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Alberta sells off native prairie grasslands & New York’s green roofs

Last year there was public outcry when Albertans learned their province was planning to sell off a large parcel of prairie grasslands to a private company intent on plowing it under to become irrigated farm land. Now the same area is on the chopping block again and there’s a battle brewing. On today’s show we hear from one woman who’s fighting the development. We also talk to a researcher in New York who has been studying green roofs — rooftops that are planted to vegetation — and we explore the concept of the green tax shift.

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Prairie grassland in southern Alberta. Photo by Brett Snyder.


Public Land Sale in Alberta

In the Fall of 2010 Alberta’s Sustainable Resource Development ministry was criticized by media and public interest groups for what was seen as a secret attempt to sell off public land. If the deal had gone ahead, the 6,500 hectare parcel of native prairie grasslands in southwestern Alberta would have been converted to an irrigated potato farm. Amidst the public outcry the company, SLM Spud Farms, withdrew from the deal.

Now, a year later, the Ministry is trying once again to sell the land to intensive agriculture interests, but this time through an open bidding process. The land is currently habitat for several species at risk, is itself a rare ecosystem, and is actively used as grazing land by several cattle ranches. To find out more about this story, Terra Informa reporter Ian Mackenzie spoke to the Alberta Wilderness Association’s conservation specialist, Carolyn Campbell.

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Green Tax Shifts
What’s tax got to do with the environment? Well, potentially quite a bit, as David Kaczan explains in this week’s Ecobabble segment. Some economists and politicians are talking about a “Green Tax Shift”, a new way of designing the tax system to creates jobs while reducing pollution such as carbon emissions, traffic congestion, and acid rain. If you’ve heard the term “green tax shift” but never knew what it meant, this week we have the answer for you.
 

Green Roofs
Jason Aloisio is an urban ecologist, working at New York City’s Fordham University. He was recently recognized for his work by the Ecological Society of America at their annual conference in Austin, Texas. Terra Informa correspondent Rebecca Rooney was there and caught up with him to ask about his research into green roofs.

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A Taste of Permaculture II

Terra Informa May 23, 2010 Download Here

This week Terra Informa brings you the second part in Marcus Peterson Taste of Permaculture report as well as an EcoBable brought to you by David Kaczan on “green tax shift” and another installment in the bicycle traffic report with Steve Anderson and Carly Coleman.

Trying out a new format for our news segment Andy Read teams up with Ellis Agbenyeg to bring you these headlines.

Email hoax was circulated around Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian operations

Friends of the Earth Factsheet : The people of Nigeria versus Shell

Royal Dutch Shell is hit by news hoax by Robin Pagnamenta, Times Online

Alberta is set to award the first clean technology grants from the funds collected from the provinces greenhouse gas regulations.

Alberta to award first cleantech grants in June by Michael Szabo (Reuters)

The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC)

False claims highlight Alberta’s inadequate GHG regulations by Matthew Bramley (Pembina)

EcoBable

What’s tax got to do with the environment? Well, potentially quite a bit, as David Kaczan explains in this week’s ecobabble segment. Some economists and politicians are talking about a “Green Tax Shift”, a new way of designing the tax system to creates jobs while reducing pollution such as carbon emissions, traffic congestion and acid rain” If you’ve heard the term “green tax shift” but never knew what it meant, this week we have the answer for you.

Green Party of Canada Green Tax

Taste of Permaculture II

Last week, we looked at the first installment of Taste of Permaculture, a veritable smorgasbord of reclaimed techniques designed to create not only a more resilient agricultural system, but more meaningful societies. Terra Informa correspondent Marcus Peterson covered the history and basics of permaculture last week, as well as a few innovative projects going on around Edmonton, including a community-high school hybrid community garden envisioned to redesign class curricula. This week, in Taste of Permaculture Two, he covers a few more surprising projects that you may not have been aware of.

Lola Canola

Fryer’s Forest Ecovillage

Crystal Waters Ecovillage

Bicycle Traffic Report

As the weather grows warmer there seem to be more and more cyclists on the road every day. And no wonder. It’s a great way to get around. In fact, over the summer months a lot of people choose to leave their cars parked and instead commute to work by bicycle. Today Terra Informa’s bicycle traffic reporter, Karly Coleman, talks to Steve about what’s involved in bicycle commuting and how to get started.

Edmonton Bicycle Commuters

Wiki list of Canadian Community Bicycle Organizations

Terra Bloga

This week on Terra Bloga Robyn Currie introduces herself and speaks to the issues which she will be writing on. Myles will be writing on the RePower Alberta launch and posting the audio from the Oil & the Arts speakers series.

Terra Informa May 23, 2010 Download Here