Expedition finds evidence of first known whaling wreck in Canada’s High Arctic

Animals and Pets, Earth, World

Two Canadian researchers have found evidence of a Scottish whaling wreck in the High Arctic, thought to be the first discovery of its kind in the world. Michael Moloney and Mathew Ayre, post-doctoral fellows with the University of Calgary’s Arctic Institute of North America, made the find last week. The wreckage is from Nova Zembla, a whaling vessel that sank in a fjord near Baffin Bay in September 1902. The discovery is significant because the British fleet lost over 200 vessels and none have ever been found until now.

“Most Canadians are not aware of the important role that whaling played in opening up the Canadian Arctic,” says Ayre. “These sailors formed strong partnerships with the Inuit to learn how to navigate Arctic waters for close to 300 years.” The knowledge gained from each whaling trip became extremely helpful to subsequent voyages of Britain’s Royal Navy in their quest to explore the planet’s polar regions and discover the Northwest Passage.

“This is a previously unidentified archaeological site, and the first High Arctic whaling ship ever discovered,” says John Geiger, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. “It is a remarkable story of historical sleuthing supported by fieldwork and adds considerably to the historical record by shedding new light on that treacherous, once great industry.”

The team that made the discovery relied on drone footage and sonar imaging. Working off One Ocean Expedition’s Akademik Sergey Vavilov ship, they deployed a remote-operated underwater vehicle in a targeted five-square-kilometre search area, which they had narrowed in on through months of research. The pair still needs to further study the sonar imagery to examine some promising shapes, including what appears to be one of the anchors of the ship — straight lines and right angles are indicative of man-made materials. Moloney and Ayer plan on resuming their research next year and will work with local Inuit communities to learn more about the history of Nova Zembla.

“Grassroots underwater archeology on a budget takes time,” says Moloney. “This will be a multi-year project that helps Canadians learn more about our maritime history.”

The Search for Nova Zembla expedition was supported by the Expeditions Program of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, One Ocean Expeditions, Mountain Equipment Co-op, University of Calgary’s Arctic Institute of North America, Deep Trekker: Underwater Remote Operated Vehicles & Drones, and Lens Lenders.

September is International Balloon Month

Earth, Society

#LiftUpSomebody with balloons but always use a weight and never release them

 

Sharing smiles and Smart Balloon Practices are the focus of this year’s #LiftUpSomebody campaign which is part of the International Balloon Month celebration.

The #LiftUpSomebody campaign inspires people around the world to “thank” someone special in their community by giving them balloons, and then share those moments of joy on social media. The campaign also encourages people to promote and follow the motto: “Don’t let go: Inflate. Weight. Enjoy.”

“Giving balloons to important people in our community such as firefighters, care givers and teachers, helps spread goodwill and demonstrates the positive power of balloons. This also provides a great opportunity to increase awareness of the proper ways to use and handle balloons, so they don’t wind up in places where they don’t belong,” said Lorna O’Hara, Executive Director of The Balloon Council which sponsors the #LiftUpSomebody campaign.

“Simple practices such as always weighting balloons, popping and disposing of them after the celebration, never inhaling helium, making sure children are always supervised when playing with balloons, and most importantly never releasing balloons, are just some of the tips we are encouraging people to share,” explained O’Hara.

The Balloon Council recently announced a revised stance on balloon releases to emphasize the fact that balloons should not be released. “Over the years, as the social and political climates have changed, our position has also evolved. This change in stance fully recognizes the need for everyone to be as ‘green’ as we possibly can be to protect our planet,” said Dan Flynn, Chairman of The Balloon Council. “Our new motto is “Don’t let go: Inflate. Weight. Enjoy.”

Photos using #LiftUpSomebody that are shared on Facebook and Instagram (@balloonsliftup) will automatically be entered into the photo contest. Winners will be featured on balloonsliftup.com and announced at the FLOAT 2019 convention.

Schools and community youth groups are encouraged to take the “Faraday Pledge Card Challenge” and compete to see which organization fills out the most pledge cards. The pledge is part the national “Meet Faraday: Smart Balloon Practices” campaign that is travelling around the U.S. to educate communities about smart balloon practices.

The Balloon Council is a non-profit organization made up of responsible retailers, distributors, and manufacturers dedicated to educating others about the wonders of balloons and the proper handling of them.

