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Hearing submission deadline - April 22 - LET'S STOP PICKERING - The CNSC is hosting a hearing in Ottawa on May 7, 2014 to consider OPG's latest bid to run the Pickering reactors beyond their design life.

Hearing submission deadline - April 22 - LET'S STOP PICKERING - The CNSC is hosting a hearing in Ottawa on May 7, 2014 to consider OPG's latest bid to run the Pickering reactors beyond their design life.

We are asking you to write a submission arguing against OPG's request. The deadline for written submissions is April 22, and they can be emailed to interventions@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca. Oral presentations are not part of this hearing. ... MORE added: Apr. 15 14
April 23 at 7:00 p.m. - In Transition 2.0 the film - being screened at WalterFedy - 657 Queen St. S., Kitchener - presented by TransitionKW & REEP Green Solutions - part of MOVIES WITH A MESSAGE - Collaborative film screenings - Eco Films Waterloo Region

April 23 at 7:00 p.m. - In Transition 2.0 the film - being screened at WalterFedy - 657 Queen St. S., Kitchener - presented by TransitionKW & REEP Green Solutions - part of MOVIES WITH A MESSAGE - Collaborative film screenings - Eco Films Waterloo Region

In Transition 2.0 - the latest full length film about the Transition movement. An amazing story how Transition groups around the world are responding to the challenges of depleting & costly energy resources, financial instability and environmental change ... MORE added: Apr. 08 14
Thursday, April 24th - Sustainable Waterloo Region’s 5th Annual Evening of Recognition from 5:00 – 7:00 pm - Bingemans Conference Centre, Kitchener

Thursday, April 24th - Sustainable Waterloo Region’s 5th Annual Evening of Recognition from 5:00 – 7:00 pm - Bingemans Conference Centre, Kitchener

Join us at our 5th Annual Evening of Recognition as we release our 2013 Report and celebrate a shift in sustainability norms across Waterloo Region. Come together with hundreds of business and community leaders, and discover how local organizations’ acti ... MORE added: Apr. 01 14

Electricity Prices Fall In Europe As German Renewable Energy Output Increases

For the fifth consecutive month, electricity prices in countries neighboring Germany have decreased, recently released Platts data reveals, due in large part to increased solar and wind generation in Germany. ... MORE added: Apr. 16 14

Water stress magnifies impacts of U.S. droughts

Dried-out fields and dwindling reservoirs are becoming all too common across the United States as companies, farms and municipalities stagger along under years-long droughts. Worsening dry conditions affect two-thirds of Texas. California's historic drou ... MORE added: Apr. 16 14
Who’s got milkweed?

Who’s got milkweed?

The monarch butterfly has it bad. Fortunately, we have a solution. As part of our Toronto-based Homegrown National Park Project, we’ve #GotMilkweed. ... MORE added: Apr. 16 14

HSBC says wind and solar best picks in climate stocks

Investment bank HSBC says the wind and solar sectors offer the best opportunity for investors looking at climate themes, while industrial efficiency looks the least attractive. ... MORE added: Apr. 17 14
Five Canadian Communities Fighting Climate Change That You've Probably Never Heard of Before

Five Canadian Communities Fighting Climate Change That You've Probably Never Heard of Before

DeSmog Canada reached out to experts across Canada to get their opinions on which municipalities are leading the fight against climate change. Immediately, it became clear we could easily list Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver & ... MORE added: Apr. 17 14

This velomobile is basically an electric car without the hassle

A team from Durham, N.C., designed the semi-enclosed, three-wheeled contraption to marry the best aspect of bikes and cars. The result is a low-impact, solar-powered EV that gives you some protection from the elements and plenty of room for groceries. ... MORE added: Apr. 17 14

Bank study says economic cost of weather catastrophes is underestimated

Now, with severe weather events becoming increasingly frequent and costly, economists are urging government policy-makers to consider the long-term benefits of major infrastructure investments. ... MORE added: Apr. 16 14

COMMUNITY RAIN BARREL SALES - Saturday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 29 - various locations

Support a Waterloo Region community organization by purchasing a rain barrel. Orders must be placed in advance online. ... MORE added: Apr. 15 14
Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 p.m. - MORE THAN HONEY, The Original Princess, Waterloo - CO-Presented by ALL THINGS TEA - part of MOVIES WITH A MESSAGE - Collaborative film screenings - Eco Films Waterloo Region

Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 p.m. - MORE THAN HONEY, The Original Princess, Waterloo - CO-Presented by ALL THINGS TEA - part of MOVIES WITH A MESSAGE - Collaborative film screenings - Eco Films Waterloo Region

Featuring an introduction by local beekeeper Tom Epplett of Bee Quest Honey -“Fascinating, informative and startling, this in-depth documentary poses the question of ‘why are all the bees dying?’ ... MORE added: Apr. 08 14
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - The NEXT CREW GREEN DRINKS - with members of KW GREEN DRINKS - ongoing, first Tuesday of each month - Please JOIN US! - 7:00-10:00 p.m., at the Barley Works, Huether Hotel, Waterloo.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - The NEXT CREW GREEN DRINKS - with members of KW GREEN DRINKS - ongoing, first Tuesday of each month - Please JOIN US! - 7:00-10:00 p.m., at the Barley Works, Huether Hotel, Waterloo.

