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2012-08-24 22:37 | 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 22:56 | 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 22:28 | Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught
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2012-08-21 22:26 | Climate Change, Oceans
Arctic sea ice looks set to hit a record low by the end of the month, according to satellite data. more
2012-08-17 23:04 | 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
2012-08-17 22:57 | Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught
A scathing U.S. government report on the 2010 Enbridge oil spill in the Kalamazoo River, Mich., has yet to be entered as evidence into the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline hearings, a B.C. economist says. In an interview airing on CBC Radio's The House, independent economist Robyn Allan told guest host Louise Elliott that while the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report was published in July, "Enbridge hasn't tabled any information, at all, about the spill....
2012-08-17 22:42 | Energy Onslaught
As the use of hydraulic fracturing has grown, so have concerns about its environmental and public health impacts. One concern is that hydraulic fracturing fluids used to fracture rock formations contain numerous chemicals that could harm human health and the environment, especially if they enter drinking water supplies. The opposition of many oil and gas companies to public disclosure of the chemicals they use has compounded this concern. ... The most widely used chemical in hydraulic...
2012-08-17 22:41 | Energy Onslaught, Government
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to the Far North next week, with his annual trek focusing on the Western Arctic and developing the region's natural resources. The five-day north of 60 trip gears up in Whitehorse Monday, with stops at copper and gold mine Minto Mine and Norman Wells, an oil drilling and exploration hub, in the Northwest Territories. The prime minister then heads to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, where two years ago he announced a new $81 million high Arctic research...
2012-08-17 22:34 | Nuclear Phaseout, Radioactive Waste, Nuclear-Free Canada
SARNIA, ON - Two environmental groups have withdrawn their application for a Federal Court review of permits allowing Bruce Power to ship radioactive waste on the Great Lakes. The Sierra Club Canada and the Canadian Environmental Law Association pulled the application due to federal changes to the environmental approvals process in the budget and because the permits issued by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission had expired, said the Sierra Club's executive director John Bennett....
2012-08-13 22:43 | Nuclear-Free Canada
Exposure to radioactive material released into the environment has caused mutations in butterflies found in Japan, a study suggests. Scientists found an increase in leg, antennae and wing shape mutations among butterflies collected following the 2011 Fukushima accident. more