- Anthropology.net notes on how a fossil tooth led eventually to the identification of the fourth Denisovan individual known.
- The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly writes about reasons for people to travel solo.
- The Dragon's Tales' Will Baird notes that the INF Treaty is on the verge of collapse.
- Mathew Ingram uses a recent GIF of Trump with the Polish president's wife to show how these lie and mislead.
- Joe. My. God. notes a sharp collapse in London's LGBT venues--more than half in the past decade!
- Marginal Revolution reports on British actors who take up tutoring as a second job to support their careers.
- The NYR Daily takes a look at the latest concerns of South Koreans regarding their northern neighbour.
- Personal Reflections' Jim Belshaw takes issue with proposed Australian government surveillance of the local Internet.
- Progressive Download's John Farrell dissects the origins of the false claim that Copernicus was a Catholic priest.
- Unicorn Booty has a fantastic interview with a scholar, Jamie Bernthal, who makes a case for queer content in Agatha Christie.
- Window on Eurasia notes that methane bubble explosions in Siberia could wreck Russian pipelines.
- The New York Times' Michael Wilson tells the sad story of how a woman murdered in Harlem was only identified 47 years later.
- In NOW Toronto, Gelek Badheytsang writes about the complexities surrounding the visit of the 17th Karmapa to Tibetan-heavy Parkdale.
- Novak Jankovic writes in MacLean's that there are real declines in the Toronto real estate market, but not enough to set a trend.
- The Toronto Star's Jackie Hong reports that protecting Bluffer's Park from the waves of Lake Ontario could also wreck an east-end surfing haunt.
- The National Post reports on how the Ontario NDP claims, probably correctly, that the Wynne Liberals are stealing their ideas. Good for them, I say.
- Universe Today's Matt Williams notes a study reporting that life on Mars' surface is a much greater risk factor for cancer than previously thought.
- Seth Miller argues that efficient electric cars will push Big Oil through the trauma of Big Coal in the 2020s.
Desmond Brown writes for the Inter Press Service about the complications of Guyana's newly-discovered offshore oil, both economic and environmental. What will happen to Guyana's low-carbon economic strategy if it drills?
The recent discovery of large volumes of oil offshore of Guyana could prove to be a major headache for the country, as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and other Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) members press for keeping global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels as provided for in the historic Paris Climate Agreement.
Exxon Mobil recently announced the successful drilling of a deep-water exploration well that may soon confirm that the seafloor beneath Guyana’s coastal waters contains one of the richest oil and natural gas discoveries in decades.
Experts now estimate that one of its offshore fields alone, known as Liza, could contain 1.4 billion barrels of oil and mixed natural gas.
But in the face of a changing climate fueled by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Dr. Al Binger, interim executive director of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREE), said Guyana should not get too excited about the discovery.
“Guyana finds themselves inside AOSIS, the group that is fighting to keep temperatures under 1.5 degrees C, and now they are going to want to sell carbon which is going to get burned. I think they are going to have a lot of head-scratching to figure out ‘is this a blessing or is this a curse?’” Binger told IPS.
Euractiv carries an AFP report looking into the possibility that Scotland's Shetland Islands might, in the case of the United Kingdom falling apart, try to separate from Scotland to form a sort of West Nordic microstate thanks to the oil in the archipelago's waters.
Of all the consequences of the Brexit vote, the fate of the Shetland Islands in the North Atlantic and their oil fields and fisheries may not top the list for negotiators in Westminster and Brussels. But it soon might.
But the prospect of a new bid for Scottish independence as Britain leaves the EU is making some residents of these rugged islands think again about whether they would be better off alone.
“It would be wonderful,” Andrea Manson, a Shetland councillor and a leading figure in the Wir Shetland movement for greater autonomy, told AFP.
The movement’s name means “Our Shetland” in the local Scots dialect, a derivation of Middle English which has replaced the islands’ original Germanic language, Norn.
The remote archipelago, already fiercely independent in spirit, is geographically and culturally closer to Scandinavia than to Edinburgh, and politically more aligned with London and Brussels.
In the past 1,300 years, Shetland has been overrun by Scandinavian Vikings, pawned to Scotland as a wedding dowry by Denmark, subsumed into the United Kingdom in 1707, and dragged into the European Economic Community against its will in 1973.
