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There has been quite a bit of controversy over the proposed Site C Dam in North Eastern British Columbia.

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Yesterday the environmental assessment was released. Lots of responses from the media (see here or here) for and against for this mega-dam (a mega-dam is anything over 15m high; Site C will be 60m).

There is already a mega-dam on the Peace River upstream of the proposed Site C Dam – the Bennett Dam is 180m high and, since 1968 has held back B.C.’s largest reservoir. Below the Bennett Dam, and also upstream of Site C, is the Peace Canyon dam.

Not long ago the journal Water Alternatives had a free special issue on Big Dams. In it, some of the world’s foremost authorities weighed in on the Big Dam controversy.

All of Water Alternatives articles are free, I should mention, and just require you to make…

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Thank you to David Kannigan for reminding me that even on a minus 40 morning in Edmonton, happiness is in my own hands. And that if I succumb to, its just possible that joy might unexpectedly sweep me into its embrace.

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puppy, car ride, bliss, joy, happy, cute, dog

“Is happiness a lesser version of joy, or something totally different?  I’d argue it’s different and not only because it’s more prevalent. Many more things can cause happiness than joy. Also, happiness is somewhat within our control. We can create it through our decisions. Joy happens to you. It’s unruly. You submit to it. It usually comes as a surprise, as it did every morning with our newborns

…Certain experiences lift you out of yourself. They enable you to exist fully in the moment. (A singular serving of French toast in my late teens on the corner of 62nd and Lex at Burger Heaven; Christmas 1963, when Skippy, our first dog, popped out of a box pocked with ventilation holes.)

…What distinguishes joy is that it doesn’t come around that often. Indeed, you’re rather aware of its perishability, its evanescence, even when you’re in the midst of it.

…But…

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Nicholas Stern: ‘I got it wrong on climate change – it’s far, far worse’ | Environment | The Observer

Kim said there would be no solution to climate change without private sector involvement and urged companies to seize the opportunity to make profits: “There is a lot of money to be made in building the technologies and bending the arc of climate change.”

via Nicholas Stern: ‘I got it wrong on climate change – it’s far, far worse’ | Environment | The Observer.

Meanwhile, back in Canada, where Parliament is due to return on Monday, the AFN has decisions to face, and the people will be hitting the streets, there’s an air of excited anticipation in the air that’s palpable. Can change happen? Maybe. There’s a full moon rising and magic hovering on the horizon. Who knows what Monday the 28th will bring…

Resilience Alliance & the Integration of Social and Natural Science in Global Change Research | Resilience Science

Resilience Alliance & the Integration of Social and Natural Science in Global Change Research | Resilience Science.

Reposted from Resilience Science @ http://rs.resalliance.org/2013/01/08/resilience-alliance-the-integration-of-social-and-natural-science-in-global-change-research/

Critical information. A ‘must read’.

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resized_9781743312933_224_297_FitSquareClive Hamilton’s latest book is going to be coming out soon. Clive also has this article out on climate change and the end of the social sciences.

Here’s the info from the publisher’s website:

Earth Masters: Playing God with the Climate

What if there were a magic bullet to fix our ailing planet? What if it meant seizing control of Earth’s climate? Clive Hamilton investigates the huge risks of reaching for desperate measures to save the planet, explains the science accessibly and uncovers the worrying motives of those promoting them.

Description

‘As we collectively contemplate upping the ante on the same arrogant logic that created the climate crisis, we could ask for no wiser nor more trustworthy guide than Clive Hamilton. A dazzling, multilayered exploration of the strange and terrifying world of geoengineering.’ – Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine
While Washington, London and Canberra fiddle, the…

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Earth systems governance papers: complex architectures, multiple agents

Reposted from The Anthropocene: http://jeremyjschmidt.com

The Earth Systems Governance Conference in Tokyo will be at the end of this month. Already there are several papers available for download here. These are on a wide range of topics (biodiversity, climate, REDD, income inequality, and so on) so lots of interest for all.  Below is a description of the conference.Earth Systems Governance Tokyo Conference: Complex Architectures, Multiple AgentsAboutThe challenge of establishing effective strategies for mediating the relationship between humans and the natural world represents one of the most daunting tasks in the quest for environmental sustainability at all levels, from the local to the global. Environmental problems, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, water quality and access problems, soil erosion and others, call into question the fundamental viability of how humans have organized the relationship between society and nature. There is an urgent need to identify and develop new strategies for steering societies towards a more sustainable relationship with the natural world.The Earth System Governance Project was launched in 2009 to address these problems of environmental governance. In this project, “earth system governance” is defined as the interrelated system of formal and informal rules, rule-making mechanisms and actor-networks at all levels of human society (from local to global) that are set up to steer societies towards preventing, mitigating, and adapting to global and local environmental change and earth system transformation, within the normative context of sustainable development. The Earth System Governance Project’s Science Plan (available at http://www.earthsystemgovernance.org) is organized around five analytical problems. Architecture relates to the emergence, design and effectiveness of governance arrangements. Agency addresses questions of who governs the earth system and how. Adaptiveness research explores the ability of governance systems to change in the face of new knowledge and challenges as well as to enhance adaptiveness of social-ecological systems in the face of major disturbances. Accountability refers to the democratic quality of environmental governance arrangements. Finally, allocation and access deal with justice, equity, and fairness. These analytical problems are united by the cross-cutting themes of power, knowledge, norms and scale.The Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference will address these five analytical problems with a focus on complex architectures, multiple agents.

via Earth systems governance papers: complex architectures, multiple agents.

“To endure what lies ahead we will have to harness the human imagination. It was the human imagination that permitted African-Americans during slavery and the Jim Crow era to transcend their physical condition. It was the human imagination that sustained Sitting Bull and Black Elk as their land was seized and their cultures were broken. And it was the human imagination that allowed the survivors in the Nazi death camps to retain the power of the sacred.”

Dandelion Salad

by Chris Hedges
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Dandelion Salad
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January 21, 2013
Eugène_Ferdinand_Victor_Delacroix_006 Dante and Vergil in hell

The planet we have assaulted will convulse with fury. The senseless greed of limitless capitalist expansion will implode the global economy. The decimation of civil liberties, carried out in the name of fighting terror, will shackle us to an interconnected security and surveillance state that stretches from Moscow to Istanbul to New York. To endure what lies ahead we will have to harness the human imagination. It was the human imagination that permitted African-Americans during slavery and the Jim Crow era to transcend their physical condition.

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