Environment

Grizzly bear ‘highway’ uncovered in B.C. rainforest
Publish Date: 21-JUL-2014 01:29 PM
New research from the Heiltsuk First Nation points to a sort of bear highway through the Great Bear Rainforest on B.C.'s Central Coast. William Housty, a director with the Qqs Society, says they've found that the grizzly bears under study are travelling hundreds of kilometres each year along preferred routes — and one trail in particular along the salmon-producing Koeye River. 
 
Québec mise sur l’éolien malgré le marché défavorable (French only)
Publish Date: 18-JUL-2014 11:48 AM
Même si l’achat d’énergie éolienne se fait à perte pour le Québec et dans un contexte d’importants surplus d’électricité, les libéraux entendent bien poursuivre le développement de la filière. Ils comptent d’ailleurs mandater un groupe de travail formé des « principaux acteurs de l’industrie » pour les conseiller sur la suite des choses. 
 
What do these PMs know that economists don’t?
Publish Date: 18-JUL-2014 11:41 AM
During Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s recent visit to Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper commented on climate change: “No matter what they say, no country is going to take actions that are going to deliberately destroy jobs and growth in their country. We are just a little more frank about that.” Mr. Abbott, having abolished Australia’s carbon tax, added: “I’ve always been against a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme because it harms our economy without necessarily helping the environment.” These two prime ministers were saying that a theory we economists have studied all our working lives, based on knowledge that has been accumulated for a century, is all wrong. 
 
Politicians on attack after scientists call for more research into fracking
Publish Date: 16-JUL-2014 02:50 PM
Deputy premier Rich Coleman challenged Thursday the conclusions of a scientific panel into the environmental effect of shale gas development using fracking. The group of Canadian and U.S. scientists, appointed in 2011 by former federal environment minister Peter Kent to examine the sector's potential and risks across Canada, urge a cautionary, go-slow approach until more research is done on a relatively new sector. 
 
L’Australie abolit une taxe carbone (French)
Publish Date: 16-JUL-2014 02:44 PM
L'Australie a aboli jeudi une taxe carbone vivement critiquée par les groupes miniers notamment, instaurée il y a deux ans par le gouvernement travailliste pour réduire les émissions carbone et lutter contre le changement climatique. 
 
Governments choosing development over conservation, parks group warns
Publish Date: 15-JUL-2014 09:21 AM
An environmental group says its annual review of the state of Canada's parks has left it worried. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society says most parks and proposed protected areas are facing greater challenges than they were a year ago. 
 
National parks under threat, report says
Publish Date: 14-JUL-2014 09:12 AM
From the caribou breeding grounds in the Northwest Territories to the diverse forests of New Brunswick, the country’s leading wilderness advocate says the integrity of Canada’s parks is being threatened by budget cuts, human activity and, especially, resource extraction. 
 
Pesticide commonly used on Canadian farmland linked to bird declines
Publish Date: 09-JUL-2014 09:06 AM
Controversial pesticides, which are used “prophylactically” on millions of hectares of Canadian farmland, have now been linked to not only the declines in bees, but birds. A Dutch study released Wednesday provides the strongest evidence yet that neonicotinoids are harming insect-eating birds like swallows, which are in sharp decline. 
 
Changing climate at root of ‘utterly unprecedented’ summer flood
Publish Date: 07-JUL-2014 08:57 AM
Smith Creek in southeastern Saskatchewan normally runs dry in July. Last week it hit an all-time high and the stream gauge that scientists have been monitoring for decades is now under water. So are countless homes and farms in Saskatchewan and Manitoba where the province has declared a state of emergency and called in the military to help deal with the stunning summer flood.  
 
First Nations critical of oilsands biodiversity
Publish Date: 07-JUL-2014 08:55 AM
A report showing plant and animal life in the oilsands region is flourishing at more than 80 per cent compared to undisturbed areas is raising eyebrows among those conducting a First Nations community monitoring program downstream. Bruce Maclean, research coordinator for the Mikisew Cree First Nation and head of Fort Chipewyan’s community-based water monitoring efforts, said the report does not accurately reflect what’s happening on the ground in First Nations communities downstream of the oilsands. 
 
