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Revealed: Canadian government spent millions on secret tar sands advocacy

Revealed: Canadian government spent millions on secret tar sands advocacy

Conservative government used public money on outreach campaign to counter criticism of controversial Alberta tar sands. Canada’s Conservative government spent several million dollars on a tar sands advocacy fund as its push to export the oil faltered, documents reveal. In its 2013 budget, the government invested $30 million over two years on public relations advertising […]

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30 Year Old Trial Finds Organic Farming Outperforms Conventional Agriculture

30 Year Old Trial Finds Organic Farming Outperforms Conventional Agriculture

Is organic farming more resilient, higher yielding, more energy efficient and more profitable? The Rodale Institute’s latest report of a 30 year trial says it is. Read the full report free here. To learn more about climate adaptation, biodiversity, crops and food supply, see the following ACT reports: Biodiversity Reports Crops & Food Supply  

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Today is Earth Overshoot Day - In less than 8 Months, Humanity has exhausted Earth's budget for the year

Today is Earth Overshoot Day – In less than 8 Months, Humanity has exhausted Earth’s budget for the year

In less than 8 Months, Humanity exhausts Earth’s budget for the year. Earth Overshoot Day 2015 is today, August 13. Please see the new website for Earth Overshoot Day at www.overshootday.org. Below is information from Earth Overshoot Day 2014: August 19 is Earth Overshoot Day 2014, marking the date when humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for […]

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The Problem with Saving the World

The Problem with Saving the World

The United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are about to replace the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), are getting a lot of hate these days.The real problem is that the SDGs are profoundly contradictory, to the point of being self-defeating. On the one hand, the preamble affirms that “planet Earth and its ecosystems […]

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 Canada's tar sands landscape from the air – in pictures

Canada’s tar sands landscape from the air – in pictures

A new book of aerial photographs, Beautiful Destruction, captures the awesome scale and devastating impact of Alberta’s oil sands with stunning colours, contrasts and patterns. The book also includes 15 essays by prominent individuals from environment and industry, sharing their insights, ideas and opinions. Photographs by Louis Helbig.

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In hot water: Columbia's sockeye salmon face mass die-off

In hot water: Columbia’s sockeye salmon face mass die-off

The devastation to the local sockeye salmon population is just one of climate change‘s effects on wildlife and will “likely” reoccur intermittently over the next decade, James J. Anderson, a University of Washington fisheries scientist whose research focuses on the fish of the Columbia basin, told Al Jazeera. “The larger problem is that the climate is changing […]

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New Grant Funding From Real Estate Foundation of BC

New Grant Funding From Real Estate Foundation of BC

We are very grateful that the Real Estate Foundation of BC has approved another major grant for our work!               This funding will allow us to continue our work on water governance, as well as on the intersection between food, energy, water, and biodiversity in a changing climate. The […]

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Prehistoric trees may help a B.C. forest fight climate change

Prehistoric trees may help a B.C. forest fight climate change

The trees are dying. As California enters its fourth year of drought, the American state has lost over 12 million trees to the ongoing dry conditions. Another million trees are expected to die this summer. It’s not as dire yet in British Columbia, where the province is only in the first year of a drought. […]

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