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Opinion: Site C: Too risky to rely on one river system for B.C.’s hydro needs PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 04:54

BY BEN PARFITT, SPECIAL TO THE VANCOUVER SUN JANUARY 28, 2016

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/opinion+site+risky+

 
 

 

Opinion: Site C: Too risky to rely on one river system for B.C.s hydro needs
 

Peace River just below the W.A.C. Bennett dam.

Photograph by: Derrick Penner , Vancouver SunIn the face of a prolonged drought, water levels at Lake Mead, the giant reservoir that straddles the Nevada and Arizona borders, are lower than at any point since the Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s.

For residents in California, Nevada, Arizona and northern Mexico, a crisis looms. What alternative drinking water sources are there for millions of people? How many farms may fail? What will replace the “reliable” hydroelectric power that the Hoover and other dams once produced?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 04:59
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Kristi Miller, muzzled fisheries scientist, felt like a second-class citizen PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 07 November 2015 12:20

Miller's study into the 2009 Fraser River sockeye salmon collapse was considered a 'bad news story'

CBC News Posted: Nov 06, 2015 4:42 PM PT Last Updated: Nov 06, 2015 4:55 PM PT

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/krist-miller-scientist-dfo-muzzled-1.3308549

Government scientist Kristi Miller was the lead author of an article published in Science in January 2011 that suggested a virus may be linked to premature deaths in migrating sockeye salmon.

Government scientist Kristi Miller was the lead author of an article published in Science in January 2011 that suggested a virus may be linked to premature deaths in migrating sockeye salmon

A federal edict that prevented government scientists from talking publicly about their work turned them into "second-class citizens", a B.C. based molecular geneticist told CBC news Friday.

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'Yes, I Lied': Vindicating Villagers, Star Chevron Witness Busted for Perjury PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 19:44
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http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/10/27/yes-i-lied-vindicating-villagers-star-chevron-witness-busted-perjury

'Chevron has taken the people of Ecuador and the U.S. court system on a ride, full of lies, deliberate delay, and obstruction of justice,' says Amazon Watch

 

"This is vindication for the Ecuadorians...and we now hope Chevron will finally do the right thing and clean up their toxic mess." (Photo: Amazon Watch/Facebook)

In what is being called "a dramatic turn" in a protracted legal battle, documents publicized Monday reveal that the star witness in a case pitting rainforest villagers against a multinational oil giant has admitted to lying under oath in an effort to help Chevron avoid paying a $9.5 billion judgment for deliberate pollution of the Ecuadorian Amazon. 

"Yes sir, I lied there...I wasn't being truthful," ex-judge Alberto Guerra reportedly told an international arbitration tribunal earlier this year when asked about his claim that the plaintiffs' legal team offered him a $300,000 bribe to ghostwrite the ruling in their favor.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 19:56
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The Dry Weather That’s Hitting The Tar Sands Industry Is ‘A Preview Of The Future,’ Scientist Says PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 23 August 2015 04:59

 AUG 21, 2015 1:57PM

CREDIT: AP PHOTO/EAMON MAC MAHON

This June 25, 2008 photo shows an aerial view of Alberta's Athabasca river running through the oil sands developments in Canada.

Dozens of tar sands developers in Alberta’s tar sands have been suspended from taking water — needed for their operations — out of local rivers, after a low flow advisory was issued.

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) suspended 73 licenses to temporarily divert water (TDLs) from the Athabasca, Peace, and Wabasca rivers on July 24, after unusually dry weather caused water to fall to at or below healthy maintenance levels. Now, scientists are saying this could become a regular issue for Alberta’s tar sands industry.

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The Harper Government was negligent in withdrawing from the International Convention on Combating Desertification and Drought PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 17:00

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

Photo of 2012 drought in Alberta

 

Digby McLaren, Past President of the Royal Society of Canada,  once stated that "inaction is negligence``. (Global Change Conference, 1991)

 

This dictum could be aptly applied to the Harper Government. Their inaction on drought has been negligent

 

On March 13, 2013, the Harper government withdrew from the International Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought

The withdrawal from the Convention would have been after there had been a serious drought in Alberta

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:28
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