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European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children | EUR-Lex

As underlined in the EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child[1], the long-term effects of not investing enough in policies affecting children[2] may have a profound impact on our societies. Whereas the Digital Agenda for Europe[3] aims to have every European digital, children have particular needs and vulnerabilities on the Internet, which must be addressed specifically so that the Internet becomes a place of opportunities for children to access knowledge, to communicate, to develop their skills and to improve their job perspectives and employability[4].

 

Children are increasingly exposed to the Internet, through a growing range of devices and at a younger age. It is therefore necessary to develop now a proper strategy to encapsulate their needs. New and higher quality content and services, dedicated to children, have to be developed. Online safety for children has to be guaranteed. In turn, analyses show that a better and wider use of the Internet by children is opening the door for intensive business development in innovative online content and services. Capitalising on the size of the internal market, European companies can be well placed to seize these opportunities for growth and jobs.

 

As highlighted in the Council Conclusions on the Protection of Children in the Digital World of 28 November 2011, a combination of policies is required to deliver a Better Internet for Children. Actions are being developed at the national, European or sectoral level. They need to be included in an EU-wide strategy, which develops baseline requirements and avoids fragmentation. Regulation remains an option, but, where appropriate, it should preferably be avoided, in favour of more adaptable self-regulatory tools, and of education and empowerment.

 

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Car-Free Paris: French Capital Bans Motor Vehicles for 1 Day | WebUrbanist.com

Car-Free Paris: French Capital Bans Motor Vehicles for 1 Day | WebUrbanist.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

For a single day next month, locals and visitors will be able to experience Paris without motorized traffic, giving the city over to pedestrians and bikers. Free of traffic congestion, noise pollution and vehicle emissions, the Day Without Cars will transform the physical and auditory landscape, enabling views and revealing ambient sounds ordinarily drowned out by the urban cacophony on September 27th.


Timed to coincide with a United Nations climate conference and European Mobility Week, the move is partially a display of possibilities for car-free cities as well as a statement about the environment. The 1st through 7th, 10th and 11th arrondissements (city sections) will all participate; monuments and gathering spaces such as the Champs Élysées, the Bastille, and the Eiffel Tower are included as well.


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Competition For Resources In The Arctic | On Point Radio | WBUR.org

Competition For Resources In The Arctic | On Point Radio | WBUR.org | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

President Obama, out on a glacier in Alaska today with wilderness survivalist Bear Grylls. A melting glacier. To make the point that we’ve got a hot planet to worry about. The heat goes north of Alaska, too. All the way to the North Pole.


The Arctic is being transformed by climate change. Global warming. The polar ice cap is melting away, melting back.


For environmentalists, that’s a five-alarm fire bell. For would-be Arctic developers, that’s an opportunity. To fish, to mine, to drill, to sail. This hour On Point: going after the Arctic.


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Animated map reveals the 550,000 miles of cable hidden under the ocean that power the internet | Biz Insider UK

Animated map reveals the 550,000 miles of cable hidden under the ocean that power the internet | Biz Insider UK | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Every time you visit a web page or send an email, data is being sent and received through an intricate cable system that stretches around the globe.


Since the 1850s, we've been laying cables across oceans to become better connected.


Today, there are hundreds of thousands of miles of fiber optic cables constantly transmitting data between nations.


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Woman completes solar-powered bike ride across U.S. | Saskia de Melker | PBS News Hour

Woman completes solar-powered bike ride across U.S. | Saskia de Melker | PBS News Hour | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Last week 34-year-old Marissa Muller completed a solo, cross country bicycle ride in 80 days. Her custom bike was powered in part by solar energy, and the impetus for her trip was to show Americans the possibilities of solar power. NewsHour’s Saskia de Melker has the story.


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India: We can take the economic lead as China stumbles | Kamal Ahmed | BBC News

India: We can take the economic lead as China stumbles | Kamal Ahmed | BBC News | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Nothing better sums up the contradictions of India than the main road south-east from Delhi to the city of Agra.

Running alongside this major arterial route as it snakes out of the capital is the new Delhi metro - something akin to the London Underground (though a lot smaller).

Although city residents complain that it is already horribly overcrowded just over a decade after the first line opened, it is nevertheless an enormous show of infrastructure muscle.

