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BC’s election results won’t make Kinder Morgan Happy

Originally Published on the ECOreport Though it is not certain how whether the company was trying to exert influence, BC’s election results won’t make Kinder Morgan Happy. Vancouver and Burnaby have long been identified as “lightning rods” of opposition, where the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion is a central election issue. The 1,150 kilometre (714 mile) […]

November 16th

Durban Group Holds Bonn UN Climate Talks

In Bonn, Germany, the last round of formal negotiations before December’s key climate convention in Lima, Peru, is under way. From October 20 to 25, national governments of the worldwide UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will continue working together at the Bonn UN Climate talks on a new draft climate agreement. The elements developed […]

October 22nd

The Electricity Grid Is About To Change… A Lot!

This article is part of the ‘Think Further Thursday’ series, sponsored by Fred Alger Management, Inc. For more ‘Think Further’ content and videos, visit thinkfurtheralger.com. In 2064, solar power and wind power will be have become so cheap that fossil fuel or nuclear power plants will be ancient relics of another era. However, solar power […]

October 16th

Sanctions Trouble Russia-ExxonMobil Kara Sea Oil Well (Part 2)

(The story of the Kara Sea oil well, which went from being multinational to being solely operated by Russia, continued) Let’s look at the pluses of the Kara Sea discovery first. ExxonMobil, the largest American petroleum company, and Rosneft, one of Russia’s huge state-owned oil companies, really hit it lucky, striking oil with their first well—drilled […]

October 11th

Take Three Minutes To Climate Watch This Weekend

It’s still Climate Week, though the marches and summit conference are over. If you’d like to spend some time doing a brief climate watch this weekend, here are a few suggestions. These short takes are the result of surveying over 500 free and publicly available videos. Each takes around three minutes or less to watch. […]

September 26th

The UN Climate Summit, Streaming Live All Day (VIDEO)

Years ago, countries of the world committed to lock in a new international climate agreement at the 2015 U.N. Climate Change conference in Paris, informally called COP 21. It’s coming up fast, considering that for the past 50 years, scientists have been expressing their sense of an impending showdown between the people of earth and […]

September 23rd

Solar Prices Drop 80 Percent Since 2008, Onshore Wind Also Falls

This year, we have seen the largest-ever outpouring of reporting and planning for inevitable climate change in the Anthropocene. One of the latest studies, REthinking Energy, draws on worldwide research and financial analysis to form some conclusions about changing our mix of energy, one of the major drivers of the phenomenon, as earth’s population continues to […]

September 12th

Climate Synthesis Sent To World Leaders By IPCC

Or do you? It’s time to pay attention to climate change now—as if it wasn’t back in 1800, when our current problems started. We all need to acknowledge that stunning industrial achievements can carry with them enormous unforeseen risks and challenges. Americans should take particular note, because on the whole we are wa-a-a-y behind on this. […]

August 27th

GW Bush’s Republican EPA Head Blasts Fox On Climate Change

Former NJ Governor and EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman (2013 interview screen shot from youtube) You may remember Christine Todd Whitman, the Republican who served as Governor of New Jersey from 1994 to 2001 and as EPA administrator for President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003. On Thursday, she repeatedly called out Fox Business’s Varney & Company questioners for their obtuseness on climate issues and on the intent […]

August 2nd

Scientific American Raises The Methane Issue: Coal vs. Natural Gas?

Opponents of natural gas fracking on environmental grounds (groundwater pollution, seismicity, and socioeconomic disruption, to name a few) have a much stronger argument against the practice since the publication of two methane studies in scientific journals and a lay summary in Scientific American last week. Stefan Schwietzke, a researcher at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

July 27th

Pipelines: Two of BC’s Requirements

Originally Published in the ECOreport The Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline, bringing diluted bitumen from Alberta to BC,  has just hit another snag. On July 4 British Columbia’s attorney filed a motion with the National Energy Board requesting more detailed information on how Kinder Morgan would respond to maritime and land-based spills. There are 70 questions, […]

July 8th

Will The Northern Gateway Pipeline Proposal Go Forward?

