Urban Inuit: Nomads from the Arctic find new home in Canada’s capital

The Inuit migration south to Ottawa has picked up speed, a challenge for those used to traditional life

Al Jazeera, By Leyland Cecco, November 23

Ottawa, Ontario — Dion Metcalfe pulls up his shirt to reveal an inukshuk tattooed onto his stomach. The stone cairn, used to guide or mark a path in the North, […]

Thomas Merton Listening to the Rain

This, via Monksworks, from Thomas Merton:

Let me say this before rain becomes a utility that they can plan and distribute for money. By “they” I mean the people who cannot understand that rain is a festival, who do not appreciate its gratuity, who think that what has no price has no value, that what […]

Louisiana Senate Candidates Race to Hold Lame Duck Votes On Keystone XL Pipeline

ABC News, By Arlette Saenz, November 12

After two years of inaction on the Keystone XL pipeline, it could be a Louisiana Senate run-off that finally forces Congress to vote on the measure.

The so-called Bayou Brawl was on full display on Capitol Hill Wednesday as the two candidates – Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu and […]

The real story of US coal: inside the world’s biggest coalmine

The Guardian, By Suzanne Goldenberg, November 10

In the world’s biggest coalmine, even a 400 tonne truck looks like a toy. Everything about the scale of Peabody Energy’s operations in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming is big and the mines are only going to get bigger – despite new warnings from the United Nations […]

IPCC: rapid carbon emission cuts vital to stop severe impact of climate change

Most important assessment of global warming yet warns carbon emissions must be cut sharply and soon, but UN’s IPCC says solutions are available and affordable.

The Guardian, By Damian Carrington, November 2

Copenhagen – Climate change is set to inflict “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts” on people and the natural world unless carbon emissions are […]

An Ill Wind Blows in Antarctica, Threatens Global Flooding

Fiercer winds from the Southern Ocean means a faster meltdown of ice.

Scientific American, By John Upton and Climate Central, October 30

Foreboding winds of change are blowing over the already gale-swept South Pole, threatening to hasten Antarctic melting and worsen flooding around the globe.

The Southern Ocean’s legendary winds have been blowing more fiercely […]

Japan nuclear plant gets approval to restart, over three years after Fukushima

Reuters, October 28

Tokyo – A town in southwest Japan became the first to approve the restart of a nuclear power station on Tuesday, a step forward in Japan’s fraught process of reviving an industry left idled by the Fukushima catastrophe in 2011.

Satsumasendai, a town of 100,000 that hosts the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power […]

Events that mark Arctic warming

The Guardian, Jeremy Plester, October 26

The Arctic is warming at an alarming rate – and if anyone was in any doubt, there was a milestone event last month that attracted surprisingly little attention.

For the first time, a cargo ship sailed without an icecutter escort through the treacherous waters of the Northwest Passage, from […]

‘Bomb trains': A crude awakening for Richmond, Calif.

Local activists try to halt the shipment of explosive Bakken crude oil through their neighborhoods.

Al Jazeera, By Audrea Lim, October 24

Richmond, CA — The streets are quiet in Lipo Chanthanasak’s neighborhood on the outer edge of this city’s downtown core. Each of the small houses is painted a variation of beige and separated […]

EU reaches deal on CO2 emissions cut

European Union leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and set renewable energy targets.

Al Jazeera, October 24

European Union leaders have reached what they described as the world’s most ambitious climate change targets for 2030, paving the way for a new UN-backed global treaty next year.

The 28 leaders […]

Water crisis worsens as Sao Paulo nears ‘collapse’

Bloomberg News, By Vanessa Dezem, October 22

Sao Paulo, Brazil — Sao Paulo residents, half of whom are already complaining of hours-long water shortages, were warned by a top water regulator Tuesday to brace for more severe cutoffs.

“If the drought continues, residents will face more dramatic water shortages in the short term,” Vicente Andreu, […]

Fukushima radiation nearing West Coast

The (Mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon’s) Statesman Journal, By Tracy Loew, October 17

Radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster is approaching the West Coast, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is reporting.

A sample taken Aug. 2 about 1,200 kilometers west of Vancouver, B.C. tested positive for Cesium 134, the Fukushima “fingerprint” of Fukushima.

It also showed […]

Oceans Getting Hotter Than Anybody Realized

Climate Central, By John Upton, October 5

The RV Kaharoa motored out of Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday, loaded with more than 100 scientific instruments, each eventually destined for a watery grave. Crewmembers will spend the next two months dropping the 50-pound devices, called Argo floats, into the seas between New Zealand and Mauritius, off […]

Walrus mass in vast numbers on Alaska beach as sea ice retreats

Concern that warming climate is responsible for gathering of about 35,000 walrus in north-west Alaska.

AP, September 30

Pacific walrus that can’t find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in north-west Alaska.

An estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed on Saturday about five miles north of […]

The Wages of Capitalism

Winston Churchill once famously said of Democracy, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” Oddly, he also said, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

I say “oddly,” because of Naomi Klein and […]

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