- blogTO notes that Uniqlo will be giving away free thermal clothing tomorrow.
- James Bow shares his column about the importance of truth.
- The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly shares with us her mid-winter walk.
- Centauri Dreams reports about cometary water.
- Dangerous Minds shares German cinema lobby cards from the 1960s.
- Language Hat talks about dropping apostrophes.
- Language Log reports about lexical searches on Google.
- Lawyers, Guns and Money reports on the latest from Trump.
- The NYRB Daily shares a review of an Iranian film on gender relations.
- The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer notes the ongoing gas price protests in Mexico.
- Spacing links to some articles about affordable housing around the world.
- The Volokh Conspiracy notes Germany's abolition of a law forbidding insults to foreign heads of state.
- Window on Eurasia suggests that stable Russian population figures cover up a wholesale collapse in the numbers of ethnic Russians, and looks at the shortages of skilled workers faced by defense industries.
- 'Apostrophen's 'Nathan Smith describes his writing projects for this year.
- The Dragon's Gaze links to a paper examining exomoon formation.
- The LRB Blog worries about Trump's hold on the button.
- The NYRB Daily looks at Rex Tillerson, an oil company diplomat to autocrats.
- Personal Reflections' Jim Belshaw shares the rediscovered mid-19th century painting by Legros, L'Angelus.
- Towleroad looks at the Russian tradition of kompromat, the gathering of compromising information for blackmail.
- Transit Toronto notes that TTC surveying in Scarborough is beginning.
- Understanding Society looks at path dependency in the formation of academic disciplines.
- Window on Eurasia looks at Russian tensions regarding gastarbeiter migration and suggests Russia is set to actively sponsor separatism across the former Soviet Union.
Richard Warnica's article in the National Post argues thateven if the North Dakota protesters do not win, they might at least galvanize a transnational First Nations movement, with permanent gains in visibility.
Indigenous opponents of Dakota Access have two broad complaints. One is that the pipeline crosses through traditional tribal territory, home to sacred sites. The other is that, by passing under the Missouri River, the pipeline would put the tribe’s water supply at risk. The protest’s main slogan, whispered among supporters like a benediction, is “Water is life.”
Edwards and his friends were well positioned to make a stink. His uncle Vernon runs the local radio station. His sister Honorata works for the local newspaper. But in the early going, interest was paltry. “Not a lot of people showed up at the local meetings,” he said. That began to change after his sister reached out to Joye Braun, an activist from a nearby reserve who played a significant role in the fight against Keystone XL.
Braun, in her words, “heard the call” from Standing Rock in late January. The grassroots of the tribe, she said, felt they weren’t getting enough information about the project. “So we sold a bunch of cinnamon rolls and got gas money and all headed up here to Standing Rock to see what we could do.”
At a meeting in late February, Braun pitched the idea of a ‘spirit camp’ — a hub for prayer and action that could serve as a focal point for opponents of the pipeline. Ladonna Brave Bull Allard, who now runs the Standing Rock tribal historic preservation office, offered a chunk of land that directly abuts the nearest pipeline site, to the campers. And on April 1, Braun and her cousin Wiyaka Eagleman pitched their tents and the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp was born.
There are several theories on how that tiny campout of two people grew into the large occupation it is today. Ruth Hopkins, a columnist for Indian Country Today, thinks coverage in Native media contributed, as did a series of protest runs—including one from Cannon Ball to Washington D.C.—put on by local youth.
By the summer, several large environmental groups helped “amplify” the message, according to Josh Nelson, campaign manager for Credo Action. The movement gained celebrity support, including from actress Shailene Woodley (who was arrested while protesting in North Dakota in October) and Leonardo DiCaprio.
CBC News' Rachel Maclean looks at how Denver has been much more resilient than Calgary in coping with oil shocks.
See also this article looking at how Calgary can better appeal to millennials.
The city reaches out to the Rockies — a sprawl of suburbs, farmland, oil rigs, ranches and maybe even a ski hill or two. It's known for a high elevation and western roots. The population is diverse, and alive with a true entrepreneurial spirit and progressive attitudes.
Yes. It's Denver.
The thing is, Denver and Calgary have a lot in common. But while Denver is rising, Calgary is struggling.
