Humans needs to change course to stay within planetary boundaries

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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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.” Continue reading

Energy wells can ‘communicate’ and ‘sterilize’ the landscape Part 3: Trouble Beneath Our Feet

Canadian Natural Resources Limited workers cleaning up the bitumen spill in 2013 after it seeped up through a fissure at their Primrose oil sand projects north of Cold Lake. Alta. ~ Ed Kaiser/Edmonton Journal

Canadian Natural Resources Limited workers cleaning up the bitumen spill in 2013 after it seeped up through a fissure at their Primrose oil sand projects north of Cold Lake. Alta. ~ Ed Kaiser/Edmonton Journal

The sun was beginning to set on the farm near Innisfail, a two-hour drive south of Edmonton, when a wellhead suddenly started spewing oil and fracking fluids 20 metres into the air, coating the snowy field and trees in oily mist.

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Thermal wells point to ‘worst case’ leaks from the deep

Spring water from deep underground carries plenty of heat and chemicals that feed orange microbial mats growing on the rocks at Larsen Spring, one of nine thermal springs in Northern B.C. and the southern Yukon ~ STEVE GRASBY/GSC

Spring water from deep underground carries plenty of heat and chemicals that feed orange microbial mats growing on the rocks at Larsen Spring, one of nine thermal springs in Northern B.C. and the southern Yukon ~ STEVE GRASBY/GSC

VANCOUVER – The water burbles out of the earth carrying evidence of its underground voyage. It has come from depths of up to five kilometres, bringing plenty of heat, gas and chemicals with it.

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Five years, five homes demolished and gas keeps bubbling from the deep Part 2: Trouble Beneath Our Feet – Trying to plug the leak in Calmar, Alberta

Ralph Olson's home beside the leaking well in Calmar, Alta.~ Edmonton Journall photo

Ralph Olson’s home beside the leaking well in Calmar, Alta.~ Edmonton Journall photo

Imperial Oil workers came knocking in Calmar, a small town southwest of Edmonton, looking for old oil and gas wells in 2008. They found one leaking just a metre from the Beaudry home on Evergreen Crescent and took drastic steps to try to stop the gas rising from the deep.

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