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ENVIRONMENT & TRAVEL November 2006
On environmental issues re. the US-Canada border and Al Gore’s career.


Environmental worries on the American-Canadian border. By Guillaume LEFEVRE
The Great Lakes belong jointly to the USA and to Canada. However, the US Coast Guard has been using this water for machine gun practice. The Canadian authorities think this represents a serious threat to fish and fish habitats; they have linked the drills to several cases of lead-poisoning. They also believe it is a safety hazard for boats, a deterrent for tourists, and a threat to sovereignty. They have asked Washington to put an end to the gun drills, and the U.S. Coast Guard eventually agreed to suspend their training.

Sources:
"US. suspends gun drills on Great Lakes," The Globe and Mail 17 October 2006.
"US. Cost Guards accept Canadian input," The Globe and Mail 18 October 2006.

 


Al Gore's long drawn-out fight against Global Warming By Rémi DUPRE
Al Gore, the 45th vice president of the United States (he served in the Clinton administration from 1993-2000), has been touring the world since May 2006. He is promoting an environmentalist documentary film entitled "An Inconvenient Truth," directed by Davis Guggenheim (Paramount Pictures).
Gore is not a newcomer to environmental issues. In his now-prophetic book, Earth in the Balance, published in 1992, he exposed the link between the increase in human-produced gaz emissions and a tragic climate change on a global scale.
However, when he ran as Democratic candidate in the 2000 presidential election, global warming was not perceived as a popular issue and Gore was therefore advised by various spin doctors to keep his worries to himself - which he actually did.
Better late than never.

Source: « Gore warms up, » The Nation 12 June 2006.

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