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       Pipeline development has become a contentious issue in Canada.  Pipeline enthusiasts point to the role of fossil fuels in the Canadian economy as justification for the expense and risk involved in construction and operation.  On the other hand, environmental activists are adamant that further fossil fuels exploration and pipeline development is detrimental to the environment and negates Canada’s climate change mitigation commitments.  People belonging to the First Nations of Canada are particularly concerned about pipelines because land development and environmental degradation threa

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The article that I have chosen to write about for my second blog post is titled “Ottawa announces plan to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030”. The Global News article details an announcement made by Canada’s Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, that the federal government will require provinces to phase-out all coal-fired energy plants in Canada by 2030. Also included in the article is the strong opposition to the announcement by Saskatchewan’s Premier Brad Wall.

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In the article ‘Canada not ready for climate change’, the writer cautions readers on the effect extreme climate events, such as flooding and droughts, can have on infrastructure. He proceeds to say that this lack of preparedness could be detrimental if we don’t act immediately.  Also, the investment required for building resilience is less compared to the repairs needed if damage took place so there is little excuse for not adapting. However, there needs to be a larger commitment on behalf of the state, which often gets overlooked in favour of commercial buildings and business.

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Ocean Acidification (Intro Music: 30 sec long) Leo:  Hey guys, my name is Leo Chai, host of Nature’s Radio Podcast and       today we will be having a special guest.  Harriet Minc, a biology student from Guelph University,  who is here to answer questions about her research on Ocean      Acidification.           Harriet:            Hi, great to be here today           Leo: Alright, nice to have you here.

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Nuclear power has both a positive and negative view around the world.  The benefit of nuclear power is that it emits fewer greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and climate change.  The negative aspect of nuclear power was evident from the event Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.  The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster showed us that there is a lack of control over the risks.  Some of the risks of nuclear power is that is produces many health risks and harmful effects to the environment.

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The Ontario Government has canceled 3.8 billion dollars in their plan to further its investments in green energy, including solar, wind, and biofuel energy. The main argument to cancel the plan has to do with the rising hydro prices in Ontario, which has been paying for green energy investments, creating a surplus of energy in Ontario.

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                The article titled “Ontario government scraps plan for $3.8 billion in renewable energy projects” reports on the recent decision of the Ontario provincial government to suspend the Large Renewable Procurement Program (LRP II). The program planned to build a wind and solar development worth $3.8 billion dollars in green energy, but it was announced Tuesday September 27 that these plans have been cancelled.

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