Humans needs to change course to stay within planetary boundaries

January 15, 2015 Leave a comment
Scientists warn the 'Earth system' is deteriorating and people are to blame

Scientists warn the ‘Earth system’ is deteriorating and people are to blame

Humans are the prime driver of the deteriorating “Earth System,” says an international research team that is calling for a change in trajectory.

“The only state of the planet that we know for certain can support contemporary human societies is now being destabilized,” says the report, published Thursday by the journal Science.

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Researchers advise pregnant women to limit exposure to receipts and plastic

January 12, 2015 Leave a comment
Team led by Deborah Kurrasch has shown bisphenol A and S can alter brain development in zebrafish.

Team led by Deborah Kurrasch has shown bisphenol A and S can alter brain development in zebrafish.

Pregnant women are being warned to avoid reaching for credit card and cash register receipts as the ubiquitous bits of paper are increasingly seen as a threat to unborn children.
The receipts can contain the toxin bisphenol A and its chemical cousin bisphenol S, chemicals that a new study shows can alter brain development and behaviour in animals exposed to extremely low doses.

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Canada seen as big loser if world gets serious about climate change

Rruck dumping oilsands into a hopper at Suncor's base plant oilsands upgrading facility north of Fort McMurray, Alta.  ~ RYAN JACKSON / EDMONTON JOURNAL

Dumping oilsands into a hopper at Suncor’s oilsands upgrading facility north of Fort McMurray, Alta.
~ RYAN JACKSON / EDMONTON JOURNAL

Published: January 7, 2015

Most of Canada’s oil riches should stay the ground, according to an international study that has deemed 75 per cent of Canada’s oil and all the Arctic’s fossil fuels “unburnable.” Read more…

Tsunamis toss Japanese buoys and hard hats into B.C. forest

December 30, 2014 Leave a comment
Scientist Lucinda Leonard sets up equipment to assess the way a 2012 tsunami inundated the old growth forest on Haida Gwaii, leaving behind plenty of seaweed and debris visible on the ground ~ NRCan Photo

Scientist Lucinda Leonard sets up equipment to assess the way a 2012 tsunami inundated the old growth forest on Haida Gwaii, leaving behind plenty of seaweed and debris visible on the ground ~ NRCan Photo

VANCOUVER _ Japanese hard hats and fishing floats are now lying in old growth forests on the British Columbia coast after being washed into the Pacific Ocean by the biggest tsunami of 2011, and then out of the Pacific by the largest tsunami of 2012.

But apart from the shared wreckage, the two tsunamis show just how different impacts of the giant waves can be. Read more…

Fallout from radioactive Fukushima rising in west coast waters

December 29, 2014 Leave a comment
Aerial view of tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan ~ AP PHOTO/KYODO NEWS

Aerial view of tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan ~ AP PHOTO/KYODO NEWS

VANCOUVER _ Radioactivity from Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors has turned up off the British Columbia coast and the level will likely peak in waters off North America in the next year or two, says a Canadian-led team that’s intercepted the nuclear plume.

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‘Catastrophic’ quake and tsunami brewing off west coast

December 27, 2014 Leave a comment
Pressure is building on seafloor off Vancouver Island and Pacific Rim National Park

Pressure is building on seafloor off Vancouver Island and Pacific Rim National Park

VICTORIA – The pressure has been building for more than 300 years. A giant slab of rock sliding in from the Pacific is exerting so much pressure on the west coast of North America it is warping Vancouver Island, tilting it higher and squeezing it a few centimetres eastward every year.

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Horrific tsunami led to global warning system

December 25, 2014 Leave a comment
Huge waves washing boats, vehicles, trees and bodies up streets and hillsides. Desperate parents and families searching for children and relatives who had been swept away. Heartbreaking images of missing tourists, last seen smiling under sunny skies and palm trees.

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