Our Greatest Challenge: The Double Bacon Cheese Burger
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Our Greatest Challenge: The Double Bacon Cheese Burger

You can ride your bike and recycle all you want but its nothing compared to the devastation that steak you were planning to have for dinner has caused.

This week we discussed industrial farming. The other day I watched the documentary Cowspiracy by Kip Anderson (available on Netflix). Its an environmental documentary about what is arguably the biggest contributor to climate issues: meat, and everything that goes into raising that meat for human consumption. Kip Anderson pries into why no environmental groups (Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, Ocean Conservancy, the list goes on…) won’t address this huge issue.

1 quarter pound of beef requires 660 gallons of water to produce, so then why will environmental groups tell people to take shorter showers but they wont tell you to stop eating meat? Those 660 gallons of water are the equivalent of showering for 2 whole months!  I could tell you all the details but instead I recommend you watch it for yourself, and don’t worry, its not the kind of food documentary that tries to gross you out.

Cowspiracy

Cowspiracy

These articles also look at the impact of raising beef why beef is the new SUV, and industrial farming and the alternative to industrial farming Sustainable Farming Practices

Disaster Movie “The Day After Tomorrow” Could Actually Happen?

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Disaster Movie “The Day After Tomorrow” Could Actually Happen?

It was recently discovered that the events in the movie The Day After Tomorrow could actually happen! Ok so maybe instead of a global ice age it was Europe getting really cold, comparable to Northern Canada in fact. However the point is that there is a chance of the Atlantic Ocean currents stopping as they are already slowing down and that spells bad news for Europe! You can read the article ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ Ice Age Scenario Could Be Possible along with these related articles here and here

On the topic of yesterday’s election we took a look at what the Liberals were promising in terms of the environment. Attending the Paris Climate Conference, working with first nations people, and eradicating the “war on science” were high on the list along with reenacting the Fisheries Act and Navigable Waters Act. 

Local News: the Grand River Film Festival is featuring 2 sustainability related documentaries this year. You can go see PLANETARY by Guy Reid (November 3) and Hot Docs Prize Winner: HAIDA GWAII: ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Charles Wilkinson (November 4)
tickets for students are $10 Nov-2-7 you can purchase them online at www.grff.ca

Finally some slightly positive news Baltimore Harbour (which is really polluted scoring an F on its most recent water report card) has build an Inner Harbour Water Wheel, named Mr. Trash Wheel. The solar powered wheel trolls around the harbour picking up trash. More on this neat invention can be found here

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The Federal Election and The Environment
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The Federal Election and The Environment

This week Noise Pollution was pretty political, we took a loot at the four major party’s platforms concerning their policies and proposals for the environment. We looked at their Paris Climate Action Pledges, stances on oil pipelines, strategies and targets for renewable energy and public transportation, to name a few. The most of the info we were discussing can be found here:  An updated comparison of federal parties’ positions on climate change

Other links worth checking out is the Maclean’s policy face-off machine. If you are unsure where you stand try this out to help you get a feel for which party you prefer. Policy Face-off Machine

Reminder that there is a local candidates debate happening in the Concourse tomorrow at 3pm!

Laurier Votes – Federal Candidates Debate Event Page

We will return after reading week, you can expect the show to be less political, with more news and more debating!

See you after reading week!

Cap and Trade, the Green Party and #ShellNo
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Cap and Trade, the Green Party and #ShellNo

On this week’s show we talked mostly about the cap and trade system (a system where there is a limit to how much a company can pollute, if they are below the limit companies can sell their pollution rights to other companies in a free market) and China’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions using this system as well as the New Democratic Party’s promise to implement a national cap and trade system should they be voted into power. We also looked at the Green Party’s basic platform with a focus on their idea of a carbon tax to lower Canada’s carbon emissions 38% by 2050 and the pros and cons of the carbon tax.

In our local news we talked about the Laurier Entrepreneurship Competition Kickoff Event happening Thursday in the Turret (there will be free food). Event details here

International news focused on the recent announcement that Shell will leave the arctic and abandon their plans to drill for oil in the arctic sea! #ShellNo! What a victory for environmental protection world wide!

Noise Pollution – End of Semester
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Noise Pollution – End of Semester

Hello listeners! I am sad to say that this is our last show for the semester and while we hope to return next year and maybe even do some podcasts over the summer, nothing is set yet so stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for more info as we figure it out. If the show continues next year (and we hope it does) we are looking for another person to join us on the show. Mallaika will be graduating so we are looking for a new host! If you are interested, or know someone who might be then contact us on our Facebook page or send us a private message on Twitter @Npollution

This week we talked about the top 10 climate issues facing our planet, many of which we had touched on in previous shows. In the news there are new recyclable K-cups for Keurig coffee machines, and while these single serve coffee machines are incredibly wasteful its a step in the right direction.

For international news the US just submitted its proposal for cutting carbon emissions. These proposals being submitted by countries all over the world will be part of the negotiations happening at the UN climate summit in Paris taking place in November. So the activities leading up to the summit will be something to watch for in the news as the summit will hope to achieve legally binding universal agreement on climate from the participating counties.

Antarctica hit a record high of 17.5 Celsius on March 24 which is bad news for the polar bears who probably cannot adapt to a land based diet as the ice melts. In other news it was revealed that Indonesia and Brazil spend over 100 times subsidizing deforestation than the amount that goes towards aid.

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Earth Hour
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Earth Hour

This week we are getting ready for earth hour. Set your alarms for 8:30pm to turn off all of your lights, unplug unnecessary appliances and put down your devices. Spend an hour in the dark to participate in this world wide event to raise awareness for climate change. Check out the official page here www.earthhour.org to find out more or register to participate in an event near you.

In other news we have a win for the Bees as chemical manufacturer Bayer looses a lawsuit against Friends of the Earth over pesticides harming bees: http://www.smallholder.co.uk/beesandhoney/11852220.Chemical_giant_Bayer_loses_libel_action_over_pesticide_harm_claims/

World Wide carbon emissions stalled in the energy sector: http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/EE-No-growth-in-carbon-dioxide-emissions-in-2014-1603154.html

Costa Rica has been running on 100% renewable energy for the last 75 days:  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/costa-rica-goes-75-days-powering-itself-using-only-renewable-energy-10126127.html

France mandates green roofs or solar panels for all new commercial buildings: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/20/france-decrees-new-rooftops-must-be-covered-in-plants-or-solar-panels?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_term=france%20rooftop%20green%20solar&utm_campaign=Climate&__surl__=Ige8A&__ots__=1427219320174&__step__=1

NASA DISCOVERS A PLANET SIMILAR TO EARTH A HABITABLE DISTANCE FROM A STAR.

meet kepler-186f – earths cousin.

artists concept of Kepler-186f Image courtesy of NASA

artists concept of Kepler-186f
Image courtesy of NASA

https://www.nasa.gov/ames/kepler/nasas-kepler-discovers-first-earth-size-planet-in-the-habitable-zone-of-another-star/#.VRLnLPnF_sY

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