Sierra in the News
2012-08-29 00:18 | Government
Environmentalists in New Brunswick are warning of the possibility of an increased threat now that more than 150 federal environmental assessments have been cancelled. In its most recent budget, the federal government changed the law to make big cuts to the types and numbers of projects that require environmental assessments. In New Brunswick, there are 159 projects that will no longer require a federal environmental assessment. There are 3,000 cancelled projects across Canada. more...
2012-08-27 00:18 | Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught, Government, Atmosphere & Energy
OTTAWA — The federal government’s budget legislation has forced the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to cancel nearly 3,000 screenings into potential environmental damage caused by proposed development projects across Canada, including hundreds involving a pipeline or fossil fuel energy, according to published records. Out of 2,970 project reviews that were stopped by the legislation that rewrote Canada’s environmental laws and weakened federal oversight on...
2012-08-26 23:04 | Climate Change, Water, Water Conservation
Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world's population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages. Humans derive about 20% of their protein from animal-based products now, but this may need to drop to just 5% to feed the extra 2 billion people expected to be alive by 2050, according to research by some of the world's leading water...
2012-08-25 23:24 | Climate Change, Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught, Toxics, Government, Health & Environment
The federal government’s budget legislation has forced the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to cancel nearly 3,000 screenings into potential environmental damage caused by proposed development projects across Canada, including hundreds involving a pipeline or fossil fuel energy, according to published records. more
2012-08-24 23:45 | Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught, Government, Atmosphere & Energy, Health & Environment
Critics of Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline from the Alberta oilsands to tankers on the British Columbia coast say there is no time for the science to be completed before a federal deadline for the environmental assessment currently underway. Documents filed with the National Energy Board show the environmental review panel studying the Northern Gateway project asked Fisheries and Oceans Canada for risk assessments for the bodies of water the proposed pipeline will cross....
2012-08-24 23:37 | Water, Energy Onslaught, Water Quality, Toxics, Health & Environment
When it comes to exposure to hazardous chemicals, children are not just little adults. “Children are more vulnerable to environmental hazards,” states the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, a subcommittee of the American Pediatric Society. “They eat, drink and breathe more than adults on a pound for pound basis.”(1) This means children are proportionally more exposed to toxins in air, water and food. In areas of unconventional gas development, children are...
2012-08-23 23:56 | Wilderness and Species Conservation, Government, Protecting Biodiversity
Maybe we can call the latest political 'controversy' involving Stephen Harper ATV-gate. During their week-long visit to the north, Harper and his wife Laureen inadvertently rode into the middle of an ongoing debate about the use of all-terrain vehicles in the Yukon's delicate ecosystems. According to iPolitics, the Harpers' off-road adventure through sand dunes near Whitehorse on Monday has touched a nerve with local environmental activists, who have spent years trying to...
Why some scientists say there's not enough time to study the environmental risks of the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project2012-08-21 23:28 | Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught
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2012-08-21 23:26 | Climate Change, Oceans
Arctic sea ice looks set to hit a record low by the end of the month, according to satellite data. more
2012-08-18 00:04 | Climate Change
Regina — Only two per cent of Canadians who responded to a new opinion poll believe climate change is not occurring. However, a majority believes natural climate variation is playing at least some role in the warming trend. The findings are in a survey conducted by Insightrix Research, Inc. for IPAC-CO2 Research Inc., a Regina-based centre that studies carbon capture and storage. more