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Energy Department Hires a Top Cheerleader for Petrochemical Hub Before Issuing Report Favoring It

Posted  January 20, 2019  by  Steve Horn

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Brian Anderson

Near the end of 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hired the leading promoter within academia of a massive and multi-faceted petrochemical complex proposed for West Virginia. A month later, the agency issued a report favoring the construction of such a complex.

On November 9, the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) named as its new director former West Virginia University Professor Brian Anderson.

NETL, which spearheads federal energy-related research and development (R&D) efforts, is currently deciding whether to grant $1.9 billion in R&D money toward building out the proposed petrochemical complex, known as the Appalachian Storage Hub. 

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A ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ will appear over Canada this Sunday

Posted  January 20, 2019  by  Anonymous

A 2010 lunar eclipse, similar to the super moon expected tonight. (Photo: David Howard)

Canadian stargazers only have one opportunity to glimpse a total lunar eclipse this year, but for those who can see it, it’s going to be spectacular — and it’s happening tonight.

It’s being called a ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ on social media, which, while it sounds exciting (and a bit scary), doesn’t differ drastically from a typical lunar eclipse. The term can be explained by a few factors: distance, appearance and timeliness.

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Photos from Serbia’s Love Parade for Vladimir Putin

Posted  January 19, 2019  by  Anonymous

The government organised a large rally in Belgrade to keep the Russian president happy and on their side.

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A Helpful Timeline of Prince Philip Not Dying

Posted  January 19, 2019  by  Anonymous

Flipping a Land Rover? Completed it mate.

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Liberal Party of Canada announces Richard T. Lee as Team Trudeau candidate for Burnaby South

Posted  January 19, 2019  by  Liberal Party of Canada

Burnaby, BC – The Liberal Party of Canada has announced that accomplished community leader and longtime MLA Richard T. Lee will be the Team Trudeau candidate for Burnaby South in the upcoming federal by-election. “Richard Lee has a proven commitment to public service, and he has dedicated his career to making life better for Burnaby […]

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Saturday Stories: ‘Oumuamua, A Probable Serial Rapist, and Running

Posted  January 19, 2019  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Isaac Chotiner, in The New Yorker, interviewing Harvard’s chair of astronomy, Avi Loeb, on why he believes ‘Oumuamua may have been an alien spacecraft.

Matt Mencarini, in Lansing State Journal, with an infuriating story on probable serial rapist Calvin Kelly

Bella Mackie, in The Guardian, on the anti-anxiety medication she started when her life came crumbling down – running.

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Why the Hell Is This Subdivision Still Named ‘Swastika Acres’?

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Anonymous

After more than a century, it looks like city officials are finally going to change it.

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I Went to the Opening of a KGB Spy Museum and It Was Kind of Awesome

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Anonymous

I, for one, welcome our new ex-Soviet overlords.

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‘The Bachelor’s’ Bad Virgin Jokes Might Be the Reason I Finally Stop Watching

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Anonymous

Colton Underwood doesn’t deserve your corny “v-card” magic trick. Please stop.

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Trump’s Michael Cohen Nightmare Is Just Getting Started

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Matt Taylor

The president’s trusted old friend has him closer than ever to impeachment—and he’s not going away.

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The Most Popular ‘Bandersnatch’ Choices Show We’re Not All Complete Monsters

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Anonymous

Netflix dropped data on how viewers are watching the ‘Black Mirror’ choose-your-own-adventure movie.

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Only One Thing Can Save the Kevin Hart ‘Monopoly’ Movie

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Anonymous

Our hope lies with director Tim Story, the guy behind some of the funniest movies of the early 2000s.

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A Young Arabic Photographer Shows What the Middle East Is Really Like

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Anonymous

Bahraini Ali Al-Shebabi’s photography calls bullshit on stereotypes of the Arab world.

