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Canadians buying more, bigger cars (and all on debt)

August 31, 2010

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But Canadians didn’t stop there. Buyers took the savings to splurge on bigger models loaded with extras, the report said. Transaction prices actually went up 5% so far this year, the largest jump since 1996. Light truck sales for instance shot up 25% year-over-year to reach a record of 930,000 units. Sales of pickup trucks […]

Why failure of climate summit would herald global catastrophe: 3.5°

August 31, 2010

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Two analyses of the Copenhagen Accord and its pledges, by Dr Sivan Kartha of the Stockholm Environment Institute, and by the Climate Action Tracker website, suggest that, with the cuts that are currently promised under Copenhagen, the world will still warm by 3.5C by 2100. Such a rise would be likely to have disastrous effects […]

‘BlackBerry overtime’: Technology creating around-the-clock workers

August 22, 2010

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It’s Sunday night and you’re in bed. To make Monday a little less miserable than it can be, you reach for your smartphone and start clearing email that piled up over the last week. An hour later, you turn off the light, satisfied you’re going to have a running start in the morning. Were you […]

On the Way Down: The Erosion of America’s Middle Class

August 22, 2010

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More than a year after the official end of the recession, the overall unemployment rate remains consistently above 9.5 percent. But this is just the official figure. When adjusted to include the people who have already given up looking for work or are barely surviving on the few hundred dollars they earn with a part-time […]

Beyond City Limits

August 22, 2010

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The 21st century will not be dominated by America or China, Brazil or India, but by the city. In an age that appears increasingly unmanageable, cities rather than states are becoming the islands of governance on which the future world order will be built. This new world is not — and will not be — […]

Massive coral mortality following bleaching in Indonesia

August 19, 2010

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“Bleaching” — a whitening of corals that occurs when algae living within coral tissues are expelled — is an indication of stress caused by environmental triggers such as sea surface temperature fluctuations. Depending on many factors, bleached coral may recover over time or die. Subsequent monitoring conducted by marine ecologists from WCS, James Cook University […]

Burwell wins sub

August 17, 2010

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While Bayham Mayor Lynn Acre was jubilant when accepting the news, Central Elgin Mayor Tom Marks, representing Port Stanley’s bid, was gracious in defeat. “If I were any more excited I’d have to be sub’-dued,” Acre smiled.”Project Ojibwa is the most sub’-stantial opportunity that has surfaced in Bayham since I’ve been on council and I […]