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Crippled spy satellite: Has its final countdown begun?

By Eve Savory, CBCNews.ca

If the international group of satellite hobbyists that hangs out on the SeeSat List are right, USA 193 may meet its end Wednesday night - just 10 minutes or so before it crosses Canada's west coast.

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No celebrations as Kyoto Protocol turns 10

By Eve Savory, CBCNews.ca

You can cut the cake, blow out the candles, and sing the song, but all the theatre in the world couldn’t make this birthday a celebratory occasion. The Kyoto Protocol turned 10today, and even the United Nations reports that the birthday bash in Bali was filled more with regret than joy.

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Bali: Fuzzy Optics

By Eve Savory, CBCNews.ca

Either John Baird doesn’t worry about optics, or someone didn’t tell him they matter. Today’s Globe and Mail reported that industry is part of the official Canadian delegation in Bali.

Earlier, the Environment Minister had broken a treasured tradition of including Opposition leaders and representatives of industry, environmental, youth and aboriginal groups.

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Virtual Bali: Second Nature

By Eve Savory, CBCNews.ca

There are millions of words coming out of Bali. Blogged words.

But the journal Nature claims it is doing it the environmentally friendly way - in Second Life. You can drop by the site, Second Nature, this Thursday for a lecture by George Monbiot, the author of Heat: How we can stop the planet burning. Second Life avatars are also welcome.

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Bali a big balloon

By Eve Savory, CBCNews.ca

If we really spoke in balloons, like cartoon characters, there would be a mushroom cloud over Bali.

That must be one noisy island right now.

There are national governments, municipal governments, international think tanks, oil companies, nuclear lobbyists, solar lobbyists, carbon traders, journalists, artists, women’s groups, justice groups, and every major environmental group on the planet that could scare up the funds there for a big meeting on climate change. Twenty thousand of them. Talking.

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Canadians take responsibility for environment: poll

by Eve Savory, CBCNews.ca

If Canadians had their way, Canada would be a global leader on fighting climate change, winning praise and respect for its policies.

The latest Environics poll found 67 percent of Canadians want their country to be the leader or at least among the leaders. True to their “green” image, Vancouverites believed that more strongly than people anywhere else.

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Wording climate change policy no easy task

by Eve Savory, CBCNews.ca

It’s a task to give pause. First, visualize thousands of peer-reviewed studies on climate change, already boiled down to three massive volumes and their summaries. Your job is to sum up the whole thing in just five pages. And do it in layman’s language.

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Admiring the view off Vancouver Island - undersea style

by Eve Savory, CBCNews.ca

Barring some intervention by the sea-gods, in about a year the world will be able to see
beneath the surface of the Pacific ocean off the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Live. In real time.

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Extinctions could cut plant productivity in half

by Eve Savory, CBCNews.ca

In a study that has startled even its authors, scientists have concluded that the extinction of plant species can reduce an ecosystem’s ability to support life by up to fifty percent.

It’s called "productivity" and what a plant produces is essential to life on earth: oxygen. That’s not all. Plants produce food in crops, fibre in trees, clean water, and biofuels. And they suck the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

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Chalking up a triumph for mechanical friends

by Eve Savory, CBCNews.ca

Maybe it was the robot’s gorgeous blue eyes, maybe it was the way he giggled when they touched his head. Whatever the reason, toddlers in a University of California San Diego experiment accepted a breakdancing, singing robot as a peer — convincing researchers the technology is almost ready for prime time.

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