Brazil ruling boosts fears over Amazon dam projects

The ruling authorises the privatisation of Electrobras, the state-owned electric company, and is widely viewed as a step towards erecting a series of hydroelectric dams. Brazil’s supreme court has authorised the privatisation of the giant state-owned electric company, Electrobras. The move comes as the government sends out mixed signals about the future of hydroelectric dam projects, particularly on the Amazon […]

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Wind and heavy rain continue in N.S., forcing closures and cancellations

Much of Eastern and Central Canada can expect another day of punishing winter weather. The Environment Canada forecast for New Brunswick calls for flurries and ice pellets or freezing rain this morning changing to snow in the afternoon with winds gusting to 40 km/h, and wind chill temperatures as low as minus 18 Celsius. Flash freeze warnings have been issued […]

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Nova Scotia moves to allow thermal disposal of plastic, newsprint

Nova Scotia is moving to allow plastic, cardboard and newsprint to be used in waste-to-energy plants. Environment Minister Margaret Miller says the move will give businesses an opportunity to “create something useful from waste destined for landfills.” The Environment Department says the changes to solid waste regulations are about “allowing new solutions” to reduce waste in landfills, and also clarify […]

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Snow squall watch issued for London area, 15 cm of accumulation possible by Thursday

Forecasters are warning residents in the London region to prepare for the latest blast from Old Man Winter. A snow squall watch is currently in effect for London, Parkhill, and eastern Middlesex County. Snow squalls developing off Lake Huron will arrive early Wednesday morning and continue into early Thursday, Environment Canada says. While visibility will be significantly reduced at times, […]

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