Every year millions of commuters travel to and from the city on its six new lines and so avoid the daily gamble of Delhi's notorious traffic jams.

And, as any management consultant will tell you, better transport links can add to a country's economic prosperity.


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China’s Hunt for Growth in the Countryside | Dexter Roberts & Lulu Yilun Chen | Bloomberg.com

China’s Hunt for Growth in the Countryside | Dexter Roberts & Lulu Yilun Chen | Bloomberg.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Tuguan village in remote Yunnan province feels about as far from the turbulence of modern China as you can get. A one-lane, bumpy dirt road runs through it, past whitewashed farmhouses, most with a painting of flowers and bamboo on the outside wall and traditional sweeping rooftop eaves. Tuguan is home to some 170 families of the Bai ethnic minority, who grow table grapes and tamarinds. During steamy afternoons, most residents loll in the shade or nap in their house to escape the heat.

But on a hot day in June, one spot in Tuguan is bustling. At the local convenience store, a dozen sun-tanned villagers are clustered around a new Lenovo computer and wall-mounted flatscreen Skyworth monitor, checking out the latest online deals on mobile phones, toothpaste, pesticide dispensers, and more, all for sale on Alibaba Group’s new rural e-commerce platform.


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Much of China Is Now An Unrepairable Ecological Disaster | The Orchid | Daily Kos

Much of China Is Now An Unrepairable Ecological Disaster | The Orchid | Daily Kos | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

This article from truth-out.org may be a couple of months old, but it describes in excuciating detail why China's ongoing ecological disaster is unprecedented, unending, and unrepairable. It is also a definitive answer to conservatives in this country who say they want a "smaller government", that is, a government with much-reduced (if not eliminated) power to regulate industry.

[Update: It's been brought to my attention that diarist Arendt penned a diary on essentially the same article in May of this year; you can see it here. Apologies for missing your diary, Arendt.]

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Up to 90% of New Zealanders could be reached by UFB rollout | TeleGeography.com

As the New Zealand government begins the latest phase of its Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) high speed rollout programme, it now appears that up to 90% of the population could be in line to be covered by the new networks.


In September 2014 Prime Minister John Key revealed that its coverage target had been upped from 75% to 80%, but a report from local website Stuff quotes an unnamed industry source as saying that this is likely to be a conservative figure and that 90% is more realistic.


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MA: Groups eye protections for water canyons, seamounts off Cape Cod | Michael Norton | Cape Cod Times

MA: Groups eye protections for water canyons, seamounts off Cape Cod | Michael Norton | Cape Cod Times | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

National groups this week plan to call for sprawling areas in the Gulf of Maine and off Cape Cod and Rhode Island to be declared the first "marine national monument" on the eastern seaboard.

A January 2009 presidential proclamation established three Pacific Marine National Monuments - the Marianas Trench, Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll, which is on the Samoan archipelago 2,500 miles south of Hawaii and is the southernmost point belonging to the United States.

Now the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and partners like the National Geographic Society, Pew Charitable Trusts and the Natural Resources Defense Council are seeking protections for the Cashes Ledge Closed Area in the Gulf of Maine and the New England Canyons and Seamounts off the Cape - areas CLF describes as "deep sea treasures."

A CLF official told the News Service Monday that the Cashes Ledge area covers 530 square nautical miles and the New England Canyons and Seamounts encompasses 4,117 square nautical miles, for a total of 4,647 square nautical miles of protected areas.


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Bought a brand-new phone? It could still have malware | Jeremy Kirk | NetworkWorld

Bought a brand-new phone? It could still have malware | Jeremy Kirk | NetworkWorld | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

A new phone is supposed to be a clean slate. But alarmingly, that's not always the case.

Security company G Data has identified more than 20 mobile phones that have malware installed despite being marketed as new, according to a research report. And it doesn't appear the infection is occurring during manufacturing.


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The key to water security could be lurking in a New Mexico sewage farm | Mark Harris | The Guardian

The key to water security could be lurking in a New Mexico sewage farm | Mark Harris | The Guardian | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The sulphurous springs of Yellowstone national park are scalding, tainted with heavy metals and acidic enough to eat through clothing. But their murky depths are also home to an algae that scientists claim could one day help provide cleaner, healthier water around the world.


