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'SUPERIOR': Al Gore says Ontario cap-and-trade system better than carbon tax
Former U.S. VP Gore praises Ontario's cap-and-trade system during Toronto visit
Researchers say spring flooding is a reality of climate change
Earthquake death toll at 55 as aftershock hits Papua New Guinea
Why Bill Nye keeps getting bashed for not being a scientist
Nor'easter slamming U.S. East Coast with heavy rain, strong winds
Special weather statement issued for GTA ahead of snowfall
BRIEF-BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Awarded CA$168 Mln Contract Extension For OPG Nuclear Fuel Manufacturing
2018-03-12 12:12:59 March 12 (Reuters) - BWX Technologies Inc: * BWXT NUCLEAR ENERGY CANADA AWARDED CA$168 MILLION CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR OPG NUCLEAR FUEL MANUFACTURING * BWX TECHNOLOGIES INC - DEAL EXTENDS BWXT NEC’S CURRENT FUEL MANUFACTURING ARRANGEMENT WITH OPG TO END OF 2023 * BWX TECHNOLOGIES INC - UNIT AWARDED 5 -YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION TO MANUFACTURE FUEL FOR ONTARIO POWER GENERATION Source   Read More ...
Antarctica keeps attracting visitors — and it may be ‘last-chance tourism’
2018-03-10 21:32:06 Tourists are known to flock to New York, London and Paris for vacation getaways. But it seems travellers are increasingly taking a trip less taken — to Antarctica. Antarctica, or the South Pole of Earth, is the coldest continent and temperatures often drop below -73 degrees Celsius. And while photos often show snow and ice covering its sprawling landscapes, it is a desert where very little snow and rain falls   Read More ...
Blast your name into the sun
2018-03-08 20:13:23 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA will fly you to the sun — or at least your name. Now until April 27, NASA is accepting online submissions for this hottest ticket in town. The names will be sent on the Parker Solar Probe all the way to the sun. Once launched this summer from Cape Canaveral, Fla., the probe will eventually come within 4 million miles of our star, closer than any other spacecraft   Read More ...
'SUPERIOR': Al Gore says Ontario cap-and-trade system better than carbon tax
2018-03-08 20:12:33 TORONTO — Former U.S. vice-president and climate change crusader Al Gore is praising Ontario’s cap-and-trade system, calling it better than a carbon tax. Gore, who is visiting Toronto and meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne, says the way Ontario currently fights climate change is the “superior” system. He says cap and trade lets government work directly with emmitters to cut carbon emissions over time   Read More ...
Al Gore praises Ontario’s cap-and-trade system during Toronto visit
2018-03-08 19:33:57 TORONTO – Former U.S. vice-president and climate change crusader Al Gore is praising Ontario’s cap-and-trade system, calling it better than a carbon tax.Gore, who is visiting Toronto and meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne, says the way Ontario currently fights climate change is the “superior” system. He says cap and trade lets government work directly with emmitters to cut carbon emissions over time   Read More ...
Former U.S. VP Gore praises Ontario's cap-and-trade system during Toronto visit
2018-03-08 19:04:12 TORONTO - Former U.S. vice-president and climate change crusader Al Gore is praising Ontario's cap-and-trade system, calling it better than a carbon tax. Gore, who is visiting Toronto and meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne, says the way Ontario currently fights climate change is the "superior" system. He says cap and trade lets government work directly with emmitters to cut carbon emissions over time   Read More ...
I believe in global warming — and even I think carbon taxes are idiotic
2018-03-08 16:33:25 Let me preface by saying that I believe the greenhouse effect is real. Therefore, I am for sensible policies that reduce global emissions. Sadly, carbon taxes aren’t sensible if our goal is to reduce global emissions. They cost too much and do too little. So how did we go so wrong on carbon taxes? Carbon taxation was originally based on a right-wing, free-market theory   Read More ...
Another snowstorm clobbers the Northeast in the U.S.
