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Microalgae used for green asphalt

Process for the production of bioasphalt from microalgae. Image: Les films du cercle rougeProcess for the production of bioasphalt from microalgae. Image: Les films du cercle rougeMicroalgae offer a highly promising alternative to petroleum products without competing for resources used in the food industry. They have now been used, for the first time, to make asphalt. Researchers have recently proved the viability of bioasphalt, demonstrating its close similarity to the "real" asphalt used to pave roads. Their findings have been published in Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

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Food Feud: More Cities Block Meal-Sharing for Homeless

 BY BILL BRIGGS

More American cities are blocking individuals and ministries from feeding homeless people in parks and public squares, and several Americans have been ticketed for offering such charity, according to a forthcoming report by the National Coalition for the Homeless.

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Christy Clark Hands a $43 Million Gift to Liberal Donor Developer in Land Deal

BY MICHAEL SMYTH, THE PROVINCE APRIL 16, 2015
In the Lower Mainland’s red-hot real-estate market, it’s not uncommon for a seller to get the asking price on a property — and sometimes more.
That’s why the NDP Opposition wants to know why the Liberal government sold several parcels of Crown land in Coquitlam for 33 per cent under their appraised value.

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Germany On Verge Of Virtually Banning Fracking

(Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet signed off on a draft law on Wednesday that imposes an effective ban on the controversial technique of fracking for shale gas.

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ISIS mission: Canada conducts 1st airstrike in Syria Airstrike

Hit ISIL garrison, according to Defence Minister Jason Kenney on Twitter.

The Canadian military conducted its first airstrike on an ISIS target in Syria today, according to the Department of National Defence.

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Hackers leak messages between the Kremlin and France

NEWSWEEK
03 APR 2015 AT 13:40 ET   Lucy Draper 
Posted without permission from NewsweekFrench media site Mediapart has reported that hackers have leaked thousands of texts and emails sent between the Kremlin and the French far-right party, the National Front.

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Montreal police disperse hundreds of protesters with tear gas, stun grenades

http://rt.com/news/244789-montreal-police-tear-gas/

Riot police in Montreal used tear gas and flash-bangs to disperse hundreds of students rallying in the city’s downtown in protest against the Quebec government’s austerity measures.

Following dispersal, barricades have been put up at Montreal’s Carré Phillips and protesters are regrouping, according to various reports on the ground.

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Vancouver's annual homeless count and the failure to end homelessness

Posted on: March 27, 2015 - 9:05am

Earlier this week Vancouver conducted its annual homelessness count. Last year the count found that despite the mayor's pledge to end homelessness by 2015 the number of people living on the streets had doubled. This year the mayor called on the province and the federal government to take more responsibility for affordable housing.

More Information: Vancouver homeless count confirms challenge of Vision’s 2015 goal | Globe and MailCity of Vancouver's annual homelessness count begins Monday night | CBCVancouver goal to end homelessness needs federal and provincial support, says expert | CBC

U.N. warns world could have 40% water shortfall by 2030

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 8:15amKaty Daigle, AP Environment Writer, Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — The world could suffer a 40% shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a U.N. report warned Friday.

Many underground water reserves are already running low, while rainfall patterns are predicted to become more erratic with climate change. As the world's population grows to an expected 9 billion by 2050, more groundwater will be needed for farming, industry and personal consumption.

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Man with alleged links to Canadian Security Intelligence Service(CSIS) helped a dozen cross into Syria: reports

KIM MACKRAEL

Ottawa — The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Mar. 16 2015, 5:09 PM EDT

Last updated Monday, Mar. 16 2015, 9:35 PM EDT


A Syrian man arrested in Turkey last month for allegedly helping three British schoolgirls join Islamic State militants told police he was in touch with Canadian officials as far back as 2013 and had helped a dozen other people cross into Syria, according to Turkish media reports.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister revealed last week that police had arrested the man, who he said had been working for another country’s foreign intelligence service. Mevluet Cavuolu would not name the country in question but said it’s part of the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State extremists and is not the United States nor a member in the European Union.

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Turkish media reports last week said the man was working for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and identified him as Mohammed al-Rashed.

