Audios

IPCC Climate Talks: Tech and Limits to Growth

Ashley Kocsis, Bill Rees, Sydney Karbonik (CCYP)

Is sustainable development a contradiction? Is capitalism sustainable? Are their limits to economic growth? Will technology save us? Do individual actions matter at all?

This week on Terra Informa, we have two very different perspectives on these questions. At the Edmonton IPCC climate talks we spoke with Hoesung Lee, the Chair of the IPCC, and Bill Rees, Professor Emeritus from the University of British Columbia.

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What’s Happening

On Tuesday, March 27,  a group of students at the University of Alberta are holding an event to get students from across faculties together to talk about the interdisciplinary challenges of climate change and sustainability. They will feature the UofA Chair of Anthropology, a Director from the Alberta Climate Change Office, and a Professor of Philosophy. At Terra Informa, we think it’s always great to bring different disciplines together!

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Photo by: Chris Chang-Yen Phillips

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The bridge from science to practice

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This week on Terra Informa, we’re diving into another great interview from the conference on Cities and Climate Change that was held in Edmonton by the intergovernmental panel on climate change. Terra Informer Dylan Hall sat down with Debra Roberts, Co-Chair of the IPCC working group titled ‘Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.’ Listen on to learn about bridging science and practice, the importance of informality, and encouraging activism.

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What’s Happening

Are you interested in the economic, social, and policy issues revolving around the upcoming legalization of cannabis in Canada? On Thursday  March 22, the University of Alberta’s faculty of Agriculture, Life, and Environmental Sciences are hosting a half-day conference called ‘Cannabis in Canada’. This event will bring together experts from across Canada and beyond, including entrepreneurs, researchers, and government officials.  Check out this link for more details on the speakers and information on how to register!

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Photo by: Ville Miettinen

International Non-Profits at the IPCC Conference

Climate Change Conference Coming to Edmonton - March 2018

This week on Terra Informa, we bring you the first instalment of our reporting on the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Conference on Cities and Climate Change. This conference was hosted in Edmonton, AB from March 5-7th. We sent a team to dig up the best stories from the event, interviewing scientists, policy makers, and other movers-and-shakers like the Chair and Co-Chairs of the IPCC, leaders of non-governmental-organizations (NGOs), Indigenous activists, data specialists,  the mayor of Edmonton, radical youth, and more!

In this episode, we’ll be showcasing two representatives from climate-focused NGOs at the IPCC conference – the global research organization Future Earth, and a climate policy and global sustainability not-for-profit, New Climate Institute.

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Future Earth

Terra Informers Charlotte Thomasson and Sydney Karbonik had the pleasure of sitting down with Anne-Helene Prieur-Richard, the regional director of global organization Future Earth’s Montreal Hub, to discuss international collaboration, Future Earth as an organization, and the research they are doing to address Global Sustainability and the Anthropocene.

NewClimate Institute

Sydney Karbonik spoke with Thomas Day, a founding partner of NewClimate Institute, about the diverse and immediate benefits of taking action against climate change. NewClimate Institute is an NGO that calls for action against climate change and aids the creation of sustainable development through research and knowledge.

 

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Photo by: Green Energy Futures – David Dodge

 

What’s the Deal with Canada’s updated Environmental Legislation?

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Photo by Ezra Jeffrey on Unsplash

You may have heard the news that last month the Canadian Federal Government overhauled a number of different pieces of legislation including the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Navigable Waters Act, Fisheries Act and the National Energy Board Act. These pieces of legislation inform the way that government protects the environment so these changes are significant. What will this all mean and how will these changes affect how implementation of legislation? No need to go read the new acts! Save yourself some time and let the Executive Director of the Environmental Law Centre explain the implications of these changes.

Terra Informer, Caitlin Macnab, spoke with Jason Unger to discuss whether these changes spell out greater transparency, public participation and environmental protection. Listen on!