CREW GREEN Drinks is joining up with the members of KW Green Drinks for regular monthly events. Anyone working on, studying, interested in, or thinking about renewable energy, sustainability and the environment is encouraged to come out. Great turnouts! ... MORE added: Apr. 03 14

Massive Waste-to-Energy Plant Planned for Ohio

New Hampshire, USA -- A 9.4-MW biogas combined heat and power (CHP) plant is under development in Grove City, Ohio. The plant will be developed in two phases, spanning 185,000 square feet, making it the largest waste to energy facility of its kind ... MORE added: Apr. 15 14
When Renewables Meet the Oil and Gas Industry, Opposites Attract

When Renewables Meet the Oil and Gas Industry, Opposites Attract

At first glance, pairing renewable energy with the oil and gas sector would seem an unlikely match. But behind the curtain, romance could be blooming. ... MORE added: Apr. 15 14

13 Electric Vehicles Coming To Market In 2014

Check out these new plug-in vehicles for sale in 2014, and share with your friends! ... MORE added: Apr. 15 14

Wisconsin Snaps Up Community Solar in Record Time

Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community-owned solar developer, revealed today that two weeks after announcing the development of the Vernon Electric Community Solar Farm—Wisconsin’s first community-owned solar PV facility —reserved ... MORE added: Apr. 15 14

Global Renewable Energy Should Triple to Save Climate, UN Panel Says

LONDON -- The world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, United Nations scientists said. ... MORE added: Apr. 15 14
It’s official: Coal is kaput in Ontario

It’s official: Coal is kaput in Ontario

On April 8th, the Thunder Bay Generating Station burned its last lump of coal marking the end of an era in Ontario. Thunder Bay was the last of the province’s five dirty coal-fired generating stations to close. Nanticoke, formerly the largest coal-fired ... MORE added: Apr. 15 14

Coal companies get hit where it counts for polluting Appalachian water supplies

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.’s coal mining operations have been ruining the rivers and water supplies of Appalachian communities since 2006, and probably a lot longer than that. That could soon come to an end, however: The federal government just slappe ... MORE added: Apr. 15 14
This week in Clean Energy Review, Shell asks governments to force it to change, IKEA steps up its low-carbon commitment, and the IPCC says it's still not too late to save the world. ... Much more!

This week in Clean Energy Review, Shell asks governments to force it to change, IKEA steps up its low-carbon commitment, and the IPCC says it's still not too late to save the world. ... Much more!

SHELL JOINS GLOBAL CALL FOR HARD CO2 CAP: The oil giant joined 69 other large corporations demanding policy makers take immediate action to limit the total cumulative carbon pollution to one trillion tonnes—the threshold of two degrees of warming. ... MORE added: Apr. 14 14
Be aware of Upcoming REEP Events

Be aware of Upcoming REEP Events

Wednesdays, Better Basement Renovations - May 14, Preparing for the Storm - May 21, plus tours; Saturday Open Houses - all at the Mill Street REEP House - Kitchener ... MORE added: Apr. 15 14
Gambling with People’s Lives – The Perfect Crime? And much more....

Gambling with People’s Lives – The Perfect Crime? And much more....

By Dr. Gordon Edwards, CCNR. It is well known that embryos, babies and children are much more sensitive to the damaging effects of ionizing radiation than adults are. In fact women are also more sensitive to radiation damage than men of the same age, ... MORE added: Apr. 11 14
Your Home Electricity Bill: A Study on the Costs in Ontario shows that renewable energy accounts for a relatively small part of residential electricity bills.

Your Home Electricity Bill: A Study on the Costs in Ontario shows that renewable energy accounts for a relatively small part of residential electricity bills.

The study includes new data, from an independent energy consulting firm, that calculates the role renewable energy plays in electricity bills in Ontario today, and in 2024. Also shows that cutting energy waste can offset a large part of increases. ... MORE added: Apr. 11 14
May 6, 7 & 8  - SOLAR ONTARIO 2014 - Ottawa - Energy is changing the Electricity System as We Know it

May 6, 7 & 8 - SOLAR ONTARIO 2014 - Ottawa - Energy is changing the Electricity System as We Know it

Solar energy is changing the electricity system as we know it. At Solar Ontario learn how this energy paradigm shift impacts your business or organization, and your stakeholders. REGISTER TODAY ... MORE added: Mar. 18 14
CREW P$N - Learn how to SAVE up to 25% & more ON YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL. CREW Power $aving Network (tP$N) electricity self-audit kits are available for borrowing FREE at libraries across Waterloo Region

CREW P$N - Learn how to SAVE up to 25% & more ON YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL. CREW Power $aving Network (tP$N) electricity self-audit kits are available for borrowing FREE at libraries across Waterloo Region

Learn how to save big on your electricity bill. CREW Power $aving Network (tP$N) electricity self-audit kits are available for borrowing FREE at libraries across Waterloo Region. Contact your local library to reserve. ... MORE added: Mar. 18 13

Sign up for saveONenergy PEAKSAVER PLUS and save! FREE!

