Photograph: State of Michigan
This week on Earthgauge, we take a look back at what happened in Michigan in 2010 when an Enbridge pipeline ruptured spilling roughly 1 million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River. What is the legacy of the spill and is there anything for the rest of us to learn as we debate the construction of more pipelines from the tar sands of Alberta to B.C. and the Gulf of Mexico?
I have 3 interviews on the program today:
Susan Connelly, a local resident of Marshall, MI where the spill occurred Jeff (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio May 9: the Kalamazoo River oil spill 3 years later
The federal government of Canada is so anti-environment that it hurts everyone on the planet. Their unwavering support for the world-destroying tar sands, refusal to work with other countries to improve the planet, and their inability to acknowledge human influenced climate change is revolting and regressive. Now that I got that off my chest….
Their most recent insult to environmental science in Canada was to shutter the Experimental Lakes Area in Ontario. Don’t worry, this is where the good news comes. Lucky, the provincial government understands the importance of monitoring our changing climate and stepped up to save the ongoing (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Official Opposition, the New Democrats, passed all of the following resolutions during the second day of the party’s recent biennial Convention in Montreal: 2-01-13 Resolution…
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Politicians tend to avoid issues as much as possible during elections or any other time. Rafe Mair knows this full well as he served his time in the ‘Pointy Buildings’ at the foot of Douglas Street.
I am not sure why he was sentenced and had to lead up Health, Consumer Affairs and Environment Ministry’s, but as a cabinet minister in the Bill Bennet Socred Governments he learned and excelled in the political arena.
Of course most folks know Rafe as a ‘Talk Show’ host who dominated the BC airwaves for decades. Today he continues to shine (Read more…) light on issues that matter as a Blogger and along with Documentary Producer Damien Gillis they are cutting quite a swath and they are doing on their own terms.
Damien Gillis is a BC treasure. He has travelled throughout the province producing documentaries about wild salmon . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair & Damien Gillis Hit The Road-It’s All About Water And Power
By: Sierra Club Canada | Press Release: Restore Our Water International (ROWI) and Sierra Club Canada criticize the International Joint Commission (IJC) Draft Great Lakes Regional Adaptive Management Plan as being insufficient for solving the current low water crisis on Lakes Michigan and Huron. The IJC recently finished conducting webinars on [...]
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The last remnants of a unique ecosystem on Earth are entering what is potentially their last years of natural existence. This will lead to the extinctions of some plants and animals that exist only on the Canadian prairies. Extinctions destabilize an ecosystem, and it’s an ecosystem where humans cannot be assured of long-term survival if it becomes destabilized.
The Conservatives removed protection for the community pastures in an apparent effort to privatize the land. The Sask Party, instead of putting the land under provincial management, has opted to sell off the land, following in the Conservative Party’s wishes. This is
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Abandoned Community Pastures At Risk #cdnpoli #skpoli
With Great Lakes at record low levels, Council of Canadians national chairperson Maude Barlow intensifies call for bold new vision to protect them By: Council of Canadians | Press Release: Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chair of Food and Water Watch’s board, is embarking on an seven-city [...]
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Last Friday’s ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline disaster in Mayflower, Arkansas, should warn Canadians against Enbridge’s proposed Line 9 project, says Environmental Defence. The Pegasus pipeline raptured and spilled more than 318,000 litres of tar sands oil into a local neighborhood and near a lake. Local residents had to be [...]
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As US renews pledge to drill in Arctic waters, Greenland places moratorium on new leases By: Lauren McCauley | Common Dreams: A White House official reaffirmed Wednesday the Obama administration’s commitment to the Arctic offshore drilling program despite the “dangerous risk” of catastrophic consequences for the pristine marine ecosystem. Speaking via video [...]
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By: Council of Canadians | Press Release: In response to the federal budget, representatives of the Council of Canadians made the following comments: “This budget fails Canadians. It continues a privatization agenda for water, a trade agenda that doesn’t equate to job growth, a health care agenda that will cut billions [...]
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Oww, my sides would be hurting from laughing at the irony of this situation, if it weren’t a deadly serious joke that the Conservatives are playing on Canadians.
On a public relations mission to convince the public that the BC coast will be safe from oil spills, the clean-up vessel ran aground on a sandbar, and was delayed by hours.
British Columbia’s largest oil spill response vessel got stuck on a sandbar en route to a federal news conference where Monday about strengthening Canada’s oil spill defences.
This was only a test. If this had been a real emergency,
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Oil The Humanity!
Last night I watched a documentary on the CBC. The documentary pointed out that life on earth could be wiped out by one big asteroid hitting our planet. However, it was the asteroids and comets that brought water to the earth.
In the past scientists thought that water already existed deep inside the earth in the form of steam and that steam escaped as the earth cooled and, ultimately, that steam took the form of water.
Watching this documentary one gets the impression that the earth was built methodically over billions of years. However, it does not answer the question
By: Council of Canadians (Press Release) With the next federal budget fast approaching, the 2013 Alternative Federal Budget (AFB), Doing Better Together, released today, warns that the “Harper government’s cuts to the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) and other critical environmental programs will hinder the ability to develop freshwater policies and respond to threats to [...]