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Homelessness in a Changing Climate

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Homelessness In a Changing Climate

Terra Informer Hannah Cunningham spoke with undergraduate student Madeleine Stout. Madeleine is pursuing a BA in Planning and works as a research assistant for University of Alberta human geographer Dr. Damian Collins. Madeleine was awarded Undergraduate Research Initiative grant to look at homelessness and winter in Edmonton. She investigated topics such as how weather factors into homelessness responses in Edmonton, and if the city’s homelessness policies take adaptation to winter weather into account.

Our episode this week investigates how climate change-related impacts are affecting Edmonton’s housing-insecure and homeless populations, and looking at what it means to be a “winter city”.

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

To honor the Spring season, we’d like to share a history lesson from 2014 that we pulled from our archives! Have you ever wondered about the origin of the environmental movement or the people behind it? To give you an idea, Yvette Thompson serves up a short on Rachel Carson, a woman who spoke out against pesticides with her 1962 book, Silent Spring. More information: The Life and Legacy of Rachel CarsonThe Story of Silent Spring

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Headlines

Pollution Tracker determines that Victoria is the most polluted harbor on the West coast.

http://pollutiontracker.org/#https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/new-data-suggests-victoria-harbour-is-b-c-coast-s-dirtiest-body-of-water-1.3794385

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/oceanwise-study-victoria-inner-harbour-pollution-worst-1.4527287

https://www.columbiavalleypioneer.com/news/victoria-harbour-fraser-river-are-b-c-s-most-polluted-coastlines-study/ 

Controversy over proposed 23-hectare solar farm planned by EPCOR in the Edmonton River Valley.

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/city-to-hold-open-house-on-24-hectare-solar-farm-in-river-valley

https://globalnews.ca/news/4012104/edmonton-river-valley-solar-farm/

Disappointing audit of the Edmonton residential waste diversion rate.

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/thats-the-dumps-audit-finds-dismal-diversion-rate-at-edmonton-waste-management-centre

https://globalnews.ca/news/4001426/edmonton-waste-management-system-divert-residential-garbage/

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Making Winter Cities Accessible

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This week we dug into the archives and found a story from last year. In February of 2017, Edmonton hosted the city’s second Winter City Shake Up – a conference that addresses how we can make our cities more lovable, healthy, safe, and accessible and ultimately how we can beat the odds and thrive in the city during the winter season. Guest contributor Jody Zink went to the conference and brings us a variety of interviews discussing solutions to combat the windchill blues by making cities more winter friendly.

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Photo by: Jeff Wallace

George Kourounis Chasing Climate

California National Guard help battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite

Photo by: California National Guard 

This week on Terra Informa, we dip into the archives to bring back an interview with the infamous George Kourounis, a world-renowned storm chaser, adventurer, and host of the international TV show Angry Planet. His work has taken him around the world to document extraordinary natural events like tornadoes and bizarre wildlife phenomena. Terra Informer Dylan Hall spoke with George Kourounis about the different calibers of fear he’s experienced in his amazing career, documenting the Fort McMurray wildfire days after the city was reopened, and documenting climate change.

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Photo by: California National Guard 

What Oil Spills?

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This week on Terra Informa, we bring you an exclusive piece with non-profit ecologist Dr. Kevin Timoney about oil and saline-water spills caused by the energy industry in Alberta. Dr. Timoney reveals fascinating evidence that exposes the Alberta Energy Regulator’s misrepresentation and omission of spill data. This piece begs the question: if the Alberta Energy Regulator is 100% funded by the industry that it’s supposed to regulate, how can it possibly remain impartial? Can the AER be reformed, or does it need to be replaced?

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What’s Happening

On Wednesday, February 7, the Alberta Climate Dialogue is hosting an event at the Edmonton Tower with the City of Edmonton and the Athabasca University Press. Challenging Public Involvement: Learning from the Citizens’ Panel on Edmonton’s Energy and Climate Challenges will start at 6:45 PM! No tickets are required.

For more information visit their Facebook page.

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Photo by: Brian Cantoni