Widespread flooding as storm swamps city

    Aug 22, 2014 – Winnipeg Free Press

    WINNIPEG – Torrential downpours Thursday night caused the cancellation several events, flooded buildings, washed out roads and trapped drivers in flash floods. Environment Canada received reports from 25 mm to 50 mm of rain throughout the city.


    Why in ‘remote, cold corners’ of the world, melting ground is giving way

    Aug 20, 2014 – PBS

    When holes opened up in the earth recently in Siberia, a wave of speculation was set off as to their cause. Scientists are now pinpointing a dramatic increase in arctic thawing, which may have released methane once trapped below the frozen ground. For a better understanding, Judy Woodruff talks to Tom Wagner of NASA.


    At least 36 dead, 7 missing in landslides in Hiroshima in western Japan

    Aug 20, 2014 – Associated Press

    TOKYO – Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, Japanese police said.


    The fork in the road: Climate change here to stay

    Aug 20, 2014 – Winnipeg Free Press

    For Manitobans, climate change is not something in the distant future that we might avoid if we all start driving electric cars. It is right here, right now. Get used to it. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecasts that our climate will get even wetter during winter and spring over the next four decades.


    Government memo criticized top biologist for comments on Oilsands

    Aug 19, 2014 – Huffpost Alberta

    One of Canada’s top biologists says he will not stop talking to the media after a government memo accused him of bias and speaking out of turn about the environmental impact of Alberta’s oilsands.


    Flip-flop summer caused by strange jet stream

    Aug 18, 2014 – Scientific American

    The data is in and headlines are everywhere the past few days: temperatures across the Northeast have been unusually cool, and they have been unusually hot across the northwest. A strange jet stream is behind the flip-flop between summer conditions in the two northern corners of the country.


    Shifting climate has North Dakota farmers swapping wheat for corn

    Aug 13, 2014 – NPR

    Overall, climate change is predicted to hurt agriculture around the world. It could even threaten corn production in the US Corn Belt. But in North Dakota conditions are now better for raising corn, and that’s a big benefit for farmers.


    Astounding, record-smashing rainfall swamps Long Island; 11 inches in 3 hours

    Aug 13, 2014 – Washington Post

    In just a few hours this morning, Long Island witnessed a jaw-dropping downpour unprecedented in New York state history. Islip logged 13.26 inches of rain from the event, the greatest amount of rain to fall within 24 hours in a single storm in New York weather records.


    California has hottest start to year while Midwest chills

    Aug 12, 2014 – Climate Central

    The heat records keep falling for California. The state has had its hottest first seven months of the year, crushing the previous mark. Neighboring states have also baked, though not quite at record levels, helping contribute to both the spread of drought and large wildfires. At the same time, cool weather had a number of Midwest states experiencing July temperatures that were closer to September norms.


    Keystone XL will spike oil demand and CO2, study says

    Aug 10, 2014 – Climate Central

    A new study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change says the State Department may have underestimated the pipeline’s CO2 emissions by as much as four times. That’s because the consumer demand for oil will rise as new crude oil coming on the market from of Keystone XL will drive global prices down, the study says.


    ExxonMobil starts drilling for oil in Russia’s Arctic

    Aug 9, 2014 – Japan News

    SOCHI, RUSSIA – U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil began drilling in Russia’s Arctic on Saturday, despite Western sanctions imposed on its Russian partner Rosneft, and was hailed by Russia’s president as an model of “cooperation.”


    A tale of two premiers: while Redford exits, Clark’s LNG dreams fade

    Aug 7, 2014 – Edmonton Journal

    Just 14 months ago, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Alberta Premier Alison Redford were riding high, and vowing to resolve their differences over proposed new oil pipelines to the west coast. Nine months later, a beleaguered Redford stepped down as Alberta’s premier. Meanwhile, the pipeline standoff between “Canada’s best friends” rages on, with no sign of an end.

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    Bakken oil pipeline would bisect Minnesota, cross 144 waterways

    Aug 6, 2014 – Inside Climate News

    An oil pipeline route proposed by Enbridge has already passed an initial review by the state’s Department of Commerce. Yet the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has faulted the proposed route, saying it “shows a significantly higher potential for environmental damage” than other possible routes.


    Cleanup underway in Burlington after flash floods

    Aug 5, 2014 – Toronto Star

    BURLINGTON, ON – Cleanup is underway in Burlington after floods swept through the city Monday, closing major roadways and flooding homes. The Weather Network estimates at least 125 mm of rain fell on Burlington Monday, which is the amount normally expected to fall in two months.


    World’s top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers

    Aug 5, 2014 – the Guardian

    Some of the world’s top PR companies have for the first time publicly ruled out working with climate change deniers, marking a fundamental shift in the multi-billion dollar industry that has grown up around the issue of global warming.


    Mysterious craters are just the beginning of Arctic surprises

    Aug 5, 2014 – Scientific American

    It’s not just craters purportedly dug by aliens in Russia, it’s also megaslumps, ice that burns and drunken trees. The ongoing meltdown of the permanently frozen ground that covers nearly a quarter of land in the Northern Hemisphere has caused a host of surprising arctic phenomena.


    Aussie advocacy crackdown echoes Canadian charity fears

    Aug 4, 2014 – The Tyee

    As the Canada Revenue Agency continues its 52 audits of charities’ “political activities,” including probes of Amnesty International, the United Church of Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation, Oxfam and dozens of prominent critics of federal energy and foreign policies; environmental, human rights and public interest legal organizations in Australia say something remarkably similar is underway.


    Nova Scotia’s fracking pioneer doubtful that province will lift ban

    Aug 3, 2014 – Cape Breton Post
    HALIFAX – The man who pioneered hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia says he doesn’t expect the province to lift a two-year moratorium on the contentious practice, mainly because the government is afraid of upsetting a vocal but misinformed minority.


    Conservative government renews ad campaign promoting oilsands

    Aug 1, 2014 – Toronto Star

    OTTAWA – The Conservative government is beefing up a multimillion-dollar international public relations campaign promoting the oilsands and other Canadian resources, despite research suggesting the ad blitz has been ineffective.


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