Regulations for trucks, buses, and large vehicles cut pollution, improve air quality, and boost competitiveness

Earth, Governance

The Government of Canada is delivering on its promise to fight climate change, reduce pollution, and make investments to improve the health of communities while growing the economy.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced new carbon-pollution regulations for heavy-duty vehicles, starting in 2020, and the regulations will become increasingly stringent in the years ahead. By reducing emissions from school buses, transport tractors and trailers, garbage trucks, delivery vans, and larger pick-up trucks, these regulations will make our air cleaner and our communities healthier while helping transportation companies save money. The regulations will promote clean innovation and support good middle-class jobs.

The regulations will also reduce trucking costs for moving goods in Canada, helping the transportation sector become more competitive by saving new vehicle owners approximately $1.7 billion in fuel costs annually, by 2030, and by reducing the cost of transporting goods and materials to customers in Canada and in international markets. The approach will keep Canada globally competitive while protecting the environment.

In Canada, carbon pollution from heavy-duty vehicles has almost tripled since 1990. Today, it is comparable to emissions from coal-fired electricity. These regulations will decrease the growth of carbon pollution from this part of our transportation sector.

Reducing pollution from heavy-duty vehicles is also an important part of Canada’sclean-growth and climate action plan. The new standards for heavy-duty vehicles will reduce carbon pollution by approximately 6 million tonnes a year by 2030, which is comparable to taking about 1.5 million passenger vehicles off the road for one year.

Canada’s regulations are designed to promote innovation and provide flexibility to industry to choose the most cost-effective compliance options. Heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers will have the flexibility to choose the clean technologies that will increase their fuel efficiency and reduce emissions and operating costs.

Quotes

“The environment and the economy go hand in hand. Large vehicles are an important part of Canada’s economy—we rely on them to get kids to school, move goods to customers, and keep our neighbourhoods clean. They also contribute to smog and carbon pollution, which harm our health and our environment. With these new regulations, we are making the air cleaner and fighting climate change while helping businesses compete and grow and supporting jobs for middle-class Canadians.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick Facts

  • Currently, heavy-duty vehicle emissions account for 9 percent of Canada’s total emissions.
  • Introducing new heavy-duty vehicle regulations and making investments in low-carbon transportation are important parts of Canada’s climate action plan to meet its Paris Agreement commitments.
  • Canada is also phasing in the implementation of regulations to provide more lead time for industry to maximize investments in new technology and upgrade existing facilities.
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada has consulted with Canadians and industry stakeholders on the development of new heavy-duty vehicle emissions regulations, since 2014.
  • The Government of Canada is also supporting the transportation industry through Budget 2017’s investment of $10.1 billion in trade and transportation projects over the next decade. This investment will help build stronger, more efficient transportation corridors to international markets and will enable Canadian businesses to compete and grow while creating more jobs for Canada’s middle class.

Cheeseburgers Aren’t Good for Paradise

Earth, Food

Ipe Woods USA, a proponent of sustainable lumber harvesting, has committed to plant five new trees for each order they sell.

Jimmy Buffett wanted his cheeseburger in paradise. He probably still does.  It turns out, though, that cheeseburgers might not be so good for the environment, especially the rainforests.

These days much more is known about how the rainforests affect the climate and the environment. Many refer to them as the lungs of the planet for the way they pull in the carbon dioxide and release oxygen back into the atmosphere. We can all agree that’s a good thing. It’s a good idea to keep the rainforests healthy.

HOW IS IT HAPPENING?

Many will turn their eyes to companies that specialize in selling exotic hardwoods for an explanation about what’s happening.  After all,  those in exotic hardwoods, such as Ipe wood, come mainly from the rainforests.  Believe it or not, though, logging is very low on the list. In fact, by all accounts, logging accounts for between 2%-3% of total deforestation in the Amazon.

There is a myriad of contributing factors: gold mining, road building, subsistence farming all have contributed.

But the biggest factor is cattle ranching. Until last year when India replaced it, Brazil, the heart of the Amazon rainforest, was the largest exporter of beef to the world. That’s a lot of beef—lots and lots of cheeseburgers and steaks, leather goods, the works.

Cattle ranching is very labor intensive, and the cattle need a lot of room to roam and graze.  And that’s bad for the rainforest. Tens of thousands of square miles of the Amazon have been cleared to make room for all those bovines. On the plus side, things are getting better.

WHAT’S BEING DONE ABOUT IT

The fact is, even with all the clear cutting that goes with the cattle ranching, logging is still necessary to keep any forest healthy.  It keeps things from getting too choked up with dead material that acts as fuel for fires, and taking out some of the other trees, allows the others to grow better.

