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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #30 on: February 29, 2012, 01:41:36 AM »

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.


What are you specifically looking for, lagatta? I always watch Mike de Souza's twitter feed, because he often gets government documents by ATIP from the Dept of the Environment and he's an excellent reporter:


https://twitter.com/#!/mikedesouza

Likewise Margaret Munro: https://twitter.com/#!/margaretmunro

Michael Mann tweets some interesting climate science links: https://twitter.com/#!/MichaelEMann
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« Reply #31 on: March 13, 2012, 05:01:19 PM »
Sucking up to Arctic Oil industry:  http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1331669190546
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« Reply #32 on: March 16, 2012, 08:53:44 PM »
Thomas Duck about the ideological reasons for defunding research:

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...If money is not the issue, then why is the Canadian government so bent on making cuts to environmental spending? Harper made this clear last year during a trip to the Arctic, when he opinedthat environmental concerns cannot be allowed to stand in the way of economic development. This is a dangerous attitude. The economy doesn’t exist independent of the environment. A 1990 report from the United Steelworkers explains it best: “The real choice is not jobs or environment. It’s both or neither. What kind of jobs will be possible in a world of depleted resources, poisoned water and foul air, a world where ozone depletion and greenhouse warming make it difficult even to survive?”...

http://www.themarknews.com/articles/8287-when-opinion-trumps-scientific-reason


And an excellent column by Susan Riley on the war on greens:

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You don’t want to give too much credence to the unhinged accusations of crotchety Conservative senators, but their recent attacks on environmentalists suggest a bold escalation in the government’s anti-green messaging...
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Gloves+greens/6309285/story.html
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« Reply #33 on: March 24, 2012, 02:11:15 PM »
The Harper govt had planned a big fancy naval facility at Nanisivik but have scaled it down considerably:

http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2012/03/23/nanisivik-project-has-come-crashing-to-the-ground-mp/

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


ETA: More about PEARL closing down, and mentions possible NSERC announcement on Monday about that budgeted $35 million that has been missing:


http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Canada%2Bpearl%2BArctic%2Bresearch%2Bwith%2Bfunding%2Bfreeze/6352101/story.html
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« Reply #34 on: March 26, 2012, 03:30:21 PM »
NSERC has that $35 million for grants for research. But the damn fools let established programs like PEARL die? Stupid scumbag Harper Conservatives.


http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Media-Media/NewsRelease-CommuniqueDePresse_eng.asp?ID=344
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« Reply #35 on: March 30, 2012, 06:15:34 PM »
Northern aboriginal leaders are not happy with federal attempts to streamline northern resource development assessments, and the feds are finding it rough going, it sounds like:


http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/03/30/feds-may-bend-on-northern-development-rules-negotiator-says/
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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #37 on: July 19, 2012, 11:39:57 AM »
Shell Loses Control Of Arctic Drilling Rig In Alaskan Harbor

Good article (and photo) - worth a read.
 
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In addition to the extreme and unpredictable weather, there is an alarming dearth of infrastructure necessary to mount a large-scale response effort off the North Slope. As detailed in the Center for American Progress report, Putting a Freeze on Arctic Ocean Drilling: America’s Inability to Respond to an Oil Spill in the Arctic, the area lacks roads, railroads, a permanent Coast Guard facility, a major port, or sufficient infrastructure to house and feed a large influx of people.  As a result, Shell has said that its oil spill response efforts will be largely self-contained.  The fact that the company is experiencing problems with this equipment before even reaching the drill sites raises serious concerns about their contingency plan.
 
 

 
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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #39 on: August 20, 2012, 11:48:40 AM »
Harper is going to the Arctic again so lots of talk about resources:

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/08/19/arctic-a-hotbed-of-untapped-wealth

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Energy+development+looms+large+Harper+sets+Arctic+tour/7113751/story.html

and Harper will announce a new almost-park:


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...The park, called Naats'ihch'oh (pronounced nat-TSEEn-cho), is to be located on a huge piece of land just north and alongside of the existing Nahanni National Park Reserve. The area includes the headwaters of the world-famous Nahanni River.

It's possible Naats'ihch'oh will also be a reserve — or partly a reserve — entitled to somewhat less protection than a full national park. But either way it seems thousands of square kilometres of land will be set apart...
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/08/20/pol-stephen-harper-arctic-national-park.html?cmp=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_term=%23CBCNorth


While the Inuit are protesting high food prices:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/06/08/nunavut-food-hunger-protest_n_1581485.html
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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #40 on: August 21, 2012, 10:37:23 AM »
CBC: Harper is saying development in the north is the key to Canada's future.
 
Odd - didn't Harper say exactly the same thing about the tarsands?  :confused
 
He's being met by aboriginal protestors today.  :applause

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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #41 on: August 21, 2012, 08:16:18 PM »
Selling off Canada's natural resources is Conada's future.

I attended some of the CAW convention today. Unions are our only hope now.
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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #42 on: August 21, 2012, 11:19:15 PM »
  'National dream' happening now: Harper
 
Untapped northern resources could turn Canada into an economic powerhouse, PM predicts

  "Arctic oil and gas is going to be incredibly expensive because of the weather, distance and (lack of) infra-structure," said Michael Byers, one of Canada's leading experts on Arctic issues from the University of British Columbia.

Aboriginal groups in the North are also divided on pipeline construction.

Harper's vow to turn the North into a resource revenue generator will require the government to eventually make a decision about how development will proceed, said Robert Heu-bert, an expert on Arctic issues from the University of Calgary. Heubert said a grand vision likely won't come to fruition.

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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #43 on: August 23, 2012, 10:53:21 PM »
Arctic sea ice levels to reach record low within days

Harper happy. Me, not at all.

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"Unless something really unusual happens we will see the record broken in the next few days. It might happen this weekend, almost certainly next week," Julienne Stroeve, a scientist at the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, told the Guardian.

"In the last few days it has been losing 100,000 sq km a day, a record in itself for August. A storm has spread the ice pack out, opening up water, bringing up warmer water. Things are definitely changing quickly."
Commenter #1 says (though I would change "the next hundred years" to 'starting NOW'):
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I wish I was able to force every single politician now standing to live floating above the earth for the next hundred years with magical powers to see what happens across the globe as a result of their puerile inaction.  What really truly pisses me off is that the people who have caused this calamity will die and not even witness what they themselves have brought about.
For a tiny bit of light relief - Unusual Cloud photos http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/gallery/2012/aug/23/meteorology-cloud-shapes-in-pictures

Even those give an idea of the might of nature.
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Re: Arctic Environment & AGW: research, oil expansion, etc.
« Reply #44 on: May 15, 2013, 11:47:52 AM »
So we now know Obama is going fast for the Arctic oil resources. But what's this? Observer status for countries no where near the Arctic.


“Welcome China, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore as new Observer States, and take note of the adoption by Senior Arctic Officials of an Observer manual to guide the Council’s subsidiary bodies in relation to meeting logistics and the roles played by Observers,” the Kiruna Declaration said.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/india-enters-arctic-council-as-observer/article4717770.ece
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