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What The Map At Global Forest Watch Reveals About Our Area

More than 4 million people have visited the Global Forest Watch website since it was launched in 2014. The interactive map uses satellite imagery to depict changes in the forest cover in red (loss) and blue (gains). (The green areas are forested.) Some of the The website uses recent satellite data. The map at the top of this page shows the changes in our area between 2001 and May 8, 2020, when Landsat 8 passed over.

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The Post COVID Energy World

When the world went into lockdown, the global demand for electricity dropped 20%. By the end of March, 50% of the traffic disappeared from city streets. The demand for fossil fuels evaporated. Coal fired generation has suffered its’ largest drop since World War II. A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report suggests the post COVID energy world could be far more carbon free.

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Tzeporah Berman: A Message of Hope

500 people from across Canada logged in to hear Linda Solomon Wood‘s conversation with Tzeporah Berman, last night, about the federal government’s big oil bailout! It was the second in a series of National Observer interviews being held over Zoom. Berman gave a message of hope. 

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Helping Canada’s Energy Sector Survive

The transition to a low carbon economy started long before anyone heard of COVID 19.  According to a 2019 report from Clean Energy Canada, there are already 298,000 Canadians working in the clean energy sector. Yet as a result of the global pandemic, the demand for oil has fallen to 1995 levels. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) did not hide the fact they have been been working closely with the Trudeau government to “identify important areas for urgent action to help Canada’s energy sector survive the current economic crisis.”

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