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October 2011

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

Canada toughens tone on Keystone approval

Oct 31, 2011 - Reuters

HOUSTON - Canada is toughening its tone on the Keystone XL pipeline, warning the Obama administration that rejection of TransCanada Corp's $7 billion project could prompt Ottawa to concentrate on selling its oil-sands-derived crude to Asian customers instead.

Program to keep local truckers green renewed

Oct 31, 2011 - Winnipeg Free Press

WINNIPEG - AN incentive program aimed at helping commercial truckers reduce their fuel consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions has been renewed for 2011.

Skeptic's own study finds climate change real

Oct 30, 2011 - Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly.

The changing face of malls

Oct 29, 2011 - Montreal Gazette

MONTREAL - While shopping centres have always offered non-retailing services like banks, weak U.S. mall sales have prompted more and more American landlords to count on non-traditional anchor tenants like universities, health clubs, call centres and even TV production companies to bring in the customers.

Winnipeg's transport plan includes rapid-transit lines, ring road

Oct 29, 2011 - Winnipeg Free Press

WINNIPEG - The City of Winnipeg would like to spend approximately $5 billion over the next 20 years to complete four rapid-transit lines, build a ring road inside the Perimeter and make it easier to move goods in and out of the CentrePort trade hub. All that's missing is the source of cash.

Tens of thousands flee Bangkok fearing breach of river banks

Oct 28, 2011 - Reuters

BANGKOK - Traffic clogged roads out of the Thai capital on Friday as tens of thousands of people fled ahead of a high tide expected to worsen floods that have inundated factories and prompted foreign governments to warn their citizens to stay away.

Italy declares state of emergency in storm-hit regions

Oct 28, 2011 - Reuters

ROME - Italy declared a state of emergency Friday in areas battered by torrential rainstorms this week that killed at least seven people. Late Tuesday, storms lashed parts of the northwestern coastal regions of Liguria and Tuscany, bringing down bridges and houses. Widespread flooding and mudslides in villages in the picturesque Cinque Terre area cut electricity and blocked roads and railways.

New analysis leaves little room for doubters - The world is warming

Oct 24, 2011 - The Huffington Post

BERKELEY, CA - For those who have ever put the skeptic arguments to the test, it has always been clear that their criticisms rarely stand up to even the most basic level of academic rigor. But last week's release of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) study delivered a decisive blow to the edifice of climate skepticism. It's especially troubling to the deniers because the study was partially funded by the Koch Foundation.

Research shows organics are no longer marginal

Oct 22, 2011 - Winnipeg Free Press

KUTZTOWN, PA - A new report based on corn and soybean crops, found that over the 30-year period organic yields not only surpassed conventional systems, the organic trials outperformed conventional during drought conditions, they consumed 45 per cent less energy and they were more profitable. The study also found the conventional approach produced 40 per cent more greenhouse gases.

Request to appeal early approval of coal-fired power plant denied

Oct 21, 2011 - Canadian Press

EDMONTON - Environmentalists promise to keep fighting a controversial coal-fired power plant that could escape federal rules on greenhouse gas emissions, despite losing a bid to appeal the approval of northwestern Alberta project. The ruling lobs the issue of Maxim Power's 500-megawatt proposal directly into the lap of federal Environment Minister Peter Kent.

Evidence builds that scientists underplay climate impacts

Oct 18, 2011 - The Daily Climate

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Critics often call climate scientists' predictions "alarmist" - and dismiss them for using inflated descriptions of doom and destruction to push for action, more grant money, or a global government. But as the impacts of climate change become apparent, many predictions are proving to underplay the actual impacts. Reality, in many instances, is proving to be far worse than most scientists expected.

Canadian government to cut funding for environmental network

Oct 16, 2011 - Vancouver Sun

OTTAWA - Environment Minister Peter Kent has cancelled a 34-year old funding partnership with a major grassroots network that has helped the federal government deliver landmark policy and legislative changes to protect fragile ecosystems. The Canadian Environmental Network was actually told by Environment Canada in May that the government was expecting to renew funding of about $547,000 for the year.

Couple ditches farming for jams and isn't looking back

Oct 14, 2011 - Winnipeg Free Press

NEAR STARBUCK - Sam and Paulette Crampton once ran a grain and cattle operation on the hilly escarpment near Somerset. Then they added strawberries and marketed them. Then they began processing the strawberries into jam. In 1997, the Cramptons ditched the cattle and grain operation to make jam full time.

Australian MPs pass carbon tax

Oct 12, 2011 - The Guardian

CANBERRA - The Australian government has cleared the major hurdle towards bringing in one of the world's biggest carbon emissions trading schemes after MPs passed two bills that are expected to be voted into law by senators next month.

Stricken ship spews oil, New Zealand charges captain

Oct 12, 2011 - Associated Press

TAURANGA, New Zealand — The captain of a cargo ship that has spilled hundreds of tons of oil since striking a reef off the New Zealand coast appeared in a court Wednesday to face criminal charges.

City to weigh backing loan to developer

Oct 11, 2011 - Winnipeg Free Press

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg may take the unusual step of backing a $10-million loan for a private developer behind the largest infill project in the city's history. Gem Properties has proposed turning the former Fort Rouge Yards into a "green" development with 900 townhouse units, condominiums and commercial development alongside the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor at Jubilee Avenue.

US could be a solar nation by 2026

Oct 11, 2011 - Sustainable Business News

WASHINGTON - If the US had installed solar at the same pace as Germany,  most of the 10 Mountain West states could be entirely powered by solar today, and the US could be a 100% solar nation by 2026. That's according to an analysis by John Farrell on Energy Self-Reliant States for the Institute for Local Self Reliance.

Enviro-legal battle begins over logging road

Oct 11, 2011 - CBC News

WINNIPEG - Environmentalists were in a Manitoba courtroom on Tuesday, attempting to stop forestry company Tolko from continuing to build a northern logging road that is believed to be threatening woodland caribou populations.

As China's emissions rise, so too does sceptics' hot air

Oct 8, 2011 - Sydney Morning Herald

BEIJING - Chinese President Hu Jintao is having to stare down claims that human-induced climate change is an elaborate American conspiracy, as the country's carbon emissions surge despite tough government constraints.

Bill Gates and the business of cooling the planet

Oct 7, 2011 - CNN Money

Bill Gates is convinced that the risk of global warming is worse than most people think. He can see that the world's governments have failed to curb the emissions caused by burning coal, oil, and natural gas. So the Microsoft billionaire and philanthropist has become the world's leading funder of research into geo-engineering - deliberate, large-scale interventions in the earth's climate system to prevent climate change repercussions.

Watchdog slams Ottawa on climate-spending accountability

Oct 4, 2011 - Postmedia News

OTTAWA - Canada’s environment watchdog slammed the federal government Tuesday for poor accountability and management of more than $9-billion set aside for a range of climate change measures that fall short of meeting the country’s latest international commitments.