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Environmental Impacts of Volcanos, Urban Chicken Keeping, Fisheries Managment

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Ottawa stalls on emissions rules – The Globe and Mail

The recent eruption of Eyjafjallajokull (pronounced Eh-ya-fyah-la-yo-kut), the Icelandic volcano grounded thousands of planes across Europe last week.  The flight ban lasted for five days, and there continue to be some “no fly zones.”  Rebekah Rooney asks the question, what are the environmental impacts of the eruption and how do those impacts compare to the effects of grounding of so many planes?

Here are some links to differnt facts and studies quoted by Rebekah.

Volcanologist forecasts ‘limited’ environmental impact for Europe after Iceland eruption (linked from

U.S. Geological Survey data on annual CO2 emmission of volcanic eruptions world wide  & environmental effects

Daily rate of CO2 emmissions from Eyjafjallajokull

Many cities across north america are turning back restrictive bylaws and allowing urban chicken keeping as a way of addressing food security issues and building community resilience. However these efforts are usually confronted by a small and very vocal opposition, wielding urban myths dressed up as arguments. Terra Informa corespondent Myles Curry interviews Laura Klassen Russel of Edmonton’s River City Chicken collective about this practice of urban agriculture and debunks some common arguments against urban chicken keeping.

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Every year the world hauls over 90 million tonnes of fish from the oceans. It’s a crucial source of food, but there is some concern that unless we start to manage fisheries more sustainably, that food source could be lost. Good fisheries management is possible, and to understand how and where this has been achieved Terra Informa corespondant David Kaczan speaks to economist and fisheries expert, Professor James Murphy.

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