Originally Published in the ECOreport  With a decision imminent, a group of prominent Canadian politicians and businessmen are calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to approve the Northern Gateway pipeline project. The Premier’s of Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as three former Conservative cabinet ministers, have joined with the heads of the Canadian Association of […]

June 13th

Obama: We Can’t Afford To Deny Climate Change

In a couple of hours, everyone in the United States with access to cable TV and Showtime can hear President Barack Obama say he favors making the energy industry absorb the real price of the carbon it introduces into earth’s atmosphere. In other words, ante up the cost of carbon emissions. From Years of Living […]

June 9th

Air Pollution 101 (infographic)

Did you know that a literally breathtaking 90% of all cancer risks associated with air pollution originate from human transportation? Or that bumper-to-bumper traffic makes the air inside your car 10 times as polluted as ordinary city air? To illustrate the health effects of indoor and outdoor air quality degredation, DistanceLearning.com has come up with […]

June 9th

New Climate Analysis Indicators Tool From WRI

If you’re looking for answers about greenhouse gas pollution and other climate indicators, you’ll get a quick step up from the Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT 2.0) produced by the World Resources Institute. (WRI is a global research organization founded in the early 80s that works closely with leaders “to turn big ideas into action […]

June 1st

166,000 People Demand Repeal of BC's Park Amendment Act

Originally Published in the ECOreport  While the US has been embroiled in internal conflict about the XL Keystone, five more pipelines have been proposed in Canada. Two of those may go into British Columbia. Faced by opposition from local communities and First Nations along the route, the provincial government came up with a scheme to […]

May 24th

Female Rapper Kellee Maize Lays Down an Anti-Fracking Track

http://youtu.be/IFjVj-ow9K8 It’s not often that hip-hop and environmental issues such as fracking go hand in hand, but in this case, female rapper Kellee Maize breaks it down for us. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is fraught with environmental risks, from groundwater pollution to the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and while the proponents […]

May 22nd

"Clean Gas" More Dangerous Than Coal, Industry Expert Tells TV

US “clean gas” wells in operation (Irekia-Eusko Jaurlaritza in blogs.lse.ac.uk) Turns out that just about everyone (including President Obama) has been hugely underestimating the methane pollution levels of so-called “clean gas.” The booming American economy now seems to come at a greater cost than we originally thought when we found out that natural gas produces […]

May 22nd

Has Kinder Morgan Done its Homework?

Originally Published in the ECOreport Green Party Leader Elizabeth May describes her experience as an intervenor in Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion application in a column called “The Twilight Zone” (page 3 of attached). She found most of the National Energy Board’s 15,000 page report “deliberately redundant and impenetrable. Some pages are repeated dozens […]

May 21st

Vancouver Wants A Referendum On Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Originally Published in the ECOreport The City of Vancouver will not be holding a plebiscite next November after all. Vancouver wants a Referendum on Kinder Morgan Pipeline. They will be calling on the Canadian Government “to provide for any local government affected by Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion project to hold a […]

May 20th

Prime Minister Harper Stiffens Regulations For Oil Spills!

Originally Published on the ECOreport The Federal Government responded within 24 hours of Vancouver’s calling for a referendum on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain expansion project. Not by ensuring BC residents can obtain a proper hearing before the National Energy Board – Vancouver’s complaint – instead, Harper stiffens regulations for oil spills. The possibility of […]

May 20th

A Must-See Video called “Save the Salish Sea”

Originally Published on the ECOreport While most of us are attempting to do away with fossil fuels, British Columbia is trying to ramp up production. Some plan to make this most beautiful of Canadian provinces a major exporter of American coal and tar sands bitumen. One of the most promising natural gas fields in the […]

May 16th

The Texada Island Connection,

A Continuation of BC’s Coal Saga compiled from stories in the ECOreport  Lafarge Canada’s coal facility on Texada Island is involved in BC’s plan to become the biggest coal exporter in North America. It currently handles Close to 400,000 tonnes of coal a year, from Quinsam Mine in the Comox/Courtenay region of Vancouver Island. If […]

May 16th

The Biggest Coal Exporter in North America

A compilation from stories in the ECOreport Not too long ago, there were plans to ship 80 million tons of coal through six terminals in Washington and Oregon. Now there are three. Domestic coal burning plants are being phased out in both states. Their Governors expressed concerns further expansion would lead to  “air quality and climate impacts […]

May 15th

Drone Captures Fukushima Desolation Amid Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms in the foreground of Mount Fuji (image: ladyadventurer.co.uk) So far, at least, the famed blossoming cherry trees of Japan don’t discriminate geographically. This time of year, they grace even the surroundings of nuclear power generators shaken by earthquake, tsunami, and meltdowns three years ago. Otherwise, though, the Fukushima landscape remains desolate. Despite widespread […]

May 14th