Thursday, 4 April 2019

From Canadian Coal Mines, Toxic Pollution That Knows No Borders

Yale Environment 360

Massive open-pit coal mines in British Columbia are leaching high concentrations of selenium into the Elk River watershed, damaging fish populations and contaminating drinking water. Now this pollution is flowing across the Canadian-U.S. border, threatening the quality of U.S. waters. Story here.

Bill McKibben likens climate change to Second World War

National Observer
Ponds in the Canadian Arctic, believed to be caused by melting of the permafrost.
Photo by Steve Jurvetson
Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben calls climate change the most important issue facing the world today and likens the struggle against it to the Second World War. Story here.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Canada failing in climate change fight: watchdog

Trees downed in a fierce windstorm in Duck Mountain forest, Manitoba, Canada.
A PinP photo.
Canada is doing too little to combat climate change, a parliamentary report warned Tuesday, a day after government scientists warned the country was warming at twice the global rate. Story here.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

A slippery slope: How climate change is reshaping the Arctic landscape.

A collapsed block of ice-rich permafrost in Alaska.
Benjamin Jones, U.S. Geological Survey
Extremes of summer climate trigger thousands of thermokarst landslides (ones triggered by melting permafrost) in a High Arctic environment. Details here. (Includes a must-see video.)

Canada warming at twice the global rate, climate report finds 

Monday, 1 April 2019

Rapid apple decline has researchers stumped

Science Magazine
An apple orchard in Quebec, Canada. 
Photo by "Daniel Fafard (Dreamdan)"
Young apple trees have been inexplicably dying across the US and Canada. Story here.

When mines poison waterways in British Columbia, Canada, taxpayers swallow the costs

The Mount Polley mine - Jul. 2014 - about a week before the infamous
breach of its earthen containment dam.
After the breach, massive amounts of wastewater surged into
nearby creeks & lakes. Photos by NASA.

Outdated laws, weak enforcement leave the public on the hook for cleanup. Story here.

Great Lakes are rapidly warming, likely to trigger more flooding and extreme weather.

CBC News
North shore of Lk. Superior. A Wikimedia photo.
Report also predicts more severe algae blooms will increase water treatment costs. Story here.

Does your place of residence make you immune from climate calamity? I think not! (Opinion)

by Larry Powell I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard one of my fellow "prairie dogs" remark, how "lucky" or...