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Who is paying for our environment?

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Those who can offer any excess energy produced using renewable energy sources will receive credits on their energy bills thanks to the new net metering program Nunavut and WWF-Canada has created. CBC’s Sima Zerehi praises this new program which has a goal of reducing Nunavut’s reliance on diesel fuel as well as educating the public on the benefits of renewable energy for the future. The credits are only offered for those who generate a maximum of 10kW of power, or small businesses which will in turn be given to the community’s power grid.

From Freezer to Fridge: Alaskan Permafrost is Set to Thaw With High Costs to Alaskans and the Global Community

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The debate surrounding climate change is no longer an argument of whether or not it is happening, but is now rather a debate on the level of anthropogenic contribution it. However, while policy makers sit and argue with scientists about emission levels, positive feedback loops are set to amplify the effects of climate change via melting the permafrost. In August, The New York Times published an article by Henry Fountain about the current situation regarding the thawing of the permafrost in Alaska.

Could Energy East be the beginning of the end for pipelines?

The Toronto Star article TransCanada ends bid to build Energy East pipeline after ‘careful review of changed circumstances’ by Alex Ballingall discusses TransCanada’s recent decision to cancel its proposal for the Energy East pipeline and the various perspectives on the decision. The project was proposed in 2014 and would have been a 4,500km pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick, carrying 1.1 billion barrels of crude oil every day and costing $15.7 billion to build.

A Greener Approach to E-waste Disposal

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A Greener Approach to E-waste Disposal

E.U’s New and Improved Wind Atlas

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Summary:

The article called “Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas”  written by the American Institute of Physics covers exactly what you would expect. The article's purpose is to talk about the new venture the

Languages in Switzerland; The Invisible Boundary Between Population

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Switzerland has four official languages, being German, French, Italian and Romansh. 63% of the population speaks German, while 23% speaks French, 8% speaks Italian and 1% speaks Romansh. However, the three first languages appears on every official documents, while the last one is in danger of extinction. Furthermore, Switzerland has its own German, French and Italian dialects, as a result, language plays a huge part in Swiss’ identity. 

 

Our Culture of Convenience and its effect on the Health of Kids

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In our modern times, society has strived to develop more and more technology designed to simplify our lives. In Canada, a highly visible negative consequence of this pursuit of convenience is the drastic reduction in the amount of physical activity in which citizen take part in, especially in the kids of the newest generation. This includes all manners of their lives, whether that be in gym class, on the playground, while travelling to and from school; physical activity in general has been replaced by a more efficient or more attractive medium.

Kiva

Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. We celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. For some, it’s a matter of survival, for others it’s the fuel for a life-long ambition.

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S.N.A.P. tries to help decrease Obesity in U.S.

Health care has skyrocketed in the U.S. in the past decades due to increasing rates of obesity. The cause of this is that Americans are buying unhealthy products. This phenomenon can be decreased by changing the store’s structure. When going to the supermarket, the essential products, like milk or eggs, are placed in the back. This way, costumers must walk through the store, and they see many other products, which leads to unplanned purchases. The most common unplanned purchases are sugar-sweetened beverages and other junk food.

How to Stop Gentrification in New York

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A) Purpose of the article

The authors explain the cause of the gentrification in New York and propose 4 ways to solve the problem. The purpose of the article is to start a discussion on the urban crisis in New York and more precisely, to encourage the community to come up with a solution plan.

 

B) Authors’ main points used to support their opinion