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Each week we either report on an oil spill, or pass over it in favour of even more pressing news because they just plain happen so often it's hard to keep track of. Turn out, even these casual estimates are likely vastly underreported or swept under the rug due to the fact that oil companies themselves are responsible for reporting, and reporting how much oil got spilled…. a huge factor in how much attention they get. We talk about these numbers with the help of a few news items in the first section.
- Fort McMurray wildfire caused record disruption of global oil production, U.S. agency says
- Bet You Didn't Hear Shell Spilled a Bunch of Oil in the Gulf
- Canadian oil lobbyists fear running a lemonade stand with only one customer
In the second section, we talk about some non-oil news A new environment commissioner report was published talking about the poor oversight Canada offers consumers with regards to personal healthcare and cosmetics. Many of these products people use every day presuming them to be safe have either never been tested, or the companies aren't required in the first place to report whats in them. Not just from the public, but from regulators as well.
- Cosmetics and household products need more safety oversight, watchdog says
- Most Canadian seafood fails harvesting sustainability test: report
In the final section, we talk about some "good news*" aka as usual nothing is ever just purely goodbut this stuff pretty good? Maybe? We discuss…
- CO2 turned into stone in Iceland in climate change breakthrough
- Shell Relinquishes Canadian Arctic Drilling Rights
- Solar Added More New Capacity Than Coal, Natural Gas and Nuclear Combined
This week's bonus show…
We talk about "externalities," long-term threats and other problems humans are just naturally bad at dealing with. Also at the end, Daryn explains why he’s been away and what this means for the future.
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