Energy & Resource Protection

A climate-energy conundrum

As federal political parties prepare for the upcoming general election, results of a new study suggest they have a challenge on their hands: fostering climate change programs while promoting the energy sector. Those are Canadians’ primary but not necessarily conflicting concerns, according to the Angus Reid Institute. [node:read-more:link]

Bolivia also fighting fires

As global attention has been focused on fires burning in the Brazilian Amazon, neighbouring Bolivia is battling at least 20,000 blazes in its share of the Amazon as well as a southeastern region of forests, prairies and farmland. [node:read-more:link]

Canada offers water bombers to Brazil

Canada is offering water bombers and $15 million to help Brazil and other South American countries fight Amazon forest fires still raging out of control. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau disclosed the offer at the end of the G7, saying “the toll of human activity and extreme weather events on ... our world will continue to climb unless we take decisive action as part of our broader commitment to fight climate change.” [node:read-more:link]

Seagoing Russian reactor in transit

A floating Russian nuclear power station is transiting the Arctic in what the Rosenergoatom agency says is a bid to improve electricity supplies in remote areas. Greenpeace says the project is a high-risk threat in a harsh environment. [node:read-more:link]

Gravity Challenge event in South Australia

Amazon and Deloitte will spearhead a search for new space technologies at an inaugural event held in South Australia in September. Organizers will be looking for solutions to real industrial and environmental problems, particularly in the areas of Defence & Security, Energy, Health, Transportation, Smart Cities and Connectivity. [node:read-more:link]

Climate summit undermined

Australia is being blamed for undercutting its Pacific island neighbours by rejecting their calls for a ban on coal mining, a major Australian export. At a regional summit in Tuvalu, regional leaders called for strong climate change action. [node:read-more:link]

Green Party suggests community service alternative

Green Party leader Elizabeth May suggested that “if” engineering firm SNC is found guilty on corruption and fraud charges, they should be forced to perform “community service” by repairing water infrastructure on native reserves. This solution “would keep the workers working. The shareholders of SNC-Lavalin wouldn’t like it, but maybe they should have paid more attention.” [node:read-more:link]

NATO Parliamentarians meet in Halifax

Canada will be hosting NATO's 64th Annual Session of the Parliamentary Assembly from 16-19 November 2018 at the Halifax Convention Centre. Parliamentarians from the 29 NATO member countries will debate and adopt resolutions on the High North, hybrid warfare, burden sharing, deterrence, trade, energy, the South, defence innovation, and Russian election meddling. [node:read-more:link]

20,000 Leagues Above the Sea

Projects like OPERATION DRIFTNET – charged with monitoring and protecting the state of the vulnerable resources such as deep water fishing – demonstrate advanced surveillance tactics coupled with international cooperation. [node:read-more:link]


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