“Galdieria sulphuraria is one of the most interesting microorganisms on the planet,” says Peter Lammers, a professor in algal bioenergy at Arizona State University. “It grows in a witches brew, can degrade over 50 organic molecules and even photosynthesise like a plant.” That makes it ideal, Lammers says, to use somewhere even more unpleasant than Yellowstone’s volcanic springs: urban sewage farms.


At a pilot site in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Lammers and researchers at New Mexico State University are diverting effluent from the city’s wastewater treatment plant into row upon row of long plastic bags primed with Galdieria sulphuraria. Air enriched with carbon dioxide is pumped gently through the tubes, while plastic wing-like foils move slowly up and down to mix the concoction.

The aim? To build an energy-positive wastewater treatment that helps preserve rivers, lakes and estuaries, reclaims the chemical energy in sewage, utilises sunlight to expand that energy footprint and ultimately pays for itself.


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New iOS Malware Compromises 225,000 Apple Accounts | Lily Hay Newman | Slate.com

New iOS Malware Compromises 225,000 Apple Accounts | Lily Hay Newman | Slate.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

A new family of malware being called KeyRaider has been used to compromise 225,000 Apple accounts, including private keys and purchase histories, along with other personal data and device control.


Though it is a huge breach—“We believe this to be the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware,” researchers wrote—the malware is only effective on jailbroken iDevices.


So if you haven’t monkeyed with your iOS, you’re probably safe.

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Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice | Seth Borenstein & Dan Joling | AP.org

Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice | Seth Borenstein & Dan Joling | AP.org | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it.

Obama leaves Monday for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic. There, and in the sub-Arctic part of the state, he will see the damage caused by warming — damage that has been evident to scientists for years.

More than 3.5 trillion tons of water have melted off of Alaska's glaciers since 1959, when Alaska first became a state, studies show — enough to fill more than 1 billion Olympic-sized pools.

The crucial, coast-hugging sea ice that protects villages from storms and makes hunting easier is dwindling in summer and is now absent each year a month longer than it was in the 1970s, other studies find. The Army Corps of Engineers identified 26 villages where erosion linked to sea ice loss threatens the communities' very existence.


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E3Network: Making the internet faster on your smartphone | Europa.eu

E3Network: Making the internet faster on your smartphone | Europa.eu | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Today's mobile networks need to be fast. Speed is not only necessary between the radio towers and the users' smartphones, tablets or laptops… the radio towers must also have a fast connection to the internet and the network's backbone (backhaul link), otherwise they become a bottleneck and cannot receive and re-transmit the videos or music the users wish to watch or listen to. Ideally, the thousands of radio towers/rooftop antennas would be connected via fibre optic cables. Since that is not always possible, the E3Network-project is working on higher speeds even for those towers that cannot be connected by fibre.

Wireless millimetre wave links are widely used instead of fibre for the backhaul link due to their low deployment cost. Current millimetre wave technologies cannot support the required bandwidth for future network backhaul infrastructures. In the past, when the networks carried mainly telephone calls, this was not an issue.

The EU-funded E3Network project is designing a wireless millimetre transceiver that will enable the transmission of information with a data rate above 10 Gigabytes per second in future network backhaul infrastructures.


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Plans scrapped for drilling waste in PA’s Grand Canyon | Susan Phillips | State Impact | NPR.org

Plans scrapped for drilling waste in PA’s Grand Canyon | Susan Phillips | State Impact | NPR.org | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

A waste disposal company has backed off its controversial plan to use 400,000 tons of natural gas drill cuttings to help expand an airport in Tioga County. The proposal would have put the waste, which includes dirt and rock displaced by shale gas well-drilling, on a steep embankment near a tributary to the Pine Creek Gorge, a pristine watershed also known as the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.”

The Department of Environmental Protection says the Montgomery County company, Clean Earth, did not respond to the agency’s questions on a number of issues with the permit application, which the DEP calls “technical deficiencies.” So Clean Earth decided to withdraw an erosion and sediment control permit application for the first stage of the project. StateImpact Pennsylvania first reported on the project back in July.


