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2012-08-10 21:47   |   Renewable Energy
Pink-footed geese appear to be avoiding new offshore wind farms when returning to the UK, a study has suggested. By monitoring the movement of the birds over four years, researchers were able to detect changes in flight patterns around two newly erected wind farms. The results show that this species of geese, at least, identify wind farms as a threat and alter their flight to avoid turbine blades, the authors said. more  
2012-08-08 21:52   |   Energy Onslaught
As cabinet ministers are reportedly readying themselves themselves to consider the implications of China-owned energy behemoth CNOOC's bid to take over Calgary-based Nexen, the latest communications filings reveal the company at the centre of the potentially contentious deal lost no time fanning out across official Ottawa after going public with the offer last month. more  
2012-08-07 21:55   |   Climate Change
A new analysis of worldwide temperatures over the past 60 years has found more evidence that global warming is already upon us, and is responsible for extreme heat waves — such as the ones in Russia in 2010 and in Texas and Oklahoma last year. more  
2012-08-07 21:21   |   Energy Onslaught
A new study of hydraulic fracturing - or "fracking" - in the United States, finds current methods for waste water disposal put drinking water at risk.   Fracking involves pumping water, sand and other chemicals deep underground at high pressure to fracture rocks, allowing trapped natural gas to flow and be pumped to the surface.   While resource companies have used the technology on a small scale for decades, it's expected to ramp up significantly as deep shale gas...
2012-08-04 21:06   |   Water, Safe Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Toxics, Government, Nuclear-Free Canada, Toxins In Food Consumables and Packaging
Little-known statistics compiled by Japan’s Fisheries Agency have documented persistently high post-Fukushima radiation levels in fish.   Are fish from the Pacific Ocean and Japanese coastal and inland waters safe to eat 16 months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster? Governments and many scientists say they are. But the largest collection of data on radiation in Japanese fish tells a very different story. In June, 56 percent of Japanese fish catches tested by the Japanese...
2012-08-04 19:41   |   Energy Onslaught, Government
"(Gwyn) Morgan and Harper go way back. In 2004, Encana gave Harper's leadership campaign $25,000, and Harper tried to appoint Morgan as public appointment commissioner ..." Maher: Tories drop accusatory tone on Gateway pipeline By Stephen Maher, Postmedia News OTTAWA -- That high-pitched squeal you heard this week was the sound of the federal Tories hitting the air brakes on the Kicking Horse Pass. When Christy Clark picked a fight with Alberta last month over the...
2012-08-04 19:36   |   Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught
An Angus Reid Public Opinion poll released exclusively to The Globe and Mail says despite recent discussion about Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway project, only 1 per cent of respondents think energy is the most important issue facing the province. more  
2012-08-04 17:18   |   Climate Change
The relentless, weather-gone-crazy type of heat that has blistered the United States, Canada and other parts of the world in recent years is so rare it can't be anything but man-made global warming, according to a new statistical analysis from a top American scientist. The research by a man often called the "godfather of global warming" says that, from the 1950s through the 1980s, the likelihood of such sweltering temperatures occurring was rarer than 1 in 300. Now, the odds...
2012-08-03 21:30   |   Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught
The federal government has imposed a strict deadline on a review panel to conclude the work on Enbridge Inc.’s controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, even as it scrambles to rescue the $6-billion project from a political sinkhole. more  
2012-07-30 17:34   |   Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught, Indigenous Sovereignty, Atmosphere & Energy
The proposed Enbridge pipeline is the largest issue ever faced by B.C.’s aboriginal community, native leader Stewart Phillip declared Monday, as he vowed a long, protracted fight, including blockades and mass protests, against the project, if it is allowed to proceed. more  


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