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reeves report: Waste Mismanagement Leads to Plastic-Filled Oceans

Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste enter the world’s oceans every year, partly due to litter and inadequate waste management.

Plastic particles sit in sieves ready for sorting. Photo by Malin Jacob.

ROUGHLY 9.1 MILLION tonnes of plastic waste will head from land to sea this year alone in 192 coastal countries . . . → Read More: reeves report: Waste Mismanagement Leads to Plastic-Filled Oceans

the reeves report: U.S. energy called on to help West handle Russia

America should rethink overhauling energy export policy in favour of ‘drill, baby, drill’ simply to flex muscle against Russia over Crimean play.

Can boosting U.S. energy exports help declaw the prowling Russian bear?

In the weeks following President Vladimir Putin’s military expansion into Ukraine’s Crimean region, manipulating U.S. energy sources – the full . . . → Read More: the reeves report: U.S. energy called on to help West handle Russia

the reeves report: Europe looks to coal to reduce electricity prices

One year after The Economist signalled an ”unwelcomed coal renaissance”, Bloomberg News reported Jan. 6 that Europe’s lust for lower energy prices was reviving lignite mining for coal-fired generation in a big way.

Lignite, a low-quality form of coal that contains less units of energy and greater volumes of carbon than traditional coal, is . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Europe looks to coal to reduce electricity prices

the reeves report: Ontario to roll out Green Bonds in 2014

GO workers wait ahead of announcement from Ontario government about green bonds (Oct. 30, 2013)

Ontario made a small splash in the financial world at the end of October when Premier Kathleen Wynne and two top cabinet ministers announced the province was set to become the first Canadian jurisdiction to issue “green bonds,” . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Ontario to roll out Green Bonds in 2014

the reeves report: SOPA delayed, but Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act carries on

Sums It Up Quite Nicely. | Image from The Guardian.co.uk

18 U.S. Senators have withdrawn their support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) due to an overwhelmingly negative online reaction, including a Google petition that garnered over 4.5M signatures and the Wikipedia-led blackout of over 7,000 popular websites.

Here in Canada, Bill . . . → Read More: the reeves report: SOPA delayed, but Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act carries on

the reeves report: Saving Solar Power in Germany

German Solar Park.

For most of the past winter, Germany’s 1.1 million solar power systems that crisscross the country have sat relatively idle. Overcast skies and a relative lack of sunshine has meant the powerful solar-generating system has produced little energy, forcing Germany to import electricity from nuclear power plants in neighbouring France . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Saving Solar Power in Germany

the reeves report: Globe columnist John Ibbitson talks politics and how the West has won

Globe columnist and author John Ibbitson.

A standing room only crowd assembled last night at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto to hear Globe and Mail columnist John Ibbitson speak on the current state of Canadian political affairs. Ibbitson’s talk, it would seem, was convened to inform the assembled crowd of Toronto elite just . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Globe columnist John Ibbitson talks politics and how the West has won

the reeves report: Ontario should brace for cuts ahead of March 2012 budget

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Finance Minister Dwight Duncan.

Matt Gurney in the National Post lays it on a little thick when he calls the Ontario Liberals – and Premier Dalton McGuinty and Finance Minister Dwight Duncan in particular – “financially illiterate” for their recent announcement that the province will bring in roughly . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Ontario should brace for cuts ahead of March 2012 budget

the reeves report: Occupy protests must find a way to politicize while dodging rubber bullets

UC Davis campus police pepper spraying protesters.

A second wave of evictions and police violence is being unleashed upon Occupy protesters across North America, and the resiliency of the movement will be determined in the coming days as protesters must find a way to work around court injunctions and police actions to stay . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Occupy protests must find a way to politicize while dodging rubber bullets

the reeves report: Biggest concern with Rick Perry’s debate gaffe? Not his poor memory…

Rick Perry and Ron Paul at the CNBC GOP debate in Detroit, MI.

It seems that the biggest take away from the GOP presidential candidate debate last week was that the governor of Texas, Rick Perry, forgot which third government agency he wanted to cut once in office. What is especially troubling, and . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Biggest concern with Rick Perry’s debate gaffe? Not his poor memory…

the reeves report: Canada rejigs how 254,000 immigrants are selected annually

A new type of immigrant is quickly taking advantage of the Canadian immigration system, and Canada’s Immigration Minister Jason Kenney wants to make it even easier for them to settle permanently in Canada. The Canadian Experience Class program is granting fast track access to immigrants who have already spent time in Canada, are familiar with … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Canada rejigs how 254,000 immigrants are selected annually

the reeves report: United Nations close to finalizing a ban on Western e-waste exports