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New Asian highway section to link India-Myanmar-Thailand | Business-Standard.com

New Asian highway section to link India-Myanmar-Thailand | Business-Standard.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The Myawaddy-Thinggan Nyenaung-Kawkareik section of the Asian highway linking India, Myanmar and Thailand has been put into service, the media reported.

Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun, Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and Chairman of the Kayin National Union General Saw Mutu Sae Po attended an inaugural ceremony of the service on Sunday, Xinhua reported.

With the 25.6-km-long section becoming operational, travel time between Thinggan Nyenaung and Kawkareik will be reduced from three hours to 45 minutes.


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Climate Change Means One World's Death and Another's Birth Lizzie Wade | Wired.com

Climate Change Means One World's Death and Another's Birth Lizzie Wade | Wired.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

A few years ago in a lab in Panama, Klaus Winter tried to conjure the future. A plant physiologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, he planted seedlings of 10 tropical tree species in small, geodesic greenhouses. Some he allowed to grow in the kind of environment they were used to out in the forest, around 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Others, he subjected to uncomfortably high temperatures. Still others, unbearably high temperatures—up to a daily average temperature of 95 F and a peak of 102 F. That’s about as hot as Earth has ever been.

It’s also the kind of environment tropical trees have a good chance of living in by the end of this century, thanks to climate change. Winter wanted to see how they would do.

The answer came as a surprise to those accustomed to dire warnings that climate change will turn the Amazon into a desert. The vast majority of Winter’s seedlings didn’t die. In fact, most thrived at significantly warmer temperatures than they experience today, growing faster and larger. Just two species succumbed to the heat, and only at the very highest temperatures. The trees’ success echoes paleontological data, which hints that warmer temperatures can be a boon for tropical forests. After all, the last time Earth experienced average temperatures of 95 F, there were rainforests in Michigan and palm trees in the Arctic.


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Ireland: How to choose the most powerful broadband - data vs Mbps | Independent.ie

Ireland: How to choose the most powerful broadband - data vs Mbps |  Independent.ie | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

When it comes to comparing broadband services, is data the new speed?

For years, most consumers have been opting for whichever broadband service provides the fastest connection speeds for their money.

With the likes of UPC offering packages with speeds of 240Mbps, the broadband speed game appears to have become a highly competitive one.

Of course, the story is very different if you live outside a city or major urban centre, where you might struggle to get services capable of delivering speeds much faster than 10Mbps.

However, the Department of Communications has decided that the target speed for the new National Broadband Plan, which aims to hook up rural Ireland to fast broadband by 2016 or so, will be just 30Mbps.

This prompted hoots of derision from many industry watchers, who have argued that this baseline is alarmingly unambitious given the rate at which broadband speeds have increased in urban areas, and will further increase the 'digital divide' between these and rural regions.


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EXCLUSIVE | Ericsson CEO Vestberg on 5G's potential impact in the Philippines | Jose Santos | InterAksyon.com

EXCLUSIVE | Ericsson CEO Vestberg on 5G's potential impact in the Philippines | Jose Santos | InterAksyon.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

In about five years time, the Philippines may already catch glimpses of how broadband technology can truly permeate and benefit the country especially in terms of sustainable development.

In an exclusive interview, Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg shared his vision about how 5G — a technology standard still very much in the research and development stage — can deliver market efficiencies through optimized machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, or a setting also known as the Internet of Things (IoT).

Ericsson, a Swedish telecom provider behind over a third of global broadband traffic, is one of the multinational companies working for the development of 5G technology.


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Australia: NBN under fire for affordability, accessibility | Corinne Reichert | ZDNet

Australia: NBN under fire for affordability, accessibility | Corinne Reichert | ZDNet | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) has again come under fire, this time for its current inability to provide equal access to services in remote, rural, and Indigenous areas due to a lack of competition, the high cost of satellite services, and the low data allowances provided under these services.

Speaking via a pre-recorded video at the annual Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) national conference, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull acknowledged that while the technology exists to roll out high-speed broadband to the entire country, affordability still prevents access in some areas.


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India: National broadband network to be delayed by two years | TeleGeography.com

The completion of India’s national broadband network, part of the government’s ‘Digital India’ programme, is expected to be delayed by at least two years, the Economic Times writes.


