The Eco News Roundup brings stories and commentary about issues related to climate change, renewable energy and the environment.
If you don’t often associate nuns with environmental activism, you probably haven’t met the Sisters of Mercy. The Roman Catholic women’s organization strives to “act in harmony and interdependence with all of creation” by advocating action on climate change and standing in solidarity with pipeline protestors. This week, the Sisters reaffirmed their commitment to protecting all life on Earth, when they called on Congress to keep drilling out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the largest National Wildlife Refuge in the country.
“The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a part of God’s creation that stands alone in its wilderness, ecological integrity, and beauty,” a Nov. 1 letter to Congress, signed by a dozen members of the Sisters of Mercy along with nuns from other organizations, reads. “The exploitation of fossil fuels in the Refuge will contribute to climate change and threaten the ten thousand year-old traditions that the Gwich’in people depend upon to survive.”
In British Columbia, a new front in the movement to hold fossil fuel producers responsible for the costs of climate change may be gaining a foothold.
Four communities in Canada’s westernmost province have sent letters to 20 of the world’s largest oil and gas companies asking them to pay for the rising costs the cities face. The letters contend that because the companies have profited richly from the burning of fossil fuels, they should be responsible for the cost of preparing for and recovering from the impacts, including increasingly severe wildfires, sea level rise and more frequent drought.
An Alberta town is planning to pull a different kind of energy from the abandoned oil and gas wells that ring its outskirts.
Hinton, west of Edmonton on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, is teaming up with academic researchers and the private sector to install what may be Canada’s first geothermal heating system in its downtown core.
And some say it could change the ground rules for industry all over Alberta.
The current 1-million-acre ban on new uranium mining was put into place by the Obama administration in 2012 for after an environmental impact statement found that expanded mining could cause severe impacts on water quality for downstream users. The Grand Canyon watershed provides drinking water for at least 25 million people.
“Like our ancestors, we do not know how future Americans will enjoy, experience, and benefit from this place,” former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said when the ban was announced. “And that’s one of the many reasons why wisdom, caution, and science should guide our protection of the Grand Canyon.”
The new Trump administration proposal was immediately slammed as another gift to extractive industries — one that puts drinking water, wildlife habitat, and the $887 billion outdoor recreation industry at risk.
Global negotiations seeking to implement the Paris agreement have been captured by corporate interests and are being undermined by powerful forces that benefit from exacerbating climate change, according to a report released ahead of the second meeting of parties to the Paris agreement – COP23 – next week.
The report, co-authored by Corporate Accountability, uncovers a litany of ways in which fossil fuel companies have gained high-level access to negotiations and manipulated outcomes.
It highlights a string of examples, including that of a negotiator for Panama who is also on the board of a corporate peak body that represents carbon traders such as banks, polluters and brokers.
The fate of aquatic ecosystems in a warming climate may well rest upon the appetite of a tiny snail-like herbivore you’ve probably never heard of: the limpet.
The behavior of the little limpet, in fact, is a perfect model for what scientists see as a defense strategy against the pressures imposed upon the environment by increasing temperatures. Because limpets eat plants, they actually make ecosystems stronger in the face of climate change. Among other things, they create space for other creatures, making ecosystems more diverse.
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