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In 1960, one courageous Food and Drug Administration official refused to approve a drug that had already been used widely abroad. Frances Kelsey insisted she needed more information before she could be satisfied it was safe. The drug maker accused her of being a petty bureaucrat. But Kelsey was right to be cautious. That drug was thalidomide and pregnant women who took the sedative gave birth to thousands of children with terrible birth defects in Europe, the UK, Canada, and the Middle East. Because of Kelsey’s vigilance, however, America was spared that tragedy. If the US and EU agree on a new trade deal in the works — the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) — it would be very difficult for one watchdog on either side of the Atlantic to have the same life-saving impact. Instead, business interests would wield far greater influence on the quality of our food, drugs, cosmetics, and pesticides, and the presence of toxic chemicals in our environment.
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Created with the intention “to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide,” the tribunal, itself composed of well-known agricultural activists and related experts, originally posed six questions : Did Monsanto violate “the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, as recognized in international human rights law” through its activities? Did Monsanto violate “the right to food, as recognized in Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights”? Did Monsanto violate “the right to the highest attainable standard of health”? Did Monsanto violate “the freedom indispensable for scientific research” and “the freedoms of thought and expression”? Was Monsantocomplicit in the commission of a war crime” by providing the U.S. with Agent Orange and other chemicals during the Vietnam War? Could the past and present activities of Monsanto constitute a crime of ecocide, understood as causing serious damage or destroying the environment, so as to significantly and durably alter the global commons or ecosystem services upon which certain human groups rely? The tribunal’s recently released advisory opinion was issued by a panel of five judges of several nationalitiesrepresenting Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Mexico and Senegal – who were all “legal professionals or practicing judges called upon to render an advisory opinion on the basis of a legal analysis and reasoning.
Phys.Org
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(Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Canada has found that using an airplane to carry emissions reading hardware over mining facilities offers a better way to measure volatile organic compounds (VOCs) being pumped into the atmosphere than methods currently in use. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes what they found when they used their flying emissions reading lab over a real oil sands surface mining facility and why they believe similar approaches should be used for other facilities around the world.
Phys.Org
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A new study co-authored by U of T Engineering professor Greg Evans shows that subways increase our personal exposure to certain pollutants, even as they decrease overall emissions—and that Toronto has the highest levels in Canada.
Mashable
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Justin Trudeau is here to lull you to sleep, and wish you a happy Earth Day. The Canadian prime minister released an incredibly soothing video on Saturday wishing everyone an active, outdoorsy, socially responsible holiday. "When I think of my childhood, I think of Harrington Lake and Gatineau Park, hills and forests, and a beautiful lake. I often say it was like a Hardy Boys novel, with adventure everywhere," Trudeau said. SEE ALSO: Here's why thousands of scientists are (and aren't) marching on Saturday Today, I spend all the free time I can, which doesn't come as often as I'd like, with my kids outside. Because there's nothing better than being active outdoors with the ones you love," he continued. "This Earth Day, I encourage all of you to get out there and make the most of our great outdoors. And most importantly, to do your part to protect our environment for generations to come." Read more... More about Canada , Earth Day , Justin Trudeau , and Us World
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A warming climate has melted northern Canada's Kaskawulsh Glacier so much that the glacier's retreat has changed the course of a nearby river, new research shows. Last spring, the glacier's retreat triggered the geologic event at relatively breakneck speed. The toe of ice that was sending meltwater toward the Slims River and then north to the Bering Sea retreated so far that the water changed course, joining the Kaskawulsh River and flowing south toward the Gulf of Alaska. This capture of one river's flow by another, documented in a study published in Nature Geoscience , is the first known case of river piracy in modern times. Kaskawulsh River. See the full panoramic image . (Credit: Jim Best/U. Illinois) River piracy Geologists have seen river piracy, but nobody to our knowledge has documented it happening in our lifetimes, says lead author Dan Shugar, a geoscientist at the University of Washington.
Fast Company
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A nature photographer who feels most at home in the remote, freezing corners of the world, Paul Nicklen knows about patience. Growing up on Baffin Island in northern Canada and traveling among the Inuit tribes, Nicklen learned how hunters would often wait well over a day, crouched by a hole in the ice, to catch a seal to eat. When Nicklen journeys to the poles to capture images of little-observed species like the Antarctic leopard shark, hell wait patiently for the perfect shot. I can go down under the ice for long periods of time and wait, and come back with images that nobody else in the world can, Nicken tells Fast Company . Thats what my mission and my role is now. In his work, Nicklen captures an environment rapidly shifting away from the arctic landscape he inhabited as a child. In 2005, the same Inuit tribe that Nicklen grew up among sued the American government on the basis that greenhouse gas emissions from the U.
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A fog advisory has been lifted for London, St. Thomas, Parkhill, Strathroy and Komoka Friday morning. Environment Canada issued the advisory before 4 a.m., saying near-zero visibility is expected or occurring throughout the region. READ MORE: London traffic map While the advisory has been lifted, travel is still expected to be hazardous in areas where...
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A fog advisory has been issued for London, St. Thomas, Parkhill, Strathroy and Komoka Friday morning. Environment Canada says near-zero visibility is expected or occurring throughout the region. READ MORE: London traffic map Travel is expected to be hazardous in areas where visibility is limited. Drivers are being cautioned to make sure their lights are...
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A number of areas in east-central Alberta were put under a fog advisory Wednesday afternoon because Environment Canada said "a large area of fog is expected to develop over east central Alberta overnight."
BBC News - Science & Environment
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When a team of scientists went to the Yukon to study the Slims River, all they found was a "skinny lake".
BBC News - Science & Environment
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When a team of scientists went to the Yukon to study the Slims River, all they found was a "skinny lake".
Phys.Org
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The massive Kaskawulsh Glacier in northern Canada has retreated about a mile up its valley over the past century.
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The main car ferry that crosses Kootenay Lake, B.C., has leaked about 400 litres of gear oil into the lake, leaving a large slick on the water near the dock. The leak happened at about 9 a.m. PT on Saturday morning. A manager with Western Pacific Marine, the company that operates the ferry, said the leak was a result of the catastrophic failure of one of the Osprey 2000's four propulsion units while the vessel was in transit. Every measure was made to contain the leak, he said, and the company is still investigating the extent of the damage. The ferry is expected to be out of service for at ...
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According to Environment Canada, investigation is still underway to determine whether or not a tornado actually touched down in the area.
Plymouth Herald
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A Plymouth doctor is moving to Canada because he has had enough of working in the UK saying the profession's environment as hostile.Dr Oli Cooper, 35, is moving to Canada in three months' time because of concerns over the working environment.Dr Cooper moved from full-time work to working shifts for out-of-hours service Devon Doctors, as well as other occasional work.Read more: Mum forced to dump breast milk at airport prompts Government u-turn on rules"I worked as a GP in the UK for three...
Plymouth Herald
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A Plymouth doctor is moving to Canada because he has had enough of working in the UK saying the profession's environment as hostile.Dr Oli Cooper, 35, is moving to Canada in three months' time because of concerns over the working environment.Dr Cooper moved from full-time work to working shifts for out-of-hours service Devon Doctors, as well as other occasional work.Read more: Mum forced to dump breast milk at airport prompts Government u-turn on rules"I worked as a GP in the UK for three...
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