2018-03-08 04:04:05 NEW YORK -- For the second time in less than a week, a storm rolled into the Northeast with wet, heavy snow Wednesday, grounding flights, closing schools and bringing another round of power outages to a corner of the country still recovering from the previous blast of winter. The nor'easter knocked out electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers and produced "thundersnow" as it made its way up the coast, with flashes of lightning and booming thunder from the Philadelphia area to New York City   Read More ...
Japanese volcano erupts, dozens of flights grounded
2018-03-08 00:09:18 A volcano in southern Japan that appeared in a James Bond film had its biggest eruption in years on March 7, shooting smoke and ash thousands of metres into the sky and grounding dozens of flights at a nearby airport, officials said. For more info, please go to Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: Like Global News on Facebook HERE: Follow Global News on Twitter HERE:   Read More ...
World unprepared for next major volcanic eruption, researchers say ‘death tolls could reach millions’
2018-03-07 20:53:00 The next major volcanic eruption is capable of wiping out an entire city, killing millions of people and bringing global financial markets to a halt, according to a group of scientists. In a recent paper published in Geosphere, a team of volcanologists broke down the consequences of not preparing for an inevitable volcanic eruption that ranks 7 or more on the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI)   Read More ...
The Arctic just had its warmest winter on record
2018-03-07 18:09:28 Reduced Arctic sea ice may be driving freak snowstorms in Europe, violent storms in North America Winter at the top of the world wimped out this year. The Arctic just finished its warmest winter on record. And sea ice hit record lows for this time of year, with plenty of open water where ocean water normally freezes into thick sheets of ice, new U   Read More ...
Researchers say spring flooding is a reality of climate change
2018-03-07 13:38:45 According to climate-change experts Ursule Boyer-Villemaire and Philippe Gagnon, it isn’t a question of whether it will flood again in the spring, it’s a question of how bad the flooding will be. Boyer-Villemaire and Gagnon are both working at Université du Québec à Montréal — he as a professor and she as a research associate — and both have PhDs in environmental science   Read More ...
Earthquake death toll at 55 as aftershock hits Papua New Guinea
2018-03-07 12:58:26 WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- At least 55 people have been confirmed dead and authorities fear the toll could exceed 100 from last week's powerful earthquake in Papua New Guinea, as survivors faced more shaking early Wednesday from the strongest aftershock so far. Southern Highlands Governor William Powi told The Associated Press that people were feeling traumatized from the disaster and ongoing aftershocks   Read More ...
Bill Nye (the Science Guy) blasts Alberta 'tar'sands at Trudeau climate change talk
2018-03-07 00:13:04 OTTAWA — Popular TV science personality Bill Nye put Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the spot Tuesday to explain Canada’s approval of a controversial pipeline which, if built, will increase the flow of oil from Alberta to the Pacific coast. “Tell us about the Kinder Morgan pipeline,” the American scientist asked Trudeau as they concluded a panel discussion on science and innovation in front of students at the University of Ottawa   Read More ...
Why Bill Nye keeps getting bashed for not being a scientist
2018-03-06 22:05:17 On Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared at the University of Ottawa to talk “Canadian innovation” with Bill Nye the Science Guy. Social media lit up with critiques that, in a country packed with scientists, Trudeau chose to talk science with an American TV personality. But Nye rarely goes anywhere these days without someone bringing up his sparse scientific resume   Read More ...
You only live twice: Volcano from James Bond thriller erupts, grounding flights nearby
2018-03-06 21:06:30 A column of volcanic ash spewed skyward and blanketed a city in southern Japan on Tuesday, grounding flights at a nearby airport as the ash reached a height of 2286 metres in Mount Shinmoedake’s most violent eruption since 2011. The volcano billowed smoke and ash from smaller eruptions last week, local media reported, but the new series of eruptions on the country’s southern island of Kyushu was a significant increase of potentially dangerous activity, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said in an Associated Press report   Read More ...