The Federal Government Is Being Accused Of Muzzling Experts From Talking About Climate Change Again
Publish Date: 03-JUL-2014 08:47 AM
Meteorologists have allegedly been added to the list of government employees that are not allowed to say anything to the media about climate change, but a former employee of Environment Canada says that's only part of the problem. When the Harper government was elected, a communications directive was issued that prevented scientists from speaking to the media without permission. It seems that meteorologists are now falling under that umbrella. 
 
Chief Allan Adam: Oilsands health study to “knock socks” off industry, government
Publish Date: 28-JUN-2014 02:33 PM
A new study from the University of Manitoba will soon challenge industry and government claims downplaying environmental health impacts of oilsands development, said the chief of a First Nations community Friday. First Nations communities have alleged that toxic pollution from oilsands operators is contaminating their air, water and food. Representatives from industry and the federal and provincial governments have pointed to research suggesting the toxins aren’t yet at unsafe levels. 
 
Keystone XL: un discours de John Baird a semé la panique à Ottawa (French)
Publish Date: 27-JUN-2014 08:20 AM
Un récent discours livré à Washington lors duquel le ministre canadien des Affaires étrangères John Baird a demandé des développements rapides dans le dossier de l'oléoduc Keystone XL semble avoir provoqué beaucoup d'anxiété à Ottawa.  
 
New Parks policy limits information
Publish Date: 26-JUN-2014 02:26 PM
A new communication policy directing all Parks Canada media requests go through high-ranking bureaucrats in Ottawa means Banff residents – and the Canadian public – no longer have the same access to information about their national parks as they used to. The policy to put tighter controls on the release of information means every media request, no mater how benign, must be approved at the top with the only exception being immediate public safety issues.  
 
Scientists Call for Tar Sands Moratorium
Publish Date: 25-JUN-2014 08:26 AM
In a groundbreaking Nature Journal article, a group of economists, policy researchers, ecologists, and scientists make the case for a moratorium on new pipelines in North America until a “more coherent approach” can be developed to evaluate tar sands projects in the context of a broader energy and climate strategy, taking into account the long-term and cumulative consequences of multiple projects or of global carbon pollution. 
 
Manitoba lake the first freshwater fishery in North America to be certified sustainable
Publish Date: 24-JUN-2014 08:15 AM
Waterhen Lake, in Manitoba, is a modest speck on Canada’s vast freshwater landscape. The lake produces a modest amount of commercially caught walleye and northern pike. As of Tuesday, Waterhen Lake will boast an immodest label: the first sustainably certified freshwater fishery in the Western Hemisphere.  
 
Report warns world's fragile oceans pushed to point of collapse
Publish Date: 23-JUN-2014 02:23 PM
The Global Ocean Commission has put forward a report on the declining health of the planet’s high seas, the 64 per cent of the ocean surface that isn’t under the control and protection of a national government. The commission is a combination of public and private sector figures, including former heads of state and ministers as well as business people, supported by scientific and economic advisors working on ways to reverse the degradation of the ocean and address the failures of high seas governance. Their report sets out five main problems, from dramatic over-fishing to rising pollution, and a set of recommendations for reversing the decline. 
 
Foote says government failing to address climate change
Publish Date: 23-JUN-2014 08:18 AM
In a press release, Foote said the Conservatives have failed to take any meaningful action to protect the environment after nearly a decade in power 
 
Turning salmon waste into biodiesel
Publish Date: 23-JUN-2014 08:17 AM
Dr. Dave is leading the Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development’s (CASD) marine biodiesel research team in creating biodiesel and other value added products from salmon waste. 
 
Shuffle sees new top bureaucrats at Energy, Environment
Publish Date: 20-JUN-2014 02:08 PM
Serge Dupont is leaving his job as deputy minister of Natural Resources Canada to become the IMF’s executive director. Environment Canada deputy minister Bob Hamilton got the nod to replace Dupont at Natural Resources. The shuffle at the energy and environment portfolios come on the heels of the Conservative government’s approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline, subject to Enbridge meeting the 209 conditions laid down by a federal review panel.