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On our home page, we select news articles about climate change that we feel might be of interest to Manitobans.

The following are news articles from the past two weeks:


This week


Stanford researchers claim major breakthrough in lithium battery design

Jul 30, 2014 - E&E Publishing

A team of Stanford University researchers, including former Energy Secretary Steven Chu, believes it has achieved the "holy grail" of lithium battery design: an anode of pure lithium that could boost the range of an electric car to 300 miles.

Are Siberia’s methane blow-holes the first warning sign of unstoppable climate change?

Jul 30, 2014 - news.com.au

WHAT do three enormous craters in the Siberian wastelands have to do with a terrified American climate scientist? Methane. And that’s something to scare us all.

OurWinnipeg planning report to be followed, says mayoral candidate

Jul 28, 2014 - Winnipeg Free Press

WINNIPEG - Mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis says she’ll appoint a task force to ensure planning decisions conform to the city’s official planning guide.

Fixation with constant suburban growth slammed

Jul 28, 2014 - Winnipeg Free Press

WINNIPEG - A coalition of neighbourhood groups says Winnipeg has to abandon its "growth-at-all-costs" mentality to deal with the unexpected forces brought by climate change.

U.S. lawmakers got cash from Alberta’s Keystone lobbyists

Jul 28, 2014 - Toronto Star

OTTAWA — One of Washington’s most influential lobbying firms made thousands of dollars in political contributions to key U.S. lawmakers last year as it worked on behalf of the Alberta government to drum up congressional support for the Keystone XL pipeline, documents reveal.

Group hopes candidates warm to climate change reality

Jul 27, 2014 - Winnipeg Sun

WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg group concerned about the environment is waiting for someone -- anyone -- in the mayoral race to say something about climate change and its impact on the city.

 

In Lake of the Woods, growing algae blooms puzzle scientists

Jul 27, 2014 - Minnesota Public Radio News

Recent research findings suggest the algae growth is increasing in Lake of the Woods. Scientists don't yet know exactly how much blooms have expanded, but early findings suggest the algae is getting thicker, likely due to a combination of climate change and decades-old pollution.


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Last week

Extreme weather – Canadians better get used to it

Jul 26, 2014 - Globe and Mail

Floods (again) in southern Manitoba. Ferocious forest fires (again) in the Northwest Territories. Memories still fresh from last year’s terrible floods in Calgary. Summer in Canada. Canada’s climate is changing, and with that change goes more extreme weather conditions. We are not immune from global warming caused by man-made greenhouse gas emissions; we just have to adapt differently from other places.

 

Forest fires: Climate change’s new normal

Jul 25, 2014 - Globe and Mail

VANCOUVER - Few people know better than University of B.C. associate professor Lori Daniels that the pillars of dark smoke rising over the forests of British Columbia this summer are going to increase in both frequency and intensity in the future.

 

250-year-old eyewitness accounts of icier Arctic attest to loss of sea ice

Jul 25, 2014 - Scientific American

Scientists have theorized that the loss of Arctic sea ice over the last three decades is part of a recent, dramatic change in global climate. Now they have proof from an unorthodox collection of sources.

 

Hottest June ever

Jul 25, 2014 - Living on Earth

June 2014 was been the hottest on record, helping cause extreme drought and wildfires in the west. Living on Earth’s Emmett Fitzgerald reports on the drought, and the prospects for relief from the weather pattern known as el Nino.

 

How a town in Maine is blocking an Exxon tar-sands pipeline

Jul 24, 2014 - Mother Jones

Citizens trying to stop the piping of tar-sands oil through their community wore blue "Clear Skies" shirts at a city council meeting in South Portland, Maine, this week. But they might as well have been wearing boxing gloves. The small city struck a mighty blow against Canadian tar-sands extraction.

 

Arctic oil spills could cross borders: study

Jul 24, 2014 - Canadian Press

New research suggests that any type of significant oil spill in Canada’s western Arctic would likely spread quickly and foul oceans around Alaska and possibly as far west as Russia.

 

Edmonton biogas innovator makes breakthrough into U.S. market

Jul 23, 2014 - Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON - This week, NEO Energy and Himark Biogas announced a deal to build three Alberta-designed anaerobic digesters in the Eastern U.S. to turn food waste from supermarkets and restaurants into biogas for electricity and rich fertilizer.

 

Canada’s record rains cut wheat acreage to three-year low

Jul 23, 2014 - Bloomberg

Manitoba farmers may lose $1.1 billion from the recent rain and flooding, according to Keystone Agricultural Producers, a Winnipeg-based farm group. As much as $500 million of those losses may not be covered by existing insurance programs, says Doug Chorney, the president of Keystone.

 

Northern trucking company recognized for green initiative

Jul 22, 2014 - CBC News

GORE BAY, ON - Trucking has not traditionally been considered an environmentally friendly industry but a Manitoulin-based trucking company is being recognized for becoming greener. The International Organization for Standardization is recognizing a Manitoulin Island trucking company for the steps it has taken to be more environmentally friendly.

 

Communities declare states of emergency

June 30, 2014 - Winnipeg Free Press

BRANDON - Western Manitoba was not spared from the weekend deluge, with the City of Brandon declaring a state of emergency Sunday and the town of Cromer being partially evacuated. Brandon city crews responded to numerous instances of overland flooding, drainage issues and downed tree debris caused by high rainfall and high winds over the weekend.