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Revisiting Mary Schäffer (plus Alberta Climate Week events)

Mary Schaffer

This week, we’re revisiting an archive interview about naturalist, photographer, writer, and artist Mary Schäffer. In this piece, originally aired in January, Terra Informers Amanda Rooney and Sofia Osborne talked to University of Alberta photography historian and professor Dr. Colleen Skidmore about her latest book Finding Mary Schäffer: Women, Wilderness, Photgraphy. 

We’re also bringing you lots of information about upcoming environmental events in Alberta, including the Alberta Climate Summit and related events across the province. So tune in to find out what’s happening!

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Photo by Mary Schäffer

 

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Terra Informa at Night

This week, a re-broadcast of  one of our favourite episodes: Terra Informa at night! Listen in for stories about light pollution and sustainable lighting, life on other planets and night photography, plus the beauty of wandering outside at night. We recorded this on-site last November, outside the Telus World of Science Observatory, and the Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium in Coronation Park, Edmonton, Alberta.

Photograph of Aurora Borealis by Yuichi Takasaka: http://www.blue-moon.ca

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Light Pollution/Sustainable Lighting

Star light, star bright. What is night without darkness? As cities grow bigger, our nights grow brighter.What is light pollution? How are industry and municipality incorporating light efficient design? Kathryn Lennon spoke with Alan Luck, Energy Engineer at Shell’s Scotford Upgrader, in Strathcona County, Alberta, and Sherrilyn Jahrig, Director of Light Efficient Communities and Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve Coordinator for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

More information: International Dark Sky AssociationStrathcona CountyLife in the HeartlandEdmonton Sun

The Fermi Paradox i.e. Counting the little green men & big blue planets

Paul Gilster enjoys one of the most unlikely of day jobs: writing full-time on the science of space travel as the lead journalist for the Tau Zero Foundation. You can find his nearly daily updates on the website Centauri Dreams. Trevor Chow-Fraser got in touch with Paul to help us understand one of the central mysteries of outer space, the question we’ve all had at some point when looking up at the stars—are we alone in the big vast universe? Or, is there life up there in the stars? And if so, well why the heck haven’t they come calling? That’s the question scientists call the Fermi Paradox.

More information: Centauri Dreams – The News Forum of the Tau Zero FoundationFermi paradox – Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaDoes a galaxy filled with habitable planets mean humanity is doomed?

Night Photography

To get a sense of the wonder of being outside at night, we called photographer Yuichi Takasaka in Lumby, BC. His pictures of wildlife and the night sky helped build momentum to declare Jasper National Park a designated dark sky reserve. Takasaka is also one of the photographers behind The World at Night, a collaborative international effort to capture the night sky.

More information: Blue Moon Promotions (Yuichi Takasaka’s website)The World at NightJasper Dark Sky Preserve

Another night-related link:

“To bring awareness to night vision problems, the Canadian Association of Optometrists has launched a campaign called “Drive Away the Glare.” You can visit the accompanying website to check the status of how well you see at night”.

Terra Informa at Night

This week, a re-broadcast of  one of our favourite episodes: Terra Informa at night! Listen in for stories about light pollution and sustainable lighting, life on other planets and night photography, plus the beauty of wandering outside at night. We recorded this on-site last November, outside the Telus World of Science Observatory, and the Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium in Coronation Park, Edmonton, Alberta.

Photograph of Aurora Borealis by Yuichi Takasaka: http://www.blue-moon.ca

Download this week’s episode.

Light Pollution/Sustainable Lighting

Star light, star bright. What is night without darkness? As cities grow bigger, our nights grow brighter.What is light pollution? How are industry and municipality incorporating light efficient design? Kathryn Lennon spoke with Alan Luck, Energy Engineer at Shell’s Scotford Upgrader, in Strathcona County, Alberta, and Sherrilyn Jahrig, Director of Light Efficient Communities and Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve Coordinator for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

More information: International Dark Sky AssociationStrathcona CountyLife in the HeartlandEdmonton Sun

The Fermi Paradox i.e. Counting the little green men & big blue planets

Paul Gilster enjoys one of the most unlikely of day jobs: writing full-time on the science of space travel as the lead journalist for the Tau Zero Foundation. You can find his nearly daily updates on the website Centauri Dreams. Trevor Chow-Fraser got in touch with Paul to help us understand one of the central mysteries of outer space, the question we’ve all had at some point when looking up at the stars—are we alone in the big vast universe? Or, is there life up there in the stars? And if so, well why the heck haven’t they come calling? That’s the question scientists call the Fermi Paradox.

More information: Centauri Dreams – The News Forum of the Tau Zero FoundationFermi paradox – Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaDoes a galaxy filled with habitable planets mean humanity is doomed?

Night Photography

To get a sense of the wonder of being outside at night, we called photographer Yuichi Takasaka in Lumby, BC. His pictures of wildlife and the night sky helped build momentum to declare Jasper National Park a designated dark sky reserve. Takasaka is also one of the photographers behind The World at Night, a collaborative international effort to capture the night sky.

More information: Blue Moon Promotions (Yuichi Takasaka’s website)The World at NightJasper Dark Sky Preserve

Another night-related link:

“To bring awareness to night vision problems, the Canadian Association of Optometrists has launched a campaign called “Drive Away the Glare.” You can visit the accompanying website to check the status of how well you see at night”.

Terra Informa At Night!

This week Terra Informa is taking place at night! Listen in for stories about light pollution and sustainable lighting, life on other planets and night photography, plus a whole lot of night-time hosting fun! We recorded this on-site, outside the Telus World of Science Observatory, and the Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium in Coronation Park, Edmonton, Alberta.

