Ecology/Environment

17/11/17
Author: 
Gloria Galloway
Wood Buffalo National Park was created in 1922 to protect one of the last remaining free-roaming northern bison herds in the world.  WOOD BUFFALO NATIONAL PARK

Canada's largest national park – established 95 years ago to protect the last herds of northern bison – is deteriorating and faces significant threats from climate change and industrial development, says an international agency that monitors world heritage sites.

The International Union on the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which is based in Switzerland and was established in 1948 to encourage conservation and natural diversity, released a World Heritage Outlook report this week that examines the condition of ecologically important sites around the globe.

15/11/17
Author: 
Michael Safi
 People cover their faces from the dust and smog in Delhi. Photograph: Harish Tyagi/EPA

Measures aimed at slashing vehicle emissions will be introduced two years early, the Indian government has announced in its first major policy response to the Delhi smog crisis.

As the haze improved slightly on Wednesday – albeit to levels still considered “very poor” – the Indian petroleum ministry said it would introduce Bharat VI fuels from April next year, instead of April 2020 as originally planned.

13/11/17
Author: 
Nicole Mortillaro
Over 15,000 scientists signed an open letter published in BioScience warning humanity that we need to change our behaviours in order to protect the planet. (NOAA)

A similar warning was first issued by scientists in 1992

Nov 13, 2017

More than 15,000 scientists around the world have issued a global warning: there needs to be change in order to save Earth.

It comes 25 years after the first notice in 1992 when a mere 1,500 scientists issued a similar warning. 

This new cautioning — which gained popularity on Twitter with #ScientistsWarningToHumanity — garnered more than 15,000 signatures. 

12/11/17
Author: 
Dr. Warren Bell , Amy Lubik
Darryl Penner, an employee of TRICAN Well Service, takes a break outside of fracking operation at a site near Rosebud, Alberta. TIM FRASER / CALGARY HERALD

Published on: November 10, 2017

Prior to last spring’s provincial election, the B.C. NDP promised to appoint a panel to examine the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in B.C., a review that would include an investigation into the natural gas industry’s impacts on water, earthquakes and greenhouse gas emissions.

12/11/17
Author: 
Staff Torstar News Service
TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE  Residents of Grassy Narrows First Nation called news of a secret 2016 report about mercury contamination "sickening" and "a deception." Mercury has sickened generations of residents who fish in the Wabigoon River system.

A confidential 2016 report says provincial officials were told in the 1990s that the site of a paper mill near Grassy Narrows was contaminated with mercury.

 Nov 11 2017

Government officials knew in the 1990s that mercury was visible in soil under the paper mill upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation, but the people there did not find out until this week, Torstar News Service has learned.

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

20/10/17
Author: 
George Monbiot

19th October 2017

20/10/17
Author: 
The Associated Press
A man walks in front of a group of people during heavy smog at a the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing in December 2016. A new report in the Lancet shows China had the second highest percentage of deaths linked to pollution worldwide. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 9 million premature deaths were caused by diseases from toxic emissions

Posted: Oct 20, 2017 7:51 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 20, 2017 10:49 AM ET

Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

19/10/17
Author: 
Kenneth Jackson
The AFN executive in a meeting with Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, back to the camera with dark suit Sept. 28. Twitter photo

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) slammed the brakes on drafting legislative amendments on environmental and regulatory processes with the Trudeau government last month saying it had become strangers within the process.

Regional Chief Isadore Day said it was supposed to be a co-development of legislative changes but it became clear to him – and other regional chiefs – that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was moving ahead without them.

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