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July 2011


These are news articles that we have featured on our home page from the month of July 2011:


Algonquin Power to add 10 turbines in St. Leon region

Jul 27, 2011 - Winnipeg Free Press

WINNIPEG - Next year, farmers in the St. Leon region will be looking forward to a larger yield of one of their favourite specialty crops - wind. Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. will spend close to $30 million increasing the 103-megawatt wind farm in the region south of Treherne - about 130 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg - by 10 turbines, producing an additional 16.6 megawatts of power.

UK sails ahead in offshore wind power generation

Jul 27, 2011 - The Guardian

LONDON - The UK has sailed ahead in offshore wind power generation in the past six months, building more offshore windfarms than any other country in the world, and accounting for almost all of the turbines erected in European waters this year.

U.S. cities face water-related climate change dangers: study

Jul 26, 2011 - Reuters

BOSTON - Rising sea waters may threaten U.S. coastal cities later this century, while the Midwest and East Coast are at high risk for intense storms, and the West could see compromised water supplies. These are among the expected water-related effects of climate change on 12 cities across the nation over the remainder of the century, according to a study released on Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Straw houses are baling out council building plans

Jul 26, 2011 - The Guardian

LINCOLNSHIRE, UK - The first straw bale houses for social housing in the UK are now being built. The only heating is a wood-burning stove. The insulating properties of straw are such that fuel bills could be 20% of those of conventional UK homes. This is the attraction for councils required to cut domestic emissions.

Toxins coming in from the cold

Jul 25, 2011 - Postmedia News

OTTAWA - Environment Canada sleuths have found that toxins such as PCBs that have been locked in an Arctic deep freeze are being "remobilized" as the climate warms.

Climate change threatens to spoil Ontario’s signature wines

Jul 21, 2011 - Globe & Mail

TORONTO - Ontario’s wine makers are fighting to protect their grapes against Mother Nature’s wrath. The destructive forces of climate change are already being felt in the world’s biggest wine-producing regions – California, Europe and Australia – as the steady rise in global temperatures scorches vineyards and depletes water supplies.

New York mayor goes 'beyond coal'; Activists step up tar sands protests

Jul 21, 2011 - The Nation

NEW YORK - In one of the largest single donations made yet to the fight against climate change, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced he will donate $50 million of his own money to help the Sierra Club shut down America’s coal-fired power plants and replace them with green energy.

Suzuki warns Ontario Tory scheme to cancel green energy plans is ‘absolute insanity’

Jul 21, 2011 - Toronto Star

TORONTO - David Suzuki, Canada’s most famous environmentalist, is urging Ontarians to re-elect Premier Dalton McGuinty this fall to save the Liberals’ “groundbreaking” green energy policies.

British Columbia’s carbon tax woos sceptics

Jul 21, 2011 - The Economist

VANCOUVER - When arguing for the carbon tax, BC faced political obstacles: Only environmentalists were enthusiastic. Businesses feared it would add to costs and slow the economy. The NDP worried it would hurt the poor. But these fears have proved groundless. “The carbon tax has been good for the environment, good for taxpayers and it hasn’t hurt the economy,” says Stewart Elgie, a professor of law and economics at the University of Ottawa.

Longest polar bear swim recorded - 687 kilometers straight

Jul 20, 2011 - National Geographic

BEAUFORT SEA - A female polar bear swam for a record-breaking nine days straight, traversing 687 kilometers of water - equivalent to the distance between Washington, D.C., and Boston, a new study says. The cub of the record-setting bear died at some point between starting the swim and when the researchers next observed the mother on land. She also lost 22 percent of her body weight.

Military calls oil dependence a threat to peace

Jul 17, 2011 - New Jersey Star-Ledger

NEW JERSEY - The US military, widely credited with creating global-positioning systems and the forerunner of the internet, is making a name for itself in another technology: clean energy. Curbing the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels has clear benefits in terms of climate change and air quality, experts say, but it also plays a role in protecting national security.

Will detour get rapid transit back on rails?

Jul 16, 2011 - Winnipeg Free Press

WINNIPEG - We discovered this week the city is looking at changing the route of the rapid transit corridor. The new route would take the corridor west of Pembina Highway, and around tracts of underdeveloped land, before reconnecting the original route at Bishop Grandin Blvd. This may be a potentially lucrative scenario for the city.

Automated bus fare boxes due in 2013

Jul 14, 2011 - Winnipeg Free Press

WINNIPEG - Forget having to scrounge for the correct change to hop on a city bus. In 18 months, Winnipeg Transit buses will have electronic machines that will make sure you've deposited the right amount. And if you'd rather pay with plastic, you can visit a kiosk or log on to the Internet to put money on a smart card so you don't have to count coins at all.

Detour for rapid transit?

Jul 14, 2011 - Winnipeg Free Press

WINNIPEG - The second leg of the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor may wind around Fort Garry residential neighbourhoods instead of running parallel to Pembina Highway as originally planned. Winnipeg's first rapid-transit saga corridor may include undeveloped land in the Parker neighbourhood and a Manitoba Hydro corridor.

Green jobs outnumber fossil fuel jobs - and are growing steadily

Jul 13, 2011 - Reuters

WASHINGTON - A new report released today covers green jobs between 2003 and 2010. There are about 2.7 million jobs in the U.S. that fall under the report's definition of green jobs, and they span a wide range of industries and sectors, from public transit to organic food and farming to smart grid. That's more workers than are currently in the fossil-fuel industry, and it's only going to rise.

Canada to put polar bears on species-at-risk list

Jul 13, 2011 - Winnipeg Free Press

OTTAWA - The polar bear is finally set to be listed under Canada's species-at-risk legislation. The federal government has given notice it intends to list the iconic white mammal as a "species of concern" under the law. Once it is listed, a plan must be devised within three years to help prevent the bears from becoming endangered or threatened.

Stadium traffic plan 'clouded in secrecy'

Jul 10, 2011 - Winnipeg Free Press

WINNIPEG - Residents soon to be inundated with noise, gridlock and parking nightmares once the new Bomber stadium is complete next year say they feel out of the loop with the city's plans.

Australia plans to impose carbon tax on worst polluters

Jul 10, 2011 - BBC News

CANBERRA - The Australian government has unveiled plans to impose a tax on carbon emissions for the worst polluters. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said carbon dioxide emissions would be taxed at A$23 ($25; £15) per tonne from 2012.

Canada has plenty of oil, but does the U.S. want it?

Jul 8, 2011 - Winnipeg Free Press

EDMONTON - In a 21st-century oil boom, Alberta has become one of the world's newest petroleum powerhouses. Foreign investors are piling in, and the province plans to double production over the next decade. The problem is that the U.S. - the biggest consumer of Alberta petroleum - may not want the additional oil.

Canada needs a water strategy as part of our national vision

Jul 8, 2011 - Montreal Gazette

MONTREAL - In Canada and around the world, water is emerging as a key environmental policy issue. More and more, experts, the media, and the general public are seeing the connection between water and climate change. Unfortunately, according to the federal environment commissioner, the Harper government has yet to develop and implement a national climate-change adaptation strategy.

Michael Mann cleared of science fraud charges made by climate sceptics

Jul 2, 2011 - The Guardian

PENNSYLVANIA - The climate scientist Michael Mann, who has been under relentless attack from sceptics since the exposure of emails at East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit, was cleared of research misconduct by a university investigation yesterday.