Sierra in the News
2012-08-04 19:18 | Climate Change
The relentless, weather-gone-crazy type of heat that has blistered the United States, Canada and other parts of the world in recent years is so rare it can't be anything but man-made global warming, according to a new statistical analysis from a top American scientist. The research by a man often called the "godfather of global warming" says that, from the 1950s through the 1980s, the likelihood of such sweltering temperatures occurring was rarer than 1 in 300. Now, the odds...
2012-08-03 23:30 | Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught
The federal government has imposed a strict deadline on a review panel to conclude the work on Enbridge Inc.’s controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, even as it scrambles to rescue the $6-billion project from a political sinkhole. more
2012-07-30 19:34 | Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught, Indigenous Sovereignty, Atmosphere & Energy
The proposed Enbridge pipeline is the largest issue ever faced by B.C.’s aboriginal community, native leader Stewart Phillip declared Monday, as he vowed a long, protracted fight, including blockades and mass protests, against the project, if it is allowed to proceed. more
2012-07-24 20:07 | Energy Onslaught
Moving Alberta oil to the Maritimes would be good for Nova Scotia, but the ultimate goal would still have to be cutting back on carbon-based fuels, says a Dalhousie University professor who studies energy security. Larry Hughes said Tuesday that the province needs to improve the security of its oil supply, especially considering the heavy reliance on fuel oil for heating, instead of relying on unstable areas like Nigeria and the Middle East for portions of the supply. more
2012-07-24 19:30 | Renewable Energy, Government
Ahead of their meeting in Halifax, the country's Premiers are being urged to come up with an energy plan for Canadians and not just an energy strategy for Canada. John Bennett with the environmental group The Sierra Club of Canada says before we worry about expanding our energy export business, we need to address our domestic energy use. "Doesn't charity start at home?" muses Bennett. "Shouldn't it be everyone's first priority to make sure that we meet...
2012-07-21 23:04 | Nuclear-Free Canada
The Japanese government says it will investigate a report that workers at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were urged to disguise their exposure to radiation. Build-Up, a subcontractor for plant operator Tepco, admitted one of its executives told workers to put lead shields on radiation detection devices. Otherwise, they would have rapidly exceeded the legal limit for exposure. more
2012-07-20 22:45 | Forests, Protecting Biodiversity
A scroll of (over 10,000) signatures snaked down the steps at the legislature Thursday as environmental groups called on the government to complete the promised protections for the Great Bear Rainforest. more
2012-07-19 15:42 | Nuclear Phaseout, Nuclear-Free Canada
TORONTO - Ontario has no emergency plan for a Fukushima-level nuclear disaster and shouldn’t go ahead with its planned Darlington refurbishment until it does, environmental groups charged Thursday. “Premier (Dalton) McGuinty and the federal government must ensure nuclear emergency plans can cope with large scale radioactive releases post Fukushima. By restricting nuclear emergency planning to scenarios that are easily anticipated and controlled, the federal and provincial...
2012-07-18 22:41 | Climate Change, Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught
TV host Ezra Levant raised some eyebrows by calling oil from Canada's oilsands "the fair trade coffee of the world's oil industry." Levant, who has become a spokesperson for the so-called "ethical oil" movement and has made a career bolstering the Alberta oilsands, was a keynote speaker Tuesday at Pacific Northwest Economic Region's (PNWER) annual summit in Saskatoon. "Out of the top 10 oil reserve countries in the world, we are the only one that is a...
2012-07-12 23:14 | Radioactive Waste, Nuclear-Free Canada
Three Cameco workers in Ontario were exposed to airborne uranium dust in an incident at the Saskatchewan company's Blind River refinery last month, federal regulators say. The exposure happened June 23 when a worker loosened a ring clamp on a 208-litre drum of uranium oxide yellowcake. The lid blew off and about 26 kilograms of the material were ejected into the air. The worker closest to the drum and two others in the area, who were not wearing respirators, were exposed to the dust...