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Climate Impacts, Land & Species Impacts

Audubon scientists: 314 North American bird species threatened by global warming

Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - September 11th 2014

Publication: Climate change threatens nearly half the bird species in the continental United States and Canada, including the Bald Eagle and dozens of iconic birds like the Common Loon, Baltimore Oriole and Brown Pelican, according to a new study published today by National Audubon Society. The study identifies 126 species that will lose more than 50 percent of their current ranges - in some cases up to 100 percent - by 2050, with no possibility of moving elsewhere if global warming continues on its current trajectory.

Climate Impacts, Keystone XL

Climate film gets activists pumped for NYC march

Feature

September 11th 2014

Visual: When’s the last time you saw people lining up on the street to watch a commercial? How about an hour-long commercial about climate change? That’s what happened Sunday night for the New York premiere of “Disruption,” a documentary film promoting the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21. The screening is one of several pre-events that will peak on Sept. 12. “We’re going to make sure people in New York City can’t go anywhere on Sept. 12 without hearing about [the march],” said one of the organizers.

Energy East

Energy East info graphic

September 10th 2014

Visual: Environmental Defence launched a NEW infographic about the risks of Energy East. We know that TransCanada will try to convince Canadians that this risky project is in Canada's interest. That's why we put together this clear, easy to understand infographic about the many risks of Energy East. It would be fantastic if you could share the link to the infographic among your networks, especially on social media.

Oil by rail

Wrong side of the Tracks: Why rail is not the answer to the Tar Sands’s market access problem

Feature

Lorne Stockman et. al | Oil Change International - September 9th 2014

Publication: The debate around pipeline versus rail is a red herring. The real choice is between climate damage resulting from the status quo and a modern, low-carbon energy future that can ensure a safe climate and environment for generations to come. One of the first steps towards that future is to stop extracting more tar sands crude that climate science clearly indicates we cannot afford to burn. This report confirms that rail cannot serve as a replacement for pipelines, and will remain a niche market for tar sands transportation.

Where Oil Meets Water: Energy East is an unacceptable risk to waterways

Feature

August 22nd 2014

Publication: Drinking water, beluga habitat, and fishing and swimming holes are all at risk if TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline is approved, says a new report. "Energy East: Where Oil Meets Water" estimates the Energy East pipeline could spill more than one million litres of crude oil, including diluted bitumen from the tar sands, in just 10 minutes. By comparison, the 2013 spill in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan – the largest inland spill in the U.S. – spilled 3.8 million litres of diluted bitumen over the course of 17 hours.

Climate Impacts, Creating a Low Carbon Future

Launching the People’s Climate March

Feature

August 6th 2014

Visual: The People's Climate March will be the largest march demanding action on climate change in the history of the planet. It will be held on September 21, 2014, when world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. Join us as we take a stand to bend the course of history.

Air & Water Issues, Stop the Expansion

Sign the petition to Suncor Energy

July 22nd 2014

Visual: Suncor is spending millions on a high profile public relations blitz to convince Canadians it cares about the environment. But we know Suncor is lobbying to get exempted from new water regulations and so it can take as much fresh water from the Athabasca River as it wants -- and then dump its toxic tailings water right into the Athabasca River. Tell Suncor you support absolute limits on water withdrawals and a ban on waste water dumping.

Keystone XL, Energy East

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation pulls out of Grand Rapids Hearings

July 20th 2014

Visual: Today the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) announced they will no longer participate in the TransCanada Grand Rapids Pipeline hearing citing impossible timelines and prejudice within the process. The First Nation is referring to the project as the “Mother of All Pipelines,” feeding projects like the Energy East Pipeline and the controversial Keystone XL pipeline projects.