November 27 News: Canada ‘Hemorrhaging Scientists’ As Government Pushes Climate Science Aside

Canada’s ruling Conservative Party government has been leading a slow and systematic unraveling of environmental and climate research budgets, according to local scientists—including shuttering one of the world’s top Arctic research stations for monitoring global warming. [Inside Climate News]

As global temperatures continue to rise — nine of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000 — the threat of a milder climate looms over the ski industry. In New England, the outlook is worse than in the West, climate researchers say, and independently owned resorts at lower elevations are at the greatest risk. [Boston Globe]

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, making a case for tens of billions of dollars in federal aid, declared on Monday that Hurricane Sandy had been “more impactful” than Hurricane Katrina, the deadly storm that struck the Gulf Coast in 2005. [New York Times]

In September, Gov. Paul LePage cited a report that said Maine’s renewable energy mandate would cost electricity ratepayers $145 million and nearly 1,000 jobs by 2017. The study was immediately challenged for its conclusions, and now its motives are under scrutiny. [Morning Sentinel]

Researchers have found that exposure to traffic-related air pollution during pregnancy is associated with autism, according to a new study released on Monday. [San Jose Mercury News]

Lake Lanier is at its lowest level since the historic drought of several years ago, and if much-needed rain doesn’t arrive soon, metro Atlanta could revisit the days of sweeping water restrictions and recreational nightmares. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Republicans stopped Sen. Jon Tester’s (D-Mont.) Sportsmen’s Act dead in its tracks Monday evening. The Sportsmen’s Act, S. 3525, would have increased access to federal land for hunters and fishermen, while also supporting conservation measures, but Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) raised a budget point of order, saying Tester’s bill violated the Budget Control Act. [The Hill]

China’s position on its rising greenhouse gas emissions may seem contradictory. While the country flaunts ambitious green-tech investments and energy consumption targets, its officials continue to prioritise GDP growth over many environmental concerns. [Guardian]

The meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change this year, which opened Monday in Doha, Qatar, promises to be a more staid affair than the three previous sessions. [New York Times]

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) released a report early Tuesday morning that recommended the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) address the impact of warming permafrost and the large volume of methane and carbon dioxide that will be emitted from the ground if permafrost continues to melt. [Climate Central]

5 Responses to November 27 News: Canada ‘Hemorrhaging Scientists’ As Government Pushes Climate Science Aside

  1. John Paily says:

    Many of these affluent countries feel they can escape the wrath of nature’s power in spite of great miseries- It is common sense that heat destroys. We are influencing the heat of the environment unilaterally. These countries and their scientific force should realize that science only knows partial truth of nature. The way to survive on planet earth is to Know Principle & Design &functioning of Earth reducing it to Energy to Matter Ratio &

  2. prokaryotes says:

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  4. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Canada is the example par excellence of what happens when the latest generation of hard Right ideologues take power. This type is also now in charge in the UK, and the Australian states of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. And in all these the formula is the same. Vicious social regression and sadism, aimed at the poor and welfare recipients. Arrogant exercise of power without scrutiny from a complicit Rightwing MSM, more intent on vilifying minorities, trade unionists and environmentalists. Fanatical insistence that the Friedmanite economic policies that have inevitably produced the current economic implosion and massive inequality, must be pursued with increased vigour. And totally deranged hatred of environmentalism, including environmental science, and environmentalists. In Australia, in the states I mentioned, there is a reign of terror in progress, with environmental law eviscerated, coal-mining and gas extraction pursued with obsessive fervour, renewable energy sources attacked relentlessly, National Parks are being opened to shooters and cattlemen (preparatory to privatisation at some future opportunity) and environmentalists routinely and pitilessly vilified in the MSM. This is, of course, the blueprint for what will happen Federally when Tony ‘Climate Change is Crap’ Abbott becomes PM.