Ipe Woods USA always engages in sustainable lumber harvesting. To keep the rainforests healthy, Ipe Woods USA has committed to plant five new trees for each order they sell.  These new trees will help maintain the health of  the forests and climate, and keep the lungs of the planet healthy.  All these small efforts collectively will snowball, strengthening the forests and maintaining healthy environments.

STEWARDS OF THE LAND
Honest and honorable companies working in the exotic hard wood industry, consider themselves stewards on the land.

Yes, they do take from the land, but do so responsibly, and always put back.  It’s the only way to maintain a proper balance.

But the good news there are ways to keep tabs on them.  Lists provided by organizations such as Greenpeace keep an eye on these unsavory companies, allowing the honest companies to know whom to avoid.

Ipe Woods USA doesn’t do business with any company whose reputation is less than stellar. It’s all part of being good stewards of the land, and making sure there is always enough and to spare so that all may enjoy the benefits that come from the rainforests.

Government of Canada Invests in Research and Development to Ensure Marine Safety

Earth, Safety

Canada NewsWire

ST. JOHN’SDec. 8, 2017 /CNW/ – Canada is investing in research and development in our natural resource sectors to support our economy and protect our environment for future generations.

Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, on behalf of Canada’s Natural Resources Minister, Jim Carr, today announced an investment of $1.39 million for two projects to enhance marine incident prevention and responsiveness in Canada’s oceans. The Honourable Siobhan Coady, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, also announced provincial funding.

Through its Oil Spill Response Science (OSRS) program, the Government of Canada provided $991,500to C-CORE, a St. John’s–based research and development company, to increase the efficiency of existing mechanical oil recovery systems for heavy oil products in harsh, cold environments. Minister Coady announced a provincial government investment of $428,500 to the project. MP Whalen also announced $400,000 for a University of Toronto project that will develop a foam filtration system for use in oil spills.

The OSRS is a four-year, $5-million program aimed at improving the technologies and processes for recovering or removing heavy oil products from marine environments, in the unlikely event of a spill.

Our government recognizes the importance of environmental stewardship and will continue to invest in clean technology and drive clean growth.

Quotes

“Environmental responsibility is a condition of Canada’s economic success. It is essential we protect our oceans while we develop our resources. As Canada transitions to a low-carbon future, investments in clean technology are building a stronger economy, creating new, middle-class jobs and driving sustainable prosperity.”

Nick Whalen
Member of Parliament for St. John’s East

Our government is proud to support C-CORE in this valuable research, and I commend them on putting together the strong research team they have assembled for this important work. This project has economic benefit and relevance to the Newfoundland and Labrador marine and offshore energy industry and aims to provide an effective and practical solution for an oil spill incident.”

Siobhan Coady
Minister of Natural Resources
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

“This project leverages C-CORE’s expertise in analytical modelling, computer simulation and large-scale physical tests to assess and optimize technology performance in harsh environments. We’re very grateful to have the support of our federal and provincial governments for R&D that will help protect our pristine and valuable oceans and coastlines.”

Mark MacLeod
President and CEO, C-CORE

“Through the Institute for Water Innovation (IWI), our professors and students are addressing the world’s most pressing challenges and commercializing their research. Our forthcoming Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, in which IWI will be housed, will further enable this work by providing a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment that will set a new standard for engineering research and education.”

Ramin Farnood
Vice-Dean, Research, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, University of Toronto

Related Links

https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/funding/icg/19774
https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/oceans-protection-plan.html

Red Cross Provides Shelter and Comfort as 7 Large Wildfires Burn in Southern California

Earth, Safety

People Urged to Listen to Local Officials and Heed Evacuation Orders

More wildfires broke out overnight in Southern California, pushing the number of people forced to leave their homes to nearly 200,000. In the midst of the devastation, the American Red Cross is making sure those affected have a safe place to stay, food to eat and a shoulder to lean on.

Overnight about 615 people took refuge from the fires in 13 Red Cross and community shelters. People coming to Red Cross shelters can expect hot meals, comfort and the opportunity to reconnect with loved ones and get information. Red Cross disaster workers are also providing health services such as replacing lost medications and eyeglasses, emotional support and spiritual care to people whose lives have been turned upside down by these wildfires.

