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Rooting for Natives

Let’s talk solutions – biology, ecology, climatology…

Outstanding work happening at UofT’s Faculty of Forestry, I encourage you to check out the links in the article to learn more, and get involved!

Justin Dallaire

First it was American chestnut blight. Then came Dutch elm disease, and before long, the emerald ash borer. What one scientist believes could prevent the next big threat to our urban forest.

IMG_0910 (1) EAB create serpentine galleries as they bore beneath the bark of the ash. In large enough numbers, they prevent the proper circulation of nutrients and water, ultimately killing the tree. (Photo credit: Tom Hildebrand, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority)

THE ENTOMOLOGY LAB AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO is neatly organized, its tiny inhabitants safely stored away in cabinets along each wall. Eric Davies sits near the back of the room, feet on the table in front of him, his fingers drumming the side of his chair. His faintly greying, curly black hair and five-o’clock shadow obscure the youthfulness of his blue jeans and fall-coloured vest. When asked a question, his eyes grow big and attentive; his head nods…

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Warning: this article may frighten – consume at your own risk

As a sustainable lifestyle blogger, my job is to make conscious consumerism look good. Over the course of four years Instagramming eco-friendly outfits, testing non-toxic nail polish brands, and writing sustainable city guides, I became a proponent of having it all—fashion, fun, travel, beauty—while still being eco-friendly. So when I was invited to speak on…

via Conscious consumerism is a lie. Here’s a better way to help save the world — Quartz

Sea Surface Temperature — NOAA Vindicated

They were right all along, but nobody “wins” with rapid climate change – awareness is just step one. We need action, urgently.

Open Mind

Ever since NOAA released their latest update to sea surface temperature, version ER-SSTv4 (Extended Reconstruction Sea Surface Temperature version 4), it — and they — have been the target of vicious attack. It has come not just from climate denier bloggers, but from politicians like Lamar Smith (R-TX, chairman of the House committee on Science, Space, and Technology). The accusations haven’t been limited to error, rather they have focused on claims of outright fraud by NOAA scientists, saying, without any justification whatever, that the new version was an attempt to deceive, simply because it shows faster recent warming than other versions.

But new research has not only vindicated them, it establishes that their latest update shows every sign of being the best sea surface temperature data set yet. As in, the best.

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Arctic, Antarctic Ice in Free Fall — Climate Denial Crock of the Week

I can’t recommend this blog enough. Critical thinking, sound science, generous referencing – take a read and be empowered with the increasingly endangered presence of knowledge, reality, and respect, here.

Bob Henson in Weather Underground: There are weather and climate records, and then there are truly exceptional events that leave all others in the dust. Such has been the case across Earth’s high latitudes during this last quarter of 2016, on track to be the planet’s warmest year on record. Sea ice extent and area […]

via Arctic, Antarctic Ice in Free Fall — Climate Denial Crock of the Week

It’s the Ice, Stupid — Open Mind

Earlier this month the WUWT blog treated us to a bizarre post about how this year didn’t set a new record for lowest Arctic sea ice extent (it only came in 2nd-lowest), in spite of “two very strong storms.” Doubling down, they offer another post trumpeting “record Arctic sea ice growth in September.” Which makes […]

via It’s the Ice, Stupid — Open Mind

The Scarborough Subway Fiasco

Political agendas given priority. Planning and policy, contaminated by false/tweaked data, changing costs, and ever-changing opinions. Expert advice, best practices, and even approved funding – cancelled and/or ignored.

This is Toronto – namely the TTC, the planners, and the politicians, today.

A $2-3 billion price tag, perhaps even more, for a 1-stop subway extension, that almost nobody sees of value, carrying passengers with LRT density levels, at best.

The world has a right to laugh. Even when we’re handed a silver platter of funds/plans/partners, to get transit right, we screw it up.

Metrolinx, please take over, end this political circus – and get us moving!

Steve Munro

For the benefit of out-of-town readers who may not follow the moment-to-moment upheavals in Toronto politics, the lastest news about the Scarborough Subway is that it will cost $900 million more than originally forecast, and the Eglinton East LRT line has gone up by $600 million.

Updated 10:45pm June 17: The increase in the Eglinton LRT line’s cost may only be $100m, not $600m. Awaiting further details to confirm this.

No details of the components of these increases have been published yet, but here are the current (as of 6:45 pm on June 17) media reports:

  • The Star: Mayor John Tory accused of ‘political posturing’ as Scarborough transit plans balloon by $1 billion
  • The Globe & Mail: Scarborough subway cost rises by $900-million
  • Torontoist: The Bad Decision on the Scarborough Subway Extension Gets Worse

Earlier this year, the much-touted “optimized” plan for Scarborough changed the subway scheme…

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