Photograph of Aurora Borealis by Yuichi Takasaka: http://www.blue-moon.ca

Download this week’s episode.

Light Pollution/Sustainable Lighting

Star light, star bright. What is night without darkness? As cities grow bigger, our nights grow brighter.What is light pollution? How are industry and municipality incorporating light efficient design? Kathryn Lennon spoke with Alan Luck, Energy Engineer at Shell’s Scotford Upgrader, in Strathcona County, Alberta, and Sherrilyn Jahrig, Director of Light Efficient Communities and Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve Coordinator for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

More information: International Dark Sky AssociationStrathcona CountyLife in the HeartlandEdmonton Sun

The Fermi Paradox i.e. Counting the little green men & big blue planets

Paul Gilster enjoys one of the most unlikely of day jobs: writing full-time on the science of space travel as the lead journalist for the Tau Zero Foundation. You can find his nearly daily updates on the website Centauri Dreams. Trevor Chow-Fraser got in touch with Paul to help us understand one of the central mysteries of outer space, the question we’ve all had at some point when looking up at the stars—are we alone in the big vast universe? Or, is there life up there in the stars? And if so, well why the heck haven’t they come calling? That’s the question scientists call the Fermi Paradox.

More information: Centauri Dreams – The News Forum of the Tau Zero FoundationFermi paradox – Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaDoes a galaxy filled with habitable planets mean humanity is doomed?

Night Photography

To get a sense of the wonder of being outside at night, we called photographer Yuichi Takasaka in Lumby, BC. His pictures of wildlife and the night sky helped build momentum to declare Jasper National Park a designated dark sky reserve. Takasaka is also one of the photographers behind The World at Night, a collaborative international effort to capture the night sky.

More information: Blue Moon Promotions (Yuichi Takasaka’s website)The World at NightJasper Dark Sky Preserve

Another night-related link:

“To bring awareness to night vision problems, the Canadian Association of Optometrists has launched a campaign called “Drive Away the Glare.” You can visit the accompanying website to check the status of how well you see at night”.

Louis Helbig’s Birds Eye View of the Tar Sands

Photo By Louis Helbig, Part of his Beautiful Destruction Exhibition & Titled ‘Tailings Ponds & Upgrader’

Environmental News Headlines

House of Commons Passes Motion to Review All Laws and Regulations Pertaining to Unconventional Energy Development

Linda Duncan Calls For Immediate Review of Oil and Gas Rules

Stelmach Welcomes Review of All Laws on Energy Development  (By Archie McLean, Edmonton Journal)

Nunuvat Government Changes Position on Polar Bears Protection Status

Downgrade Polar Bear Protection Status, Says Nunavut Government

Approval Gained for Seismic Testing in Proposed Arctic Conservation Area

Inuit, Nunavut Government, and the federal government agree to launch a feasibility study towards establishing a Parks Canada National Marine Conservation Area in Lancaster Sound(CPAWS News Release)

Arctic Seismic Testing Useful: Nunavut Minister (CBC News)

Arctic Bay Opposes Seismic Testing in Lancaster Sound (Nunatsiaq Online)

Government report Admits Climate  Change Policies will be 1/10 as Effective

Greenhouse-gas targets way off mark: Ottawa (By Mike De Souza, Canwest News Service)

New federal climate plan admits minimal action on emissions (By Matthew Bramley, Pembina Institute)

A Climate Change Plan for the Purposes of the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act

 

Bicycle Traffic Report with Carly Coleman

Cycling is often considered a solo sport: Lance Armstrong leading the pack up the Alps… but one of the best things about cycling is the community that develops around it.  This week Terra Informa’s bicycle traffic reporter Karly Coleman talks to Steve Andersen about summertime cycling events and how they draw together a community of wonder and delight.

Aerial Photography of the Alberta Tar Sands

Louis Helbig is an Ottawa-based artist/photographer specializing in aerials. He is a commercial pilot and a self-taught photographer whose work has been exhibited and published in Canada and internationally. For his latest exhibition, he has taken on the monumental task of documenting the Tar Sands from the air in northern Alberta. Drawing nation-wide and international praise and admonishment for his latest and biggest project titled Beautiful Destruction – Alberta Tar Sands Aerial Photographs, Louis intends to stimulate largely absent Canadian public debate on the world’s largest industrial development located in our own backyard. Louis Helbig recently took some time off to talk about his project with Terra Informa correspondent Marcus Peterson.

Louis’ exhibition Beautiful Destruction is currently being shown at the Rivoli (334 Queen St. West, Toronto) until July 8, 2010. It is also being showcased this weekend at the New Art Festival, Central Park (Glebe), Ottawa on Saturday & Sunday June 5th & 6th from 10AM-5P. In addition, it will be shown at the Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa, for the 2010 Exhibition Season, from July 23 to Sept 26, 2010. Some of his Tar Sands photos will also be part of a feature in the July issue of Readers’ Digest, which reaches about 1 million people.

Alberta Tar Sands Aerial Photographs (YOU NEED TO CHECK THESE OUT!!!)

EcoBabble: Eutrophication

Maybe you’ve seen the phosphate free symbol on dish detergent or laundry soap and wondered why phosphates are bad?  Maybe you’ve heard about lakes turning green and filling up with slimey algae and wondered what’s responsible?  Terra Informa correspondent Rebecca Rooney enlightens us this week with an ecobabble on a major environmental issue around the world: eutrophication.

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