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El Chapo Tried to Use Hells Angels to Kill Canadian Real Estate Agent Called ‘Catboy,’ Court Hears

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Anonymous

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmàn Loera’s former right hand man made the accusation in a Brooklyn court this week.

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Elephants are evolving to be tuskless after decades of poaching pressure

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Anonymous

Elephants are evolving to be tuskless in response to poaching

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Discovery of room temperature superconductors could bring floating trains and more

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Anonymous

Discovery of room temperature superconductors a ‘holy grail of physics’

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Scott Kelly spent a year in space – and it literally changed him

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Anonymous

Scott Kelly on spending a year in space and experiencing ‘Infinite Wonder’

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Repeated pain makes men more sensitive – but not women

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Anonymous

Women feel pain more, but men are more likely to remember it

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Waves are getting stronger and more dangerous thanks to climate change

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Anonymous

Ocean warming is directly linked to a dangerous increase in wave strength

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Will Edmonton run out of water as the Columbia Icefield continues to melt?

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Anonymous

Edmonton’s water supply could be impacted by the melting Columbia Icefield.

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Climate Advocates Underestimate Power of Fossil Fueled Misinformation Campaigns, Say Top Researchers

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Graham Readfearn

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Myron Ebell at a Heartland Institute conference

Climate action advocates have underestimated the strength and sophistication of decades-long fossil fuel-funded misinformation campaigns and need a coordinated set of strategies to fight back, say leading academics.

Among those strategies, say the three researchers from Yale and Brown University, are promoting financial transparency, suing misinformers and their funders, and researching the vast networks of think tanks and front groups.

Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, Yale University’ professors Justin Farrell and Kathryn McConnell, together with Brown University’s Professor Robert Brulle, say people working on responses to climate change “cannot afford to underestimate the economic influence, institutional complexity, strategic sophistication, financial motivation, and societal impact of the networks” behind climate misinformation campaigns.

Brulle, who is also an academic at Drexel University, told DeSmog that after conversations with leaders of environment groups and foundations, he had concluded “there is virtually no understanding of the nature or extent of misinformation efforts and organized efforts to stop climate action.”

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Alberta government to distribute Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada to schools province-wide

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Anonymous

Alberta ministers and leaders stand together holding copies of the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

RCGS CEO John Geiger (far left) presents new copies of the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada to (from left to right) AFN Alberta Regional Chief Marlene Poitras, Trustee Carla Smiley of Edmonton Catholic School District, Elder Betty Letendre, Métis Nation of Alberta President Audrey Poitras, Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan, Education Minister David Eggen and Transportation Minister Brian Mason. (Photo: Amol Dhillon)

Starting today, every junior and high school student across Alberta will be able to learn about the perspectives, histories and experiences of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Canada with the help of Canadian Geographic’s Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

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The water you eat

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Anonymous

Virtual water, hamburger, environment, beef

Billions of cubic metres of Canadian fresh water are poured into agricultural and industrial processes and products — like this single hamburger — that are then shipped to different watersheds or countries. We’re losing more water than we’re gaining, experts say. (Illustration: Kat Barqueiro/Can Geo)

Climate change, population growth and big industry. When you think about how these and other forces are reshaping the water needs of nations around the globe, you probably don’t picture a hamburger to help make sense of the issue. You’re more likely, perhaps, to imagine a future in which Canada and other water-wealthy countries supply water-scarce regions with fresh water by pipeline and tanker.

