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Safer shelter for survivors of Haitian earthquake / Why Maritime entrepreneurs are stockpiling used flourescent lights / Phone-in: Cleo Paskal : What's the most effective thing world leaders should do about environmental change ?

Disaster and Design: The last time we spoke with Neil Bauman, he was about to fly to Haiti. He's an architect and shelter co-ordinator with the Red Cross, based in Saint John. He was leaving to assist in the relief effort, following the earthquake that killed thousands and left many more homeless. Mr Bauman has helped design shelters for people in some of the most traumatized places on earth, and this week, he was in Halifax for the Annual Red Cross Disaster Conference where he showed a prototype of the structure to be used in Haiti.

Toxic Problem or Business Opportunity ? It's just a drop, but it adds up. A single energy-efficient twirly flourescent bulb now common in many workplaces and homes contains an insignificant amount of mercury - one hundred times less than what's in a dental filling. But hundreds of thousands of those twirlys are ending up in landfills. And unless they're disposed of properly, that mercury will pose a risk to the environment. No regulations exist in Nova Scotia to cover their disposal - and a couple of entrepreneurs in Dartmouth see that as a business opportunity.
CBC reporter Jennifer Henderson dropped in to meet with Dave Hall and Dana Emmerson of Dan-X Recycling , and asked about their business plan to divert mercury waste.

Missing the Big Picture ? It's not unusual for people to be mystified by the highly-policed meetings of G8 and G20 leaders. But here's the skinny on the two upcoming gatherings in Canada : the G20 in Toronto will focus on economics - managing the transition from stimulus spending to cutting the deficit created by stimulus spending, global trade issues and banking regulations. The G8 in Muskoka will reportedly lead to pledges of aid for maternal & child health in developing countries and include sessions on the umbrella topic of "security issues".
What might surprise the leaders is that a Nanos poll released this week shows that Canadians think global warming trumps all the items on the G8 and G20 agendas.
But we might not be dealing with Two Solitudes here. Changes in the environment - which affect millions, if not billions of people - have a great deal to do with security, trade, the economy and the future of countries rich and poor. What's not clear is whether world leaders are making those connections.
Cleo Paskal does. She's the author of "Global Warring : How Environmental, Economic & Political Crises Will Redraw The World Map". Ms Pascal is with the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London and has given briefings on environmental change and security issues to CSIS, the British Ministry of Defence and CEOs of global corporations. She was in our CBC London studio as we asked : What's the most effective thing world leaders could do about environmental change ?

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