Monarch butterflies on their way Canada, but numbers down sharply after extreme weather
2018-03-06 16:08:41 OTTAWA — Right about now, the kings of the butterfly world are emerging from hibernation in Mexico looking for love and ready to make more butterflies. But scientists Monday said the number of monarch butterflies which will start their annual, 5,000-kilometre migration north to Canadian gardens and wild flower patches this summer is down sharply thanks to extreme weather last fall   Read More ...
Canada ‘all in’ on meeting climate change targets despite emissions gap: McKenna
2018-03-06 16:08:24 Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada is committed to meeting its climate change targets despite a growing gap between promises and emissions projections. “We’re absolutely committed to meeting our target,” McKenna, in Edmonton for an international conference on cities and climate change, told The Canadian Press. “We’re all in.” In 2015, Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions were 722 megatonnes annually of carbon dioxide equivalent   Read More ...
Japanese volcano erupts, dozens of flights grounded
2018-03-06 14:32:25 TOKYO -- A volcano in southern Japan that appeared in a James Bond film had its biggest eruption in years Tuesday, shooting smoke and ash thousands of meters (feet) into the sky and grounding dozens of flights at a nearby airport, officials said. The Meteorological Agency said the Shinmoedake volcano on Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu erupted violently several times, and some lava was rising inside a crater   Read More ...
Canada will meet climate targets despite emissions gap: Environment minister
2018-03-06 13:04:48 EDMONTON -- Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada is committed to meeting its climate change targets despite a growing gap between promises and emissions projections. "We're absolutely committed to meeting our target," McKenna, in Edmonton for an international conference on cities and climate change, told The Canadian Press. "We're all in." In 2015, Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions were 722 megatonnes annually of carbon dioxide equivalent   Read More ...
Extreme weather, forest loss behind sharp drop in monarch butterfly spottings
2018-03-06 12:32:23 OTTAWA -- Right about now, the kings of the butterfly world are emerging from hibernation in Mexico looking for love and ready to make more butterflies. But scientists Monday said the number of monarch butterflies which will start their annual, 5,000-kilometre migration north to Canadian gardens and wild flower patches this summer is down sharply thanks to extreme weather last fall   Read More ...
Scientists hope to save northern white rhino from extinction
2018-03-06 11:03:29 JOHANNESBURG - As the health of the world's last male northern white rhino declines in Kenya, a global team of scientists and conservationists is pushing ahead with an ambitious effort to save the subspecies from extinction with the help of the two surviving females. Participants in the project to create northern white rhino embryos through in vitro fertilization say its success depends not on the sick, elderly male named Sudan, but on his daughter Najin and granddaughter Fatu, whose eggs would likely have to be extracted because the rhinos can't reproduce naturally   Read More ...
Spring? It will be a bumpy road to get there, meteorologist says
2018-03-05 20:05:06 Spring will arrive a little late and showcase rather volatile weather this year, one of Canada’s most high-profile forecasters predicted Monday. In its spring outlook, the Weather Network said temperatures across much of the country will skew colder through March and early April before eventually warming up toward the end of the season. “Spring tends to be a season where we get a lot of volatility, a lot of ups and downs with our weather, because after all, we’re going from winter to summer,” said chief meteorologist Chris Scott   Read More ...
Scientists discovered a super-colony of 1.5M penguins thanks to NASA satellite images
2018-03-04 22:03:02 Here’s a sentence you perhaps never thought you’d read: a super-colony of more than one million penguins has been discovered off the Antarctic Peninsula’s northern tip after NASA satellite imagery revealed large amounts of penguin poop in the area. Researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), who released their study on March 2, discovered the massive colony of over 1   Read More ...
Why selling off the International Space Station would be a tricky mission for the U.S.
2018-03-04 12:04:23 The U.S. pays most of the bills, but its partners have a big say in what happens with the ISS Nicole has an avid interest in all things science. As an amateur astronomer, Nicole can be found looking up at the night sky appreciating the marvels of our universe. She is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the author of several books   Read More ...
