The summer wrap-up edition of Sanctuary leads off with a piece by Sierra Club Ontario’s new Chapter Coordinator
On August 31st, 2010, a study which was led by University of Alberta researchers was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which conclusively shows that numerous highly toxic pollutants are being released into the Athabasca River and its tributaries by the development of the oil sands.
The levels exceeded both federal and provincial government guidelines.
The report is available for download here.
The existing greenhouse emission targets are weaker than required according to the latest science and the existing strategies did not deliver the expected results. We make a number of specific policy recommendations to change this:
Five directions of action:
1. Education– take advantage of the educational capacity at MUN and in environmental NGOs – in the latter: urgent need for project and base funding.
This is the Agenda for the Annual Gathering for Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter! Register today!
I present arguments in favour of the small-scale, community owned, renewable energy generation in Newfoundland and Labrador. I identify current bottlenecks in the development of the distributed energy generation in the province and list necessary conditions that have to be met in order to move forward. Most of the arguments would apply to other provinces in Canada as well.
Dr. Piotr Trela, SCC- Atlantic Region; Atlantic Canada Sustainable Energy Coalition.
While the Sierra Club Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter supports rate restructuring of water, waste water and storm utilities in the interest of improved management and sustainability, the current rate structure application does not sufficiently address questions of efficient allocation of resources, adequate revenues over time, and increased innovation and conservation.