Press Clipping: If you live on the Atlantic Seaboard, you’ll want to read this. A new study from a group of U.S. scientists is raising concerns about the potential for extreme sea-level rises in Atlantic Canada in the years to come. Researchers divided the coastline into three areas, and the zone north of New York City saw an overall sea-level increase of 94 millimetres during the two-year period of 2009 and 2010. Halifax saw a sea-level rise of 110 millimetres during that time. Portland, Maine saw the largest increase — 128 millimetres. Yikes!
In the Media
Press Clipping: The Canadian Medical Association will divest its holdings in fossil-fuel companies, a move doctors hope will send a powerful symbolic message that climate change is an urgent health concern. “Given the health impacts of fossil fuels, we have to take a stand,” Courtney Howard, a board member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and a physician practising in Yellowknife, said, likening the move to earlier decisions by the organization to divest out of tobacco companies.
Press Clipping: The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Tuesday a resolution against a project that would bring trains carrying oil through the county. The proposed rail spur extension project in San Luis Obispo County would allow up to five trains with 80 cars to travel through 40 miles of track in the county on a weekly basis. Supervisor Ken Yeager said the project is “very unsafe” for an urban area like Santa Clara County, which has nearly 2 million residents.
Press Clipping: Twenty activists protesting an international pipeline expansion project were arrested outside Secretary of State John Kerry’s residence in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. They were part of a group of about 100 demonstrators calling on Kerry to block Enbridge Energy from expanding its Alberta Clipper oil sands pipeline, which runs from Canada to Superior, Wisconsin. “Why in the world would we let them proceed without an environmental review?” said Greta Herrin, a student from Kalamazoo, Michigan. “This is a corporation that has shown a complete disregard for the people and the Earth.”
Press Clipping: The Lubicon Lake Band in Little Buffalo, Alberta, is surrounded by fossil fuel extraction, and the province is lighting up with increasingly intense forest fires. Now, a community leader is making a pointed statement: building a 20.8 kilowatt Piitapan Solar Project to show that they don't have to rely on electricity generated from fossil fuels.
Press Clipping: The National Energy Board (NEB) has lost credibility as a regulator of the public interest. The hearing into Kinder Morgan’s proposed tripling of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project has been a sham. The Canadian public recognizes the NEB’s failure. Except for Harper’s Conservatives, all contenders in the federal election understand it’s a farce.
Press Clipping: More than three-quarters of Canada's daily output of 2.2 million barrels of crude from oil sands is being produced at a loss at current prices, research from analysts at TD Securities shows, although producers are unlikely to halt operations. Every thermal oil sands player is bleeding cash on every barrel produced with U.S. crude around $41 and the Canadian heavy benchmark, Western Canada Select (WCS), around $24 a barrel.
Press Clipping: The Lubicon Lake First Nation community of Little Buffalo is harvesting solar power for its community health centre. Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a community member and Greenpeace climate/energy campaigner, led the project as a way to demonstrate cleaner alternatives to fossil-fuel energy sources. Cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels would mean less contamination of First Nations homelands, as well as cleaner air and water, she said.