TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)We’re through six weeks of the college football and we’re finally starting to get a picture of which teams can compete for a national title. Alabama is the unquestioned leader in every poll and metric to win back-to-back titles.Can anyone take down the Tide? ESPN’s computer model, FiveThirtyEight, released its predictions for the College Football Playoff.So, who made the list? No surprise, the Crimson Tide sit at No. 1, while the unbeaten Clemson Tigers came in at No. 2.Here’s the top four:AlabamaClemsonOhio StateNotre DameGeorgia, which sits at No. 2 in the AP and Coaches’ Poll, came in at No. 5 on this list. The Bulldogs face four-straight ranked opponents in LSU, Florida, Kentucky and Auburn before finishing the season against UMass and Georgia Tech.A repeat of last year’s foursome isn’t likely, unless Oklahoma wins out and gets a little help along the way.The first CFB Playoff rankings come out on October 30.
Climate change is affecting our oceans and we must adapt to ensure our coastlines are protected. Today, March 12, Environment Minister Margaret Miller introduced a new Coastal Protection Act that will ensure clear provincewide rules for what can and cannot be done on Nova Scotia’s vulnerable coastlines. “Climate change means rising sea levels, greater risk of flooding and coastal erosion. We need to protect the natural ecosystems that help defend our coasts, and this legislation will help us do that,” said Ms. Miller. “At the same time, we want to ensure that any new coastal construction is built in locations safer from storm surges and sea level rise. This legislation will do that as well.” Salt marshes, dunes and other coastal features filter water, shelter birds and sea life, and allow the coast to naturally adapt to the impact of climate change. “This legislation is a crucial step toward protecting our coastal ecosystems by preventing future inappropriate coastal development. Protecting our coastline will allow it to adapt and be resilient,” said Nancy Anningson, coastal adaptation senior co-ordinator with the Ecology Action Centre. Last summer, the province received just over 1,300 responses to an online survey on coastal protection legislation. It also held 16 in-person sessions with stakeholder groups and reached out directly to fisheries and agriculture groups, First Nations and others. A report on the results of the consultation is available here, http://novascotia.ca/coast . The department will continue to work closely with municipalities and others to develop the regulations that will define how this legislation will work.