There are many small changes you can make to save energy at home. SIGN UP for the saveONenergy Peaksaver PLUS program and receive a FREE thermostat and energy display. ... MORE added: Feb. 20 14

Cheap, better-performing lithium-ion batteries developed

Researchers have developed a cheap, high-performing silicon anode and sulfur-based cathode for lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are a popular type of rechargeable battery commonly found in portable electronics and electric or hybrid cars. ... MORE added: Apr. 12 14

Swiss Unveil New Solar Powered Plane for Global Flight

Payerne, Switzerland -- The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large ca ... MORE added: Apr. 12 14
TIME TO ADAPT! Build resilience and sustainability within our community. Get your copy of TransitionKW's Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit. CREW contributed to this valuable & timely document.

TIME TO ADAPT! Build resilience and sustainability within our community. Get your copy of TransitionKW's Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit. CREW contributed to this valuable & timely document.

TransitionKW's Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit is intended to empower the residents of Waterloo Region to act to address the potential local impacts of climate change. The toolkit has actions for everyone, including emergency preparedness. ... MORE added: Apr. 08 14
May 15, 7:00 & 9:00 p.m. Best of PLANET IN FOCUS Film Fest at the Princess Original Cinema - presented by Alternatives Journal - part of MOVIES WITH A MESSAGE - Collaborative film screenings  - Eco Films Waterloo Region

May 15, 7:00 & 9:00 p.m. Best of PLANET IN FOCUS Film Fest at the Princess Original Cinema - presented by Alternatives Journal - part of MOVIES WITH A MESSAGE - Collaborative film screenings - Eco Films Waterloo Region

Awarding-winning feature docs METAMORHOSEN and HAVE YOU SEEN THE ARANA? - paired with short films TAR and CRACKDOWN! ... MORE added: Apr. 08 14
Enbridge tried to by Kitimat but the people voted NO!

Enbridge tried to by Kitimat but the people voted NO!

Despite the untold sums of money Enbridge spent on advertising and high-pressure tactics leading up to the plebiscite, last night we learned the residents of Kitimat voted “no” to Enbridge’s pipeline and oil tanker proposal. ... MORE added: Apr. 13 14

10 places to visit before they’re gone: A bucket list for a warming world

Usually picking vacation spots is such a challenge, but by focusing on the best places that may not be places much longer in our warming world, we were able to shorten our list to the top ten do-it-now vacation destinations. ... MORE added: Apr. 10 14
The risky pipeline bigger than Keyston XL - Learn about TransCanada Energy East - the biggest tar sands pipeline proposal in North America.

The risky pipeline bigger than Keyston XL - Learn about TransCanada Energy East - the biggest tar sands pipeline proposal in North America.

TransCanada’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline project generates a lot of headlines. Did you know another risky TransCanada project – larger than Keystone – is on the horizon & could put hundreds of communities across Canada at risk of an oil spill? ... MORE added: Apr. 10 14
Will we ever learn to celebrate Earth Month?

Will we ever learn to celebrate Earth Month?

April is Earth Month, and April 22 Earth Day. We should really celebrate our small blue planet and all it provides every day, but recent events give us particular cause to reflect on our home and how we're treating it. ... MORE added: Apr. 11 14

UPDATE: UK Announces Renewable Heat Tariffs

The UK. government yesterday launched its Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (d-RHI), which pays households that generate heat and hot water using renewable energy systems such as solar hot water, geothermal heat pumps and biomass heating. ... MORE added: Apr. 11 14

IKEA Enters US Wind Market With Largest Renewables Investment to Date

IKEA is at it again. In an effort to achieve its goal of producing more renewable energy than it consumes by 2020, the retail giant announced yesterday that it has purchased the 98-MW Hoopeston wind farm in Illinois. This purchase marks its first wind p ... MORE added: Apr. 11 14

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS on Renewable Energy (Especially Wind and Solar Energy)

This document has been prepared to offer a consolidated list of the most common questions we have received about renewable energy, and to provide reference information to other clarifying resources where appropriate. We trust that you will find this usef ... MORE added: Mar. 18 13

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Rain Barrels in Waterloo

Hi. We thought you'd be interested in a local fundraising rain barrel sale. Would you please consider sharing this information with your contacts? Waterloo non-profit groups are hosting... MORE     posted on: Apr. 08 2014@10:27 AM

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