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87-Year-Old Woman Finishes Knitting 1000th Sweater For Kids in Need

by  , 03/03/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News 

http://www.ecouterre.com/87-year-old-woman-finishes-knitting-1000th-sweater-for-kids-in-need/

+ Knit for Kids

Anna Taylor, a knitter with a heart of gold, has spent the better part of the last nine years knitting sweaters for the needy. Since February of 2006, The Cullen, Virginia native has worked tirelessly, knitting warm sweaters in her spare time for needy children across the world. The toil of Taylor’s work has reached a new milestone, as she boxes up her 1000thsweater for those in need!





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International Womens Day: Indigenous women still not equal in Canada

OPINION


By Pamela Palmater, for CBC News Posted: Mar 07, 2015 6:00 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 07, 2015 6:00 AM ET

On Friday another damning report was released that concluded Canada committed “grave violations” of the human rights of indigenous women and girls across the country. The report also recommended a national inquiry.

Photos of missing and murdered indigenous women at the national round table in Ottawa February 27.

Photos of missing and murdered indigenous women at the national round table in Ottawa February 27. (Karina Roman/CBC)

CBC News will continue to investigate missing and murdered indigenous women and girls by exploring the stories of these women, their families and their communities.


“Aboriginal women and girls are more likely to be victims of violence than men or non-aboriginal women, and they are more likely to die as a result,” said Niklas Bruun and Barbara Bailey, members of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

“Yet, despite the seriousness of the situation, the Canadian State has not sufficiently implemented measures to ensure that cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women are effectively investigated and prosecuted.”

At least 1,200 indigenous women and girls have gone murdered and missing in the past three decades. How did we come to this state of affairs in Canada?

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Matt DeHart, the alleged Anonymous hacker, deported to U.S. after Canada refused to grant him asylum from alleged torture

Matt DeHart, a former American soldier who sought asylum in Canada claiming torture by U.S. agents probing Anonymous hackers and WikiLeaks, was taken from his Ontario prison cell Sunday morning and delivered to U.S. agents at the border.

Screen-Shot-2014-08-16-at-5.53.21-PM Read our full, multi-part series on DeHart’s case

Mr. DeHart, 30, was allowed to make a quick phone call en route to his parents, who are living in Toronto facing their own removal order, said his father, Paul.

“He was peaceful and in good health,” Paul DeHart said in an interview but the family remains deeply worried.

“We are concerned about Matt’s safety as he transits,” he said. “We said a prayer together on the phone and gave him into God’s hands for protection.”

Matthew DeHart in April 2014. The former U.S. airman and alleged Anonymous hacker, who has been diagnosed with PTSD, was refused refugee status in Canada.

Peter J. Thompson/National PostMatthew DeHart in April 2014. The former U.S. airman and alleged Anonymous hacker, who has been diagnosed with PTSD, was refused refugee status in Canada.

His claim for refugee protection in Canada, on the basis of his torture claim, was rejected last month by the Immigration and Refugee Board.

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Mutiny! What our love of pirates tells us about renewing the commons: Kester Brewin at TEDxExeter


Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Obtained from Wastewater

Univ. Autonoma de Barcelona

Currently, there are treatments in which wastewater can flow out to the river or sea without causing any environmental problems. These technologies however entail high energy costs, mainly in aeration and pumping, and an elevated economic cost in treating the sludge left over from the treatment process.

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One fifth of Germans call for revolution, a third reject capitalism

Felicity Capon - Posted from Newsweek

One in five Germans believe that revolution, not reform, is the only way for living standards in Germany to be improved, a new study by the Free University of Berlin suggests.

The report, entitled 'Against state and capital – for the revolution' found among other trends that a staggering 62% of Germans quizzed by researchers believe they live in an imperfect democracy where the economy has more power than the electorate, and a third believe that capitalism leads to poverty and hunger.

The 650-page report revealed that 48% are concerned that a deep-rooted xenophobia exists in modern day Germany, a feeling possibly based on the rise of the anti-immigration organisation Pegida, which has gained worldwide coverage in the past few months. Marches by the movement, whose name stands for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, have taken place in several major German cities, although many were dwarfed by counter-protests. Despite this, around 20% of respondents fear that a new form of fascism will rise in Germany.


