Friday, April 29, 2016

Myanmar Bans Lucrative Logging in Bid to Preserve Forests


Myanmar has banned lucrative logging operations as the newly-elected government of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi steps up a battle on deforestation, an environment official said on Thursday. More here.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New Uncovered Corporate Documents Show #ExxonKnew Much Earlier Than Previously


Throughout Exxon’s global operations, the company knew that CO2 was a harmful pollutant in the atmosphere years earlier than previously reported. Story here.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Peruvian Government’s Response to Amazon Oil Spills: Promise High, Deliver Low

Amazon Watch

Across Peru, headlines have been dominated by the presidential elections. Deep in the Amazon, however, the ongoing trauma caused by oil pipeline spills seeps on. Almost three months following a 2,000-barrel spill in Chiriaco followed by another just days later near Mayuriaga, indigenous communities continue to confront the daily reality of poisoned water, fish and crops. More here.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Glyphosate Found in Popular Breakfast Foods in US


Today, the Alliance for Natural Health-USA released the results of food safety testing conducted on an assortment of popular breakfast foods. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) testing revealed the presence of glyphosate—the most widely used agricultural herbicide—in 11 of the 24 food samples tested. More here.

Wildfires Near Fort St. John, Prince George Prompt Evacuations

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 Climate change means wildfires that are larger, start earlier and last longer. Above - NWT, Canada ’04.USDA Forest Service.

Residents from communities across northern B.C. have been forced to flee their homes. More here.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Greenland’s Ice Sheet Is Melting So Fast Right Now, Scientists Thought It Was an Error

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The margin of the Greenland ice sheets. Hannes Grobe, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. 1992.
On Monday, Greenland began to melt. Parts of Greenland melt every year and the whole thing freezes again each winter, but lately, thanks to global warming, the melting has come earlier and then peaked in the summer at higher levels than usual. Story here.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Mekong: A River Rising

The Ya Ly Dam, one of the largest in Viet Nam, on a major tributary of the Mekong. A Wikimedia Commons photo. 

The fate of 70 million people rests on what happens to the Mekong river. With world leaders meeting in Paris next week for crucial UN climate talks,  John Vidal journeys down south-east Asia’s vast waterway - a place that encapsulates some of the dilemmas they must solve. He meets people struggling to deal with the impacts of climate change as well as the ecological havoc created by giant dams, deforestation, coastal erosion and fast-growing cities. Story here.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Greens Want a Manitoba Wildlife Area Protected

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White-tailed deer in western Manitoba. PinP photo.

Winnipeg, April 14, 2016: “The Green Party urges the next government of Manitoba to uphold the law and protect the Whitemud Watershed Wildlife Management Area from the proposed Energy East pipeline,”  said David Nickarz, Green Party of Manitoba critic for Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wildfires, Once Confined to a Season, Burn Earlier and Longer

New York Times
The first Alaska wildfire of 2016 broke out in late February, followed by a second there just eight days later. Story here.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Great God of Growth - Is He Always Right? (Letter)

Dear Editor,

I still find political attitudes towards growth puzzling, to say the least. What kind of growth, you ask? Economic growth? Population growth? Well, it doesn’t really matter. Our politicians want it, in great dollops, as if it was the key to the Kingdom.

Ontario Government Scraps Proposal to Increase Hunting of Wolves and Coyote

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Animal protection and conservation groups encourage responsible approach to wildlife management. More here.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Keystone Pipeline Mishap Has TransCanada Scrambling Again

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On Saturday afternoon, the worst fear of a landowner in South Dakota was realized. Loern Schulz found oil in surface water near the Keystone pipeline’s right-of-way and reported the spill. Story here.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

World Health Day: Rapidly Rising Diabetes Closely Linked to Poverty


Diabetes, which now affects more than 400 million people worldwide, is closely linked to poverty in most regions of the world, World Health Organization Medical Officer Alessandro Demaio told IPS Thursday. Story here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Newfoundland Cod Achieves Sustainability Milestone

World Wildlife Fund
A Newfoundland cod fishery has for the first time 
been certified sustainable, a significant achievement 
that demonstrates how a science-based approach to 
managing fish populations and fisheries delivers 
conservation success. Story here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

White House: Climate Change Poses Urgent Health Risk

Climate Central
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Climate change is a major threat to human health, with extreme heat likely to kill 27,000 Americans annually by 2100, according to a report released Monday by the White House. Story here.

North America's Key Birds Facing Extinction, Study Finds


  Northern Oriole. PinP photo.
314 species, including the bald eagle and 10 state birds of US at risk from climate change. 

Polar Bears Losing Weight As Arctic Sea Ice Melts, Canadian Study Finds

Between 1984 and 2009 the weight of female bears in Ontario fell by over 10% while climate change meant they had 30 fewer days a year to hunt seal on ice. More here.

Monday, April 4, 2016

BC Hydro's Bizarre, Multi-Million Dollar Boondoggle to Save Fish from Site C Dam

In a scenario that sounds like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, bull trout and other fish will travel in trucks past the Site C dam for 100 years as part of BC Hydro’s strategy to save the threatened fish species from disappearing from the Peace River. Story here.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Warns Canada Against TPP

CBC - The House
The warning from Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz leaves no doubt about his assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership. More here.

Friday, April 1, 2016

No Seismic Blasting In Canadian Arctic This Year!

Greenpeace Canada
Seismic cannons will not blast through the waters of Baffin Bay and Davis Strait this year, giving Nunavut communities and marine life another summer of relief from the threats of dangerous oil exploration.  More here.

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Massive B.C. coal mines are about to get a new owner. Why some are worried about Glencore’s record

THE NARWHAL Coal mine at Tumbler Ridge, B.C.  Jeffrey Wynne ,      If the sale goes through, the company will inherit a contamination proble...