Founded within 20 years of each other, both cities were 19th century western frontiers. Places built on railways, agriculture and oil. For decades, both cities followed a similar economic path — including the highs and lows of the energy industry.
But then, just a little more than 30 years ago, both cities faced a crisis. Calgary went one way, and is still riding the energy wave. Denver another, leading to a thriving economy.
See also this article looking at how Calgary can better appeal to millennials.
Postmedia News' Jeff Lee reports about the very strong Haida reaction against two Haida chiefs who supported the Northern Gateway Pipeline.
The extraordinary decision by a Haida clan to strip two of its hereditary chiefs of their titles for secretly supporting Enbridge Inc.’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is being closely watched by First Nations across Canada.
The rebuke, which was delivered last week in an elaborate ceremony witnessed by more than 500 people, came as the Haida nation rejected what they say is a growing trend by companies to enlist the support of hereditary chiefs as a way of claiming broad First Nations support.
“This is an absolutely huge decision and I think it is a wake-up call to the hereditary system of governance and leadership,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs.
“I think First Nations across the province and throughout Indian country in general are paying attention to these developments.”
On Aug. 15, members of the clan stripped Carmen Goertzen and Francis Ingram of their titles, effectively removing them as representatives of two houses, the Yahgulaanaas Janaas of Daadens, and the Iitjaaw Yaahl Naas. Goertzen, a well-known Haida artist, had held the position for 25 years. Ingram had only been appointed a year ago.
The men were part of a group of eight, including two other hereditary chiefs, who signed a letter to the National Energy Board in March supporting Northern Gateway’s request for a time extension to its proposal for the oil transport pipeline. Earlier this summer the federal government overturned Northern Gateway’s application, leaving the company with only one more “faint hope” opportunity.
- Bloomberg notes the closure of Poland's frontier with Kaliningrad, looks at how Google is beating out Facebook in helping India get connected to the Internet, notes British arms makers' efforts to diversify beyond Europe and examines the United Kingdom's difficult negotiations to get out of the European Union, looks at the problems of investing in Argentina, looks at the complications of Germany's clean energy policy, observes that the Israeli government gave the schools of ultra-Orthodox Jews the right not to teach math and English, examines the consequences of terrorism on French politics, and examines at length the plight of South Asian migrant workers in the Gulf dependent on their employers.
- Bloomberg View notes Donald Trump's bromance with Putin's Russia, examines Melania Trump's potential immigrant problems, and is critical of Thailand's new anti-democratic constitution.
- CBC looks at how some video stores in Canada are hanging on.
- The Inter Press Service notes that the Olympic Games marks the end of a decade of megaprojects in Brazil.
- MacLean's approves of the eighth and final book in the Harry Potter series.
- The National Post reports on a Ukrainian proposal to transform Chernobyl into a solar farm, and examines an abandoned plan to use nuclear weapons to unleash Alberta's oil sands.
- Open Democracy looks at the relationship between wealth and femicide in India, fears a possible coup in Ukraine, looks at the new relationship between China and Africa, examines the outsized importance of Corbyn to Britain's Labour Party, and looks how Armenia's defeat of Azerbaijan has given its veterans outsized power.
- Universe Today notes proposals for colonizing Mercury, looks at strong support in Hawaii for a new telescope, and examines the progenitor star of SN 1987A.
- Wired emphasizes the importance of nuclear weapons and deterrence for Donald Trump, and looks at how many cities around the world have transformed their rivers.
- Bloomberg notes concerns over Northern Ireland's frontiers, looks at how Japanese retailers are hoping to take advantage of Vietnam's young consumers, examines the desperation of Venezuelans shopping in Colombia, looks at Sri Lankan interest in Chinese investment, suggests oil prices need to stay below 40 dollars US a barrel for Russia to reform, observes that Chinese companies are increasingly reluctant to invest, and suggests Frankfurt will gain after Brexit.
- Bloomberg View gives advice for the post-Brexit British economy, looks at how Chinese patterns in migration are harming young Chinese, suggests Hillary should follow Russian-Americans in not making much of Putin's interference, and looks at the Israeli culture wars.