The network, also known as BharatNet, was originally due to be completed by end-2016 but is now expected to be finished by December 2018 at the earliest.


Aruna Sundararajan, the managing director and chairwoman of Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL), the state-owned company tasked to manage the rollout, explained that the delay was due to increases in the scale of the project and a three-fold rise in costs.


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Google faces new group in Europe designed to hit it with lawsuits | Lance Whitney | CNET

Google faces new group in Europe designed to hit it with lawsuits | Lance Whitney | CNET | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Watch out Google. There's a new group in Europe gunning for you.

Global law firm Hausfeld and public affairs company Avisa announced on Tuesday that they have created an online platform called GRIP, or Google Redress & Integrity Platform. The goal behind the platform is to assist businesses that believe they've been hurt by Google's alleged anticompetitive behavior in Europe and are seeking legal action against the search giant.


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Should We Move to Bioregionalism? | James Quilligan | Resilience.org

Should We Move to Bioregionalism? | James Quilligan | Resilience.org | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

“It’s time to consider that bioregional self-sufficiency—the principle of meeting human needs within the constraints of resource areas—is really what leads to democracy and prosperity.”

Excerpted from James Quilligan:

“For more than two centuries, laissez-faire economics has promoted the idea that free trade leads to democracy and prosperity. This concept may have had some significance in earlier years when the world was less integrated. But in an age of global connectivity and global warming, liberal trade has lost much of its credibility. The present system of trade, based on the financial arbitrage of resources, does not benefit the poor, and is energy-depleting and harmful to the environment. On top of this, modern societies tax the value that people add to their commons, which generates further scarcity, poverty, waste and social and ecological debt.

It’s time for politicians and social planners to think collectively out of conscious choice, not from fear. We need to understand how painful and life-altering poverty is for those who suffer its ravages; but we must also acknowledge the historic failure of public institutions for the provisioning and regeneration of wealth in society. Water, food and energy are all sustainable if they are properly managed. However, most people are too busy consuming finite resources to spend time in planning how to use the natural cycles of Earth to regenerate their materials and energy."


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Cooperation, confidence vital in opening Arctic to oil and gas exploration | Jan Mares Opinion | Alaska Dispatch News

Cooperation, confidence vital in opening Arctic to oil and gas exploration | Jan Mares Opinion | Alaska Dispatch News | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The president’s visit to Alaska this week highlights the economic opportunity and concern for the future of Arctic people’s cultures and the environment in the face of changing climate and increased human activity. Recognizing that nations like Russia and China are moving forward with Arctic economic development, facilitating exploration and development in Alaska would enhance national, economic and energy security, benefit the people of the north and the United States as a whole and position us well to exercise global leadership.


While these benefits are clear, there remain diverse views on how to balance opportunities with environmental stewardship.


Based on centuries of knowledge handed down and decades of research, much is known about the physical, ecological and human environment, and sufficient information and developed technology is available to pursue Arctic exploration.

Realizing the promise of Alaska oil and gas resources requires public confidence that the opportunity can be safely pursued while ensuring environmental stewardship. Industry and government share the responsibility of securing and maintaining this public confidence.


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Canada: Fracking-caused earthquakes to grow alongside LNG an expert says | Laura Kane | Globe and Mail

Canada: Fracking-caused earthquakes to grow alongside LNG an expert says | Laura Kane | Globe and Mail | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

If the liquefied natural gas industry proceeds as the British Columbia government hopes, there could be five times as many fracking-caused earthquakes, warns one expert.

But the company that would provide gas to a major LNG terminal – the same company found responsible for a 4.4 magnitude tremor last year – claims it won’t increase drilling.

Progress Energy said it doesn’t need to increase the number of wells it drills each year to supply Pacific NorthWest LNG’s planned liquefaction and export terminal near Prince Rupert.

“Our upstream drilling activity will remain relatively consistent with current levels over the life of the LNG project or may even decline and therefore pose no incremental risk,” spokeswoman Stacie Dley said in an e-mail.

The company paused its operations after a 4.6 magnitude quake in northeast B.C. on Aug. 17. The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission is investigating and has not established its cause.

The commission has, however, confirmed that Progress Energy triggered a 4.4 magnitude tremor last August – among the largest caused by the industry in Canada.


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