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Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« on: March 10, 2010, 01:53:06 PM »
PEARL will close because of Harper government refusal to provide new funding Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmosphere Sciences.
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Scientists who study climate change from a remote post on Ellesmere Island are planning to shut down their cash-strapped project after the federal government refused to refinance a key climate-change research foundation...

Another article about funding for CFCSA:
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...A petition, signed by close to 1,400 graduate students and researchers, is demanding new funding for the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, which will die without a cash infusion.

The foundation's projects at universities across the country, which are seen as key to understanding the remarkable change underway in the climate, are already being dismantled. And young scientists, trained at substantial cost to Canadian taxpayers, have begun leaving in the country in search of work...

ETA: title changed to make this a general Arctic environment thread.
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Re: Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmosphere Sciences
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2010, 02:16:27 PM »
Wow. Yet another reason to get rid of the !@#$%^&!!!! Conservatives. :annoyed:

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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2010, 04:11:39 PM »
More about what effect the failure to fund will have:
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...Seitter said it's surprising to see Canada pull the plug, especially at a time when many nations are boosting climate and atmospheric research.

"Most countries are really continuing to invest heavily in both aspects of that because they recognize it as a serious global issue," Seitter said in an interview from Boston.

"All of those sorts of networks are vitally important to provide the worldwide coverage of high-quality data that we need, and the Canadians have actually been terrific resources for the whole climate issue." ...

ETA: title changed to make this a general Arctic environment thread
« Last Edit: November 15, 2010, 11:49:04 AM by Holly Stick »
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2010, 11:55:32 AM »
Some Arctic links:
 
The feds thought signing a climate change deal would mean northern aboriginal people asking for more money:
 
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/officials-linked-climate-deal-to-aboriginals-asking-feds-for-more-cash/article1798110/
 
Hat tip:
http://ofgodsandothermonsters.blogspot.com/2010/11/because-doing-
 
 
ETA: possible effects of oil drilling on Arctic:
 
http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2010/11/shoot-ready-aim-madness-on-arctic.html
 

From April 2010, about climate researcher brain drain due to lack of funding:
 
http://winnipeg.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100401/climate_funding_100403/20100403/?hub=WinnipegHome

 
ETA: a research group: http://ipytundra.ca/
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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2010, 11:52:06 AM »
Scramble for the oil reserves in the Arctic

Countries arming up. No plan for a disaster.
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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2010, 10:43:33 AM »
Arctic wilderness area quietly opened for mining claims
 
 
Not a done deal yet, but still worrisome. :annoyed
 
 

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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2010, 10:13:27 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2011, 02:00:18 PM »
Five companies granted the right to do oil exploration in the Arctic over the next four years:
 
http://eyeonthearctic.rcinet.ca/en/news/canada/47-business/959-5-firms-win-northern-drilling-rights-in-canada
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« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2011, 07:21:58 PM »
US approves Shell plan to drill in the Beaufort Sea:
 
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/08/04-8
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2011, 07:11:28 PM »
Speaking of scientists being hassled by their governments, an American scientist, Charles Monnett is being investigated by some innumerate people over his polar bear study, or maybe over giving a research project to the University of Alberta? (I'm not clear on the details, but here are some links):
 
http://www.peer.org/news/news_id.php?row_id=1503
 
http://www.peer.org/docs/doi/7_28_11_Monnett-IG_interview_transcript.pdf
 
http://bigcitylib.blogspot.com/2011/08/charles-monnett-and-polar-bears.html#links
 
So there is at least one Canadian connection, and I wonder if there are more.
 
ETA: about Monnett and other scientists being muzzled, and science policy in general:
 
http://shewonk.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/should-science-be-king/
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« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2011, 04:18:03 PM »
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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2011, 07:56:03 PM »
Amazing all this promotion of mining and oil exploration and YET Harper basically tells the Inuit people of Nunavut that it's too costly to set up an emergency response unit to service such a small population. Bet you're he'll change his tune if the corporations ask for it. :mad2
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« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2011, 12:40:48 PM »
Stageleft has some comments on Harper and the Arctic:
 
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...The other fact is that it's not "impossible" to have a rescue crew in the Arctic, there's just a lack of Harper government will...

http://stageleft.blogspot.com/2011/08/maybe-we-could-ask-greenland.html
 
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...The gold leaves the territory, the majority of the employment income leaves the territory, the royalties on gold mined leaves the territory, and the mine waste get to stay in a local lake - how's that for a Harper Government northern development success story?

http://stageleft.blogspot.com/2011/08/wow-whole-25.html
 
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« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2011, 01:19:12 AM »
Harper reverses cuts to water monitoring stations:
 
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper sharply rebuked federal environment officials Friday, saying they had no authority to shut almost all the water-quality monitoring stations in the Northwest Territories.
 
"That was not authorized," Harper said after being asked about the decision made public this week.
 
"And the (environment) minister (Peter Kent) has ordered those to be started back up again."...

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/harper-visits-yukon-park-northern-tour-stresses-four-170957810.html
 
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