Halifax, NS – Top political parties are failing the environment according to grades released today by the Nova Scotia Environmental Network (NSEN) Election Readiness Caucus. Overall grades were assigned based on parties’ responses to 27 questions posed by member groups of the NSEN. The Green party received an A-, the Liberals and the New Democratic Party both received an F+, and the Progressive Conservatives received an F.
“I was shocked by the results. There is the low level of commitment to action from all major political parties, except for the Greens. “ stated Gretchen Fitzgerald of the Sierra Club Canada and chair of the Caucus, ”We are facing huge environmental challenges that affect every Nova Scotian – no matter their political stripe. What is wrong with this picture?”
Each blue whale has a unique pattern of spots of its back, like a fingerprint or a nametag. These spots allow researchers to identify each whale as either a newcomer, or an old friend.
The Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) is a non-profit research organization located on the Gulf of St Lawrence's northern shore and they were the first group to begin long term study of marine mammals in the Gulf. Since their founding in 1979, this group has followed blue whale populations in eastern Canada, the Sea of Cortez and in the waters of Iceland.
MICS has discovered something troubling in the northwest Atlantic blue whale population. Of the 475 individual whales they've identified since their genesis in 1979, only 22 have been calves. This suggests a frighteningly low calving rate for a population already swimming on the brink.
Exploring Common Ground - Creating a Framework for Dialogue Around Mine and Quarry Issues in Nova Scotia was a groundbreaking forum hosted by Sierra Club and Ecology Action Centre. It brought together industry, community, and government participants to share perspectives and identify tools for communication, consultation and decision-making.
For many years, Sierra Club members, volunteers and staff have been involved in preventing negative impacts of mines and quarries on the environment and their communities. Read more about this work here.
There are many common issues that arise when a mine or quarry is slated for a particular area: what if we could address them before 'shovels are in the ground' ? We will begin to find proactive solutions by Exploring Common Ground!
Our first walk of the summer, we're going to be led by Kate Steele of the NS Bird Society on a birding walk for beginners. We will be meeting at 8:30 (exact location TBA), and our walk will last about 2h. Kate is highly experienced at leading walks for novices, and will tailor the walk to those who are new to birding!
This walk will have a limit of 16-20 people, so get there early to ensure you get a spot. If you don't get a spot, it's a wonderful trail to enjoy on your own as well and has a bounty of treasures to discover along the way. Bring binoculars for optimal bird spotting, and your camera if you have a great telephoto lens. We'd be happy to share your photos after the walk!
Dr John Cherry, a hydrogeologist with the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), says fracking wells in Canada aren't built for the long haul; they tend to spring leaks.
"In my view, well integrity is likely the most important shale gas issue," said Dr Cherry in Toronto, Thursday, May 29. Dr Cherry chaired the CCA's expert panel on understanding the environmental impacts of shale gas extraction (fracking). This panel released its report in early May.