Canada lags on greenhouse gas targets, critics charge

    Mar 30, 2015 – CBC News

    The UN set the end of March as an unofficial deadline for developed nations to submit their reduction targets. The European Union, Switzerland and Norway have all produced their plans. The United States is expected to submit its targets soon. Canada, however, says it won’t announce any targets until later this year.


    Local businessman has a plan for a Winnipeg without rail lines

    Mar 28, 2015 – Winnipeg Free Press

    Winnipeg businessman Art DeFehr says relocating the rail lines outside the Perimeter Highway would cost roughly $700 million but free up hundreds of acres of prime land for high-density housing and rapid transit and shrink the chances of a Lac-Mégantic-type disaster.


    Valve malfunction causes 30,000-litre oil spill near Virden

    Mar 27, 2015 – Winnipeg Free Press

    An oil spill on a three-well pad near Cromer leached out to the point where it affected adjacent farmland. The spill dropped 30,000 litres of crude on the ground Monday after an O-ring on a check valve near the separator malfunctioned, causing oil to leak out.


    RRC to unveil new Level 3 electric-vehicle charging station

    Mar 25, 2015 – Winnipeg Free Press

    Red River College is putting a charge in the local electric car market today. The college is unveiling a Level 3 (30KW DC) electric-vehicle quick charging station at 10 a.m. at the Notre Dame campus this morning.


    Pine beetles moving into Boreal Forest

    Apr 2015 issue – National Geographic

    The Mountain Pine beetle has killed whole mountainsides of lodgepole pine across ten states and two Canadian provinces. Now it is in the jack pine of the Boreal Forest and is spreading easterly. The beetle has us to thank for warming the whole planet with our carbon dioxide emissions.


    Norway’s sovereign wealth holds lessons for Canada

    Mar 20, 2015 – CBC News

    Twenty-five years ago, Norway chose to bank the returns from its oil resources, and it has paid off handsomely – to the tune of $1 trillion. Alberta can only look on with envy.


    Crude oil, salt water contaminate Waskada area farmland after Tundra Oil spill

    Mar 18, 2015 – CBC News

    Winnipeg-based Tundra Oil and Gas is cleaning up a spill that contaminated farmland near the town of Waskada early last month.


    Low-carbon economy within reach for Canada, say researchers

    Mar 18, 2015 – CBC News

    Dozens of Canada’s top scholars are urging a sweeping remake of how the country produces and uses its energy in a necessary effort to wean itself off fossil fuels. But don’t worry, they say. This will hardly hurt at all.


    Global energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide stalled in 2014

    Mar 13, 2015 –

    Global emissions of carbon dioxide from the energy sector stalled in 2014, marking the first time in 40 years in which there was a halt or reduction in emissions of the greenhouse gas that was not tied to an economic downturn.


    Energy East pipeline too close for comfort for Manitoba farmer

    Mar 10, 2015 – Vancouver Observer

    The prospect of a giant pipeline pumping 1.1 million barrels of oil less than one kilometre past her southern Manitoba farm is alarming,  says organic farmer Louise May. The pipeline also runs beside Winnipeg’s methane-rich landfill, within eyeshot of her home.


    New models yield clearer picture of emissions’ true costs

    Mar 4, 2015 – ScienceDaily

    When its environmental and human health toll is factored in, a litre of gasoline costs us about $1.00 more than the pump price, a new Duke University study finds.


    U.S. Senate fails to override Obama’s Keystone XL veto

    Mar 4, 2015 – CBC News

    Republicans have failed to muster enough votes to overrule U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent veto of a bill that would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline.


    Feds quietly canvass provinces for climate change measures ahead of Paris talks

    Mar 3, 2015 – Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – Canada’s contribution to a major United Nations climate change conference later this year will be heavily dependent on actions by provincial and territorial governments.


    Even at $10/barrel, oil can’t match solar on cost

    Mar 2, 2015 –

    One of the biggest banks in the Middle East and the oil-rich Gulf countries says that fossil fuels can no longer compete with solar technologies on price, and says the vast bulk of the $US48 trillion needed to meet global power demand over the next two decades will come from renewables.


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