Showing posts with label pollution. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pollution. Show all posts

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Coal power stations disrupt rainfall, global study finds


PHYS ORG
A coal-fired power plant in Poland. Photo by Petr Stefek.
Modern coal-fired power stations produce more ultrafine dust particles than road traffic and can even modify and redistribute rainfall patterns, a new 15-year international study shows. Story here.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Private research funders court controversy with billions in secretive investments


Science Magazine

Cruise ships often burn bunker fuel, the very kind warned about in this story.
A Wikimedia image.
A few years ago, scientists funded by the Wellcome Trust, one of the world's wealthiest private philanthropies, published sobering findings about the deadly effects of air pollution. In a long-term study of elderly residents of Hong Kong, China, those exposed to higher levels of smog—especially tiny particles of soot produced by burning fossil fuels—were more likely to die of cancer than people who breathed cleaner air. Details here.

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by Larry Powell

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Canada, U.S. governments watching, but not intervening, in coal mine pollution controversy


The Narwhal
U.S. officials accused Canada of omitting information on selenium pollution flowing from B.C.’s Elk Valley into Montana waters. Story here.

For Marine Life, New Threats from a Fast-Tracked Canadian Pipeline


Yale Environment 360
A new Canadian government-backed pipeline that will triple the amount of thick Alberta tar sands oil flowing to a British Columbia port poses significant risks for a threatened population of killer whales and other coastal marine life. Story here.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Mercury linked to dramatic decline of migratory songbirds: study


RCI Radio Canada International
The Cape May warbler, while not named in this story, also migrates from the 
West Indies to the Boreal forests of Canada. A PinP photo.
Examination of tail feathers suggests that mercury is one of the determining factors for the steep declines of many songbird populations that migrate long distances to and from North America. More here.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Deepwater Horizon disaster altered building blocks of ocean life


The Guardian
Oil spill disaster reduced biodiversity in sites closest to spill, report finds, as White House rolls back conservation measures. More here.

Monday, 25 June 2018

BP Canada spews thousands of litres of toxic mud during offshore drilling incident near Halifax


NATIONAL
OBSERVER
BP Canada has spewed out 136,000 litres of a toxic mud into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Halifax during deepwater offshore exploratory oil drilling, a federal regulator says. More here.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

The Natural Gas Industry Has a Leak Problem


The New York Times
Fracking in the Bakken formation of North Dakota. Photo by Joshua Doubek
The American oil and gas industry is leaking more methane than the government thinks — much more, a new study says. Since methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, that is bad news for climate change. More here.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Toxic legacy of Giant Mine found in snowshoe hares


TheNarwhal
Researchers find arsenic levels in animals living near mine 20 to 50 times greater than those living away from it. More here.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Greenpeace Film (on ocean pollution) to be shown at special Winnipeg Screening

Larry,
Never has our blue planet been more under threat. 
And never before have we had a better sense of what's at stake. Come watch the latest film that will captivate and motivate you to join a global movement working to save our oceans.
Greenpeace Canada is sponsoring a special Winnipeg screening of BLUE — the critically-acclaimed and award-winning documentary film which takes you deep into our planet’s threatened oceans and seas. 
This one-night-only screening is an on-demand event. It only takes place if 50 tickets are sold. Reserve your spot now — and portion of ticket sales will go towards supporting Greenpeace's vital work to protect our oceans and the planet. 
WHAT: Special screening of BLUE — an award-winning documentary film
WHEN: Monday 25th June, 7pm
WHERE: Cineplex Odeon McGillivray Cinemas (2190 McGillivray Blvd, Winnipeg, MB, R3Y 1S6)

Friday, 15 June 2018

This is Giant Mine



TheNarwhal 
Giant Mine - 2008. Photo by WinterCity296 WinterforceMedia
This gold mine was once so dangerous that it killed a toddler who ate snow two kilometres away. Canada’s second-largest environmental liability is inside Yellowknife city limits — and intrinsically tied to the city’s history and future. The federal government has now inherited the billion-dollar cleanup effort that could span a century. More here.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

One-Third of Protected Areas 'Highly Degraded' By Humans, Study Finds


EcoWatch
A traffic jam on the road to the famed Lake Louise in Jasper National Park, Canada. PinP photo.
A study published in Science Friday presents what authors call a sobering "reality check" on global efforts to protect biodiversity—one third of all conservation areas set aside as wildlife sanctuaries or national parks are "highly degraded" by human activities. More here.


Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Pollution from Canadian refineries an ‘embarrassment’ compared to U.S.


NATIONAL
OBSERVER

The Irving Oil Refinery in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. Photo by Cusack5239
Sarnia’s Imperial Oil refinery emitted 10 times more fine particulate matter, seven times more carbon monoxide and 49 times more sulphur dioxide than the Detroit plant. More here.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

'Nowhere Is Immune': Researchers Find Record Levels of Microplastics in Arctic Sea Ice



EcoWatch 

North Polar flight with Air Berlin: Pole overflight (Photographer: Basti, Editor: Hedwig)
Scientists found record levels of microplastics in Arctic sea ice, a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications revealed. More here.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Climate change is wreaking havoc on delicate relationship between orchids and bees


ScienceDaily

The first definitive demonstration of climate change upsetting the vital interdependent relationships between species has been revealed. More here.

Photo by Bj√∂rn S.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Thawing permafrost causing the 'browning' of northern lakes


Science Daily

As the ice melts, the organic carbon found in permafrost is being released once again after ages of confinement in the soil. It is making its way into Arctic and subarctic lakes and ponds, and modifying their composition. More here.

Arctic Lake. A US Fish & Wildlife photo.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

High levels of microplastics found in Northwest Atlantic fish



ScienceDaily
An Atlantic sturgeon. US Fish & Wildlife Service.
New study finds microplastics in the stomachs of 73 percent of mesopelagic (medium-depth) fish caught in the Northwest Atlantic -- one of the highest levels globally. More here.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Measuring ecosystem disruption caused by marine heatwaves

 Nature Above, healthy bull kelp. Below, bull kelp degraded by a marine heatwave. DeWikiMan Marine heatwaves can displace therma...