You know it’s a Canadian winter when the moose comes to call
2018-03-04 00:10:36 What do you do when a moose shows up at your front door after a snowstorm? Complain about the weather, of course. That’s what photographer Sandra Forbes did over the weekend when a young female moose came knocking at her home in Bearspaw, Alta. She captured the very “Canadian” moment on video. “Is there too much snow this morning for you? Yeah, me too,” she said to the snow-covered moose   Read More ...
Ireland, Britain grind slowly back to normal following snowstorms
2018-03-03 12:06:43 Flood warnings issued due to melting snow Related Stories Airports reopened and public transport began to grind back into service on Saturday after the worst snowstorms in nearly 30 years caused two days of major disruption in Britain and shut most of Ireland. A blast of Siberian cold dubbed "the Beast from the East" combined with Storm Emma's arrival from the south to ground planes, shut schools and in Ireland, knock out the entire public transport network with weather rarely seen in either country   Read More ...
Conservationists call on minister to issue emergency order to save killer whales
2018-03-03 03:03:47 VANCOUVER -- Several conservation groups say the federal government's failure to issue an emergency order reducing threats to endangered orcas off the B.C. coast ahead of fishing and whale-watching season could mean the species' extinction. The organizations say Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna did not recommend an emergency order to cabinet by March 1, which could have seen priority feeding refuges established, fishing restricted and speed reductions for commercial vessels put in place for the season   Read More ...
Nor'easter slamming U.S. East Coast with heavy rain, strong winds
2018-03-03 00:06:32 Airlines cancel more than 2,100 flights, Trump forced to change airports Related Stories A major nor'easter pounded the U.S. East Coast on Friday, packing heavy rain, intermittent snow and strong winds as residents from the mid-Atlantic to Maine braced for coastal flooding. More than 2,100 flights were cancelled, most spread across airports in the Northeast. An American Airlines spokesman says the company has cancelled 18 per cent of its flights in the Northeast, with Boston's Logan Airport and Reagan Washington National Airport the hardest hit   Read More ...
Police let their guard down as snowstorm sweeps across Europe
2018-03-02 19:04:25 A massive winter storm has dropped snow across Europe, which has provided rare opportunities for residents to enjoy activities in the snow.The temptation to take part in snowball fights and tobogganing has even caused police to let down their guards and enjoy the weather.On Thursday, an on-duty bobby in North Yorkshire, England couldn’t resist taking a run down a snow covered hill on a sled with a group of kids   Read More ...
Toronto to get 5-10 cm of snow overnight, police warning drivers to expect messy commute
2018-03-01 23:08:09 It appears winter isn’t finished with us just yet. Ahead of a mix of rain and snow this evening, Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Toronto, Caledon, Mississauga, Brampton, Pickering, Oshawa, southern Durham Region, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, and Markham. According to the national weather agency, the region could see between five and 10 centimetres of snowfall by Friday morning   Read More ...
Winter storm Riley has major airlines waiving cancellation fees — here’s what to know
2018-03-01 20:04:56 A powerful nor’easter expected to bring heavy rain, high wind, and snow to the U.S. has major airlines waiving cancellation fees. Winter storm Riley is expected to hit several U.S. states beginning Thursday afternoon, then intensify overnight. By Friday afternoon, the winter storm will bring in high winds, rain and heavy snowfall. Global News’ chief meteorologist Anthony Farnell explained that there is also a risk of flooding   Read More ...
