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City committee endorses proposal to buy electric buses for Calgary Transit – Calgary
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City committee endorses proposal to buy electric buses for Calgary Transit – Calgary

The decision to move forward with a proposal to purchase up to 259 electric buses will be in the hands of Calgary city council after a committee gave the plan its endorsement. The city’s executive committee got a presentation on the $491 million plan to purchase the buses on Tuesday before voting unanimously to bring the proposal to city council as a whole.According to city officials, the proposal relies on a $168 million loan from the Canada Infrastructure Bank, and an additional $223 million in grants. The City of Calgary would need to put $100 million towards the proposal.“This is really good news,” Mayor Jyoti Gondek told reporters. “For every dollar we’re putting in, we appear to be receiving four dollars back.”Funds to cover the purchase of 259 zero-emission 40-foot buses wo...
Missouri School to Close After Radioactive Waste Report
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Missouri School to Close After Radioactive Waste Report

By JIM SALTER, Associated PressFLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri school board decided Tuesday to shut down a grade school that sits near a contaminated creek after a study funded by law firms involved in a class-action lawsuit found high levels of radioactive material inside the school.Contamination was in classrooms, the playground and elsewhere at Jana Elementary School in Florissant, Missouri, according to a report last week by Boston Chemical Data Corp. It follows another study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, made public in the summer, that found contamination stemming from World War II-era nuclear weapons production in a wooded area near Coldwater Creek.The Hazelwood Board of Education voted in closed session Tuesday to close the school until it can be cleaned up. Virtual lear...
Smoky skies bulletin issued for Princeton, Similkameen – Okanagan
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Smoky skies bulletin issued for Princeton, Similkameen – Okanagan

A smoky skies bulletin has again been issued for the Similkameen region in B.C.’s Southern Interior. The national weather agency says the area, which includes Princeton, will continue to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24 to 48 hours.According to the BC Wildfire Service, a number of wildfires southeast of Hope. And because of those, the eastern Fraser Valley and Similkameen regions have seen ongoing smoky skies bulletins lately. Read more: Air quality advisory issued for eastern Fraser Valley due to wildfires Read More Air quality advisory issued for eastern Fraser Valley due to wildfires On DriveBC’s website, hazy skies can be seen on Highway 3 webcam...
P.E.I. dunes may not recover from ‘striking’ Fiona damage before next storm: experts – National
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P.E.I. dunes may not recover from ‘striking’ Fiona damage before next storm: experts – National

Churning waters and wind gusts exceeding 100 kilometres per hour powered by post-tropical storm Fiona gnawed through large parts of Prince Edward Island National Park in September, leaving behind a changed coastline. Experts worry the beaches and sand dunes may not have enough time to recover before the next storm hits.Parks Canada spokesman James Eastham described the damage from Fiona as “very striking” and “quite obvious.”“Based off of our initial assessments, there’s between three and 10 metres of coastal erosion in various locations around the park,” he said, adding that it’s too early to get a complete portrait of the attrition of dunes and upheaval of wildlife habitat caused by Fiona.Following the storm, much of the area in and around the communities of Cavendish-North Rust...
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...