Bicycles Triumphed Over Cars And Transit

The ECOreport looks at how bicycles triumphed over Cars and transit in Vancouver’s Share the Road Challenge

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There were 13 teams, each composed of someone driving a car, someone with a bike and someone using transit. They started from different locations throughout Vancouver and North Vancouver, anywhere from 2.4 to 10.4 kilometres from the finish line at the downtown London Drugs. The distance did not matter, as long as each team started from the same point, because this was a race to see which form of transportation moved through rush hour traffic faster. This was the first year in which all the bicycles triumphed over cars and transit in Vancouver’s Share the Road Challenge

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The Legal Duty To Consult

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed about the legal duty to consult

Originally Posted on the Fraser Institute

By Ravina Bains & Kayla Ishkanian

Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution states that “the existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada are hereby recognized and affirmed”. In an attempt to provide greater clarity the constitution defines “treaty rights” as rights that now exist by way of “land claim agreements or may be so acquired”. It is through this constitutional provision that the duty to consult has been constructed by Canadian courts. The department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada estimates that the legal duty to consult is triggered for some provinces over 100,000 times per year and for the federal government over 5,000 times per year.

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Renewable Energy Does Not Change Corporate Capitalism

The ECOreport reposts an Op-ED pointing out that Renewable Energy Does Not Change Corporate Capitalism

Originally Published on Local Futures

By Steven Gorelick

Among climate change activists, solutions usually center on a transition to renewable energy. There may be differences over whether this would be best accomplished by a carbon tax, bigger subsidies for wind and solar power, divestment from fossil fuel companies, massive demonstrations, legislative fiat or some other strategy, but the goal is generally the same: replace dirty fossil fuels with clean renewable energy. Such a transition is often given a significance that goes well beyond its immediate impact on greenhouse gas emissions: it would somehow make our exploitative relationship to Nature more environmentally sound, our relationship to each other more socially equitable. In part this is because the fossil fuel corporations – symbolized by the villainous Koch brothers – will be a relic of the past, replaced by ‘green’ corporations and entrepreneurs that display none of their predecessors’ ruthlessness and greed.

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250 Canadian Professors Speak Out Against Site C

The ECOreport reposts press release in which More Than 250 Canadian Professors Speak Out Against Site C

Press Release By Concerned Scientists

More than 250 prominent university professors from across Canada, including legal scholars, political scientists, water scientists, and environmental scientists, released a statement of concern regarding Site C, a hydroelectric dam on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia. A letter supporting the concerns raised by this group has been issued by the President of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Put Lemare Lake Logging Ltd Operations On Hold

The ECOreport reposts an appeal for the province to stop covert logging of old-growth on northern Vancouver Island, put Lemare Lake Logging Ltd operations on hold 

Originally Published on Sierra Club BC

VICTORIA— Sierra Club BC is asking the BC government to put Lemare Lake Logging Ltd operations on hold because the company is keeping its logging plans under wraps, while clearcutting endangered old-growth on Northern Vancouver Island.

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$Billions In Tax Breaks For Oil And Gas

The ECOreport reposts a study of the $billions in tax breaks for oil and gas industry

Originally Published on Center for American Progress

The investment tax credit, or ITC, and production tax credit, or PTC, for clean energy have played an essential role in expediting the deployment of wind, solar, and other forms of clean energy in the United States. In December 2015, the U.S. Congress voted to extend the PTC and ITC. As part of the agreement, however, Congress decided to phase out these tax credits over time. This raises an important question, one asked by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) in February: If policymakers phase out tax credits for clean energy, shouldn’t they do the same for the billions of dollars in tax breaks for the oil and gas industry?
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Ways To Feed As Many As Nine Billion People

The ECOreport reposts ways to feed as many as nine billion people

Originally Published by the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki, with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

Calculating farming’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is difficult, but experts agree that feeding the world’s people has tremendous climate and environmental impacts. Estimates of global emissions from farms range widely. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency puts them at 24 per cent, including deforestation, making agriculture the second-largest emitter after heat and electricity.

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WindEnergy Hamburg 2016

The ECOreport reposts announcement of WindEnergy Hamburg 2016, Sept  27 to 30 at the Hamburg Messe fair ground

Press release from WindEnergy Hamburg

WE4 / Hamburg, 27 May 2016 – 97 per cent of the world’s installed wind energy capacity of roughly 432,419 MW is provided by wind turbines installed on land. Onshore is the bread and butter of the industry, despite the fact that increasing numbers of ever bigger wind turbines are conquering the seas. Since onshore wind turbines and components have more or less reached technical maturity, the current innovation focus for production and operation is on reducing costs. The advancements achieved in this respect will be demonstrated by leading wind turbine manufacturers at WindEnergy Hamburg from 27 to 30 September 2016. The world’s leading trade fair for wind energy expects more than 1,200 exhibitors showcasing their novelties on an exhibition floor covering 65,000 square metres across nine fair halls. This year for the first time, the conference of WindEurope will be held in parallel with WindEnergy Hamburg.

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What kind of a difference will CleverMade products make?

The ECOreport publishes a Q&A, What kind of a difference will CleverMade products make?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In response to a San Diego company’s news release, I emailed back a series of questions based around the theme “What kind of a difference will CleverMade products make?”

These are the Questions and CleverMade’s answers.

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Will Vegans Save The World?

The ECOreport reposts Will vegans save the world?

Originally Published on the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

Will vegans save the world? Reading comments under climate change articles or watching the film Cowspiracy make it seem they’re the only ones who can. Cowspiracy boldly claims veganism is “the only way to sustainably and ethically live on this planet.” But, as with most issues, it’s complicated.
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