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Clean technology the next wave

Clean technology the next wave

Jan 1, 2015

by Bruce Mason • Cleantech – the most significant under-reported story of 2014 – might be the best news you receive this year. Unless you are ‘Big Oil’ or ‘Bad Government.’ Then it is very bad news, indeed, something you would prefer mainstream media to continue to gloss over, belittle or bury beneath distractions. Hopefully, you read in...

Navigating the law of unintended consequences

Navigating the law of unintended consequences

Jan 1, 2015

As LUC would have it by Geoff Olson • Let’s hear a laugh for the man of the world Who thinks he can make things work Tried to build the New Jerusalem And ended up with New York Ha Ha Ha… – Bruce Cockburn, Laughter Murphy’s law snarkily asserts that if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong. The law of unintended consequences is its close cousin....

The Great Shift Forward

The Great Shift Forward

Jan 1, 2015

the quiet transportation revolution by J-M Toriel • 2015 is the year to release addiction to oil and embrace a low carbon life. The world is on the cusp of a renewable energy revolution and Canadians are participating. The 10,000th electric car is about to be purchased in Canada this month. Despite the recent elimination of a $5,000 rebate for electric powered...

Mushrooms – good medicine

Mushrooms – good medicine

Jan 1, 2015

by Lari Laurikkala • We have all seen some funny looking mushrooms growing in the forest, but the parts we see account for only a tiny fraction of how big the fungi really are. Underground, the fungi spread their mycelium web to recycle dead animal and plant matter. About 90% of the world’s plants rely on fungi and the mycelium is what keeps the soil...

Convenient truths, Canadian-made

Convenient truths, Canadian-made

Jan 1, 2015

READ IT by Bruce Mason • Naomi Klein’s brilliant, best-selling This Changes Everything is doing just that – fundamentally altering how we think and act to save life on our planet. We ignore climate change at our own and future generations’ peril. Becoming aware of and motivated by what’s in this game-changing book is humanity’s most hopeful and...

GMO Bites: January 2015

Looking forward, looking back by Lucy Sharratt   • As we look back on last year, we thank everyone for all your action and support. In 2014, we continued to hold back genetically modified alfalfa and even started removing GM sweet corn from stores in Canada. In fact, the grocery chain Metro says, “We are writing a letter to all our suppliers asking for...

Wind power’s come a long way

Wind power’s come a long way

Jan 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • There’s no free ride when it comes to generating energy. Even the cleanest sources have environmental consequences. Materials for all power-generating facilities have to be obtained and transported and infrastructure must be built, maintained and eventually decommissioned. Wind turbines take up space and can harm wildlife....

Avaaz.org – The world in action

Avaaz.org – The world in action

Dec 1, 2014

Dear Avaazers: Lately, we’re not just winning; we’re winning big. These are not small time victories, but the biggest stuff, the save the world stuff – on climate change, Monsanto, our oceans, the Internet, democracy and more. There’s a lot that’s depressing in the world today, but scroll down and see what our future could look like if we just stick...

Staying healthy on a polluted planet

Staying healthy on a polluted planet

Dec 1, 2014

by Yarrow Willard • We live in an age where environmental pollutants and synthetic chemicals surround us and innumerable websites and documentaries document the severity of the trajectory and ramifications of our current actions. Toxicity of the planet is by far the major issue of our time, eclipsing that of economic downturns and other such issues, all of...

The Fukushima shock

The Fukushima shock

Dec 1, 2014

by Stéphane Dion • The Honourable Stéphane Dion has been a Member of Canada’s Parliament, representing the Montreal riding of Saint-Laurent – Cartierville since 1996. During that period, he held various Cabinet portfolios. From 2004 to 2005, he was Minister of the Environment and as such, was instrumental in securing one of the greenest budgets in the...