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2013-09-09  |  John Bennett

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
United States of America

Dear President Obama,

We learned late Friday that Prime Minister Harper has written to you with an offer of reducing Tar Sands emissions in exchange for your approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Please know that the majority of Canadians support strong action on greenhouse gas emissions and want to prevent runaway climate change. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister represents the interests of multi-national oil companies, not Canadians.

In 2005, Canada had a solid (albeit, not perfect) climate change plan designed to meet our commitments under the Kyoto Protocol. Regulations were written and ready to go into effect on January 1, 2008. The plan was the result seven years of consultation with the provinces, industry, experts and environmental organizations, and included a cap on all industrial emissions (including...

2013-07-11  |  Webmaster

It's summer and that means it’s time to get out and enjoy Canada’s majestic parks and wilderness areas!

When I was a kid, I used get up early on Saturday mornings, pack a lunch and head to the creek! That was my wilderness area where I forded rivers, climbed trees & scaled cliffs. You see I was an explorer, or maybe that day I was a soldier or some other heroic figure I saw on TV the night before. Down by the creek I was free and could be anything I wanted for a few hours every Saturday…until they built the golf course, that is.

One fall day the Canadian Tire catalogue arrived in the mail. That was a big deal for me – I think I spent the next 3 days ogling through the product packed pages. I particularly remember circling backpacks in the catalogue hoping Mom or Dad would notice! After all, any real outdoor...

2013-06-10  |  Paul Beckwith

By Paul Beckwith

On March 23, 2013, I made the following prediction:

“For the record—I do not think that any sea ice will survive this summer. An event unprecedented in human history is today, this very moment, transpiring in the Arctic Ocean.

The cracks in the sea ice that I reported in my Sierra blog and elsewhere have spread. Worse news is at this very moment the entire sea ice sheet (or about 99 percent of it) covering the Arctic Ocean is on the move (clockwise), and the thin, weakened icecap has literally begun to tear apart.

This is abrupt climate change in real-time.

Humans have benefited greatly from a stable climate for the last 11,000 years (roughly...

2013-05-28  |  John Bennett

By John Bennett

It’s that great Canadian time of year...beginning of the camping season. In the thousands, we head to the Great Outdoors hoping to catch a glimpse of nature and its critters!

For the endangered Jefferson Salamander and Western Sage Grouse, it’s just like any other day -- avoiding predators, finding enough food and hoping to survive. They can’t do any more than that, so their survival is up to us.

Are we willing to leave them a little room on the planet or must we take it all away? Sadly, that’s the question facing Canada’s 300 endangered and 400 threatened species. Every day is critical… every day they inch closer to extinction.


RELATED: (Video) Where endangered species go when they lose their home


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2013-05-24  |  Paul Beckwith

By Paul Beckwith  (May 25, 2013)

As I write this blog in the aftermath of the massive tornado that passed through Oklahoma this week, I have multiple computer screens playing live feeds (like the one in Diagram 1). This mega-storm was generated as part of the massive cyclonic system that passed over the central U.S (from May 18th through May 20th). It spawned many storm systems and severe tornadoes.

In Oklahoma, it took less than 1 hour for a thunderstorm system to develop into a full-blown 3 km diameter tornado of the highest size/strength (EF5). As you know, this tornado caused total devastation along a swath greater than 30 km long and about 3 km wide in the southern part of the city. Two schools and a hospital were destroyed resulting in heavy loss of life.

The actual tornado tracked through the most built up part of the city and had a length of 6.22 km (Image 2). As bad as this was, if the tornado had tracked further north by about 10 km,...

 
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