BRIEF-Canadian Natural Resources Limited Announces Qtrly Earnings Per Share $0.32
2018-03-01 12:15:08 March 1 (Reuters) - Canadian Natural Resources Ltd: * CANADIAN NATURAL RESOURCES LIMITED ANNOUNCES 2017 FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR END RESULTS * QTRLY EARNINGS PER SHARE $0.32 * QTRLY ADJUSTED EARNINGS PER SHARE $0.46 * QTRLY EQUIVALENT PRODUCTION 1.02 MILLION BOE/D VERSUS 962,264 BOE/D * CANADIAN NATURAL RESOURCES - 2018 NORTH AMERICA E&P CRUDE OIL AND NGL ANNUAL PRODUCTION GUIDANCE REMAINS UNCHANGED * 2018 THERMAL IN SITU ANNUAL PRODUCTION GUIDANCE REMAINS UNCHANGED * 2018 TOTAL NATURAL GAS ANNUAL PRODUCTION GUIDANCE REMAINS UNCHANGED * 2018 INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL PRODUCTION GUIDANCE REMAINS UNCHANGED * CANADIAN NATURAL RESOURCES SEES 2018 PRODUCTION LEVELS TO AVERAGE BETWEEN 815,000 AND 885,000 BBL/D OF CRUDE OIL AND NGLS * CANADIAN NATURAL RESOURCES SEES 2018 PRODUCTION LEVELS TO AVERAGE BETWEEN 1,650 AND 1,710 MMCF/D OF NATURAL GAS, BEFORE ROYALTIES * ANNUAL 2018 CAPITAL EXPENDITURES ARE TARGETED TO BE APPROXIMATELY $4   Read More ...
Papua New Guinea earthquake death toll at 31 and expected to rise
2018-03-01 12:10:15 Lack of clean water a concern in some areas as damage assessment of 7.5-quake still not complete Related Stories The death toll from the strongest earthquake to strike Papua New Guinea's rugged interior in almost a century has climbed to 31 and would probably rise further, officials said on Thursday, as damage to roads, runways and phone lines slowed relief efforts   Read More ...
Special weather statement issued for GTA ahead of snowfall
2018-03-01 12:05:20 It appears winter isn’t finished with us just yet. Ahead of a mix of rain and snow this evening, Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Toronto, Caledon, Mississauga, Brampton, Pickering, Oshawa, southern Durham Region, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, and Markham. According to the national weather agency, the region could see between five and 10 centimetres of snowfall by Friday morning   Read More ...
Nanticoke coal power station’s smokestacks demolished
2018-02-28 21:18:23 NANTICOKE — Two giant coal smokestacks at a shuttered Ontario generating station were toppled on Wednesday. The former Nanticoke Generating Station, near the north shore of Lake Erie, first generated electricity in 1973 and stopped using coal as fuel in 2013. Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change Chris Ballard called the demolition “symbolic” of the province having eliminated coal-fired electricity four years ago   Read More ...
Moon to get its own 4G mobile network next year via SpaceX rocket
2018-02-28 15:34:26 The moon will have a 4G mobile network installed next year, according to plans set out by Vodafone and Nokia. The mission, organized by space exploration company PTScientists, will be the first ever privately funded moon landing. Nokia masts will be launched on a SpaceX rocket in 2019 from Cape Canaveral air force station in Florida. The network will enable Audi lunar exploration vehicles to communicate with each other and with a base station   Read More ...
Canadian science wins billions in new budget
2018-02-28 06:13:16 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s administration released its 2018 budget on 27 February and scientists couldn’t be happier. It includes almost Can$4 billion (US$3.1 billion) in new funding for science over the next five years, a significant portion of which will go to the country's three granting councils. This is in contrast to the Can$1 billion in new science funding contained in last year's budget — almost none of which went to basic research   Read More ...
Astronauts, cosmonaut touch down on Earth after months at Space Station
2018-02-28 06:05:54 A capsule carrying two U.S. astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut from the International Space Station landed in snowy Kazakhstan on Wednesday after a five-and-a-half month mission, a NASA TV live broadcast showed. The Soyuz spacecraft brought back Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei, from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Alexander Misurkin, from Russian space agency Roscosmos. The capsule landed in the snow covered steppe some 130 kilometres southeast of the central city of Zhezkazgan at 8   Read More ...
Whole villages flattened by deadly earthquake in Papua New Guinea
2018-02-28 06:05:13 Whole villages were flattened and water sources spoiled by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 20 people, residents said on Wednesday as rescuers struggled to reach the hardest-hit areas in Papua New Guinea‘s remote, mountainous highlands.The magnitude 7.5 quake rocked the rugged Southern Highlands province some 560 km (350 miles) northwest of the capital, Port Moresby, triggering landslides, damaging mining, gas and power infrastructure, and cutting communications   Read More ...