Ecology/Environment

17/05/21
Author: 
Charles Mandel
Research and development to support the advancement of small modular reactors and advanced reactors. Photo by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories / Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

 May 12th 2021

John Gorman believes in a nuclear future — which, given his background, might come as a surprise. Before becoming president and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association, Gorman worked in positions where he championed solar, wind and hydro, renewable energy sources with a lot less baggage.

07/05/21
Author: 
International Energy Association

For example, the report states that a typical electric car requires six times the mineral inputs of a conventional car, and an onshore wind plant

requires nine times more mineral resources than a gas-fired power plant. Since 2010, the average amount of minerals needed for a new

unit of power generation capacity has increased by 50% as the share of renewables has risen.

And that doesn’t include materials for backup power due to low capacity factors and intermittency.

And less than 1% of lithium is currently recycled.......

02/05/21
Author: 
William Janeway
Demostrators with the youth-led Sunrise Movement gather in San Francisco to call on House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to support the formation of a select committee to advance a Green New Deal. (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc)

April 14, 2021

Whether it is called "Build Back Better" or a "Green Industrial Policy" or, indeed, a Green New Deal, it is imperative to reject the false dichotomy of "jobs against climate."

Metaphors matter. As a metaphor, the "New Deal" has been mobilized both in response to climate change and in support of President Biden's rescue and infrastructure initiatives. It needs examination if it is to go from serving as a mere slogan to defining a coherent program. Compelling invocation of the New Deal turns on:

23/04/21
Author: 
Protect the Planet
Anna’s hummingbird in her nest. Nests are under 4 cm in diameter, made of feathers, moss and lichen and bound together by spider webs. Photo credit: @pacificnorthwestkate
​PRESS RELEASE, April 23, 2021

TMX tree cutting stopped until August, 120 days

22/04/21
Author: 
Chris Campbell
The Burnaby Mountain tank farm. Dogwood BC/Screenshot

Apr. 21, 2021

For those who don’t know it, I live on Burnaby Mountain.

So perhaps it’s hypocritical to criticize the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project for the damage it has done to the mountain while also living in a housing development that isn’t exactly a high watermark for the environment.

But I didn’t approve this housing development – I just live here and housing is vital.

What isn’t so vital is this project, which has raped the mountain beyond recognition with the addition of new tanks at the tank farm.

20/04/21
Author: 
Stephen Maher and Scott Aquanno
Cartoon New Finance Capital
If the analysis in this article is accurate, the chances of winning even temporary reforms of capitalism are becoming smaller and smaller. This, along with the cascading crises caused by pandemics and environmental disruption, highlights the increasing urgency of completely replacing capitalism with democratic social and economic planning.  
       - Gene McGuckin

April 16, 2021

20/04/21
Author: 
Cameron Thomson
A protest was held near the Brunette River in Burnaby as Trans Mountain starts cutting down trees.Stop TMX

Apr. 20, 2021

The verbal compliance order was made following two onsite inspections made early last week

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has confirmed that following federal inspections the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project that is clearing land by cutting trees in Burnaby has been ordered to halt operations. 

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