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#587 Taking your ponytail out at the end of a long day

Posted  January 18, 2019  by  Anonymous

Okay, you know how good it feels when you peel your socks off at the end of the day? You know how your crinkly leg hairs all get a chance to relax, stretch out, and breathe a sigh of relief? Well, taking out your ponytail is like that times a million. All your hair unbends […]

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Bristling

Posted  January 17, 2019  by  Balbulican

The Gillette corporation recently released one of those warm and fuzzy prosocial lifestyle ads. It was an innocuous little string of inspirational skits, a bit of virtue-signalling whose message, basically, is “Don’t Be A Dick”. It’s a #MeToo update of…

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Gear Review: Justin Barbour puts a MEC life jacket to the ultimate test

Posted  January 17, 2019  by  Anonymous

Justin Barbour pulls his canoe upstream with his dog Saku in it

Justin Barbour drags his canoe up the Red Wine River in Labrador wearing his PFD. (Photo: Justin Barbour)

During my 1,000-kilometre canoe expedition across the Labrador Peninsula with my dog, Saku, in summer 2018, I spent a lot of time on the water — upriver, downriver and across some of Canada’s biggest lakes in Smallwood and Caniapiscau. The importance of a reliable personal floatation device (PFD) that fit comfortably, could be taken on and off with ease, and had storage compartments and attachment clips was paramount.

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#588 Tossing garbage in the garbage can from really far away

Posted  January 17, 2019  by  Anonymous

If your bad back, busted ankle, or bum knee is keeping you off the courts, then get ready to lean back in your desk chair and reminisce about the game you loved… Just crumple that hot inky sheet yanked from the photocopier’s paper-jammed bowels, swivel your desk chair sideways, and shoot a majestic three-pointer into […]

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False flag

Posted  January 16, 2019  by  Anonymous

It’s an overworked phrase, and too often the stuff of conspiracy theories, but—this one’s real. And once again the Usual Suspects either fell for it—or were part of the unfunny joke. Canadian Islamic Party, eh? If you figured it was…

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Liberal Candidate Karen Wang* Leaves Burnaby South Byelection After Racist Comments Against Jagmeet Singh!

Posted  January 16, 2019  by  leftdog

There is NEVER room for racist attacks or racial valuations in Canadian politics! It’s appropriate that the Liberal Candidate has withdrawn her candidacy in this key byelection!Press Progress* =typo corrected.

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Virginia Air Board Member Who Approved a Controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline Permit Has Links to a Dominion Gas Partner

Posted  January 16, 2019  by  Anonymous

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Protest against Atlantic Coast pipeline outside a 2015 Dominion shareholder meeting

A member of a Virginia state permitting board who last week approved a highly controversial certification for Dominion’s planned Atlantic Coast pipeline has business ties to a company currently collaborating with Dominion on a related gas project, DeSmog has found.

William (Trip) Ferguson joined three other Air Pollution Control Board members to unanimously approve a permit for Dominion’s Buckingham compressor station. The planned station, which will propel the natural gas as it moves through the 600-mile interstate pipeline, will be built in Union Hill, a largely African-American community settled by free blacks and emancipated slaves after the Civil War.

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Sustainable development’s big data revolution

Posted  January 16, 2019  by  Anonymous

Sriganesh Lokanathan (right) and Yashothata Shanmugarajah discuss insights on economic activity as inferred from the analyses of big data from mobile networks in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Photo: LIRNEasia)

In Sri Lanka, researchers are examining how bi…

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Help us choose the March/April 2019 Canadian Geographic cover!

Posted  January 16, 2019  by  Anonymous

Help us choose the cover of our upcoming issue of Canadian Geographic. Vote Now!
And don’t forget to sign up to always be notified by email when covers are being voted on!

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The endangered species hiding in plain sight

Posted  January 16, 2019  by  Anonymous

Aerial view of Ontario patchwork farmland

The highly fragmented southern Ontario landscape of isolated woodlots, suburbs and farms harbours many endangered plant species. (Photo: Paul Hamilton)

I’m standing in a thick riverside forest underneath a huge willow tree, surrounded by a group of green dragons. It has finally stopped raining, but the vegetation is still wet and glistening. I’m explaining to a young high school student that the green dragon is one of Canada’s plant species at risk, a cousin of the common jack-in-the-pulpit. She is trying desperately to ignore the mosquito perched on her nose, but finally can take it no longer. She smacks the mosquito, and starts laughing.

