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« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2011, 12:14:21 PM »
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« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2011, 07:28:41 PM »
De Souza compares Harper's trip to Kluane National Park with one that Jack Layton made there in 2008:
 
http://politics.canada.com/2011/08/kluane-national-park-laytons-visit-ended-conclusions-perspective/
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« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2011, 04:43:04 PM »
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..."The oil is caught underneath the ice, so you can't get at immediately to clean it up or burn it off. You don't know exactly where it is, and then it gets encapsulated in the new ice which grows underneath, so you then have a kind of oil sandwich inside the pack ice.
 
"And that's being transported around the Arctic and isn't released until spring, when it may be several hundred or even a thousand miles from the source of the spill, so you can have a huge area of the Arctic becoming polluted by oil without initially it being clear where that oil is."
 
He added: "Once it is released in springtime, it's very toxic..."

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/oil-exploration-under-arctic-ice-could-cause-uncontrollable-natural-disaster-2349788.html
 
Hat tip:  http://twitter.com/#!/a_picazo/status/111146250069483520
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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2011, 05:52:33 PM »
Canada is not ready to deal with oil spills in the Arctic:

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Canada should temporarily stop giving oil companies licences to drill in the Arctic because it is unprepared to handle any oil spill that may result, a new report says...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/09/09/environment-canada-arctic-oil.html
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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2011, 12:45:19 PM »
A meeting on now about drilling in the Arctic:
 
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Oil companies’ plans for Arctic drilling face a crucial test this week at a high-stakes meeting in Inuvik, NWT, as they seek to reassure the National Energy Board of their ability to prevent blowouts and respond effectively to spills...

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/arctic-drilling-under-the-microscope/article2161593/
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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #23 on: October 07, 2011, 04:11:41 PM »
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An internal audit has found the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, or CanNor, violated almost every financial management rule since its creation in 2009.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper created the federal agency to develop Canada's North. It manages about $75 million dollars a year...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/10/06/north-cannor-audit.html
 
ETA: Oh, guess what, you go to the CanNor website and who should appear in the photo but Porky Clement!
 
http://www.north.gc.ca/index-eng.asp
 
ETA Again: There are various news releases about money being spent on various projects, so it may have done some good, but there is also at least one report about conflict of interest in awarding a construction contract:
 
http://www.yukon-news.com/news/20132/
 
More in the Yukon News, searching for "cannor": 
http://yukon-news.com/search/results/354cdb7413959a29536beea8617a20db/
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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #24 on: October 27, 2011, 01:55:51 PM »
Yukon River has a lot of mercury - maybe from melting permafrost, coal burning in Asia, etc:


http://wwwp.dailyclimate.org/tdc-newsroom/2011/10/yukon-river-mercury
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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #25 on: February 28, 2012, 06:46:02 PM »
PEARL will close in April:

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Canada's most northerly research station is ceasing year-round operation, a "draconian" move decried by scientists both nationally and internationally.

"Its closure shows a stunning lack of interest on the part of the Canadian government in long-term Arctic issues," atmospheric scientist Jim Drummond, at Dalhousie University, said of the loss of the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory...

http://www.canada.com/Canada+lose+PEARL+Arctic+research/6223842/story.html
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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #26 on: February 28, 2012, 07:31:21 PM »
I heard this on the CBC 5 p.m. news while driving.  I almost ran off the road.  :mad2

None of this makes any sense.
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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #27 on: February 28, 2012, 08:31:41 PM »
I was out running errands and getting in a bit of a walk (though I have a cold; waited until the mildest part of the day) at 5pm, but caught this on the news at 6 and started cursing. What is this new anti-science agenda? Peter Kent (who knows better, damn him) lying through his teeth.

Holly, if you can find any more specialist, "scientific" articles, they will be appreciated.
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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #28 on: February 28, 2012, 09:35:55 PM »
Thanks for the heads up on that, Antonia. Crikey, every day brings more horrible news about this disgusting government. I don't always watch Rick Mercer's show on TV, feel he got a bit soft on politicians in recent times. But tonight he did a good bit on the "PMO Scientist Pest Control" company. Spray them so they'll shut up and not talk to the media.

Good to see that NDP MP Dennis Bevington (Western Arctic, NWT) brought it up in the House today. Lot of good that will do against the forces of Evangelism. How can we get rid of this nightmare?

I wrote to my MP. We've got the NDP in NDG-Lachine-Dorval now. Ah, short report on The National on this. Scientists spoke, but the report came off as just another isolated and "normalized" political decision. I think scientists have the potential to become good activists these days. Many are opening dialogues with non-scientists in order to share information in plainer language. Good idea, could further support for their work, which is vital.

As one person commented recently at The Guardian, "I miss democracy". Many Brits are sick of being oppressed by their equally disgusting far-right government.



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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #29 on: February 29, 2012, 12:57:49 AM »
Well the first post in this thread linked to a March 2010 article saying PEARL would have to shut down in early 2011, so presumably they got enough funding from the feds to last one more year.

I don't know much about what is happening in the Arctic; the federal CanNor Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency apparently has been financially mismanaged and a new president Patrick Borbey was appointed in December (an NDP MP approved of the choice and said the problem is they have been fast-tracking development too much):

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2011/12/08/north-new-cannor-president.html


He talks about getting close to the big gamechangers (mining developments)

http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674well_help_the_big_gamechangers_new_cannor_head_says/

Aglukkak maybe involved in the mismanagement, maybe not:   

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2011/11/09/north-aglukkaq-cannor-no-money-wasted.html

I don't know if there is a connection to the science funding cuts; but the fast-tracking of development sounds ominous.

So why cancel the science programs?

a) the Harperites are too stupid to understand the need for them or to care about the loss of information; or

b) they deliberately want to limit information about the north because they just want to gut it and drain it without pesky environmentalists making a fuss; or

c) they think they can send in the big mining, oil etc companies into a free-for-all and tell them they have to do their own scientific research (or subsidize them to do so, like they subsidize mining companies in other countries to run the social programs supposedly replacing what Kairos used to do)

d) Harper plans to help start Armageddon in the Middle East so thinks it doesn't matter

or something of the sort. Stupidity or malice, it's hard to tell.
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