Almost 7 years ago, while going through some personal issues, I made a terrible mistake and ended up being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the State of California. It was a dark period in my life, but I have moved on and learned my lesson. This spring, however, my intoxicated driving conviction […]
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A federal judge ruled on Thursday in favor of a motion by five big oil companies to dismiss a lawsuit brought against them by New York City, which demanded they pay the costs of adapting the city’s infrastructure to climate change, The New York Times reported.
The ruling comes nearly a month after a federal judge in San Francisco dismissed a similar case brought by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco.
Prehistoric people made bread from wild grains they gathered way before the dawn of agriculture
Australian scientists discover that normal vibrations that come up through your car seat can synchronize with your brain waves and make you sleepy – but it might be possible to stop them.
The science advisor for the two ‘Ant-Man’ films tries to make sure there’s just a flavour of real science in the story.
Geese usually follow spring north – tracking the “green wave”. But as the arctic warms faster, they’re exhausting themselves trying to keep up with the warming climate.
Dolphins are able to manipulate their lung compression and control gas exchange with their blood to avoid dangerous nitrogen bubbles forming as they decompress
Astronomers have found 12 new moons, some of them orbiting backwards, and many showing signs of having been smashed into in the past.
Our Quirks question of the week looks at why our right sides mirrors our left
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By Martin Bush. Reposted with permission from ClimateZone.org.
While renewable energy is on a roll — setting records in Europe over the last few months, and racking up impressive numbers in capacity buildout in 2017, it’s easy to forget what is happening behind the scenes.
Extreme weather gets all the headlines: the wildfires in Canada and Sweden, the flooding in Japan, the heatwaves in Canada and the U.S. But what are called the slow onset climate change events are inexorably moving forward.
The bigleaf maple is highly sought by poachers in North America because of the unique marbling pattern in its wood. (Photo: John B. Hanle)
According to Interpol, up to a third of globally traded wood products are made from illegally harvested timber. But a group of environmentally conscious adventurers is looking to change that.
Adventure Scientists is a U.S.-based non-profit organization that’s finding solutions to global environmental issues — and they’re doing it with data.
Over a third of the water around Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site may soon be fully protected from commercial activity under the terms of a new 10-year management plan for the region. (Photo: Iain Reid/Can Geo Photo Club)
Soon, 40 per cent of the water around Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site may be fully protected from commercial activity. The marine zoning changes were announced in a 10-year management plan released last month.
The Archipelago Management Board (AMB), made up of representatives from the Haida Nation, Parks Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, proposed that significant blocks of the national marine conservation area reserve be under “strict protection” in the new plan.
Advertisers eat me up. Honestly, whenever I leave the grocery store I feel like I’ve just been had by the lot of them. I fully confess it, too. I wheel in for toilet paper and wheel out with a fat cart loaded to the gills with super-size salsa, half a dozen danishes, and two new […]
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The oil and gas industry is finally acknowledging how dangerous employment can be for its workers after years of touting the sector as a beacon of worker safety. This sudden honesty about the dangers of working in the oil patch coincides with the industry’s new solution to greatly improve the safety of those workers — which is to fire them and replace them with robots.
Ottawa, ON – Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, will deliver remarks to supporters at a Liberal fundraising event in Aurora on July 20, 2018. The Liberal Party of Canada has committed to the strongest standards in federal politics for openness and transparency, and is challenging other parties to do the same. […]
Dean Hadley, centre, was the youngest crew member aboard the RCMPV St. Roch when schooner sailed through the Northwest Passage in the early 1940s. (Photo: VMM. Leonard McCann Archives. Parks Canada St. Roch Photograph Collection. HCSR-40-18. 1942 crew in uniform.)
Eugene (Dean) Hadley of Weyburn, Sask. was 20 years old when he applied to be a radio operator with the RCMP in 1940. Hadley had always been mechanically-minded and he enjoyed tinkering with radios; it would be a perfect fit.
Scarlet ibises fly above flooded lowlands, near Bom Amigo, Amapá, Brazilian Amazon. This image is part of a series, “Amazon: Paradise Threatened,” by American photographer Daniel Beltra exploring the destruction of the world’s largest tropical rainforest. Beltra placed third in the Environment – Stories category of the 2018 World Press Photo Contest. (Photo: Daniel Beltra)
“Photography furnishes evidence,” Susan Sontag wrote in On Photography. “Something we hear about, but doubt, seems proven when we’re shown a photograph of it.”
In our highly connected age, when it can be difficult to tell the “fake news” from the real, photojournalism is all the more important for the stories it is able to tell about human cruelty, resilience, passion and prejudice.
On northern Ellesmere Island, warming land and sea temperatures have caused glacier melt to accelerate, according to new research. (Photo: Luke Copland)
Just a few hundred kilometres from the North Pole, glaciers at the north end of Ellesmere Isla…
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When the cereal’s done but that shiny, off-white milk puddle remains, it’s time to drop the spoon, grab the bowl, and tilt back like there’s no tomorrow. It’s espresso for kids, it’s breakfast dessert, and it’s completely and totally AWESOME! Photo from: here — Subscribe to my Youtube channel —
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Industry sectors based on fossil fuels significantly outspent environmental groups and renewable energy companies on climate change lobbying, new research has found.
In a study published today in the journal Climatic Change, Drexel University sociologist Robert Brulle shows that between 2000 and 2016, lobbyists spent more than $2 billion trying to influence climate legislation in the U.S. Congress.
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What should be done about a chemical plant in Louisiana’s St. John the Baptist Parish that releases chloroprene — a chemical so toxic that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined nearby residents face the highest risk in the country of developing cancer from air pollution?