- CBC considers the decolonization of placenames in the Northwest Territories, notes Canada's deployment to Latvia was prompted by French domestic security concerns, and looks at an ad promoting the Albertan oil sands that went badly wrong in trying to be anti-homophobic.
- The Inter Press Service considers the future of Turkey and looks at domestic slavery in Oman.
- MacLean's looks at China's nail house owners, resisting development.
- The National Post reports from the Colombia-Venezuela border.
- Open Democracy considers the nature of work culture in the austerity-era United Kingdom, looks at traditions of migration and slavery in northern Ghana, examines European bigotry against eastern Europeans, and examines the plight of sub-Saharan migrants stuck in Morocco.
- Universe Today notes two nearby potentially habitable rocky worlds, reports that the Moon's Mare Imbrium may have been result of a hit by a dwarf planet, and reports on Ceres' lack of large craters.
CBC News' Benjamin Shingler looks at new environmental threats to Québec's Anticosti Island.
Plans to drill for oil and gas on an island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has made Premier Philippe Couillard the target of environmentalists, with one group calling his decision to go ahead with the project "illogical and unacceptable."
Couillard has repeatedly said he's bound by an agreement signed by the previous Parti Québécois government to allow for testing in Anticosti, a rocky, 200-kilometre stretch of land known for its salmon fishing.
The deal with Quebec City-based Petrolia Inc. was inked shortly before the 2014 election.
The exploratory drilling involves fracking, a controversial practice where a mixture is pumped deep underground in order to crack rocks and release natural gas, which risks affecting the water table.
In a statement, Petrolia said Wednesday it's committed to working with Anticosti residents and being completely transparent about its plans.
The province's Environment Ministry confirmed this week that Petrolia will be allowed to draw a total of 30 million litres of water at three testing sites.
Most of that water will be drawn from rivers on the island, which could put local endangered salmon populations at risk, Montreal's Le Devoir newspaper reported.
- Bloomberg notes Venezuela's hopes for an oil price at $US 50, looks at Labour keeping the current London mayor's seat, observes the vulnerability of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, and warns of a possible drought in the US Corn Belt.
- Bloomberg View notes the continuing fragmentation of the Orthodox Church, and suggests Putin might accept a partial ban on Russian athletes at the Olympics.
- CBC looks at Russia's state-supported soccer hooliganism.
- MacLean's notes Florida theme parks' concerns re: alligator attacks, and notes how homophobia complicates the grieving process for survivors of the Orlando shooting victims.
- National Geographic looks at the logic chopping behind South Korea's whale hunt, and observes that some coral reefs have coped.
- The National Post notes Russia's professed interest in improved relations with Canada.
- Open Democracy frames the Orlando shooting in the context of an international campaign by ISIS.
- The Toronto Star suggests Portugal's decriminalization of drugs is a model for Canada.
- Bloomberg looks at Iran's preparation for the international oil market, suggests Brazilian finances were even worse off than believed, and notes Der Spiegel's plea to Britons to remain in the European Union.
- CBC wonders what will happen next to the lyrics of "O Canada" and notes Canada's apparent foreign policy uncertainty towards Venezuela.
- MacLean's looks at Everett Klippert, the man whose life eventually led to the decriminalization of gay sex in Canada.
- Open Democracy points out that, from the perspective of maximizing Britain's options, staying in the European Union makes the most sense.
- The Toronto Star notes that Walmart Canada will no longer accept Visa cards on account of high fees.
- Bloomberg reports on Dutch losses from Brexit, looks at the scene in Fallujah, observes the fragmentation of Venezuela's opposition, and notes the positive impact of a solar energy boom on Japan's fuel consumption.
- Bloomberg View notes the lack of regional pressure on Venezuela, reports that Brexit would hit Britain's poor and British-based banks hard, and suggests Russian support for the European far right is secondary.
- CBC looks at Canada's restrictive Internet packages.
- The Inter Press Service notes Thailand's progress in controlling HIV/AIDS, looks at Peru's elections, and notes Uruguay's hopes to be an offshore oil producer.
- National Geographic notes the sperm whales in the Caribbean seem to have a distinctive culture.
- The National Post notes there is no such thing as wilderness, that the entire Earth is touched by human activities.
- Open Democracy looks at Egypt's fear of the urban poor and considers what can be learned about the failure of the Swiss basic income initiative.
