Bringing COP 21 Home To Canada

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThough she is still vague as to how things will come about, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has been spreading hope around Paris.  Her emphasis on the need to enshrine “the importance of respecting human rights, including the rights of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples” in the Climate Change Agreement begs the question what about Canada. McKenna responded this morning, in a press conference where she talked about bringing COP 21 home to Canada
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Californians Waste A Lot Of Water

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMWater is a finite resource. According to Stephanie Feldstein of the Center of Biological Diversity, “Every time you turn on the tap, that water is coming from rivers, lakes and streams that wildlife depend on.” With Levi Strauss & Co’s help, the Center created the “Don’t Be a Drip” to identify some of the most wasteful activities and counties in the United States. Despite a four year long drought, they discovered Californians waste a lot of water.

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The Push for A 1.5 Degree Ceiling

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe Guardian‘s headlines say it all. “Biggest Polluters Back Tougher Warming Target.” As EU spokeswoman Carole Dieschebourg said,  “We have a difficult week ahead. All the major issues are unresolved.” The United States, China and Canada have joined the push for a 1.5 degree ceiling in Paris.

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Environmental Devastation of the Peace Valley

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMWhile the eyes of the world are focused on COP 21 in Paris, a dozen Peace River valley residents decided to send the Canadian Government a message. Esther Pedersen, who agreed to become the organizer,  said she was contacted on Monday night. Two days later they gathered at the Old Fort Road entrance to Site C so they could  protest the environmental devastation of the Peace valley.

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HafenCity is Designed To Be Flood Proof

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMSea levels have been rising 0.14 inches (3.5 millimeters) per year since the early 1990s. In the decades to come, many of the world’s coastal cities will be threatened. Hamburg’s new city core responded to this challenge with a relatively inexpensive solution, HafenCity is designed to be flood proof.

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