By John Bennett
It’s that great Canadian time of year...beginning of the camping season. In the thousands, we head to the Great Outdoors hoping to catch a glimpse of nature and its critters!
For the endangered Jefferson Salamander and Western Sage Grouse, it’s just like any other day -- avoiding predators, finding enough food and hoping to survive. They can’t do any more than that, so their survival is up to us.
Are we willing to leave them a little room on the planet or must we take it all away? Sadly, that’s the question facing Canada’s 300 endangered and 400 threatened species. Every day is critical… every day they inch closer to extinction.
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By Paul Beckwith (May 25, 2013)
As I write this blog in the aftermath of the massive tornado that passed through Oklahoma this week, I have multiple computer screens playing live feeds (like the one in Diagram 1). This mega-storm was generated as part of the massive cyclonic system that passed over the central U.S (from May 18th through May 20th). It spawned many storm systems and severe tornadoes.
In Oklahoma, it took less than 1 hour for a thunderstorm system to develop into a full-blown 3 km diameter tornado of the highest size/strength (EF5). As you know, this tornado caused total devastation along a swath greater than 30 km long and about 3 km wide in the southern part of the city. Two schools and a hospital were destroyed resulting in heavy loss of life.
The actual tornado tracked through the most built up part of the city and had a length of 6.22 km (Image 2). As bad as this was, if the tornado had tracked further north by about 10 km,...
The Great Lakes Section of Sierra Club Ontario is hosting meetings on Wednesday May 29 at the Kortright Centre (Major Mac and Pine Valley Drive) from 7:30pm to 9:30pm and on May 30 at the Rec Plex in Wasaga Beach from 7pm to 9pm.
Learn about the Great Lakes water level crisis. Sierra Club has a policy supporting the need for responsible restoration of Lakes Michigan Huron levels to pre 1962 St. Clair River navigation conditions.
ROGER GAUTHIER, a recently retired Senior Hydrologist of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will speak in his capacity as Chair of Restore Our Water International (ROWI). It is a new alliance of Canadian and American organizations concerned about the dire economic and ecological impacts of the low water crisis on Lakes Michigan and Huron and Georgian Bay. Sierra Club Canada’s Great Lakes Section has four members on ROWI’s Board of...
By: Andisheh Beiki
It was in May of 1983, exactly 30 years ago, when the field of biotechnology boomed with excitement as a momentous publication announced the scientific feet of transplanting foreign genes into plant cells and thus altering their DNA . Since then, we have seen the rise of several key genetically altered crops including tomatoes, corn, soy, canola and sugar beets.
Today, it’s likely that you have heard a myriad of news headlines such as “Supreme Court sympathizes with Monsanto in seed patent case,” “Study reveals GMO corn to be highly toxic,” or “GMO fears do not ‘translate to the average consumer,’” and your head is spinning with an assortment of ideas about what GMOs really are.
Although the field of biotechnology initially ascended with hope and optimism for a future with highly nutritious...