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Carol Linnitt

Managing Editor and Director of Research for DeSmog Canada

Carol Linnitt is Managing Editor and Director of Research for DeSmog Canada. She joined DeSmog in June 2010 as a researcher, focusing much of her time on the natural gas industry and hydraulic fracturing. As a writer and researcher Carol focuses mostly on industry public relations, misinformation campaigns, energy development, environmental policy, and wildlife.

Carol is the lead author of DeSmog's original report Fracking the Future: How Unconventional Gas Threatens Our Water, Health & Climate. Her work also led to the DeSmog micro-documentary CRY WOLF: An Unethical Oil Story and the Cry Wolf investigative series.

Carol began her environmental career writing and performing interviews for The Canada Expedition, a non-governmental sustainability initiative, and while working in dispute resolution with communities affected by resource scarcity.

Carol has a Master's in English Literature from York University where she studied political theory, natural resource conflicts, and Aboriginal rights. She also has a Master's in Philosophy in the field of phenomenology and environmental ethics. Carol is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Victoria in the English department and the Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT) program.
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This Forestry Town Will Be Canada's First Geothermal Village

A forestry town is working to re-invent itself as a renewable energy leader with a project that promises community revitalization from the ground up. The mountain village of Valemount, British Columbia, located along the Rocky Mountain trench is eyeing the nearby Canoe Reach hot springs -- one of the hottest surface hot springs in Canada -- as a source of geothermal heat and renewable electricity generation.
08/31/2016 12:30 EDT
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Global Leaders Are Fighting For New 1.5°C Warming Target

The group of countries, known as the Climate Vulnerability Forum, argues current efforts to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius is insufficient to protect many nations from the dangers of climate change. The leaders say lives, rights and the prosperity of billions are at stake in the globally agreed temperature limit.
12/02/2015 04:54 EST
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$2.6 Trillion Divested From Fossil Fuels Is Paying Off

Investors are realizing that divestment doesn't mean financial losses. Thanks in part to plummeting global oil prices and the booming clean energy economy, divested portfolios have been outperforming those with investments in fossil fuels. Divestment doesn't just mean pulling your investments from fossil fuel holdings -- it also means redirecting investment dollars to alternatives like clean energy, green tech and climate solutions.
09/24/2015 08:05 EDT
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Stephen Harper Forgets His Own Pledge to End Fossil Fuel Use

If the recent frufrah over NDP candidate Linda McQuaig's comment that "a lot of the oilsands oil may have to stay in the ground" is indicative of anything, it's that Canada's election cycle is in full spin. May all reasonableness and sensible dialogue and accountability be damned. Perhaps that's the blunt and singular reason behind the Conservative Party and Stephen Harper's outrage at McQuaig's entirely non-contentious assertion that, because of our international commitments to curtail global climate change, Canada won't exploit the entirety of its oil reserves.
08/13/2015 12:15 EDT
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B.C.'s Plan to Protect Endangered Caribou Is Flawed

B.C. will continue to kill wolves for at least a decade in an attempt to save endangered caribou according to government documents released this week -- but new research re-confirms that caribou declines are primarily caused by industrial development.
05/22/2015 05:43 EDT

Rio Tinto Alcan Is Harming Kitimat Households

Increased sulphur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the expanded Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA) aluminum smelter in Kitimat, B.C. will result in increased health costs for local households, an expert witness told an Environmental Appeals Board panel in Victoria, Monday.
05/15/2015 05:12 EDT
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What Premier Brad Wall Gets Wrong About Canada's Emissions

At the premiers' climate summit last week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall brought up a statistic that has received a fair amount of attention lately: Canada's emissions account for fewer than two per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. He's not wrong, but Canada is also a heavy emitter per capita.
04/22/2015 01:13 EDT
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Canada Will Miss Its Climate Target And We'll All Miss Out

Environment Canada has been telling us for years that Canada is running off the climate track and -- because of growing emissions largely from the oil and gas sector -- we are getting farther and farther away from meeting our government's self-imposed climate targets. Because of that climate failure, Canada is holding all of us back from prosperity, jobs and better health. That's according to a new study of benefits from international emission pledges made in the lead up to December's UN climate summit. Developed countries around the world -- with the exception of Canada and Japan -- are unveiling their individual climate plans, which were due yesterday.
04/01/2015 05:47 EDT
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How Come CSIS 'Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny' Spying On Me?

Unfortunately, when it comes to CSIS, Canadians can expect very little transparency, a cause for additional concern when you recall Harper eliminated the position of the CSIS watchdog in 2012. The only overview of CSIS is handled by the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), a body comprised of part-time appointees with limited resources that assess CSIS operations after-the-fact.
03/03/2015 05:51 EST