Group of 100 Canadian and US scientists is calling for a moratorium

A group of 100 Canadian and U.S. scientists has issued an urgent call for governments to place a moratorium on new oilsands projects.[np_storybar title=”The 10 reasons” link=””]1. Incompatible with climate protection2. Slowing the shift to clean energy3. Inadequate monitoring and enforcement4. Contamination of the landscape5. Insufficient reclamation6. First Nations treaty violations7. International implications8. Economically affordable alternatives9. Cumulative impacts ignored10. Canadians demand solutionsSource: OilSandsMoratorium.org [/np_storybar]The group’s letter, released today, offers 10 reasons why no new oilsands developments should be allowed.The reasons include environmental damage, aboriginal concerns and the need to move the global economy away from its dependence on fossil fuels that cause climate change.The group includes some of the top biologists, climatologists, economists and political scientists in both countries, as well as a Nobel prize-winner.“Based on evidence raised across our many disciplines, we offer a unified voice calling for a moratorium on new oil sands projects,” reads the consensus statement.“No new oil sands or related infrastructure projects should proceed unless consistent with an implemented plan to rapidly reduce carbon pollution, safeguard biodiversity, protect human health, and respect treaty rights. [Our] ten reasons, each grounded in science, support our call for a moratorium.”Their letter took over a year to draft and was extensively examined to ensure its assertions were scientifically sound.Canadian oil production to rise at slower pace over next 15 years because of price painEnd of the oilsands by 2050? G7 puts Canada on the spot with target for low emissionsA copy has been sent to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as well as to all members of Parliament.Social scientist Thomas Homer-Dixon, one of the letter’s authors and a professor of governance innovation at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, said in a release that Canada needs to stop expanding the oilsands if it is serious about combatting climate change.More growth simply shows Canada has gone rogue“If Canada wants to participate constructively in the global effort to stop climate change, we should first stop expanding the oil sands. More growth simply shows Canada has gone rogue,” he said in the statement.The document’s authors have also requested meetings with Canadian political leaders to discuss the details of the letter and to help plot a transition to “low-emission energy production,” which they say can happen without devastating Canada’s economy.The group has launched a website to provide a deeper explanation of the science behind their plea for a halt to new oilsands production.With files from Financial Post read more

Journalists injured in accident

Meanwhile the driver of the truck had fled the scene soon after the accident but he was later arrested and is to be produced in court. Among those injured was a presenter of Sirasa TV and journalists attached to the News First website, the official said. A group of journalists attached to the Maharajah organization were injured when a container truck collided with the van they were travelling in late last night.The accident had occurred opposite the Sugadathasa Stadium, an official of the media organization said adding that seven people were in the van at the time of the accident. The seven employees were admitted to hospital following the accident and three are reported to have suffered serious injuries while one of them was critical. read more