“The situation is rapidly evolving with new fires starting and new evacuation orders seemingly every hour. And the threat isn’t over. The region faces extreme fire danger for the next several days. It’s our objective to be fully prepared to help where needed,” explained Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. “Right now, Red Cross volunteers are working alongside partners to ensure everyone gets the best possible help during this challenging time.”

The Governor of California has declared a State of Emergency. The fires have already destroyed an estimated 430 homes and are threatening as many as 25,000 additional homes. With seven large fires now burning, more than 140,000 acres have been destroyed. Local power, water, transportation and communication infrastructures are being threatened by the seven fires and impacting four counties with a total population of more than 14 million people.

HOW TO FIND A SHELTER The Red Cross urges everyone to follow evacuation orders from local law enforcement and to have an emergency kit ready to go. If someone needs to find a shelter or other help, they should follow their local media or go to redcross.org and check the shelter map. People can also find a shelter by downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App, which also puts wildfire safety tips at their fingertips. The app is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

Everyone is welcome at Red Cross shelters. The Red Cross delivers help to whoever needs it regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or citizenship status. The Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency, and people who have disaster-caused needs do not need to be American citizens to access Red Cross services. The Red Cross is working with partners to provide care for evacuated pets. Anyone who needs a safe place to stay should come to an evacuation shelter, and suitable accommodations will be found for household pets. Service animals and therapy pets are welcome at Red Cross shelters.

WILDFIRE SAFETY People should listen to their local media for updates on the fire and be ready to leave quickly. Other wildfire safety steps include:

  • Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing your direction of escape.
  • Keep your pets in one room so you can find them quickly if you have to evacuate.
  • Arrange for a temporary place to stay outside the threatened area.
  • Keep your indoor air clean – close windows and doors to prevent the smoke outside from getting in your home.
  • Use the recycle mode on the air conditioner in your home or car. If you don’t have air conditioning and it’s too hot to be inside, seek shelter somewhere else.
  • If smoke levels are high, don’t use anything that burns and adds to air pollution inside such as candles, fireplaces and gas stoves.

STAY CONNECTED WITH LOVED ONES Visit the Red Cross Safe and Well website at redcross.org/safeandwell to reconnect with loved ones. The site allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available, open to the public and available in Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website. Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876.

You can also use the “I’m Safe” feature of the Red Cross Emergency App to let loved ones know your status.

HOW YOU CAN HELP You can help people affected by disasters big and small, like wildfires and countless other crises, by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small. Call, click, or text to give: visit redcross.org, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Clean Commodities Corp. Announces Option Partner at Dumont and Spodumene Lake Lithium Projects Under $5M Exploration Earn-In Arrangement

Business, Earth, Press Releases

Clean Commodities Corp. (TSX-V: CLE) (“Clean Commodities” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to report that the Corporation has agreed to an arrangement with Cameo Resources Corp. (“Cameo Resources“) whereby Cameo Resources may earn an 80% interest in the Dumont and Spodumene Lake lithium projects (the “Whabouchi Lithium Project“).

“As we actively work to advance our premier portfolio of hardrock lithium assets in Canada, we are pleased to be working with Cameo Resources at the Dumont and Spodumene Lake lithium projects in Quebec. Our recent exploration at the properties provides Cameo with a breadth of opportunities and we are excited to see the continuance of work at the project which is of course in close proximity to Nemaska Lithium,” noted Ryan Kalt, CEO of Clean Commodities.

Under the arrangement, Cameo Resources will have the option to acquire an 80% interest in the Dumont and Spodumene Lake projects by completing $5,000,000 of exploration work over a four year period (being the completion of $500,000 of work in year one, $1,000,000 of work in year two, $1,500,000 of work in year three and $2,000,000 of work in year four), the issuance of 500,000 common shares of Cameo Resources to Clean Commodities at closing, and the payment of $25,000 related to certain expenses.

Subject to completion of the earn-in by Cameo Resources, the parties would form a joint-venture related to the Whabouchi Lithium Project with Cameo Resources to serve as the operator.

Full information on the Dumont and Spodumene Lake projects is available at:
https://www.cleancommodities.com/dumont-lithium-project

The proposed transaction remains subject to regulatory approval and the completion of certain customary documentation.

About Clean Commodities Corp.

Clean Commodities Corp. (TSXV:CLE) is an exploration company involved in a diverse portfolio of clean commodity assets including lithium and uranium projects. For more information, please visit www.cleancommodities.com.

Signed,

Ryan Kalt, Chief Executive Officer

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