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#589 Making that first foot print in fresh snow

Posted  January 16, 2019  by  Anonymous

Peek outside on a snowy afternoon and the world moves in slow motion. Jumbo flakes float to the ground and coat your cracked sidewalks and patchy lawns in a thin blanket of bright white. Winds whisper through the willows as you strap your boots on and bundle up to head outside. Making those first fresh footprints […]

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Former Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler Faces Senate Confirmation as EPA Administrator

Posted  January 15, 2019  by  Sharon Kelly

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Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief — and now Trump cabinet nominee — Andrew Wheeler heads into Senate confirmation hearings at 10 a.m. EST Wednesday, as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history has left the EPA mostly shuttered.

Wheeler, a former coal, petrochemical, and LNG (liquefied natural gas) lobbyist, has run America’s top environmental agency since ex-EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigned this summer under at least a dozen internal investigations.

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Justin Trudeau delivers remarks to supporters in St. Catharines and Sherbrooke

Posted  January 15, 2019  by  Liberal Party of Canada

St. Catharines, ON – Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, will deliver remarks to supporters at open Liberal fundraising events in St. Catharines, ON, and Sherbrooke, QC, on January 16, 2019. The Liberal Party of Canada has committed to the strongest standards in federal politics for openness and transparency with political fundraising […]

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Top Oil Lobbyist Wants Government Open to Keep Rolling Back Environmental Rules

Posted  January 15, 2019  by  Anonymous

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A sign indicating the Freer and Sackler art galleries and other Smithsonian museums are closed during the January 2019 government shutdown.

Although the partial U.S. government shutdown, now marching into its fourth week, isn’t hurting the oil and gas industry, according to Mike Sommers, the head of the American Petroleum Institute (API) says he wants the shutdown to end so that the Trump administration can get back to actively helping the industry by meeting federal deadlines for rolling back environmental regulations. 

Nevertheless, there are signs the Trump administration is still at work on that fossil fuel-friendly agenda in some places, such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), despite the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

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Crunchy Dill Chickpea Pancakes with Lemon-Garlic Aioli

Posted  January 15, 2019  by  Angela (Oh She Glows)

How is 2019 treating you so far? Scrolling through Instagram would have me believe that we’re all killin’ this New Year thing, but something tells me I’m probably not seeing the less than stellar starts to the year. I know ours was nothing like we expected. Emotionally draining to say the least, and I had […]

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Meet the Canadian explorer who just completed the Seven Summits

Posted  January 15, 2019  by  Anonymous

Laval St. Germain with RCGS flag on Mount Vinson

Laval St. Germain displays the flag of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society on the summit of Antarctica’s Mount Vinson, Dec. 31, 2018. (Photo: Laval St. Germain)

He is the first Canadian to have climbed Mount Everest without oxygen. He’s rowed solo across the North Atlantic, from Canada to France. He’s climbed Canada’s highest mountain, Mount Logan — and the highest peaks in 18 other countries. And as of a couple of weeks ago, Laval St. Germain has another exploration milestone to add to his impressive resume: the Seven Summits. 

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Jagmeet Singh Is Not Ready For Prime Time Politics In Canada ….

Posted  January 15, 2019  by  leftdog

“During an appearance on the political show CTV Question Period, Singh appeared to be unaware of a news story that made a lot of headlines last week. Singh was asked how he would respond, if elected prime minister, to the recent statement by China’s Canadian ambassador Lu Shaye, that Canada and its Western allies’ calls for the release of two Canadians detained in China is rooted in ‘white supremacy.’

“Sorry, who accused who of white supremacy?” Singh asked his interviewer. He later told the Toronto Star he didn’t hear the initial question. Host Evan Solomon repeated it in full and asked how Singh would have responded if he were prime minister. “I don’t know if there is any evidence of that suggestion,” Singh said, then quickly pivoted to talking about U.S. President Donald Trump. Global News

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