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Dickie-Moore park inaugurated in Montreal’s Parc-Extension neighbourhood – Montreal
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Dickie-Moore park inaugurated in Montreal’s Parc-Extension neighbourhood – Montreal

Residents of the Parc-Extension neighborhood of Montreal can now enjoy a new state-of-the-art park. The park is named after Montreal Canadiens great and Hall of Famer, Dickie Moore, who grew up in Parc-Extension.Members of Moore’s family were present at the inauguration, including his daughter, Lianne Moore.“If he was here, he’d be the happiest man alive,” Moore said.Moore became emotional as she spoke about her father’s passing in 2015, adding it was an honour to have a park named after him.“I have to say with my utmost heart, this day is more special that you would know,” Moore said, holding back tears. “I miss him every day but you’re going to make him stay longer because his name is up here. What an honour, what an honour, wow.” Story continues below advertisement ...
Sweden Sends Special Diving Vessel to Area of Pipeline Leaks
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Sweden Sends Special Diving Vessel to Area of Pipeline Leaks

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated PressCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden has sent a vessel capable of “advanced diving missions” to the Baltic Sea area where ruptured undersea pipelines had leaked natural gas for days, the Swedish navy said Monday.Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused the West of sabotaging Russia-built natural gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea to Germany, a charge vehemently denied by the United States and its allies, who noted that Russia has been blackmailing Europe with reduced gas supplies for months.Last week, undersea blasts damaged the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines off southern Sweden and Denmark and have led to huge methane leaks, with those governments saying that several hundred pounds of explosives was involved. The emissions leaks occurred in intern...
US Shift Away From Coal Hits Tribal Community in New Mexico
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US Shift Away From Coal Hits Tribal Community in New Mexico

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated PressKIRTLAND, N.M. (AP) — The clamor of second graders breaking away from lessons to form lunch lines has gotten quieter in a rural New Mexico community, where families losing coal jobs have been forced to pack up and leave in search of work.At Judy Nelson Elementary, 1 in 4 students have left in an exodus spurred by decisions made five years ago to shutter a coal-fired power plant and mine that sit just up the road from the school in a largely Navajo community. The plant and mine had provided electricity to millions of people across the southwestern U.S. for nearly a half-century.The San Juan Generating Station burned its last bit of coal Thursday. The remaining workers will spend the coming weeks draining water from the plant, removing chemicals and...
Faster adaptation to climate change will save Canada billions: analysis
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Faster adaptation to climate change will save Canada billions: analysis

Canadians will see lower incomes and a choice between higher taxes or fewer government services if there isn’t more effort to adapt to the changing climate, a new report from The Canadian Climate Institute warns. But according to a report released Wednesday, if governments and the private sector buckle up and start investing in making Canada more resilient to the effects of extreme weather, the economic impact of climate change can be cut by 75 per cent.“The good news story is we have some ability to change this future,” said Ryan Ness, the director of adaptation research for the climate institute. Read more: Hurricane Fiona shows how climate change is fuelling severe weather events in Canada: expert Read More ...
Some 349,000 Still Without Power in Puerto Rico After Fiona
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Some 349,000 Still Without Power in Puerto Rico After Fiona

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An estimated 349,000 homes and businesses were still without power in Puerto Rico on Wednesday after Hurricane Fiona hit on Sept. 18, causing an island-wide power outage for its 3.3 million people.After hitting Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, Hurricane Fiona turned north and slammed into eastern Canada on Sept. 24, leaving over a third of Nova Scotia without power.Nova Scotia Power, a unit of Canadian energy company Emera Inc, said about 104,000 customers were still without power early Wednesday.Fiona hit Puerto Rico about five years after Hurricane Maria knocked out all power on the island.PowerOutage.us, which estimates outages based on utility data, said 349,000 customers were without service on Wednesday based on information from LUMA Energy, which opera...
Could new technology solve climate change?
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Could new technology solve climate change?

Elizabeth Robinson and Esin Serin consider how far we should be relying on technological fixes in the mission to reach net zero. It is already clear that significant progress on mitigating climate change can be achieved through a move to zero-carbon energy, reducing deforestation and adjusting how we grow food and what we eat. Renewable energy is increasingly becoming cheaper to produce than fossil fuels – one recent Oxford University study suggests that replacing fossil fuels with clean energy could bring global savings of up to $12 trillion by 2050. And the International Energy Agency has found that there is now more employment in ‘clean energy’ – including renewables, electric vehicles, energy efficiency and nuclear power – than in the fossil fuel industry, so the economic argument a...
Big businesses trumpet ESG credentials. Scrutiny is on the rise
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Big businesses trumpet ESG credentials. Scrutiny is on the rise

As the 2020s progress, discussions about climate change, the environment and issues related to equality and diversity are at the forefront of many people's minds.The corporate world is no exception, with banks, energy producers and a host of other major businesses keen to trumpet their sustainability credentials through advertisements, pledges, social media campaigns and a range of other initiatives.    Many of these claims are now viewed through the prism of ESG, or environmental, social and governance.It's become a hot topic in recent years, with a wide range of organizations attempting to boost their sustainability credentials — and public image — by developing business practices which they claim chime with ESG-linked criteria.But here's the rub: Definitions of ESG often vary and are...
Cheetahs Make a Comeback in India After 70 Years
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Cheetahs Make a Comeback in India After 70 Years

By ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL and SIBI ARASU, Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) — Seven decades after cheetahs died out in India, they're back.Eight big cats from Namibia made the long trek Saturday in a chartered cargo flight to the northern Indian city of Gwalior, part of an ambitious and hotly contested plan to reintroduce cheetahs to the South Asian country.Then they were moved to their new home: a sprawling national park in the heart of India where scientists hope the world’s fastest land animal will roam again.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the cats into their enclosure Saturday morning. The cats emerged from their cage, tentatively at first while continuously scanning their new surroundings.Political Cartoons on World Leaders Political Cartoons“When the cheetah will run again … ...
Oilsands operators confident they can meet Canada’s net zero goals
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Oilsands operators confident they can meet Canada’s net zero goals

An industry that has employed thousands of Canadians, generated billions of dollars worth of economic investment and annual government revenues now finds itself staring down perhaps it’s biggest challenge yet: dramatically slashing greenhouse gas emissions in a relatively short timeframe. Read more: Net-zero power system in Alberta ‘possible’ by 2035 but pricey: report Read More Net-zero power system in Alberta ‘possible’ by 2035 but pricey: report Alberta’s oilsands sector generates around 70 million tonnes of emissions each year — around one-tenth of Canada’s entire emissions profile.The industry itself has acknowledged it needs to dramatically cut those emi...
Money Approved for States to Build Car-Charging Network
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Money Approved for States to Build Car-Charging Network

By GILLIAN FLACCUS and MATTHEW BROWN, Associated PressPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday it has approved ambitious plans by 34 states and Puerto Rico to create a national electric vehicle charging network as the U.S. begins in earnest its transition away from gas-powered transportation.The plans’ approval means $900 million can begin to flow to the states, which are tasked with using money from President Joe Biden’s huge infrastructure law to form the network of chargers across the nation. Building out a reliable and convenient network is critical to spur more adoption of the technology, which is itself key to reducing greenhouse emissions that cause global warming.The announcement came on the same day that Biden toured the North American International Auto Sh...