Sierra in the News

2008-03-06 00:00   |   Alberta Tar Sands and Mackenzie River Delta
CALGARY — Oil sands projects could face tougher regulatory scrutiny after a federal court judge yesterday found the approval of Imperial Oil Ltd.'s $8-billion oil sands mine insufficient on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.A federal-Alberta review panel approved Imperial's Kearl mine last year, saying it was in the public interest, although it worried about “critical challenges” on environmental issues and local problems in Fort McMurray. Alta.The panel didn't explain why it decided...
2008-03-06 00:00   |   Alberta Tar Sands and Mackenzie River Delta
Le projet Kearl, un développement de 8 milliards de dollars d’Esso Imperial Oil dans les sables bitumineux albertains, est actuellement en suspens suite à une décision de la Cour fédérale.La juge Danièle Tremblay-Lamer estime que le panel environnemental albertain ayant donné le feu vert au projet de 300 000 barils par jour n’a pas expliqué pourquoi les 3,7 mégatonnes de gaz à effet de serre (GES) attribuables au développement sont « insignifiantes ».Mme Tremblay-Lamer remet également en...
2008-03-04 00:00   |   Climate Summits
Canada's big industrial emitters of carbon dioxide are about to find out what the federal government has in store for them when it comes to cutting releases of greenhouse-gas emissions.As early as this week, Ottawa is expected to announce new details on how industries ranging from power plants to pulp mills will comply with last year's federal directive to trim their emissions by 60 million tonnes, or nearly 20 per cent of total releases, by 2020.Environment Minister John Baird's office said it...
2008-02-29 00:00   |   Climate Summits
REGINA -- Many environmental groups believe the Saskatchewan Party's much-touted "clean coal" initiative is a mirage that's leading the government and industry down the wrong path.With a commitment of $240 million from the federal government for a clean coal/carbon sequestration project, the province announced plans Wednesday for a seven-year, $1.4-billion project that involves the retrofit of one of SaskPower's coal-fired power generation units at Boundary Dam near Estevan.The plant...
2008-02-28 00:00
Public and stakeholder consultation in the province is largely failing to live up to the public interest, according to some stakeholders involved in environmental protection. This contention has recently been highlighted by the use of advisory councils in the provincial Water for Life strategy and the process that led to the creation of Alberta’s new Land-use Framework.Many environmental groups chose not to participate in the discussions on the Land-use Framework, citing concerns with the...
2008-02-26 00:00   |   Climate Summits, Green Budget Coalition
Environmentalists panned the federal budget on Tuesday, saying it offers very little that will help Canada curb pollution and cut back on greenhouse gas emissions."This budget does absolutely nothing for climate change, despite the fact that it's the Number 1 priority issue for Canadians," said Emilie Moorhouse of the Sierra Club of Canada.Finance Minister Jim Flaherty didn't even mention the word 'climate change' when he tabled the budget in the House of Commons on Tuesday.The budget...
2008-02-21 00:00   |   Climate Summits
Je tiens par la présente à rectifier certains éléments de l'article publié dans votre édition du 19 février 2008, intitulé «Le Québec n'atteindra pas les objectifs de Kyoto, admet Beauchamp». Premièrement, à aucun moment de la conférence de presse que j'ai tenue lundi dernier n'ai-je admis que le Québec n'atteindrait pas les objectifs de Kyoto. Au contraire, j'ai répété avec conviction que j'ai confiance en la capacité du Québec de respecter les objectifs de Kyoto. Vous comprendrez ma surprise...
2008-02-20 00:00   |   Climate Summits
VICTORIA -- Driving and other fuel-dependent activities are about to get more expensive as British Columbia becomes the first jurisdiction in North America to introduce a consumer-based carbon tax.However, Finance Minister Carole Taylor vowed Tuesday that all money collected through the new tax will be returned through matching tax cuts and credits."We have to find a way that we can work towards improving our environment, but at the same time do it in a way that keeps our economy strong,...
2008-02-16 00:00   |   Climate Summits
Dans son 14e rapport annuel, le Sierra Club du Canada félicite le Québec pour son action au chapitre des changements climatiques.L'organisme, qui évalue depuis 1993 l'action des provinces et du fédéral quant à leurs engagements internationaux, a attribué la note de A+ au Québec pour son plan de lutte contre les gaz à effet de serre présenté jeudi par le gouvernement Charest. Il mérite toutefois un C en ce qui a trait à la biodiversité.Les gouvernements de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard et de Terre-...
2008-02-14 00:00
Amid a waterfall of urgent environmental messages, a huge chunk of Mother Earth is being largely overlooked.Oceans hold 97 per cent of the globe's water and cover 71 per cent of its surface area, 40 per cent of Canada's. The oceans also produce half the world's oxygen, more than forests.Yet, according to polling data, most folks view oceans in the manner of "a respected distant uncle who is out of sight and out of mind."The public, says the Ocean Project, a U.S opinion survey, is more...

            

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