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Fossil Fuels kill far more birds than wind and solar

Burnaby challenges pipeline construction in its conservation area

City of Burnaby Directs Kinder Morgan to Stop Work that is Damaging Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area
September 2, 2014

Press release

DurhamCLEAR Annual Meeting - a Crossroads

DurhamCLEAR will hold its annual meeting on September 9th. We are at a crossroads. We need new blood. Without it, DurhamCLEAR will die.

The Tar Sands Dilemma - Transporting by Train, by Pipeline or Not at All ?

by Linda Fraser

The present day costs of petroleum are heavy. Besides the cost of more expensive fuel at the gas pumps, our cost also includes the loss of a large section of our Arctic wilderness, disappearing forever. Since the tar sands began operations, Arctic caribou herds have been decimated.    

Why old pipelines fail

published in Inside Climate News, ( Apr 3, 2013

Original Source - US Dept of Transportation

The Circular Economy comes to the Davos Economic forum

The following is reprinted from the website of the Institute of Science in Society (

by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

Down and out in Davos and in need of salvation

Davos is a ski resort in the Swiss Alps that hosts the annual World Economic Forum for the political and business elites, and its name has become synonymous with the forum itself. With the world economy still to recover from the crisis of 2007-2008 and threat of worse to come, the idea of circular economy attracted considerable attention as a potential life line for business to lift itself out of the doldrums and bring much needed growth, prosperity and jobs.  The Ellen MacArthur Foundation [2] set up in 2010 by world champion yachtswoman now world champion of circular economy prepared a report [3] with the help of global management consultant firm McKinsey to put circular economy on the agenda of Davos 2013. In simple terms, circular economy is about eliminating waste and shifting business models from products to services and collaborative consumption; and in the process hundreds of billions can be saved and more added to profits.

The timing is perfect. Quite apart from the global economic crisis though obviously related to it, the linear model based on profligate consumption and waste that has dominated the world over the past 150 years is fast becoming obsolete. Not only are raw materials running scarce and expensive in increasingly volatile markets; resources essential for life-support such as fresh, unpolluted water for drinking and fertile soils for growing food are also depleting much faster than can be renewed. Climate change is generally predicted to make things worse everywhere as severe storms and extreme weather become more frequent.

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