Friday, 27 March 2020
SCIENCE MAGAZINE - BIODIVERSITY
Edited by Jeffrey Brainard
In a victory for conservation, the Cambodian government announced on 18 March that it is suspending for 10 years plans to build two hydropower dams on the Mekong River. The move helps preserve a freshwater ecosystem that, after the Amazon, is the world’s most biologically diverse. It also supports a vast fishing industry. Cambodia now relies on hydropower for nearly 50% of its electricity, but will turn to coal, natural gas, and solar energy to meet its future power needs. The Mekong begins on the Tibetan Plateau and flows through several countries, including Cambodia and Vietnam, before emptying into the South China Sea. It has been under increasing pressure from development, pollution, and climate change; drought and upstream dams in China have exacerbated recent low water levels in the lower Mekong. Adding to the river system’s woes, Laos opened two hydropower dams on the Mekong’s main branch in the past 6 months, and Cambodia said it may yet build dams on Mekong tributaries. Still, conservationists praised Cambodia’s decision. Maintaining the free flow of the lower Mekong is “the best decision for both people and nature,” Teak Seng, Cambodia country director for the World Wildlife Fund, said in a statement.
Thursday, 24 March 2016
Green Party Would Stop The Energy East Pipeline and Help Manitoba Families Save on Their Energy Bills.
Winnipeg, March 23, 2016 – Green Party of Manitoba Energy advocate for Conservation and Water Stewardship, David Nickarz, says that a Green government would reject all projects associated with construction of the proposed Energy East pipeline.
The Green Party of Manitoba (GPM) thinks that Manitoba Hydro would help Manitobans more by investing in energy retrofitting and development of solar production, rather than quietly preparing to sell hydroelectric power to the Energy East pipeline,” Nickarz said.
Monday, 23 November 2015
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced today that she is imposing a limit on oil sands emissions and phasing out all coal power usage in her province by 2030 in a major push to curb greenhouse gas emissions. STORY HERE.
Sunday, 18 October 2015
The Conservative prime minister pledged to make the country an ‘energy superpower’, but with the election ahead and many Alberta residents struggling to make ends meet, a promise has become a liability for Harper. Story here.
Thursday, 7 May 2015
WC Native News
PORT SIMPSON, B.C. – The first of three votes on a natural gas benefit offer worth over $1 billion has been unanimously rejected by a First Nation on British Columbia’s northwest coast. Story here.
Saturday, 12 April 2014
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
One of Canada's top constitutional lawyers is taking the Conservative government to court over increasing restrictions on who can speak at energy board hearings -- and what they are allowed to say. Details here.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Saturday, 1 December 2012
Financial Post.CALGARY — The Canadian government on Friday blocked a seven-year-old plan to drill more than a thousand natural gas wells in an Alberta wildlife reserve...Details here.
PLT. Please also read our earlier post, "So, What Will it Be, Prairie Grasslands or Pipelines?" And thanks to Nature Canada for organizing the petition. (I signed! Did you?)
Sprague's pipit, one of the many
"species at risk" found in the reserve.
Friday, 16 November 2012
Winnipeg Free Press. Details here.
PLT: You don't suppose BP will simply write this off as "the cost of doing business" and carry on as before, do you? Naaaah!
Friday, 11 November 2011
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Monday, 15 August 2011
Shawn Mccarthy — Globe and Mail - Aug. 07Maxim Power Corp. is racing to beat proposed federal emission regulations that could derail its plan to build a 500-megawatt coal-fired power plant in the mountains of western Alberta. Details here.
Monday, 6 June 2011
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Friday, 11 February 2011
AlterNet / By Jill Richardson Feb '11
Given America's enthusiasm for ethanol production, one might assume ethanol is a miracle fuel, sent from heaven to lead the way to independence from oil.
Please also read: "Bursting the Ethanol Bubble" by Larry Powell
Monday, 17 January 2011
Friday, 10 December 2010
It would be hard to count…..
Thursday, 9 December 2010
US embassy cables reveal top executive's claims that company 'knows everything' about key decisions in government ministries.
Could a million freshwater turtles help clean up some of Australia's polluted rivers? A team of scientists believes, they could!
by Larry Powell The freshwater turtle, Emydura macquarii. Credit: Claudia Santori. For well over a century, invasive fresh...
Manitoba's Decker Hutterite Colony says, several dead hogs spotted recently on a public roadway, nearby, died of natural causes.by Larry Powell Hog carcasses in two dumpsters on a side road near the Decker Colony, northwest of Brandon, Apr. 24th. I spott...
Some Canadian hog producers are euthanizing their own pigs because Covid-19 has rendered them almost worthless. Is it happening in Manitoba, too?by Larry Powell According to the farm newspaper, the Western Producer, some Canadian producers are killing their own hog stocks an...
Is Manitoba's Brokenhead River about to become a dumping ground for an Alberta-based sand-mining company?by Don Sullivan Kayakers on the Brokenhead River. A Wikimedia photo. The Brokenhead River begins in the wetlands of Sandilands Provi...