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10/06/21
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The Energy Mix
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JUNE 8, 2021

The European Union has approved a €17.5-billion Just Transition Fund (JTF) to support communities most affected by the shift off fossil fuels, while Canadians wait for word on federal just transition legislation that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised two years ago, but has not said very much about since.

09/06/21
Author: 
Peter Ewart

Every year, much of North America and the world is drenched in the weedkiller glyphosate (the key ingredient in Roundup).  Is this safe?  Or are we living in a giant test tube? 

Since 1974, in the U.S., 1.8 million tons have been sprayed on crops, forests, road sides, waterways, golf courses, lawns and school grounds. Worldwide, 9.4 millions tons have been applied (1).  In British Columbia, hundreds of thousands of hectares of forests have been sprayed, with research showing that the residue can linger in some forest plants for up to 12 years (2).

09/06/21
Author: 
Johanna Bozuwa Co-Manager, Climate & Energy Program

June 3, 2021

Our dominant system for providing electricity to homes and businesses in the United States—through investor-owned energy utilities—is deeply problematic. By prioritizing shareholder profits over people’s needs, these utilities repeatedly exacerbate climate disasters through their insistence on fossil-fuel use and force millions of families to choose between keeping their homes from either freezing or overheating and feeding their children or seeing a doctor. Increasingly, the consequences can be deadly.

09/06/21
Author: 
Fiona Harvey
Flooding on Montreal's Rue Cousineau in May 2017. Direct impacts of climate breakdown, including extreme weather, could cost rich economies around the world twice as much as the COVID-19 pandemic already has. Photo by Cold, Indrid / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

June 8th 2021

This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

 

09/06/21
Author: 
Damian Carrington
A fire burning in Porto Velho, Brazil, one of the world’s oldest and most diverse tropical ecosystems. Photograph: Michael Dantas/WWF/PA

4 Jun 2021

Ending the destruction of nature to stop outbreaks at source is more effective and cheaper than responding to them, scientists say

The root cause of pandemics – the destruction of nature – is being ignored, scientists have warned. The focus of world leaders on responding to future outbreaks overlooks the far cheaper and more effective strategy of stopping the spillover of disease from animals to humans in the first place, they have said.

09/06/21
Author: 
John Woodside
Founder of the Giniw Collective Tara Houska speaks to a crowd at the Stop Line 3 protests. Photo courtesy of Giniw Collective

June 8th 2021

Protesters descended on northern Minnesota over the weekend in an attempt to stop construction of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, which critics say would deal a devastating blow to the water table and lock in unneeded fossil fuel infrastructure.

09/06/21
Author: 
David Broadland
Pacheedaht Elder Bill Jones speaking out at the Caycuse blockade (Photo by Michael Lo)

June 5, 2021

PREMIER JOHN HORGAN recently claimed he couldn’t resolve the tense and expensive standoff on Pacheedaht traditional territories between old-growth forest defenders and the RCMP. Why? Horgan told reporters, “The critical recommendation that’s in play at Fairy Creek is consulting with the title holders. If we were to arbitrarily put deferrals in place there, that would be a return to the colonialism that we have so graphically been brought back to this week by the discovery in Kamloops.”

08/06/21
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Hiroko Tabuchi, Matt Furber and Coral Davenport Hiroko Tabuchi reported from New York City, Matt Furber from the protests in Minnesota and Coral Davenport from Washington.
Demonstrators near Park Rapids, Minn., on Monday.Credit...Tim Gruber for The New York Times

Updated June 8, 2021

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