New regulations set to cost Alberta’s large carbon emitters upwards of $1.2 billion a year — Financial Post

CALGARY — Large carbon emitters in Alberta are expected to pay upwards of $1.2 billion a year in levies by 2020 under updated regulations announced Wednesday. The government, however, said its plan includes a phase-in period and significant funding assistance to make it easier for industry to adapt to the new regime, while offsets and… via …

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The Secret Lives of Plants

Scientists plan to develop a three-dimensional map of Earth's vegetation. By knowing the extent of forests from existing maps, as well as the heights of the canopy from the new instruments, researchers will then be able to estimate how much plant matter -- and therefore how much carbon -- is present. As trees grow, they …

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Ice Calving

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When a glacier meets an ocean, over time large pieces of ice break away from the glacier and fall in the ocean.  This phenomenon is called ice calving.  Ice calving leads to ice bergs being released in the ocean.  Calving is the natural process.  Water erosion, wind and other forces of nature cause an edge of the glacier to become weaker.  When the edge of the glacier becomes unstable, calving begins.  Due to global warming, the rate of calving of glaciers has increased significantly in the past few decades.

The movie “Chasing Ice” shows the largest ice calving event ever recorded on film according to the 2016 Guiness Book of World Records.  The movie won over 40 awards worldwide including the award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and a 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Programming.  The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best…

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China Announces Ban on Domestic Ivory Trade by End of 2017

  China decided to join other countries that ban ivory trade .   China announced that the country will shut down it domestic ivory trade by end of 2017.  China is believed to support 70% of the overall ivory market.  China currently has 34 ivory production companies and 134 ivory retail shops.   Last year, China's President …

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