SpaceX’s attempt to launch a record 143 satellites on a single Falcon 9 rocket was stopped Saturday due to poor weather conditions. “Due to unfavorable weather, we are standing down from today’s launch,” the Elon Musk-owned company said in a tweet.
Nature & Environment
On Tuesday (Jan. 19), one of the world’s driest places awoke to an otherworldly dusting of frost. In the Sahara Desert of northwestern Algeria, just outside the town of Ain Sefra, sand dunes were streaked with ice crystals as far as the eye could see. Local photographer Karim Bouchetata captured the unusual weather in pictures and videos that have since made headlines around the world. Ain Sefra sits about 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) above sea level and is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains, near the Algerian-Moroccan border. While summer temperatures in the region regularly soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), January days average a much milder 57 F (14 C), according to Sky News. Tuesday’s ethereal display of frost followed a rare night of 27-F (minus 3 C) temperatures.
Province to begin testing water wells in North Kent; COVID-19 prevented previous investigation from getting off the ground
A promise made on the campaign trail by Doug Ford in May 2018 to conduct a health hazard investigation on the possible contamination of private water wells in the North Kent Wind farm area is about to be met. “I’m proud to say that testing is going to begin within the next number of days,” Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton told the Chatham Daily News Thursday in announcing the Ontario government has established a panel of five individual experts appointed by the health minister.
Good News Network has covered how resilient and good for the climate seagrass meadows are, but now a new study proves they can provide even more value to humans looking to help heal the wounds inflicted on our planet. Spanish researchers have documented that seagrass ‘Neptune balls’ can act like plastic mousetraps, entangling bits of waste in their leaves and foiling their attempts to trick sea life into eating them. Using mathematical extrapolation estimates, the researchers suggest that there could be as many as 900 million bits of plastic entangled in seagrass beds in the Mediterranean alone, representing “a continuous purge of plastic debris out of the sea.” “We show that plastic debris in the seafloor can be trapped in seagrass remains, eventually leaving the marine environment through beaching,” lead author Anna Sanchez-Vidal, a marine biologist at the University of Barcelona, told AFP.
It must be one for the political record books: A demand for trade sanctions against the U.S. within seven hours of the new president being sworn in. What’s worse, it came from a Canadian premier at the precise moment the White House revealed the first foreign call by U.S. President Joe Biden would be to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, setting the stage to reignite our cross-border bromance. But, insisted Alberta Premier Jason Kenney before the ink on the executive order was dry, trade and economic sanctions are a justified response against a President Biden who signed the death certificate for his government-backed Keystone XL pipeline. Sorry, no. Even though Canada was the only foreign nation hurt by Biden’s multitude of executive orders Wednesday, Kenney’s demand was poorly-timed, desperately-argued and so far beyond real-world diplomacy as to be laughable.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to revoke the permit for Calgary-based TC Energy’s Keystone XL pipeline was a “gut punch,” characterizing it as a direct attack on the trade relationship between the two countries.
Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg expressed an openness to a federal gas tax increase in order to pump more money into the suffering Highway Trust Fund. During his confirmation hearing on Thursday, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., was asked about a tax hike to help fund infrastructure by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla.
13-year-old Aidan Brown collected evidence of predators near his south Ottawa home A 13-year-old Ottawa boy who alerted his neighbours to the presence of predatory coyotes in a local park is being applauded for his efforts. In April, following several attacks on dogs in the neighbourhood, Aidan Brown posted a homemade warning near an entrance to Linton Park, near the Airport Parkway and Walkley Road. The green space, which is just north of the leafy Via Rail corridor, was becoming a popular passageway for coyotes, and Brown knew dogs, and possibly people, could be at risk.
All eyes shift to West Coast project with its own history of challenges now that Keystone XL permit is gone.. The TMX project is owned by the federal government and is under construction, but some Albertans continue to worry it will never be completed. “I really don’t think that’ll happen, either,” he said. “I think that B.C. is going to block it all.”
Democrats are uniquely deft at destroying the American economy, but President Joe Biden just might shatter the record for the fastest time to do so. After taking the oath of office Wednesday, Biden was expected to sign several executive orders meant to undo the work of his predecessor, including orders to roll back protections for the unborn and dismantle border security. However, it was Biden’s executive order to rescind the permit for TC Energy to build the Keystone XL pipeline that may be the largest hit to the economy, costing as many as 11,000 Americans their jobs, including 8,000 union positions. (Those figures come from an October TC news release estimating the number of jobs that pipeline construction would add to the economy in 2021.)