- The Toronto Star notes a stem cell-based treatment for MS that offers radical improvements, even cures.
- Wired notes that AirBnB is unhappy with new San Francisco legislation requiring the registration of its hosts.
- Bloomberg notes the rise of populism in Mexico, looks at how Europe is losing its reputation as a renewable energy leader, looks at political protest in Zimbabwe, and looks at changing habits of Saudi oil ministers.
- Bloomberg View notes the politicization of the Israeli army, looks at an effort to smuggle Korean pop culture into North Korea, and considers strategies to encourage Japanese to have more children.
- The Globe and Mail considers the risky strategy of marijuana growers, who hope to get the government to back down as they do their thing before legalization.
- MacLean's notes that the outcry over the shooting of the gorilla in the Cleveland zoo is misconceived, and reports on Kamal al-Solaylee's book about being brown.
- NOW Toronto notes that one argument raised against letting permanent residents vote in Toronto is that Donald Trump allegedly has an apartment here. (Wrong, on multiple grounds.)
- Open Democracy looks at how British authoritarianism is restrained by the European Union.
- Bloomberg observes Iran's boycott of the hajj and Iranian hopes for relatively strong economic growth this year, looks at the impact of Middle Eastern economic decline on Thai hospitals, and notes the absence of IKEA from Ukraine.
- CBC notes retesting has revealed eight Russian athletes who used banned substances at the London Olympics.
- Foreign Policy looks at the human-caused Sidoarjo mud volcano in Indonesia.
- MacLean's notes a push in Montréal for a memorial to Irish immigrants killed by typhus.
- The National Post notes that Sun Life will stop treating pot users as smokers and start treating them as users of medicine.
- Open Democracy is critical of Iran's open-ended military objectives in Syria, given their human toll.
- Spiegel investigates Russia's support of the Euroskeptic AfD party.
- The Atlantic notes the import of the assassination of the head of the Taliban.
- The BBC observes Spotify has more revenues, but is still not making money.
- Bloomberg suggests Brexit would embolden central European populists and slow down growth, and looks at Coca Cola's end of production in Venezuela.
- Bloomberg View suggests a new class of educated Chinese professionals will hurt middle-class wages.
- The CBC notes the lifting of the mandatory evacuation order for northern Alberta oil sands camps.
- Daily Xtra looks at the importance of Facebook in spreading knowledge to PrEP.
- Gizmodo notes the proliferation of cephalopods in the world's oceans.
- The Miami Herald describes how desperate Venezuelans are turning to urban gardening.
- The National Post looks at Kevin O'Leary's interest in Canadian politics.
- The Toronto Star reports on the lifting of the American arms sales embargo against Vietnam.
- Wired notes Grindr can still be hacked to identify users' locations.
- Bloomberg notes the difficulties Syrian refugees have with liberal Europe, reports on warnings of dropping property values, and examines Russia's search for partners in Southeast Asia.
- Bloomberg View reports on a Russian oligarch who warns of the dangers of oil dependence.
- CBC warns of a resurgence of sexism if Hillary Clinton gets elected.
- The Inter Press Service notes the positive things refugees can bring to the cities where they are resettled.
- The National Post reports a claim that an Argentine lawyer whon was investigating a terrorist bombing in Buenos Aires was forced to kill himself.
- Reuters notes Oklahoma legislators who want to impeach Obama over trans rights.
- The Toronto Star notes the imminent installation of a tidal power turbine on the Bay of Fundy.
- Wired looks at IKEA's indoor farming kit and defends Los Angeles' new metro line.
- Bloomberg notes that Alberta's oil camps are set to revive quickly and looks at Uruguay's venture onto global caviar markets.
- Bloomberg View argues that the US military buildup in Europe is unnecessary and talks about reducing urban inequality.
- CBC notes controversy over forcing women to wear high-heeled shoes and considers the import and scale of Russia's doping scandal.
- The Globe and Mail interviews prolific author James Patterson.
- MacLean's notes how the Parti Québécois' cycles of self-destruction hurt Québec's politics.
- The National Post reports of a FBI raid of an Orthodox school in New York's Kiryas Joel.
- Wired argues California's drought is likely permanent and notes the impending mass introduction of electronic paper.