At a recent United Nations environmental conference in Cartagena, Colombia, attended by over 170 represented countries, 50 nations have ratified an amendment to the 1989 Basel Convention which will restrict the export of electronic waste to the developing world. Only 17 nations needed to ratify the amendment in order to see it introduced, but the … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: United Nations close to finalizing a ban on Western e-waste exports

the reeves report: UK ‘Green Deal’ set for launch next Autumn

The Energy Act 2011 was granted royal assent in the United Kingdom on October 18, a move that will pave the way for the Green Deal to come into effect within the year. Under the plan, households will be encouraged to install energy- and cost-saving efficiencies to their homes without having to bear the full … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: UK ‘Green Deal’ set for launch next Autumn

the reeves report: New study indicates global warming could cost Canada billions

A new study from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) is arguing that the effects of a warming world may cost Canada upwards of $5B by 2020, and will increase dramatically afterwards. The economic toll could rise anywhere between $21B and $43B annually by the 2050s. Paying the Price: The … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: New study indicates global warming could cost Canada billions

the reeves report: The Onion takes aim at dysfunctional US Congress

Earlier this afternoon, The Onion, a satirical news organization, tweeted “BREAKING: Witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard inside Capitol building.” The initial reaction from The Onion’s followers was trepidation, at best. The Onion is known as a satirical source of “news” that most know to take with a grain of salt. But what if they … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: The Onion takes aim at dysfunctional US Congress

the reeves report: Feel Safer Post-9/11? Feel $92B Safer?

Earlier this week, the non-partisan (but left-leaning) Rideau Institute released a report on Canada’s defence spending since 9/11 entitled The Cost of 9/11 and the Creation of a National Security Establishment. It was written by economist David Macdonald, and it calculated that $92B ($69B adjusted for inflation) has been spent on ‘security’ in various forms … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Feel Safer Post-9/11? Feel $92B Safer?

the reeves report: DNA evidence enough to cause concern over invasive Asian Carp

This past week, a multi-agency fishing expedition got underway looking for Asian Carp west of Lake Michigan in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. After catching a 19-pound Asian Carp (which is actually an umbrella term for up to nine difference species of carp introduced to North America from Asia) in Lake Calumet in Chicago … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: DNA evidence enough to cause concern over invasive Asian Carp

the reeves report: Anti-abortion group does something insane, surprises no one

The American anti-abortion group Repent America has taken their fight against abortion to a whole new and zany level. No longer content to only picket clinics and harass women, they have decided to target Stericycle, the company that provides, among other things, abortion waste disposal services. It seems as though up until a few months ago … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Anti-abortion group does something insane, surprises no one

the reeves report: ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’: Bloomberg gives fight to Big Coal

Not content to have merely taken on the gun lobby, the tobacco industry, and the anti-gay marriage crowd, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has set his sights on picking a fight with Big Coal. Bloomberg, who also happens to be the 10th wealthiest person in America right now with an estimated personal fortune of … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’: Bloomberg gives fight to Big Coal

the reeves report: Thinking about the universe in a post-shuttle world

Coming fast on the heels of Canada’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and the official handing over control from Canadian to US armed forces is another milestone ending in Canadian – actually, world – history: the closing of the space shuttle program. Canada has played a significant role in outer space for a country of our small … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Thinking about the universe in a post-shuttle world

the reeves report: Army 2040: First Look moves away from humanity vs. The Environment outlook

I feel as though every decade in North America another article, report, or paper emerges in which The Environment (note the capital letters) is pitted as public enemy number one. The latest of such reports was issued just recently by the Canadian Armed Forces entitled Army 2040: First Look, which sounds like an awful Michael … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Army 2040: First Look moves away from humanity vs. The Environment outlook

the reeves report: NDP wakes up to hypocrisy of asbestos mining and export from Quebec

CBC is reporting through the Access to Information Act, that the Harper government rejected a 2006 recommendation from Health Canada to support a global ban on asbestos. Health Canada suggested that the government reverse their previous commitment to keep asbestos off the UN list of banned hazardous materials, and Harper refused. The 2006 Rotterdam Convention … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: NDP wakes up to hypocrisy of asbestos mining and export from Quebec

the reeves report: New study indicates dramatic reduction in Rocky Mountain snowpack

A report released this past week from the U.S. Geological Survey found that over an 800 year period, the past 30 years indicate a dramatic break from the typical snowpack patterns in the Rocky Mountains. The report stated that “over the past millennium, late-20th-century snowpack reductions are almost unprecedented in magnitude across the northern Rocky Mountains,” … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: New study indicates dramatic reduction in Rocky Mountain snowpack

the reeves report: US Dept. of Transportation orders TransCanada to halt activity on Keystone I

Effective immediately, the US Department of Transportation has ordered TransCanada to suspend all activity on the Keystone I pipeline. According to the New York Times, the order was issued by the Transportation department’s Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. “Effective immediately,” the PHMSA claims, “this order prevents TransCanada from restarting operations on their Keystone crude … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: US Dept. of Transportation orders TransCanada to halt activity on Keystone I

the reeves report: Re-imagining Canada in the World: Start by tackling Tall Poppy Syndrome

The Globe and Mail has been choc-a-bloc lately with guest columnists (academics, NATO ambassadors, think-tank CEO’s) talking about where the debate over Canada’s foreign policy has gone. It was conspicuously absent in the recent federal election campaign, as noted by Jeffrey Simpson back on April 6 when he wrote that “there is plenty to talk … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Re-imagining Canada in the World: Start by tackling Tall Poppy Syndrome