Raised fists, a symbol of revolution (Shutterstock)Raised fists, a symbol of revolution (Shutterstock)

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53 Admitted False Flag Attacks

Not Theory … Admitted Fact

There are many documented false flag attacks, where a government carries out a terror attack … and then falsely blames its enemy for political purposes.

In the following 42 instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admits to it, either orally or in writing:

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Merck Has Some Explaining To Do Over Its MMR Vaccine Claims

MERCK SENIOR MANAGEMENT TRIED TO PAY OFF ITS OWN VACCINE SCIENTISTS TO REMAIN SILENT ABOUT SCIENTIFIC FRAUD


Merck, the pharmaceutical giant, is facing a slew of controversies over its Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine following numerous allegations of wrongdoing from different parties in the medical field, including two former Merck scientists-turned-whistleblowers. A third whistleblower, this one a scientist at the Centers for Disease Control, also promises to bring Merck grief following his confession of misconduct involving the same MMR vaccine.

The controversies will find Merck defending itself and its vaccine in at least two federal court cases after a U.S. District judge earlier this month threw out Merck's attempts at dismissal. Merck now faces federal charges of fraud from the whistleblowers, a vaccine competitor and doctors in New Jersey and New York. Merck could also need to defend itself in Congress: The staff of representative Bill Posey (R-Fla) -- a longstanding critic of the CDC interested in an alleged link between vaccines and autism -- is now reviewing some 1,000 documents that the CDC whistleblower turned over to them.

The first court case, United States v. Merck & Co., stems from claims by two former Merck scientists that Merck "fraudulently misled the government and omitted, concealed, and adulterated material information regarding the efficacy of its mumps vaccine in violation of the FCA [False Claims Act]."

According to the whistleblowers' court documents, Merck's misconduct was far-ranging: It "failed to disclose that its mumps vaccine was not as effective as Merck represented, (ii) used improper testing techniques, (iii) manipulated testing methodology, (iv) abandoned undesirable test results, (v) falsified test data, (vi) failed to adequately investigate and report the diminished efficacy of its mumps vaccine, (vii) falsely verified that each manufacturing lot of mumps vaccine would be as effective as identified in the labeling, (viii) falsely certified the accuracy of applications filed with the FDA, (ix) falsely certified compliance with the terms of the CDC purchase contract, (x) engaged in the fraud and concealment describe herein for the purpose of illegally monopolizing the U.S. market for mumps vaccine, (xi) mislabeled, misbranded, and falsely certified its mumps vaccine, and (xii) engaged in the other acts described herein to conceal the diminished efficacy of the vaccine the government was purchasing."

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A closer look at flawed studies behind policies used to promote so called low-carbon biofuels

http://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/22668-a-closer-look-at-the-flawed-studies-behind-policies-used-to-promote-low-carbon-biofuels

Nearly all of the studies used to promote biofuels as climate-friendly alternatives to petroleum fuels are flawed and need to be redone, according to a Univ. of Michigan researcher who reviewed more than 100 papers published over more than two decades.

Once the erroneous methodology is corrected, the results will likely show that policies used to promote biofuels—such as the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard and California's Low-Carbon Fuel Standard—actually make matters worse when it comes to limiting net emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide gas.

The main problem with existing studies is that they fail to correctly account for the carbon dioxide absorbed from the atmosphere when corn, soybeans and sugarcane are grown to make biofuels, said John DeCicco, a research professor at U-M's Energy Institute.

"Almost all of the fields used to produce biofuels were already being used to produce crops for food, so there is no significant increase in the amount of carbon dioxide being removed from the atmosphere. Therefore, there's no climate benefit," said DeCicco, the author of an advanced review of the topic in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment.

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Norway to cut climate pollution by 40% by 2030

Norway will cut its emissions of global warming gases by at least 40% by 2030, aligning itself with the target set by the European Union, the government said Wednesday.

The 40% reduction, compared to 1990 levels, will be Norway's pledge to the U.N. climate agreement that's supposed to be adopted in December in Paris, government officials said.

The EU, China and the U.S. have already presented their pledges for the new agreement, though they haven't formally submitted them to the U.N. Submissions are due by the end of March, though many countries say they need more time.

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