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Trump Administration Delists Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

Trump Administration Delists Yellowstone Grizzly Bears | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Published June 22, 2017 WASHINGTON – Citing the supposed success of recovery of the Yellowstone population of grizzly bears, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on behalf of the Trump administratio…
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Bicycling never gets old!

Bicycling never gets old! | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Two centuries after their invention, bicycles are still the most efficient and beneficial form of transportation we have. Get out and ride if you can! It's good for you and the planet.
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We Can’t Fight Climate Change if We Keep Lying to Ourselves: Chris Hedges

We Can’t Fight Climate Change if We Keep Lying to Ourselves: Chris Hedges | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
It is only when we face the bleak future before us that we can begin to use the words “hope” and “resistance.”
- 2017/06/18
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Protecting oceans is paying off

Protecting oceans is paying off | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Earth's oceans still face many overwhelming challenges and political obstacles, yet the resilience of nature and ecosystems is powerful. If we can rally around actions that protect rich ocean biodiversity, they can continue to provide an endless bounty of wonder and treasure.
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Will Trump’s Slow-Mo Walkaway, World in Flames Behind Him, Finally Provoke Consequences for Planetary Arson?

Will Trump’s Slow-Mo Walkaway, World in Flames Behind Him, Finally Provoke Consequences for Planetary Arson? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Everything that is weak, disappointing, and inadequate about the Paris climate accord is the result of U.S. lobbying since 2009.
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Oil and plastic are choking the planet

Oil and plastic are choking the planet | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
We can and must cut down on fossil fuels and plastics. We also have alternatives, and ways to prevent plastics from ending up in the oceans. Those who look away and pretend we don't have a problem are only slowing solutions and accelerating our self-destruction.
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Increased awareness is key to resolving the climate crisis

Increased awareness is key to resolving the climate crisis | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Many individual solutions, especially, come with added benefits. There's so much people can do in their personal lives: drive less, eat less or no meat and dairy, be more energy efficient, reduce waste, buy less and divest from fossil fuel companies among them. But individual actions alone won't resolve the crisis. That's why the most important way to help keep the world healthy and habitable for humans is to get informed and get involved. We hope this book will encourage more people to join the growing movement for a livable future!
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Research sheds light on dark corner of B.C.'s oil and gas industry

Research sheds light on dark corner of B.C.'s oil and gas industry | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Infrared image of potent methane emissions from gas compressor station.

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.


We've long known extracting oil and gas comes with negative consequences, and rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, increases the problems and adds new ones — excessive water use and contamination, earthquakes, destruction of habitat and agricultural lands and methane emissions among them.
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As fossil fuel reserves become depleted, thanks to our voracious and wasteful habits, extraction becomes more extreme and difficult. Oilsands mining, deepsea drilling and fracking are employed because easily accessible supplies are becoming increasingly scarce. The costs and consequences are even higher than with conventional sources and methods.

Fracking involves drilling deep into the earth, and injecting a high-pressure stream of water, sand and chemicals to break apart shale and release gas or oil. In British Columbia, politicians tout liquefied natural gas as an economic panacea, a product we can export around the world to create jobs and prosperity at home. More than 80 per cent of B.C.'s natural gas is fracked, and as fracking increases, the percentage rises.

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The grisly truth about B.C.'s grizzly trophy hunt

The grisly truth about B.C.'s grizzly trophy hunt | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Grizzly bears venturing from dens in search of food this spring will face landscapes dominated by mines, roads, pipelines, clearcuts and ever-expanding towns and cities. As in years past, they'll also face the possibility of painful death at the hands of trophy hunters.
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Welcome to the 21st century: Brighter times or a new Dark Age?

Welcome to the 21st century: Brighter times or a new Dark Age? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
We're well into the 21st century. If humans want to make it to the 22nd, we must change course. Science offers great tools for understanding and innovating. We owe it to ourselves to at least understand how science acquires and integrates knowledge and what that means. We can't just keep digging up and burning non-renewable resources, polluting air, water and land and putting human health and survival at risk. Nor do we have to. We have better options.
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Intact wilderness is a hedge against our ignorance

Intact wilderness is a hedge against our ignorance | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
As we continue to alter the physical, chemical and biological properties of the planet by burning fossil fuels, intact nature is one of the only things that can save us. Pristine wilderness is a hedge against our collective ignorance. The diversity of our planet's ecosystems makes animals, including humans, resilient in the face of disruption. If protected, the Peel watershed would form the northern part of a proposed wildlife corridor that stretches all the way south to Yellowstone National Park in the U.S. It would be a refuge for wide-roaming species like caribou, moose, wolves and grizzlies to adjust their habitat needs as the planet warms.
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Cheaper electricity doesn't mean the death of conservation. Here's why

Cheaper electricity doesn't mean the death of conservation. Here's why | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The Ontario Liberal energy plan announced this week is panicky and crassly opportunistic. It may also be the best of a bunch of bad options.
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Greatness comes from moving forward, not backward

Greatness comes from moving forward, not backward | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

"The battle lines are drawn — in some cases literally. On one side are those reaping massive profits from fossil fuels, determined to extract and sell as much as possible before the market dries up. On the other are those who see the amazing potential of energy conservation, renewable energy and other innovations to reduce pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, ecosystem destruction and exploitation of valuable non-renewable resources.

