Geoengineering may be option in battle against climate change

As scientists’ predictions about climate change become ever more grim, some are saying we have another weapon in our arsenal.

Geoengineering is the intentional intervention in the climate system to counteract the effects of human-made climate change.

Examples include putting sulphur dioxide droplets into the upper atmosphere to deflect solar radiation away from the Earth, or spraying saltwater into clouds to make them more reflective.

Such measures may become necessary as climate change spirals out of control.

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Most Canadians in favour of changing pot laws

Most Canadians are opposed to the legal prohibition of marijuana, according to a new poll.

The Toronto-based Forum Research Inc. polling agency found that sixty-six per cent of Canadians are in favour of either decriminalization or legalization of cannabis, which is the most widely used illicit drug in Canada.

With the majority of Canadians in favour of less stringent pot laws, the Conservatives find themselves in the minority with their prohibition policies.

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Tessum Weber, arctic adventurer (radio Q&A)

Tessum Weber was raised for the cold.

The twenty three year-old Wakefield native recently made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest person to ski to the North Pole.

Weber’s family operates the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, Canada’s most northerly resort.

He tells Nick Ashdown about his family’s long history in Canada’s far north.

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Local organization teaches children Ghanaian drumming (radio documentary)

It’s often said that children should be seen, but not heard.

Kathy Armstrong wants to shatter this belief, and she’s doing it with West African drums. Her organization Baobob Tree teaches children how to play Ghanaian drums.

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Ottawa cop awarded for saving lives during Haiti earthquake (radio Q&A)

As the world literally came crashing down around him, Martin LeBlanc became a hero.

The Ottawa police sergeant found himself in the epicentre of the massive earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Despite the risk to his own safety, LeBlanc saved several people’s lives that day.

He recently received a medal for his actions.

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Local foundation supports young classical musicians (radio documentary)

The Young String Performers’ Foundation supports young classical string musicians in Ottawa.

Violinist Joan Milkson started the Foundation a decade ago to help performers under the age of 18 develop their skills.

On Saturday, January 19, 2013, they had their first performance of the year at the First Unitarian Congregation on Cleary Avenue.

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Maman

Maman looms next to the National Art Gallery, in that funny position between sitting and standing that spiders often assume. She must be cold, but she doesn’t shiver.

As I venture directly beneath her, her spindly legs, all length and no girth, form a prison around me. They leave smaller footprints than the giant boots worn by the tiny humans quickly walking by in the absurd cold. A cage of 26 white marble eggs hovers above me, attached to her underbelly. I wonder what might hatch from them.

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