Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Changing rainfall problem for entire globe

Siberian wildfires so intense they melted the permafrost beneath them.
Flooding in Alberta that paralyzed a major city.
Toxic algae blooms in Lake Winnipeg that have grown 1,000 percent since 1990.
They’re all linked, say the authors of a new United Nations-sponsored book entitled “Water, Energy and the Arab Awakening,” which was released yesterday.

Grizzly broke into home before attack

JOHNSONS CROSSING, Yukon—The Yukon conservation service is trying to piece together why an elderly and apparently hungry male grizzly pushed in a window of a home, chased the two residents outside, and mauled a woman to death.

Terror threats very real: Blaney

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Que.—Public Safety minister Steven Blaney says Canada is taking terrorist threats seriously after a car struck two soldiers in Quebec, resulting in one of them dying.
“What took place yesterday is clearly linked to terrorist ideology,” Blaney told a news conference in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu today.

Public asset sales dominate return

TORONTO—Questions about the possible sale of public assets dominated the return of the Ontario legislature yesterday.
Except for a brief post-election summer sitting in which the government passed its budget, the start of the fall session marked the beginning in earnest of Liberal majority reign.

Earth on pace to set hottest year

WASHINGTON—Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, U.S. meteorologists say.
That’s because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced yesterday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees F (15.7 degrees C).

Trudeau memoir now on shelves

OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau says revealing what makes political leaders tick is just as important as disclosing the minutiae of the policies they’d implement.
That’s why the Liberal leader says he’s bared some intimate details of his life in a new memoir, “Common Ground,” which hit bookstores today.

Newfoundland ‘dodges a bullet’

ST JOHNS, N.L.—Hurricane Gonzalo howled just off southeastern Newfoundland early yesterday, dumping heavy rain.
But the fast-moving storm left little trace besides pounding surf.
Gonzalo struck a glancing blow in the capital, St. John’s, and on the Avalon Peninsula before racing out into the North Atlantic.

Canada wins ruling

Canada has won a battle in an ongoing trade dispute with the U.S. over meat-labelling laws that have hurt the beef and pork industries.
The World Trade Organization released a ruling today that said U.S. country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules discriminate against exports from Canada and Mexico.

Exoskeleton helps groom

DeWITT, N.Y.—New York resident Matt Ficarra has been paralyzed from the chest down since an accident three years ago, but that didn’t stop him from walking down the aisle.
Ficarra was able to stand and walk during the wedding ceremony in suburban Syracuse on Saturday with the help of a battery-powered robotic exoskeleton called an Ekso.

Disabled ship safely towed to port

A disabled Russian cargo ship successfully was towed to port in British Columbia for repairs and the rescue operation was declared officially over yesterday.
Now the debate begins.

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