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April 27, 2019

In Canada and the U.S., Thursday was a big day of big setbacks for Big Oil’s offshore drilling plans.

And it's no wonder. Offshore drilling poses serious risks to marine ecosystems, the climate, tourism, fisheries, and coastal communities, with the rewards going to large corporations like BP.

GROWING U.S. OPPOSITION TO OFFSHORE DRILLING

In the U.S., opposition to offshore drilling is growing beyond traditional opponents. As a result, a Trump official confirmed on Thursday that the expansion of seismic testing and drilling for fossil fuels are now on hold there indefinitely.

April 26, 2019

Peterborough
Peterborough Alliance for Climate Action die-in to recognize the endangered and dying Canadian species last Thursday on a downtown municipal street. Read more about this creative action and see photos in the Peterborough Examiner!

Ontario #CouncilChapters are organizing community buses to Queen’s Park on April 30 to participate in a giant rally to stop Ford from privatizing health care.

April 24, 2019

Yesterday in a ballot referendum, PEI residents opted not to change their voting system from first-past-the-post to mixed-member proportional representation (MMP). Still, a record number of Islanders thought the change in electoral system was a good idea.

Islanders were asked to vote “yes” or “no” to the following question: Should Prince Edward Island change its voting system to a mixed member proportional voting system?

According to the CBC, “more than 50 per cent of Islanders voted ‘no.’ ‘Yes’ was the popular choice in 15 ridings, but only took around 49 per cent of the popular vote.

P.E.I.'s Referendum Act required a "yes" vote to meet two thresholds to trigger a change: the support of a majority of Island voters in the referendum (50 per cent, plus one vote), and majority support in at least 60 per cent of the Island's electoral districts (17 of 27 districts).

April 24, 2019

The CBC reports that air samples taken over northern Alberta operations suggest previous pollution figures could be way off and operations in Alberta's tar sands may be emitting significantly more carbon dioxide than previously calculated according to newly published research from federal scientists.

Researchers, including some from Environment Canada, calculated emissions rates for four major tar sands mining operations using air samples collected in 2013 on 17 airplane flights over the area.

The results, which were published in the journal Nature Communications, show that “carbon dioxide emissions are 64 per cent higher, on average, than what the companies themselves reported to the federal government using the standard United Nations reporting framework for greenhouse gases.”

April 24, 2019

In his new book Falter: Has the human game begun to play itself out?, Bill McKibben, author, activist and founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, writes about the undeniable reality of climate change.

“We are now truly in uncharted territory,” the book excerpt on the website Literary Hub begins.

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