The ECOreport reposts an Op-ED, how urban agriculture intersects with social justice
Originally Published on U of T News
As Toronto continues to grow, urban agriculture may play a more significant role for people seeking alternative sources of nutritious and affordable food, U of T researcher Colleen Hammelman says.
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The ECOreport reposts news from the Southeastern UK, Kent Businesses Fear Brexit’s Impact
Originally Posted on the University of Kent News
By Sandy Fleming
Research carried out at the University of Kent found one in four companies in Kent have little understanding of the impact of Brexit.
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The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed from Germany, the domino effect of Amazon deforestation
Originally Published on the Technical University of Munich News
Reduced rainfall in the Amazon rainforest is increasing forest mortality. Fewer trees exacerbate regional periods of drought, leading to a self-amplified forest loss. A study conducted by an international team of researchers recommends supporting measures to safeguard diversity in the Amazon region, as this maintains the resilience of this ecosystem.
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The ECOreport reposts news from an industry many thought was disappearing, Asian tobacco companies entering the global market
Originally Published on SFU News
There are already one billion tobacco smokers worldwide, and this number is likely to rise further with Asian tobacco companies poised to enter the global market, according to SFU health sciences professor Kelley Lee.
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The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed, Donald Trump threatens the environment, health & economic development
Press release from the Center for American Progress
By Carolyn Kenney
The first months of Donald Trump’s presidency have raised serious concerns about the new administration’s understanding of climate change and the associated security risks. President Trump’s vocal skepticism of climate change and his appointment of several prominent climate deniers to his Cabinet, along with deep proposed budget cuts to government activities aimed at slowing or adapting to climate change, could see the new administration do untold damage to the environment, human health and security, economic development, and international peace and stability.
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The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed critical of the 2017 budget, Canada’s Budget Props Up Failing Tar Sands Industry
Editor’s note: Canada is a Petro-state, whose currency fluctuates with the rise and fall of oil prices. This would not be a healthy situation even if fossil fuel emissions were not triggering climate change. The government needs to develop other industries without collapsing our Petro-economy.
Press Release from the Wilderness Committee
While the federal government invests in moving Canada towards a low-carbon economy, Budget 2017 throws good money after bad in its attempts to prop up a failing tar sands industry.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED supportive of the Liberal Government, Climate Actions in Canada’s 2017 Budget
From Climate Action Network Canada
By Catherine Abreu
Today’s budget provides the financial backing we need to begin the serious work of implementing Canada’s climate framework and generating good, long-term jobs for Canadians. It also highlights several areas that need more work, particularly in building clean technology markets and ending fossil fuel subsidies.”
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The ECOreport reposts news from California’s threatened Bay Delta area, Delta Stewardship Council Motion To Adopt Twin Tunnels
Originally Published by the Fish Sniffer & Daily KOS
By Dan Bacher
The Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) on Thursday, March 23 will consider a controversial motion to amend the Delta Plan to automatically accept new conveyance (the Delta Tunnels) into their master plan for the Delta, “without proper public vetting,” according to a news release from Restore the Delta (RTD).
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed from Germany, reducing grid bottlenecks with smart markets
Press release from Agora Energiewende
The number of wind turbines and photovoltaic panels installed across Germany continues to rise as part of the country’s ambitious Energiewende, or energy transformation. The vast majority of new renewable energy systems are connected to local distribution grids, thus increasing the volume of electricity that must be transported between regions using high-voltage transmission lines. However, grid bottlenecks often prevent transmission between certain regions from taking place. To address this problem, Germany’s grid operators are forced to throttle the production of wind energy and/or activate alternative sources of power. The costs associated with redispatch and feed-in management exceeded one billion euros in 2015. With the further progression of the energy transformation, grid bottlenecks are expected to become an increasingly frequent occurrence.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about Site’s C’s real force of YES:
Yes, save the farmland;
Yes, save the forests;
Yes, save the money,
Say NO to the proposed Site C Dam
By Roger Bryenton
Why is BC Hydro building the Site C hydro-electric project, flooding valuable farmland along our Peace River Valley in north-east BC, destroying forests needed for carbon sequestration to help offset climate change, and eliminating fish that the First Nations rely upon for an essential food?
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