Little brown bats in eastern Canada have been hit hard by white-nose syndrome and are now considered endangered. The disease is spreading west, leaving biologists scrambling for solutions. (Photo: Cori Lausen)
Spring is a time when life bursts forth. We see new growth, births, and the emergence of hibernating animals. But as a bat biologist, spring is now a season of dread for me. Once again this year, I found myself awaiting news of the spread of deadly white-nose syndrome (WNS). We have learned that the fungus that causes this disease, attacking bats as they overwinter, has continued its westward march, appearing for the first time this year in Manitoba, Wyoming and Minnesota. This brings the tally to 36 infected U.S. states and seven infected provinces.
Dark windows, dead silence, dim moonlight dancing on the walls. The night is calm and quiet and peaceful. And then BOOM: your eyes burst open and you bust out of bed in an adrenaline-gushing, brain-rushing, heart-crushing state of emergency. Dizzy and blind, you urgently stumble over to the clock as thoughts whip through your head […]
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Australia’s richest person, mining magnate Gina Rinehart, has been revealed as a key funder of the right wing think tank the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) – a major pusher of climate science denial.
Rinehart’s company, Hancock Prospecting Proprietary Ltd (HPPL), donated $2.3m to the IPA in 2016 and $2.2m in 2017, according to disclosures made to the New South Wales Supreme Court.
As part of a long-running legal dispute over the use of company funds, Gina Rinehart’s daughter Bianca had served a subpoena to access documents that would have shed light on the two donations from HPPL to the IPA.
The IPA is an influential right wing think tank with close ties to Australia’s governing Liberal Party. IPA fellows regularly appear in the media. The payments suggest that more than a third of the IPA’s income in 2016 and 2017 was from HPPL – majority-owned privately by Gina Rinehart.
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Today most large companies like Exxon Mobil, Ford and GM issue slick reports extolling their efforts to conserve resources, use renewable energy or fund clean water supplies in developing countries. This emphasis on efforts to curb environmental harm while benefiting society is called corporate sustainability.
Once uncommon but now mainstream, this show of support for a greener and kinder business model might seem like a clear step forward. But many of these same companies are quietly using their political clout, often through industry trade associations, to block or reverse policies that would make the economy more sustainable. And because public policy raises the bar for entire industries, requiring that all businesses meet minimum standards, lobbying to block sound public policies can outweigh the positive impact from internal company initiatives.
The Calgary Stampede has renamed its Indian Village the Elbow River Camp in acknowledgment of more than a century of tradition for the five First Nations of Treaty 7. (Photo: Jenn Fast/Canadian Geographic)
For over 100 years, the five nations of Treaty 7 have camped in teepees beside the Elbow River during the Calgary Stampede in an area of the festival grounds called the Indian Village. But on Sunday, teepee owners and event officials announced that going forward, the site will be called “Elbow River Camp.”
“The name Indian Village is no longer accepted by some people,” said teepee owner Michael Meguinis in a press release, “so it is time for a change.”
In his new book, Klaus Dodds explores not just the physical manifestations of ice, but their deeper meanings. (Author photo courtesy Reaktion Books)
You’ll get a pretty good idea of the breadth of Klaus Dodds’ research for his latest book, Ice: Nature and Culture, by scanning its index.
We’ve all been there. Mustard-mayo swirls drip from the back of the hot-dog, coffee cups splash on the drive to work, and spoonfuls of lumpy ice cream crumble and go for a ride. Yes, we’re all familiar with the classic Day-Long Shirt Stain, also known as the International Symbol of Clumsiness. Whether it’s a samosa […]
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When your bucket of bolts clicks over a major milestone you can’t help but smile and feel proud. “We made it, rusty lady,” you say out loud, slapping the dash and honking the horn as you sit jammed in the KFC drive-thru. “Happy birthday, you ol’ highway roller. Never thought we’d get this far.” And […]
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By Martha Pskowski and Steve Horn
Andrés Manuel López Obrador looked out at the crowd of reporters at a Mexico City Hilton Hotel the night of July 1. It was a moment that he had waited years for: his victory speech for the Mexican presidency.
To win in his third presidential campaign, López Obrador, a left-wing populist whose roots are in the oil-producing state of Tabasco, had to calm business leaders, who warned that foreign investment would flee the country if he took office. However, the candidate who once said he would overturn Mexico’s 2013 reforms privatizing its energy sector — which opened the oil and gas industry to foreign investment and created a subsequent pipeline boom — struck a different tone on election night.
Put your hand up if you’ve ever accidentally yanked the entire roll of aluminum foil out of the box when you were trying to swipe a small slice? My brother, if your hand is up right now, you are not alone. See, I’m a bit clumsy in the kitchen, too. My oven burners are covered […]
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AstroTurf looks and feels like grass—in an all-too-perfect way. But it’s not grass.
Now the well-known artificial turf’s brand name has taken on a new meaning, referring to purported “grassroots” efforts that are actually funded and supported by industry and political entities.
Hey, nobody likes walking around with big bulging pockets. So today let’s give thanks to the Bag Ladies of the World for their giant purses and free storage. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Follow me on Instagram —
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Most meat-eating dinosaurs had limited depth perception because their eyes were on the sides of their heads, but not all, including T-Rex.
Parrot smarty-pants challenge ‘bird brain’ insult
Detection of a neutrino from ‘the most violent astrophysical processes’ gives scientists a new way to understand the cosmos
Clocks in the digestive system have a ‘mind of their own’
Fungus treated plants can turn hydrocarbons in oil sands’ tailings into CO2 and water.