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 our food is produced locally?
On this week’s edition of 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 she’ll be joining me for a feature 2-part interview.
Also on the (Read more…)
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 she’ll be joining me for a feature 2-part interview.
Also on the show, hear my interview with Ali Howard and Andrew Eddy about their film ‘Awakening the Skeena‘. The summer of 2009 saw Ali Howard become the first person on the
. . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: Tomorrow on Earthgauge Radio: The Ecology of Ottawa and Awakening the Skeena
Thinking is not hard to do, but some people treat it like others should do it for them. Clicking that link may be painful, as it has details of a state representative saying cyclists pollute worse than car drivers because they are exercising and breathing out more CO(2) in doing so. I guess the worst thing you could do is get in a car, go to the gym, and get on a stationary bike, eh?
Idiots are all around us, and sometimes they are elected as government representatives. Because this story casts cyclists in a negative light, I suppose you’ll
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Thinking Is Not Hard
By: Council of Canadians (Press Release)| Feb. 26, 2013: St. John’s, NL – The Federal Fisheries Act was intended to protect fish and fish habitat in part by prohibiting the dumping of harmful substances into fish-bearing waters. The intent of the Act was diluted by regulations that give the mining industry an exemption that allows the conversion READ MORE
The Duck and Cover propaganda has worked maybe. There’s an entire generation prone to thinking they can protect themselves from massive danger by covering their head with their arms until they feel safe again.
Here’s Percy, a climate change denier, responding to Purple Library Guy’s comment in 2011 about ocean acidification.
PLG: “researchers have found using tanks with sea water only acidified to levels we’re predicted to reach in 20 years or so if current emission trends continue,”
Percy: Predicted by secretive computer models which fail to predict the past. I think it’s time for everyone to panic. I’ll tell
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: In Their Shell
Meat fraud is taking place all around us. Most people probably can’t tell the difference between similar looking meats sold in stores, were it not for the labeling.
Fish fraud is apparently common in the USA.
Safeway recalled big and juicy E.coli burgers. “Must be cooked” is right on the box, and they weren’t kidding, were they?
I’m not above eating horse meat. I’ve never done it, however. At least, I don’t think I have. Many French and Italians didn’t have a choice if they bought from a mega-meat distributor who decided for them.
What all this brings to
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: ReThink Meat
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 of the fundamentals of climate science so you can easily refute that climate change denying buddy of yours? Well, we have a Climate Change 101 session with Eric Galbraith of McGill University. He is a Professor of Earth and Planetary Science and he’ll explain just
. . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: Earthgauge Radio February 14 2013: Ottawa Riverkeeper Meredith Brown and Climate Science 101
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 who will give us a primer on the science of climate change. Everything you ever wanted to know about the basics of climate science, but were afraid to ask.
Earthgauge Radio airs Thursday mornings from 7-8 AM on CKCU 93.1 in Ottawa.
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Best if he explains in his own words in this video:
It is the first in a series of YouTube videos put together by an unusual alliance of Google, Hollywood, social-media creators and a non-profit advocacy group, water.org. The campaign, which was launched on Tuesday and will build up to World Water Day on 22 March, hopes its combination of celebrity, social media and humour will appeal to young people and go viral on the internet.
“It was Matt Damon’s idea two years ago: how do we persuade people to give a shit about toilets?” said Chevenee Reavis,
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Matt Damon Wants You to Give a Shit About Toilets
BCL on the chutzpah of Jonathan Kay, junk science enabler debunker:
[T]here’s a real lack of self-awareness here. Jonathon [sic], after all, is comment pages editor at the National Post, and under his watch it has for years entertained junk science from Global Warming deniers. Sometimes this nonsense has been confined to the OpEd pages; sometimes its made the news, and sometimes the claims have been so egregiously false that defamation suits have been the result.
And as I have written on several occasions, you can’t open the floodgates a little way. You can’t set
. . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Something In The Water
This week on Earthgauge Radio, we’re talking about President Obama’s new commitment to climate change, the growing problem of environmental “refugees”, and the environmental dimensions of the Idle No More aboriginal movement. We have 3 interviews on today’s show:
Lisa Friedman, Deputy Editor of ClimateWire Stephen Hazell, environmental lawyer and the founder of Ecovision Law John Smol, biology professor at Queen’s University and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change
U.S. President Barack Obama’s inaugural address last week gave special prominence to taking action on climate change. Will this translate into concrete action and what does this
. . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio January 31 2013: Obama and climate change | Lisa Friedman | Idle No More
“No healthy community on this planet would allow hydraulic fracturing.” – Jessica Ernst Jessica Ernst is a scientist who has worked in the oil and gas industry. She discovered first hand the consequences of hydraulic fracturing in her town of Rosebud, Alberta, Canada. This interview was conducted while Ms. Ernst was visiting Michigan to warn [...]