Despite international initiatives like the 2015 Paris Agreement, based on decades of research and evidence from around the world about human-caused global warming, those who would risk human health and survival for short-term profits from a destructive sunset industry appear to have the upper hand — for now. The election of a U.S. president and vice-president who deny the very existence of anthropogenic climate change and who have appointed likeminded people and industry executives to key positions illustrates how entrenched those committed to outdated, albeit still profitable, energy sources and technologies are."

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The 8 best cycling innovations: from dockless bikes to solid tyres

The 8 best cycling innovations: from dockless bikes to solid tyres | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Smart traffic lights, bike paths in high-rises and paying people to cycle are among the trends that stood out at the recent Velo-City 2017 conference
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How edible forests are changing London’s landscape (and foodscape)

How edible forests are changing London’s landscape (and foodscape) | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
So-called food forests have been springing up across the city — but turning them into sustainable sources of produce will require sustained volunteer efforts.
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Trump is a pariah in the face of climate crisis

Trump is a pariah in the face of climate crisis | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
In withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, U.S. President Donald Trump demonstrated monumental ignorance about climate change and the agreement itself. As Vox energy and climate writer David Roberts noted about Trump's announcement,
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In the Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Koch Brothers’ Campaign Becomes Overt

In the Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Koch Brothers’ Campaign Becomes Overt | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Jane Mayer on the role that the Koch brothers and fossil-fuel companies had in pushing the Trump Administration to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
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World Environment Day reminds us to reconnect with nature

World Environment Day reminds us to reconnect with nature | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Getting outside, especially with the children in your life, is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your family and friends, and the planet. World Environment Day reminds us of the importance of connecting with nature every day!
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Agony of Mother Earth (II) World’s Forests Depleted for Fuel | Inter Press Service

Agony of Mother Earth (II) World’s Forests Depleted for Fuel | Inter Press Service | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"This is the second of a two-part series on how humankind has been systematically destroying world’s forests—the real lungs of Mother Earth. Part I dealt with the relentless destruction of forests.


Forests play a critical role for many countries in their ability to mitigate climate change. Credit: FAO/Rudolf Hahn ROME, May 19 2017 (IPS) - Humankind is the biggest ever predator of natural resources. 


Just take the case of forests, the real lungs of Mother Earth, and learn that every 60 seconds humans cut down 15 hectares of trees primarily for food or energy production. And that as much as 45,000 hectares of rainforest are cleared for every million kilos of beef exported from South America. 


Should these figures not be enough, Monique Barbut, the executive-secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), also drew world’s attention to the fact that “when we take away the forest it is not just the trees that go… The entire ecosystem begins to fall apart… with dire consequences for us all…”"

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Long work hours don't work for people or the planet

Long work hours don't work for people or the planet | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A transition won't necessarily be easy, but it's time we stopped applying 20th century concepts and methods to 21st century life. Economic systems that require constant growth on a finite planet don't make sense. The fact that the world's richest 62 people now have more wealth than the poorest half of the world's population is absurd and tragic.
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Planning orthodoxy calls for denser, urban living — but leaves out many immigrant communities in the process

Planning orthodoxy calls for denser, urban living — but leaves out many immigrant communities in the process | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Housing planning in Ontario calls for denser, urban living — but leaves out many immigrant communities in the process.
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Marine protected areas are one piece of a complex puzzle

Marine protected areas are one piece of a complex puzzle | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The federal government recently created two marine protected areas in the Pacific region and has committed to increase ocean protection from one per cent to 10 by 2020. But will this be enough?
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Facts and evidence matter in confronting climate crisis

Facts and evidence matter in confronting climate crisis | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
We recently highlighted the faulty logic of a pseudoscientific argument against addressing climate change: the proposition that because CO2 is necessary for plants, increasing emissions is good for the planet and the life it supports. Those who read, write or talk regularly about climate change and ecology are familiar with other anti-environmental arguments not coated with a scientific sheen.
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Faulty logic fuels fossil fools

Faulty logic fuels fossil fools | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington. 


"Apparently, fossil fuel companies protect watersheds and rivers by removing oil. That's according to comments on the David Suzuki Foundation Facebook page and elsewhere, including this: "The amount of contamination occuring [sic] from extraction is far less than if we just left the oil there to continue polluting the waterways."

The "logic" of climate change deniers and anti-environmentalists is often baffling. Although the person who posted that comment doesn't appear to claim professional background or knowledge, Canadian anti-environmentalist Patrick Moore — who capitalizes on his science degree and long-ago association with Greenpeace to shill for polluting industries — told the Vancouver Sun in 2011 that oil companies are "leaving the soil cleaner than they found it because they're removing the oil from it." 


Those who coat their "alternative facts" with a veneer of "expertise" often employ twisted logic. Take a petition letter urging U.S. President Donald Trump to withdraw from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 


Letter author Richard Lindzen, a climate skeptic whose work has often been debunked, claims "more than 300 eminent scientists and other qualified individuals from around the world" signed the petition. What kind of "eminent scientists" would sign something claiming carbon dioxide "is not a pollutant but a major benefit to agriculture and other life on Earth" and that "warming from increased atmospheric CO2 will be benign"?"

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Outrage not justified on Ontario electricity prices

Outrage not justified on Ontario electricity prices | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
If Ontarians expect clean air, a prosperous economy and a low-carbon future, they have to pay for it.
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