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2012-09-07 02:43   |   Government
The Fraser Institute, Canada's leading right-wing think tank, received over $4.3 million in the last decade from eight major American foundations including the most powerful players in oil and pharmaceuticals, The Vancouver Observer has learned. In May, it was found that the US oil billionaire Koch brothers gave the Fraser Institute half a million dollars since 2007.  But further investigation shows the insitute received funding from other major US foundations. The issue of...
2012-09-07 02:38   |   Water, Water Quality, Government, Radioactive Waste, Great Lakes, Nuclear-Free Canada
First-Nations communities along the St. Lawrence River are warning the federal government to get tough with firms that wish to transport nuclear waste via the waterway, despite new challenges created by the Tory government’s massive omnibus budget bill. Bruce Power, Canada’s first privately-owned nuclear power generator located on Lake Huron, had applied to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) in 2010 to transport nuclear waste to a Swedish treatment facility. The waste...
2012-09-07 02:34   |   Alberta Tar Sands and Mackenzie River Delta, Water, Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught, Water Quality, Toxics, Health & Environment
EDMONTON - Thousands of people depend on the water below Alberta’s oilsands region, but the effects of industrial development on those water tables is not yet fully understood, a new report says. The Cumulative Environmental Management Association released a 37-page report Tuesday that explains groundwater in the region, and warns that lower water levels and poor quality could have “far-reaching consequences.” more  
2012-09-06 02:31   |   Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught, Toxics, Health & Environment
Doctors with the Canadian Medical Association are calling for more research into the health effects of resource extraction projects such as the Alberta oilsands. more  
2012-08-30 02:43   |   Climate Change, Oceans, Atmosphere & Energy
The amount of sea ice in the Arctic is at an all-time low, suggesting that climate change is leading to a dramatic shift in the north, according to a new report. In an analysis released this week, the U.S.-based National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said that Arctic sea ice cover has melted to a record low, breaking the previous record set in 2007. Satellite data from August 26 showed that sea ice extent fell to 4.10 million square kilometers, the lowest amount ever seen since...
2012-08-28 23:18   |   Government
Environmentalists in New Brunswick are warning of the possibility of an increased threat now that more than 150 federal environmental assessments have been cancelled. In its most recent budget, the federal government changed the law to make big cuts to the types and numbers of projects that require environmental assessments. In New Brunswick, there are 159 projects that will no longer require a federal environmental assessment. There are 3,000 cancelled projects across Canada. more...
2012-08-26 23:18   |   Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught, Government, Atmosphere & Energy
OTTAWA — The federal government’s budget legislation has forced the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to cancel nearly 3,000 screenings into potential environmental damage caused by proposed development projects across Canada, including hundreds involving a pipeline or fossil fuel energy, according to published records. Out of 2,970 project reviews that were stopped by the legislation that rewrote Canada’s environmental laws and weakened federal oversight on...
2012-08-26 22:04   |   Climate Change, Water, Water Conservation
Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world's population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages. Humans derive about 20% of their protein from animal-based products now, but this may need to drop to just 5% to feed the extra 2 billion people expected to be alive by 2050, according to research by some of the world's leading water...
2012-08-25 22:24   |   Climate Change, Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught, Toxics, Government, Health & Environment
The federal government’s budget legislation has forced the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to cancel nearly 3,000 screenings into potential environmental damage caused by proposed development projects across Canada, including hundreds involving a pipeline or fossil fuel energy, according to published records. more  
2012-08-24 22:45   |   Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught, Government, Atmosphere & Energy, Health & Environment
Critics of Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline from the Alberta oilsands to tankers on the British Columbia coast say there is no time for the science to be completed before a federal deadline for the environmental assessment currently underway. Documents filed with the National Energy Board show the environmental review panel studying the Northern Gateway project asked Fisheries and Oceans Canada for risk assessments for the bodies of water the proposed pipeline will cross....

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