Agriculture

23/09/18
Author: 
Ian Johnston
Deforestation in Sumatra, one of the world’s primate hotspots ( W F Laurance )

'Re-imagining a world with less stuff but more joy is probably the way forward,' says Professor Raj Patel

Industrial agriculture is bringing about the mass extinction of life on Earth, according to a leading academic.

Professor Raj Patel said mass deforestation to clear the ground for single crops like palm oil and soy, the creation of vast dead zones in the sea by fertiliser and other chemicals, and the pillaging of fishing grounds to make feed for livestock show giant corporations can not be trusted to produce food for the world.

29/07/18
Author: 
Samantha M. Harvey
photo Peg Hunter Grassroots activists worry that that once taken over by philanthropies and governments entrenched in a corporate model, the principles that birthed the just transition movement – principles of bottom-up community leadership, cultural inclusion, food sovereignty, and localized economies – would be lost forever.

Will the just transition movement survive mainstream adoption?

"There is a right way to do ‘just transition.’”

19/07/18
Author: 
Sarah Cox 

BC Hydro keeping critical information from the public about a project facing serious setbacks and almost certain delay, says expert witness

Jul 19, 2018 6 min read
19/07/18
Author: 
Sarah Cox

A report submitted as evidence in a First Nations injunction hearing finds significant setbacks could further complicate the project already behind schedule and over budget

BC Hydro’s troubled Site C dam project, already behind schedule and vastly over-budget, faces an “extremely high probability” of at least a one-year construction delay, according to a leading expert in large hydro dam projects.  

17/07/18
Author: 
A.J. Klein, Stewart Phillip and Craig Benjamin
FILE PHOTO: Drainage tunnel on the south bank of contstruction on the Site C project of B.C. Hydro. B.C. HYDRO / PNG

July 16, 2018

This month, as the world’s diplomats gather in New York to review progress in implementing the United Nation’s vision of fair and sustainable economic development, Canada wants its own record front and centre. Last year, Prime Minister Trudeau told the UN that the sustainable development goals are “as meaningful in Canada as they are everywhere else in the world.” This year, Canada has put itself forward to be one of only a handful of nations that will be subject to a voluntary review during the UN’s High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

02/02/18
Author: 
Martin Empson
China has the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. Pic: Rehman/Wikimedia
February 2018
 
Martin Empson examines the contradictions behind the green rhetoric of the Chinese government and its continued reliance on fossil fuels.
25/10/17
Author: 
George Monbiot
‘Flying insects are the pollinators without which a vast tract of the plant kingdom, both wild and cultivated, cannot survive.’ Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

The shocking collapse of insect populations hints at a global ecological meltdown

13/06/17
Author: 
WWF-Canada

Widespread disturbances dispel the notion of a nation of pristine waters

21/11/16
Author: 
Ben Parfitt and Stewart Phillip
The Site C dam has been approved, but major construction has yet to begin. B.C HYDRO / PNG

At a projected cost of $8.8 billon, the approved but yet-to-be-built Site C dam is the single most expensive public infrastructure project in B.C.’s history.

However, far more is at stake than just our pocketbooks when assessing the costs of Site C. So before returning to the appalling economics behind the project, consider the following:

15/11/16
Author: 
Mark Hume

Published Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 12:01AM EST

More than 1,000 early-career scientists from across Canada have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and key members of his cabinet urging the government to do a better job of assessing the environmental impacts of developments.

The scientists say they are “concerned that current environmental assessments and regulatory decision-making processes lack scientific rigour,” and that the health of Canadians and the environment are being put at risk.

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