a friend of the environment since he began running for national office, his tendency towards flip-flopping made some of . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: Representative Paul Ryan

DeSmogBlog: FreedomWorks Fails Basic Math And Economics To Smear Renewable Energy Investments

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The corporate funded, Libertarian/Conservative “think tank” FreedomWorks is doing their best to convince Americans that taxpayer-funded energy subsidies and loans are a waste of our resources. Of course, that doesn’t apply to the massive giveaways to the dirty energy industry, only to the federal loan programs established to invest in cleaner, . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: FreedomWorks Fails Basic Math And Economics To Smear Renewable Energy Investments

DeSmogBlog: Greenpeace Uncovers Shocking Photos Of Gulf Of Mexico Oil Disaster

More than two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and BP's well spewed millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Greenpeace has finally been granted access to pictures that show the real impact of the oil on marine life. The pictures were obtained via a Freedom of Information Act . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Greenpeace Uncovers Shocking Photos Of Gulf Of Mexico Oil Disaster

CalgaryLiberal: Renewing Raj’s Contract

I’ve been thinking. I want to renew Raj’s contract–for leader of the Alberta Liberals. He has a nose for politics, knows exactly what the party needs to build in terms of organization and skill sets, and he was key to the reason why the party did so well. Rather than an implosion, like what many . . . → Read More: CalgaryLiberal: Renewing Raj’s Contract

350 or bust: Have We Learned Anything Yet?

It was two years ago today that the sea-floor started gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which was working on a BP oil project. Tragically, the explosion killed 11 men working on the platform and injured 17 others. It started a flow of oil which . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Have We Learned Anything Yet?

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Earth Overshoot Day – cause for a pause to reflect

Yesterday, September 27, the Global Footprint Network declared as Earth Overshoot Day: the day that humans have used up all renewable resources available for the year. Not good. This obviously cannot continue. Limitless growth in material consumption a… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Earth Overshoot Day – cause for a pause to reflect

DeSmogBlog: Deepwater Horizon Still A Massive Headache For BP

bp-logo-dripping-oil.jpg The problems facing BP along the Gulf Coast continue to pile up. After more than a year of investigations, the U.S. Coast Guard has finally released their long-awaited as… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Deepwater Horizon Still A Massive Headache For BP

350 or bust: BP Is Creepy: NRDC Issues Damning Water Quality Report on Gulf Beaches One Year After Oil Disaster

The NRDC released its annual “Testing the Waters: A Guide To Water Quality At Vacation Beaches” report last week, which included a special section dedicated to oil-related closures, advisories and notices in the Gulf of Mexico since the BP … . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: BP Is Creepy: NRDC Issues Damning Water Quality Report on Gulf Beaches One Year After Oil Disaster

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

There are so many societies in which the elite made decisions that were good for themselves in the short run and ruined themselves and societies in the long run…. Similarly, in the United States at present, the policies being pursued by too many weal… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Built to crash: the coming economic tsunami

`Would you rather have a perfectly efficient system that, if hit by a pebble, would shatter? Or, would you rather have an adaptable system that may not give you the exact output you want, but can handle anything? According to Barry Lynn of the New Am… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Built to crash: the coming economic tsunami

mike watkins dot ca: Disaster: Slave Lake Burning To The Ground

With relatively little news published Sunday on the wildfires raging in northern Alberta, many Canadians will awake Monday morning to learn with surprise and shock the town of Slave Lake is literally burning to the ground. The entire town of approxim… . . . → Read More: mike watkins dot ca: Disaster: Slave Lake Burning To The Ground